The film has a few working titles but is set to release in South Korea in a couple of months, and thankfully, there’s a teaser to accommodate our patience. Check it out just beneath and watch for more news ahead.
Year 1597, Joseon Dynasty has been under Japanese attack for six years. As the nation faces possibility of loss with the Japanese military charging fearlessly to the capital of the nation, Admiral YI is reappointed as the Chief of Naval Operations and assembles a group of soldiers to defend the nation against Japanese attack. Japanese Chief Commander Kurushima (RYU Seung-ryong), notorious for his cruel personality and clever strategies, respond by destroying Joseon’s one last hope, the Turtle Ship. With just 12 battleships and an army of doubtful soldiers, Admiral YI and his soldiers face 330 Japanese battleships in The Battle of Myeong-Nyang.
Traction has been slow for the forthcoming release of director Tsui Hark‘s 3D period action epic, The Taking Of Tiger Moutain. Fortunately, with a possible December 2014 release looming, at least fans now get to see a small teaser of what’s to come. It doesn’t show much, except we see a modern day setting merging through a smartphone screen, transporting viewers to another era in history.
This is a little weird. Interesting, but weird… oh hell. Bring it Tsui! We love weird!
Set for a hopeful Holiday release later this year, the film is based on late author Qu Bo’s first book, the 1957 novel publication titled Tracks In The Snowy Mountain, which centers on the true story of a communist soldier who infiltrates a gang of ruthless-heavily armed bandits in Northeastern China. The principle cast includes Zhang Hanyu, Zhou Dongyu, Gao Hu, Tong Liya, Lin Gengxin and actor Han Geng making his film debut.
Check out the teaser below!
Check out the footage below, and if you wish to see a fourth film in which actor Pierce Brosnan hopes to star, it won’t kill you to wait until August 15 and buy a ticket then. Plus, it also helps validate what I do for my site here as a moviegoer myself. I didn’t start Film Combat Syndicate to endorse and appease torrent sites. So spare me.
Check out the B-roll footage below and be sure to buy your tickets wherever tickets are sold.
Following the previous announcement of actor Alexander Skarsgård for the title role of Tarzan, an official press release was issued last week confirming production. It’s the latest of MANY cinematic renderings of the classic agile hero dating back to the 1930s and it took well over ten years for the film to finally get off the ground following producer Jerry Weintraub’s announcement of the film back in 2003.
My own intuition says this one is going for a PG-13 audience considering the rate at which action movies are getting rated as such these days, much like the sharp turn The Expendables franchise took with its third installation this year, as well as Robocop and many others. Could it work for a new generation of filmgoers? It’s probable. Most people have a lot to say about a movie before they see a trailer and decide if it garners their interest.
At any rate though, this is happening.
Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ new Tarzan 3D action adventure, starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2,” is directing. Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy) is producing the film, together with David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Cinderella”). Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
The feature also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), Oscar nominee John Hurt (“The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” films), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
The adventure is being shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as on location around the UK.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes, the creative team includes director of photography Henry Braham (“The Golden Compass”), Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“Dangerous Liaisons,” “The English Patient,” the “Harry Potter” films), editor Mark Day (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (“Emma,” “Unknown”).
A Jerry Weintraub production, the Tarzan action adventure is slated for release on July 1, 2016, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
I don’t normally push a lot of TV spots, but I’m compelled a little bit here when it comes to the new one being pushed for the upcoming release of director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, opinions are still floating around regarding how the CG turtles look, but the optimism is increasing little by little from the talk I’ve been hearing, and the most recent trailer is what is contributing to some of that newfound optimism.
Still, the film awaits its first slate of reviews, and if they are any indication by then, hopefully the film will perform exceptionally enough for a sequel if necessary. And I would love to see an epic sequel take this newly rebooted screen franchise to the next level.
Check out the TV spot below, in addition to a new viral video, and click here to see which turtle YOU are!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on August 8, courtesy of Paramount.
Actress Son Ye-jin is getting the spotlight this week for her role in the upcoming release of director Lee Seok-hoon‘s high seas action epic The Pirates. Based on a script by Cheong Seong-il, the new film sets Son as the leader of her own gang of pirates opposite a bandit named Sa-jung (Kim Nam-gil) who is in search of a royal seal believed to be swallowed by a large sea creature.
