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Years ago, I became obsessed with listing my “top-tens” or “fives” in final fight scenes. There was a UK website that produced such lists and for their final fight scene list, it bothered me for the longest time that it never had the one featured in Drive between Mark Dacascos and Masaya Kato, so you can imagine how fulfilled I felt when the page loaded and I finally saw it listed.
The next chapter of Pedring Lopez’s hit assassin revenge thriller, Maria, is afoot as of this week from the virtual EFM sales floor with Gi, from BlackOps Studios Asia and Psyops8 Productions. The action thriller sequel that also finally makes official the additions of Cecep Arif Rahman and Yayan Ruhian (The Raid, John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum, upcoming Satria Dewa Gatotkaca).
Decades afrer his father’s successful book series took hold with the masses, actor Vino G. Bastian is ready to put his stamp on fandom in 2018 with Angga D. Sasongko’s new film, Wiro Sableng 212. Lifelike Pictures and Fox International Production officially released the newest trailer on Saturday signaling an August 30 local theatrical release, moving up from its previously-expected September date.
Right about now you’re waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It’s an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who’ve seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to fame as well in a plethora of Indonesian film productions such as Gareth Evans’ Merantau and The Raid films, as well as briefly appearing together in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
John Wick: Chapter Three follows up from the 2017 sequel and its 2014 launchpad overseeing the tale of the titular former gangland enforcer whose tragic impasse with the death of a beloved dog handed to him posthumously by his late wife ensues a bloody opus of ballistic revenge and retribution that pulls him back into the life he no longer wanted. The story continued in the second film revealing more of the hidden machinations of luxury assassins’ hotel chain, The Continental, setting up a harrowing do-or-die mission for our brooding protagonist that forever ensnares him in the very eyes of his organization when he commits a cardinal sin on company ground, now off-setting our hitman hero’s daring fight to stay alive with a $14 million dollar price on his head.
Rounding out the cast are Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick along with others announced here.
Willing to take on the title of leading brand of Southeast Asian consumer entertainment, Malaysia-based Astro had been spreading its wings some with a number of filmmakers to develop projects. Celebrated Indonesian director, Ifa Isfansyah (The Golden Cane Warrior) and acclaimed screenwriter Salman Aristo (Yasmine) are just a few of those people in mind with DO[S]A, an original Malaysia-Indonesia collaboration featuring a strong that otherwise enables co-starring actor Cecep Arif Rahman to enhance some great fight action to top the drama.
The story tells of three older brothers, Fuad (Ashraf Sinclair), Farid (Remy Ishak) and Fahad (Hisham Hamid) raised through religion and martial arts, try to protect their headstrong sister, Fara (Shenty Feliziana) who has fallen for a man, Arian (Reuben Elishama) escaping the same underground organisation ‘Gerbang Utara’ that their father, Latif (Dato’ M. Nasir) had previously abandoned.
Upon arriving in Jakarta, the group find their lives turned upside down as their paths collide with their father’s sworn enemy – Marco (Roy Marten). The ‘newly-ascended-to-power’ Marco puts a bounty on their heads, while holding Fara as a hostage in the process. Action, drama and history unfolds as they attempt to destroy ‘Gerbang Utara’ and bring Fara to safety.
DO[S]A can currently be seen Malaysia and Brunei on Astro Channel 480, Astro On-demand, Astro GO and NJOI NOW. As for any outside broadcasting, we’d all be so lucky, because I’m definitely down for this.
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It’s almost silly that we still have more trailers and TV spots circulating for J.J. Abrams’s latest movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in less than a week. The film pretty much sold itself on its most recent trailer – even to the tune of $50 million dollars in advanced ticket sales already in the can, thus attributing to just how nototiously competitive tickets for these event-films can get.
As such, there’s probably a handful of people (of which I’m among) who will unfortunately be catching the film long after its first week. These seats usually go fast and to that affect, the new film knows exactly what kind of climate it is in upon aiming to attract as wide an audience as possible, which that means casting. For this, we go back to January when news broke of casting updates regarding three principals of director Gareth Evans’s cult-acclaimed action franchise, The Raid – Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman. The news was a surprise to everyone, further signaling even more greatness in favor of their career progression among fans of their work dating back to Evans’ 2009 debut, Merantau. However, it was an update that wasn’t supposed to arrive as soon as it did and it remained shrouded in secrecy among those in the know, although given the nature of the internet and how fast the web works, it was already too late and only a matter of time before the obvious would come to pass.
That said, it was this week that /Film provided extra insight from a press junket where Abrams offered his own take on what inspired him to get the fan favorites from The Raid and The Raid 2 involved in the movie. Granted, the roles are pretty small with all three characters playing members of an intergalactic gang in the film but it still left Abrams pretty fond of how they worked so well on set, especially considering the new photo now having viral showcasing what three look like in costume:
I was just a fan. It was an opportunity. I knew we needed people for this one sequence that would be particularly fun to see a group of people working together. It was simply just as I had seenJohn Boyega in Attack The Block and thought “how cool would it be to work with that guy one day?” and the opportunity arose and it worked out. And opportunity arose for this and I thought “God, I wonder if the dudes from The Raid would be available?” And to my amazement, and they were willing, and they were incredible. They showed up and did a terrific job.
This won’t be it for our trio of action stars from Indonesia with a number of titles currently pending from each; a few titles to look out for would be Liam O’Donnell’s Beyond Skyline, Kellie Madison’s The Gate series, Peter Berg’s Mile 22, Timo Tjahjanto’s Headshot, Randy Korompis’s newly announced Foxtrot Six with Mario Kassar and Ario Sagantorio respectively exective producing and co-producing, and God willing, Evans’s Blister and The Raid 3.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases wide on December 18.