This year’s events at the 4-day Hong Kong Filmart were loaded with the usual assortment of titles and breaking news updates from various segments of the week. Many include trailers for such titles as Louis Koo headliners P-Storm, The White Storm 2: Drug Lords and Warriors Of Future, Donnie Yen actioners like Ip Man 4 and Enter The Fat Dragon, and even updates on Kwok Ka Hei and Ambrose Kwok’s Unleashed among others.
Emperor Motion Pictures made it official this week with the announcement of Raging Fire. Thought to be a new rendition of last year’s announced Crossfire project joining Benny Chan and action star Donnie Yen, THR reports that Raging Fire is an entirely different film altogether that will also star Nicholas Tse.
Much has been ado with Alain Moussi and the Kickboxer reboot franchise which still awaits a third entry in Kickboxer: Armageddon.
During the course of events at FilMart in Hong Kong, the official teaser for Dante Lam’s big budget action epic, The Rescue, arrived online from Emperor Motion Pictures. Operation Mekong star and director Eddie Peng and Dante Lam reunite for the fiery new thriller that centers on an emergency rescue operation and his pilot girlfriend, whose team find courage and camaraderie in adversity.
Expect to hear more from Roy Chow in the coming months with The Legend Of Condor Heroes and upcoming Dynasty Warriors still in tow. Having riveted audiences with Nightfall and brought what I among others still feel was a reverent Wong Fei-Hung reboot with Rise Of The Legend, he’s got actor Han Geng ringside for the new boxing drama, Knockout.
RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRLS: Remake Of Noboru Iguchi’s 2008 J-Splatter Thriller Lands World Rights At Nikkatsu
Just above is the first official photo out of FilMart for Nikkatsu’s latest world sales acquisition, Rise Of The Machine Girls. This one has nostalgia written all over it if you’re like me living in America and were once enraptured by the all-consuming line-up of gonzo Japanese sci-fi action and gore titles fresh from Media Blasters and its niche shingles – It’s the label that got me started on collecting DVDs in the early 2000s before the company dissolved in 2012, and yeah, I miss it.