An earlier version of this article was corrected and updated with release platform details.
I haven’t seen Shigeaki Kubo’s new movie Golden Kamuy as it’s only just released in Japan theaters last month. Still, the distributors over there were kind enough to release a behind-the-scenes featurette showing lead actor Kento Yamazaki training for the lead role of a legendary late-Meiji era soldier.
The wait is over, people.
Christmastime was a prominent time for filmmaker Kevin Barile who took to the holiday season last month to share with the world Hit-Girl, a fan film inspired from the brainchild of “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar. The short stars Angie Estevao in the title role and sees our burgeoning heorien take on a small army of home invaders led by the Tax-Man, played by Robert Dill.
It’s been a while since we heard from director Raphaël Hébert out of Quebec. The man behind one of our past Hit List entries, Past And Future Kings has since reached out to us to help spread the gospel with the release of his latest fan flick contribution, Star Wars: Brightstar, which actually went live last week and I’m only getting to it now having lightened the load and refueled my battery some.
Robert Samuels Fights To Stay On His Toes In BLACKOUT. Watch The New Action-Packed Short Thriller Now Online!
Film duo Robert Samuels and Robert Jefferson are still claiming their accolades at festivals with the recent premieres of kung fu thriller, Shadow Fist 3. As folks await its online release, the channel is currently hosting the release of Blackout, directed by the pair in their latest offering from the R4 Films L.L.C. banner, joined by VCB Films.
Gamers familiar with Krafton’s latest map reveal for the battle royale gaming fave, PUBG: Battlegrounds have been teased of late with a new mini-movie made to promote the game this week. That shortfilm, Ground Of Honor: Rondo is now online with a formidable cast led by Daniel Wu (AMC’s “Into The Badlands”), Sarah Chang (Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday) and Lee Jung-Jae (Netflix’s “Squid Game”), and from none other than stuntman and action specialist, filmmaker Sam Hargrave (Extraction, Extraction 2).
13 BOMBS: Don’t Miss This Trio Of Explosive Behind The Scenes Featurettes For The New Indonesian Action Thriller
I haven’t written about Angga D. Sasongko in a hot ass minute. Alas, it comes with great timing that several featurettes are currently circulating the webs for his newest espionage thriller, 13 Bombs.
DOVBUSH: WARRIOR OF THE BLACK MOUNTAIN Delivers Outlaw Justice In The Trailer For Oleg Sanin’s Ukranian Period Actioner
Ukraine’s Oles Sanin has been popping up in a few territories since the release of his latest period action epic, Dovbush: Warrior Of The Black Mountain, from Pronto Film. Minerva Pictures International is representing the film for buyers at the American Film Market following its premiere at the Odesa Film Festival and its subsequent release in Germany, and will next head for cinemas in the Netherlands in the days ahead. To our delight, the film has also been hosting a round of exclusive screenings on select dates in the U.S. which you can read up on by clicking here.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT: Three Minutes, Thirty Stunt Guys, Tons Of Action In Godefroy Ryckewaert’s New Short
It’s worth a reminder that Godefroy Ryckewaert came under my radar just as The Hit List took off in late 2014. He was, and remains a recurring favorite around these parts and so his latest short, Fight Or Flight, should offer up a fair excuse to tout him accordingly.
Star Wars fandom wins the day on this, the fourth of May and as such, actress and stunt professional Michelle C. Smith is here to stake her claim in the arena with her take on a character series favorite from The Clone Wars in director Stanton Chong’s new short, The Vengeance Of Asajj Ventress.
No huge introduction needed. Scott Adkins is back with a twofer with his interview series, The Art Of Action and he’s joined by his John Wick: Chapter 4 star Keanu Reeves following last week Thursday’s release of the first half. Both halves are now up to stream so you can watch both action stars chew it up and talk action to all your delight.
There are several clips now making the rounds for Tomasz Baginski’s newest film, Knights Of The Zodiac, the latest of which was released on Friday which you can view below. The clip features lead actor Mackenyu in the lead role of Seiya, opposite the portrayal of the Silver Saint, Eagle Marin, portrayed physically by actress and professional stuntwoman Caitlin Hutson (voiced by Asami Seto for the Japan dub release, English VO credit pending).
TALES OF THE LOST: Before You See KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC, Watch Ray Mona’s Extensive Docu-Series About ‘Saint Seiya’
Tomek (or Tomasz) Baginski’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Saint Seiya, otherwise dubbed Knights Of The Zodiac, is just weeks away from its subsequent releases in Japan and then in the U.S. between now and May. For this, it’s worth noting the importance of the study of a property’s origins before passing judgment on a project based on a certain thing, and I say this, especially to the marginal and often wilfully obtuse crowd of online movie curmudgeons and fandoms who enjoy doom-scrolling and tweet fighting and rage-baiting daily.
If you were to walk up and tell me that the future of action cinema is a guy somewhere in New Jersey getting together with his friends and doing martial arts shortfilms donning Kigurumi onesies, don’t be surprised if I shrug with approval. Joey Min has been on my radar since I discovered him for myself collabing with the likes of Fernando Jay Huerto and Jon Truei over the years with Min’s Art School Dropouts indie label in full tilt as an ambitious, self-nurturing and ever-growing wheelhouse of creativity with a keenness on kung fu cinema and comedy, Min can go fight a ham sandwich for all I care. I’m all in, and this latest video from the ASDO was cool. Enjoy!
Genre fans in the U.S. are just a week away from the release of Fist Of The Condor, the latest from writer/director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza and action star Marko Zaror. TKD Life Magazine has uneviled an exclusive behind the scenes featurette which you can view at the bottom of the page, featuring Zaror in action along with the film’s cast, lending some insight into the characters and setups that comprise the story.
It’s Monday morning as I write this, and I’m starting off with a gem by way of Maria Gnecchi with some respite action and comedy courtesy of stunt performers Luis Pan Venezia and Alessandro Xavier De Silva – just a couple of bros in Rome getting caught up in the kind of situation that usually ends up on camera and in front of eyes of action fans. “Classic Fight Situation” it is, yes? Simple as that.
This article is a re-edit and republication from December 22 following the film’s continued festival circulation going into the new year, now presented with a new upload via the BarilliantAction channel.