The film is poised for an August 8 release in South Korea while dates overseas are yet to be determined. In the meantime, fans can now get a glimpse of some of the epic behind-the-scenes action in two new videos below, including an action promo, and a featurette that also attributed to the aforementioned lead actress who is being hyped as the next leading lady of South Korean action, according to the film’s director of photography, Kim Yeong-ho. “I feel she’s going to get cast for many action movies after this because she’s just that good”. Leading man Kim also added, “She claims it was very difficult, but she did so well that the director couldn’t stop praising her. It doesn’t seem like it’s her first time in action”.
Check out the videos below, in addition to the new character poster below.
H/T: Han Cinema
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
It’s a good old fashioned tale of 19th century sword-swinging noble heroics with a splash of vengeance in director Yoon Jong-bin‘s new period action adventure, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant. The film marks another big and highly anticipated film for Korean theater goers here, starring Ha Jung-woo in his forth actor/director pairing with Yoon, opposite actor Kang Dong-won in a the ultimate fight against late Chosun-era tyranny.
A new hope for the powerless and impoverished people and its name is KUNDO.
Year 1859 — it is the feudal Chosun era in which the king and the aristocracy rule the country. Due to the continuous natural disasters and poor harvest, poverty, hunger and death are rampant. But as the rulers are concerned with only their own wealth, they carry on exploiting and persecuting the poor. In this dark period, KUNDO is a ray of hope for the poor; he is someone who can be the figure of fear to the undeserving nobles. And there are two men who have to stand against each other.
In the era when one’s status is decided by birth, Dolmuchi was born to a poor butcher while Jo-yoon was born into a powerful and wealthy family. The two men strike a dangerous deal and Dolmuchi loses his mother and sister as a result. He is trampled by Jo-yoon who commands absolute power in his oppressive world.
Bringing together the men who are on the fringe of this dark society, Dolmuchi is accepted as a member of KUNDO and opens his eyes to the world. He draws his sword out of the sheath and disperses the shadow cast on the poor and helpless. Before him, the man who took away his family appears. Standing in front Joyoon, Dolmuchi challenges his arch-enemy to their final duel.
The official trailer has finally arrived for the film’s domestic release in South Korea on July 23, 2014. Check it out now!
CORRECTION (6/14): SuperChanBlog’s adminustrator confirmed that the photo going viral is a fake. Crisis averted and the world is safe once again. Carry on as usual.
In the weeks since Cannes, news regarding international action hero and Interpol’s crime fighting ambassador, Jackie Chan‘s latest film, Dragon Blade, have been slowly pouring in, with Black Mask helmer Daniel Lee directing from his own script, inspired by a long-developed story concept by Chan, which centers on a fallen Han Dynasty commander who crosses paths with a Roman general, whereupon they venture through the Western Desert on a thrilling adventure. The film, which joins Chan with actors John Cusack and Adrien Brody (discounting earlier mentions of Mel Gibson), has also reportedly broken records since last month pertaining to its ¥2 billion budget, as well as its record sales activity during Cannes where Chan made other headlines for separate films as well.
As for updates, the only particular view we get are behind-the-scenes pictures via SuperChanBlog, including Cusack in costume via Twitter a while back. Fortunately however, I came across a clear photo of Chan in costume through Facebook activity, and it appears this has been going viral since April based on what I’ve found. At any rate, if you’ve missed it, here it is below:
The film is expected to bow in spectacular IMAX 3D fashion at home on February 19, 2015, kicking off the Chinese New Year holiday. The film’s territorial release listing tentatively includes Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, the Philippines, Brunei, Burma, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
The news is far from over on this one, so keep sharp.
Special thanks to readers MK Merc and Paul Martell for contributing.
UPDATE: Correspondence with fellow film writer and Asian cinema enthusiast Asian Film Strike offers a small collage of at least two viral set pics of Chan in costume, which may or may not coincide with the photo above, but are legitimate nonetheless. Take a look:
@FCSyndicate I think it might just be a hastily put together Cannes promo poster. This looks more legit : pic.twitter.com/fQKA1Q8I9M
— Asian Film Strike (@AsianFilmStrike) June 13, 2014