FIVE-A-DAY ROUND-UP II: Jailbreak, Re:Born, Master Z, The Night Comes For Us, Lazarus
We’re continuing the Five-A-Day column today listing, and in no certain order, various action film titles fans may be keen on going into the new year. Here’s yesterday’s batch for starters and below are today’s:
Legendary actress and martial artist Michelle Yeoh is reportedly the In Focus subject for the forthcoming International Film Festival & Awards Macao which takes place between December 8 through 14. It makes an even worthier note of the Star Trek: Discovery series co-star’s forthcoming appearance Yuen Woo Ping’s pending Ip Man spin-off, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy in which actor Max Zhang reprises Cheung Tin-Chi, the role he played opposite action star Donnie Yen in the 2016 kung fu hit, Ip Man 3. Details on all ends are pending for the film which also has Dave Bautista and Tony Jaa in its line-up.
Jimmy Henderson’s third directorial offering, Jailbreak was a festival favorite among cinephiles and genre loyalists alike. Rising stars Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our and Thatothoum Sam lead the cast opposite Celine Tran for the story of a tactical unit trapped inside an unsecure prison and forced to fight to keep a criminal witness alive. XYZ Films is releasing this one through Vertical Entertainment and presumably in 2018 as well as a date is still pending.
Also on deck from Vertical is Shimomura Yuji’s ghoulish new commando action thriller, Re:Born, which has seen actor Sakaguchi Tak’s return to film be quite the ceremonies revival it deserves. The film’s show of WAVE combat techniques serve as part of the backdrop for the tale of a reclusive ex-soldier forced back into battle to protect a young girl in his care from an old friend-turned-enemy in the wake hunting down his former team. Considering the nature of limited theater releases like this, I would hate to see this film released in a theater that won’t allow later showtimes. Here’s a trailer for its U.K. release:
Following up on his previous pairings with film cohort Kimo Stamboel, fellow ‘Mo Bro Timo Tjahjanto goes solo for the hotly anticipated return of actor and martial artist Joe Taslim with gangland thriller, The Night Comes For Us. The film was stifled for a few years due to unforeseen circumstances before production finally took off late last year and with a 2018 date, will soon tell the tale of an enforcer who returns to Jakarta where his crime family awaits the boiling point of a brewing mob war between bitter rivals. The film is already in post-production with Timo teasing the goods little by little on his Instagram page:
There hasn’t been much put out in public view but progress is still being made as director R.L. Scott continues to put the finishing touches on his latest superhero pivot, Lazarus. Scott reunites with Call Me King co-star Sean Riggs who leads the gritty and dark vigilante action horror tale telling of a super powered crimefighter’s one-man war on an organization to free the city from darkness. I honestly wish I could tell you more about this project, and seeing as how I can’t at current, next year should be a lot more promising as the film nears all the ins and outs of completion and acquisition.
We’ll pick up on five more tomorrow. In the meantime, post your picks in the comment section below for what lies ahead on your 2018 moviegoing calendar!
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December 6, 2017 @ 4:00 am
My top movies have to be:
-The Night Comes for Us
-Master Z: IP Man Legacy