Hard to believe it’s been three years since Fruit Chan’s long-awaited Max Zhang/Anderson Silva headliner, Invincible Dragon, began its trailer campaign. The film has already hit mainland audiences though and having since been acquired by Well Go USA, the Texas-based specialty release firm took to its Comic Con@Home audience online to finally unveil a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital release date for October 6.
It was earlier this week that I alleged action star Donnie Yen might be crowding the blogs this week. Undoubtedly he’s leveled up on that end while several stars of note are delivering in equal measure, including actor Max Zhang whose latest, Invincible Dragon from Three…Extremes helmer Fruit Chan, still doesn’t have a local release date but otherwise stil bares a 2018 stamp.
It also invites fans in with a tough new short promo following its newest trailer earlier this week which highlights Zhang in the role of a tattooed undercover cop whose impulsive work ethic brings him in the throes of a suspicious serial killer in the form of an American Army veteran. Former UFC Middleweight champ, actor Anderson Silva hones in his acting for the role opposite our inked protagonist which you can now take a gander at several times below. (An official trailer from earlier this week can be seen BY CLICKING HERE.)
Annie Liu and Stephy Tang also star, and with action sequences by Stephen Wai. The newest official trailer is now online and you can check it out below.
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Filmmaker Fruit Chan’s latest, Made In Kowloon has all but stirred plenty of excitement in the last several months with the production of the new movie. Looking at the cast alone regards nothing short of fan service with the likes of Ip Man spin-off prospect, actor and martial artist Max Zhang and the UFC’s own Anderson “The Spider” Silva with actress and martial artist JuJu Chan staking her claim in the year following her appearance in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny.
Pegasus Motion Pictures Limited has officially announced the film among its production slate while its worth noting to keep an eye particularly on Zhang with said spin-off in addition to Jonathan Li’s fantasy action debut, The Brink, also starring Shawn Yue. Read further on and stay tuned for more information as production on Made In Kowloon spears forward.
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Pegasus announces main picture starring UFC Champion Anderson (The Spider) Silva
Hong Kong, January 13, 2017 – Pegasus Motion Pictures Limited announced their slate of films releasing 2017 at their annual dinner on January 11, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong. Amongst their films, the biggest budget and their main slate picture is “Made in Kowloon” , a US$20M action movie currently in production in Hong Kong and Macau, starring China action star Max Zhang (The Grandmaster (2013), SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015)), Anderson (The Spider) Silva – UFC’s greatest fighter ever, and Chinese American Action actress JuJu Chan (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon : Swords of Destiny). Other cast members include Hong Kong actor Kevin Cheng, Stephy Tang, and Sumyau Liu.
The film is directed by award-winning Hong Kong filmmaker, screenwriter and producer, Fruit Chan. He is best known for his films depicting the everyday life of grass root Hong Kong people. His internationally acclaimed films include Made in Hong Kong (1997) and Durian Durian (2000).
“Made in Kowloon”‘s fight choreographer Stephen Tung, has been nominated a total of ten times for Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards and won four times, for Downtown Torpedoes (1997), Purple Storm (1999), The Accidental Spy (2001, working with the Jackie Chan Stunt Team) and Bodyguards and Assassins (2009).
In recent years, Tung has been working mostly in Mainland China, having participated in productions such as Seven Swords (2005), The Promise (2005), Painted Skin (2008), Reign Of Assassins (2010), Painted Skin:The Resurrection (2012), The Great Magician (2012) and Saving General Yang (2013).
“Made in Kowloon” tells a tale about a series of homicides occurring in Hong Kong, investigated by Detective Kowloon (Max Zhang) and his team. During the investigation, Kowloon’s fiancee is abducted. The only way to save her is to find the serial killer.
Audiences can expect to see many epic fight scenes from the three accomplished action stars!
Anderson da Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva holds the longest title streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 after 2,457 days, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.
