EXCLUSIVE: Japanese action star, actor Tak Sakaguchi will share the floor as a guest panelist among other headliners for this year’s sophomore entry of the Iron DragonTV ActionFest. Submissions are now underway for the upcoming event which will be held at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater in Austin, Texas from August 10 through 12.
The humble Ishikawa native is a naturally well-known fan favorite credited for such films as Battlefield Baseball, Versus, Alive, Samurai School, Yakuza Weapon and Sono Sion’s Why Don’t You Play In Hell? to name a few. His latest action-packed starring role now sees him carving and beating armies of villains to a pulp for longtime friend and film partner Shimomura Yuji’s second directing effort, Re:Born, which has since been subject to a raft of critical praise from the festival circuit since last year.
Obligatory rules for IDTV Action Fest submissions and entries therein are listed in detail for attendees and local genre fans and cinephiles alike to observe at the official Film Freeway page. Last year’s entries were quite the mighty selection of shorts and features to beat – among which included winners such as Eric Jacobus’s Blindsided, Holy Bastards’ UCHMUCSM, and Kung Fu Darling with celebrated martial arts star Zara Phythian.
Among other panelists will be The Paper Tigers co-star, actor and stuntman Gui DaSilva (Captain America: Civil War – Black Panther stunt double), Blindsided 2 and Altered Carbon co-star David No, The Boondock Saints and Sinners And Saints co-star Sean Patrick Flannery, and members of local Texas wrestling league, Inspire Pro.
As for Re:Born, well…this site is now home to first AND second reviews of the hit thriller while the film rolls out in other territories overseas. Its next stop is in the U.K. before it hitting U.S. shelves in the likely late Summer/Fall and if this is your first rodeo for a Sakaguchi headliner, it will not be your last.
*This article was updated to include additional names of panelists.