Actor and director Ron Yuan pulled his latest major feat with a festive screening earlier this month at UTA in California for Blade Of The 47 Ronin. The campaign has already rolled out an official promo and character image gallery which you can view here and here courtesy of leading lady Anna Akana who stars in the modernized futuristic sequel to the Keanu Reeves-led 2013 Universal Pictures release.
A new Friday report by Variety‘s Patrick Frater confirms the completion Blade Of The 47 Ronin, the sequel to the original Keanu Reeves-led 2013 Universal Pictures release. Actor and filmmaker Ron Yuan (Step Up China) directs for a second venture with Tim Kwok producing, and a script by John Swetnam, Lucifer actress Aimee Garcia, and A.J. Mendez.
It was only a matter of time following our report and common knowledge among those in the know, but the hit Cinemax series, Warrior, officially added five new faces to the battlefield of the recently-renewed series.
As it stands, the future couldn’t be brighter for the fate of martial arts cinema on television. With Into The Badlands making its exit from AMC in a few weeks, Cinemax is officially next in line with its own roster led by breakout actor Andrew Koji in the new series, Warrior, born and bread from the mind of the late Bruce Lee and re-birthed through the auspices of daughter Shannon Lee, and creators Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm and Jonathan Tropper’s Tropper Ink.
Dustin Nguyen Joins Cinemax’s WARRIOR; Plots Vietnamese MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER Remake Later This Year
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Dustin Nguyen’s career progression behind the lens started only recently as 2013 with narrative features having debuted with fantasy actioner, Lua Phat. His directing work hasn’t at all proved partial toward any specific genre – signature of a healthy craft – but his continued passion for martial arts is always appreciated.
Alas, time will tell if his newest endeavor, 798Muoi, will pass muster. Nguyen also stars and is joined by lead actor Kieu Minh Tuan and actress Thu Trang for the upcoming road comedy about a man whose marriage prospects are withheld as he’s forced to make a choice between money and friendship when he finds himself in too deep with gangsters.
The latest trailer offers a little more insight as well with Nguyen starring as the friend – a blind character who is not only a little more wiser of the two, but can also dole out the essential kung fu beatdowns when acquired.
Not knowing Vietnamese apart from gathering visuals does take a bit away from understanding the full breadth of any readable or audible info about this or any international regional project. That said, this doesn’t take away my appreciation for Nguyen and I hope this aspect of his work never goes away….
…It also helps that the trailer is subbed. Just sayin.
798Muoi opens during the Tet holiday in Vietnam next month. Watch the brand new trailer below!
798MUOI: Gangsters, Hammer Girls And Kung Fu In The Latest Teaser Trailer For Dustin Nguyen’s Action Comedy
Folks in Vietnam looking forward to start the new year off at the movies can look forward to bustling action comedy, 798Muoi. It’s another jab at the feature film fray from Once Upon A Time In Vietnam star and director, actor and martial artist Dustin Nguyen who gets in some of his fighting chops once again in time for the Tet holiday in February.
Storywise, I can’t find anything decipherable in English while thankfully, we have a trailer subtitled accordingly to accomodate the wider masses curious to see what this film entails. The rest of the footage itself pretty much does the trick in inviting its attributed niche to a hilarious road adventure keen on bringing martial arts comedy to the masses.
Take a look below!
Regardless of whatever feelings you might have about actor, musician and filmmaker RZA‘s 2012 kung fu hip-hopera, The Man With The Iron Fists, the fact is it now has a sequel and as soon as this April, it’s coming home on DVD and Blu-Ray. On that note, we finally have some artwork from the folks over at Universal for The Man With The Iron Fists 2 prior to the film’s release, which you can check out just beneath.
Thaddeus (RZA) is back in this explosive action adventure inspired by kung fu classics. A reluctant villager joins forces with a mysterious outsider to fight off powerful evil forces, both earthly and otherworldly, in a 19th century Chinese mining town. When a stranger, Thaddeus, is found badly wounded near the village, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Kang) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.
Michel De Ruyter helmer Roel Reine directs this time around while the film also brings back a few of the original film’s memorable favorites, namely Grace Huang and Andrew Lin as the Yin/Yang twins who met their demise in the first film, so their addition to this film adds further interest to the intrigue. April 14, 2015 is the date, and you can now pre-order your copy at Amazon or wherever movies are sold. For reassurance, however, the trailer below should suffice.
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The film is expected to see a line-up of some old faces in addition to new ones, featuring actors Dustin Nguyen and Roger Yuan (Once Upon A Time In Vietnam), actress Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny), and Cary Tagawa (Skin Trade), with the fascinating return of Andrew Lin and Grace Huang in their roles from the first film as the Gemini twins. As early as it is, further details are pending as usual. In the meantime, after being teased with just twenty seconds of it in the previous week, the full teaser for this direct-to-DVD sequel is officially online. Check it out below!
Zero Tolerance is a high-octane action-packed revenge thriller starring a host of the brightest martial arts action movie stars on the planet; including Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2, the Undisputed Franchise, the Ninja franchise), acclaimed international action star Dustin Nguyen (Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, Rapid Fire, 21 Jump Street), Kane Kosugi (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, DOA: Dead or Alive, War) and real life martial arts champion and action movie veteran Gary Daniels (The Expendables, Tekken, Fist Of The NorthStar).
For as long as I have been writing on my blog, I truly enjoy promoting some films that gain my interest quite heavily and inspire me. One of which is the latest from actor Dustin Nguyen making his directorial debut for Vietnam‘s latest first-ever fanatsy action film, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam. The film was released late last year and began hitting film festivals in select parts of the world, and while I myself haven’t seen it yet, I love the overall look of this film and the starpower it holds, and I also love the concept it delivers as a Western Mad-Max type of film with epic martial arts action with a touch of romance and bloody revenge.
In a new report from Twitch on Tuesday, it was announced that actor and director Dustin Nguyen‘s latest film, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, has been picked up for multi-territotial distribution, courtesy of Grindstone Entertainment. The news comes just of the heels of an extravagant premiere in Vietnam last week, which included appearances by Nguyen along with actress Veronica Ngo, actors Roger Yuan and Jason Ninh Cao and fashion designer Bao Tranchi.
Actor/director Dustin Nguyen‘s upcoming film, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam (a.k.a Lua Phat) is in full promotional mode, as per the release of a TV spot from July, along with several new character posters, public exhibitions of art and propwork from the film, and a recent Dep Magazine photoshoot with actress Veronica Ngo. And with the film’s full theatrical release in Vietnam on August 22, BHD is not done making the next two weeks count.
Actor and action filmmaker Dustin Nguyen makes his directorial debut in the upcoming domestic release of Once Upon A Time In Vietnam (a.k.a. Lua Phat) on August 22, 2013. With the film having earned the attention of distributors at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, promotion is now heavy and underway.
Vietnam will get a first hand look at all the action when ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM (a.k.a. Lua Phat) gets its explosive theatrical release on August 22, 2013. The film is directed by, as well as starring Dustin Nguyen. The film also sees Dustin back on the screen with Vietnamese femme fatale Thanh Van Ngo, with whom he also starred in opposite Vietnamese action lead Johnny Tri Nguyen in THE REBEL.
The latest film to make headlines this year along with Dustin Nguyen’s new film, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, is a largely English-language action crime thriller made in Thailand called Angels from Gear Head Company and Kaos Entertainment. The film also stars Sahajak Boonthanakit, Gary Daniels and Ammy Chanicha, and is directed by Thai filmmaker Wych Kaosayananda, returning to the director’s chair since his directorial debut with the Antonio Banderas action thriller, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.