Zhang Jin, also known as Max Zhang, is a Chinese actor and a former wushu athlete who won the Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Grandmaster, at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards. Zhang began his career as a stunt actor, notably in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) as the stunt double for Zhang Ziyi, whom he later collaborated as a screen actor in My Lucky Star (2013) and The Grandmaster (2013). He also starred in Rise of the Legend in 2014 and SPL II: A Time for Consequences in 2015. Zhang is also currently involved in the Hollywood production Pacific Rim 2.
JuJu Chan is a Chinese American Action Star who has been coined the next Michelle Yeoh and Female Bruce Lee by the Hong Kong Media. She is also a Muay Thai Champion in Hong Kong, and a Taekwon-Do Black Belt international championship medalist. JuJu played Silver Dart Shi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), she is also the lead actress in the upcoming film Savage Dog (2017) starring along with Scott Adkins. She is also the lead in Roger Corman’s new action film Fist of the Dragon (2014), co-starring with MMA champion Josh Thomson.
About Pegasus Entertainment Holdings Limited
Pegasus Entertainment Holdings Limited is a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX: 1326).
Pegasus is principally engaged in films and television series production, distribution and licensing of film rights in Hong Kong, the PRC and South East Asia. In recent years, the Group has diversified its businesses into international film production investment, film exhibition and post-production to develop a one-stop integrated cultural business.
The principal business activities of our Group comprised:
• production of films;distribution and licensing of our films to various channels including both local and overseas cinema circuits, video hosting websites, video-on-demand operators, VCD and DVD
• distributors, cable-, satellite-, pay- and free-TV channels, airlines and Internet platforms for various devices. Our geographical coverage includes Taiwan, Japan, the U.S. and Europe in addition to our major markets, namely Hong Kong, the PRC and South East Asia;
• deriving advertising income by offering product placement and sponsorship opportunities in our films;
• and distribution of films and TV series in a film library owned by Mr. Wong Pak Ming
Action fans may recall a conceptual featurette that was released pitching what is in the works for actor, martial artist and Floridian native Marrese Crump’s forthcoming production of Formless with actor, RZA. The project has since been in development for a number of years to date, now slightly prolonged further in part due to one of its earlier announced cast members, former Middleweight MMA champion Anderson Silva rebounding from a broken left leg during UFC 168 late last year, while Crump and the cast and crew focus on tentative obligations and potential future projects.
In the meantime, Crump’s electrifying pitch for Formless brings our attention to some of that very footage now seen in the latest cinematography reel from multifaceted action film professional, martial artist and fellow Floridian, Anesti Vega, whose works have landed him the attention of numerous amazing film professionals as of 2005, from the independent scene and getting his name circulated on Craigslist, to working in Thailand alongside action film headliner Panna Rittikrai.
From the age of twelve, Vega‘s history with martial arts becane rooted with a year of Tae Kwon Do classes at the age of twelve. That same passion never left Vega upon a chance meeting with Crump at the Florida high school they attended together as they were printing out fliers for a martial arts tournament. It was a friendship that would later materialize into something much more necessary and beneficial for Vega when it needed to be.
“I asked him about his martial arts training and he told me about ‘Warriors Dojo’, a training group that he just started with one of his teachers, Master Kim Jae…” Vega says. “…I showed up to the address he gave me and it was Master Kim Jae’s house and the training area was in his screened in garage, and I was only the second student in the group, and after one class, I was hooked.”.
Vega continued, “A month later, I became homeless and had no money and no place to live. I approached Marrese and told him about my situation, and he said I could continue training if I could design a website for the Warriors Dojo group and help promote. I continued to train with him until we graduated high school in 2000 and I left to join the Army. We had also trained privately in his backyard in Progress Village where we grew up, and even stayed up in the late hours of the night, having marathons of old Bruce Lee, kung fu and other martial arts movies. I came back to Florida often between deployments and trained with Marrese when I could until 2004 when I left the Army and came back home. By then, Warriors Dojo transitioned into a full academy business called 3R Self Defense Academy where I became an assistant instructor and continued my training with Marrese.”.
