Following the recent launch of his new Traditionz clothing line, actor, world kickboxing champion and Martial Arts Hall Of Fame inductee Don “The Dragon” Wilson is teaming up with fellow actress, martial arts champion, action cinema superstar and 2014 International Sports Hall Of Fame inductee Cynthia Rothrock to produce the debut martial arts movie for Traditionz Movie 1 LLC titled, The Martial Arts Kid. As such, the new Kickstarter launched on Monday for the film’s funding campaign showcasing a team ready to take the next step in making this latest ambitious new martial arts family drama a reality, led by producer and director Michael Baumgarten. And based on the following premise, if you’re a fan of the genre, then The Martial Arts Kid may have plenty to offer for you with this familiar set up:
When troubled teen Robbie moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida from Detroit after his grandmother has had enough of his antics, he soon realizes that everywhere he goes there is somebody who doesn’t want him to be happy… and in Cocoa Beach, that somebody is Bo Whitelaw, the toughest and most popular guy at the high school.
From the moment Bo gives Robbie a beat-down in front of Rina (the prettiest girl in school), we know Robbie’s chances of living in a happy neighborhood are just not realistic. To help Robbie stand a chance of survival in a dangerous teen world, his estranged Aunt Cindy and Uncle Glen (played by action legends Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock and Don “The Dragon” Wilson) are there to coach and train Robbie. Along the way, Robbie learns defensive skills that will give him a chance to defend himself… But will that be enough to protect himself from Bo in an all-out epic battle? And will Robbie ever be ‘the man’ in Rina’s eyes? Find out when everything comes to a head in a final showdown that pits legends of traditional martial arts against MMA fighters in a battle you will have to see to believe.
The film has been in the headlines for sometime now prior to its forthcoming partial filming schedule set for this summer in Florida where recent auditions held a little over a week ago, with regard to casting and audition news. The titular lead has not been announced yet, but confirmed cast names are already starting to come together, listing actors Matthew Ziff and Black Cobra star TJ Storm as the bully and his sensei who oppose the titular “kid”. Other confirmed cast members include Natasha Blasick, Tara Cardinal, Super7ven co-star Inga Van Ardenn, along with Graham Elwood, Jeff Behar, Adrienne Camille, Daniel Moncada, Sofya Skya and Vicki Vodar; The new Kickstarter page also offers a little bit more concrete information on this new film and the folks behind it, which can now be observed in the new campaign video below.
As always, if you like what you see and wish to see this film funded, head to the film’s Kickstarter platform to learn more about who is involved, how to donate and the perks you may earn from your generosity. And of course, if you can’t donate, then spread the word and help The Martial Arts Kid beat the odds!
H/T: Alan Goldberg, City On Fire, Florida Today, Moviepilot
Actor Philip Rhee (pictured left) took to social media this week to unveil three working posters for the upcoming release of his latest labor of love, a martial arts family drama titled Underdog Kids. The film is Rhee‘s return to the set of a martial arts movie nearly fifteen years after leaving his mark with all four movies of the Best Of The Best franchise.
The film was also written and produced by Rhee, with a rough summary that centers around the character, Jimmy “The Lightining Bolt” Lee (Rhee), a former MMA fighter who loses everything after getting hit by a semi-truck while rescuing a 5 year old boy. In the wake of hardship, Jimmy finds his calling with martial arts as a vessel to mentor troubled young kids while preparing them for a major championship tournament in Beverly Hills.
Most of the updates have been scant since the film was shot through last year, but now that we are within months from seeing the film’s release, these new posters are a definite sign of progress. Check them out below.
Set to possibly release in August, Underdog Kids stars Rhee along with Tom Arnold, Mirelly Taylor, Beau Bridges. Also starring is Adam Irieyogie and Phillip’s son, Sean Rhee, along with a line up of heavily talented young martial artists like Rayna Vallandingham, Ryan Potter, Tyler Weaver and Dallas Liu, and special appearances by martial arts legends Richard Norton, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Danny Inosanto and James Lew who also serves as the film’s stunt and fight coordinator.
Stay tuned for more info and some trailer news as well!
H/T: Phillip Rhee, Action Movie Fanatix, Kung Fu Cinema
“I spoke to Michael Dudikoff about working together on a project titled ‘The B Team’. He seemed very positive and I’d love to work with him since we’ve known each other for years and have even worked for the same directors and producers but never in the same film.
Action superstar Don “The Dragon” Wilson shared some new pics from the Thailand set of the upcoming Toby Russell film White Tiger, also starring Cynthia Rothrock and the late Joe Lewis, with Team Sideswipe’s own Matt Mullins in the lead, and featuring action choreography by Kazu Patrick Tang. A tweet from Mullins on January 14th suggests we might not see a trailer for a little while longer. However, keep an eye out for a trailer for another film he will star in called King Of Vajara later this year.