From then on, Vega began a pursuit in the field of film where he would ultimately find recognition in his home state of Florida as an up-and-coming, award-winning shortfilm and promo director, fight choreographer and cinematic photographer much to the chagrin of his naysayers at the time. “…It was something so different than what I originally saw myself doing and it was exciting.”, says Vega. “I was in a professional rut at the time; I was pretty fresh out of the U.S. Army and hadn’t really gained any footing with a professional career yet at that point. I had worked on a few projects and was analyzing the production the whole time from start to finish to see what was working and what wasn’t and I was hooked. By 2008, working on projects on and off, I became pretty popular and in demand around Florida and was asked to do a few talks on a number of topics including styles of action and fight choreography and tips on how indie filmmakers can incorporate action elements into their film and how to execute them safely and without needing a huge budget to do so. At one of the panels I was on, I was expressing my disappointment for how many of my previous projects did not come out so well because of poor casting, cinematography and editing of the fight scenes. I stated that just because a cinematographer has been working for ‘x’ amount of years doesn’t mean they know how to shoot action. It’s a different science all to itself. One cinematographer in the audience, who clearly had his feelings hurt, had jumped up and yelled ‘If you know so much about it, then why don’t you start shooting your own fights then?!’. And so I did…”.
Vega‘s current aspirations behind the camera have continued to allow him even more opportunities as time rolls on, with his new base of operations in San Francisco. In addition to organizing and producing the Action Film Challenge and Zombie Film Challenge this late Spring and Summer, Vega is meeting other filmmakers, producers and creators to delve more into feature-length territory, as well as promos and music videos, and even contests for other aspiring purveyors in the world of film. “I love being a director and cinematographer because it aligns with my philosophy of doing great things in this amazing world and capturing and documenting other people doing awesome things as well. When I’m behind the camera shooting a promo video or a film scene, it’s an exciting feeling knowing that I just shot a clip that is going to make the audience go ‘whoooaaaa!!!’.”. He also added, “I do my best to live life to the fullest, to challenge myself with bigger and better adventures and capture as much of it as I can to share and inspire others. So as a filmmaker, I task myself with inspiring the audience with what I capture and there is no better position to do that than as a cinematographer. Whether it’s martial artists or freerunners for a movie, or surfers and skydivers for a promo or commercial, shooting such exciting things is just as rewarding as seeing and hearing the audience reaction when they see the end result!”.
You can now observe some of that end result he mentions in the following embed for his YouTube channel where you may also subscribe.
With Crump’s ventures into film continuing onward, Vega also shared some important details as to the status Formless in its current stage. “There are a number of factors involved,” he says “…such as Marrese and RZA’s schedule being filled up with shooting The Man With The Iron Fists 2 in Thailand right now and Anderson Silva’s recuperation from the major injury he sustained in his last fight. The first draft of the story was written by me and the fights were written by Marrese and we combined it into a script in 2008. It is now in the hands of a well-known industry ‘script polisher’ who is way more talented at writing than I am. As martial artists, we understand the importance of timing so we are just waiting for the right time and all the right resources to come together for it to happen, but we don’t have all our eggs in one basket. Formless has been promoted as Marrese’s solo debut in the past, but there are a number of other projects in development that could happen first. We’ve planted a number of seeds in the industry for a number of projects and we are just looking to see which one produces fruit first.”.
Crump stars alongside international action sensation Tony Jaa in the forthcoming U.S. release of The Protector 2, heading to iTunes and VoD on March 27 before hitting theaters on May 2. Silva is also set to appear in Allan Ungar’s latest MMA action drama, Tapped, starring Cody Hackman with Martin Kove, Lyoto Machida and Michael Biehn, releasing in North America on May 27, 2014 courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Grindstone.
Feel free to visit Anesti Vega’s offcial website where you can sign up for his newsletter on Facebook, as well as updates on Tumblr and Instagram. And for more on Formless, Tapped, The Man With The Iron Fists 2 and all things Crump and Silva, stay tuned to Film Combat Syndicate.