At first, I wasn’t too impressed with the action design of the fight IN the underground fight; but after watching a little while, the fight is only used to deliver the message…and that ultimately is what got me to keep watching. I’m usually a very critical person when I watch martial arts movies, and I have things to say about how the choreography was, but I saw the reason why they casted this protagonist. They saved the best action pieces for the fantasy kung fu fighting that goes on in his head. The performers were very capable, and the special effects were also very unique, so I felt the pacing of the fight was very broken to fully appreciate it.
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Love is never an easy matter, especially for Yasmine. The boy of her dreams, Adi is back in town but he hooks up with Dewi, her longtime rival. Tired of her school and tied up in an underdog Silat club, she decides to take matters into her own hands and start leading the team. At first, Yasmine’s secret activities are well hidden. However, when her father eventually finds out, he decides once and for all to save Yasmine from what he believes to be her downfall.
Independent filmmaker, actor and Jeet Kune Do purveyor Ronny Vega is ready to tackle the second installation of his ambitious new project which delves into the very psyche of what it means to pursue martial arts glory. The second season, The Way: Fighters Twitch, picks up where the finale of the first season for The Way left off with co-star, actor and martial artist Khalil Barnett who also serves as series writer in addition to the new lead actor.
The new trailer for the first episode, “Hair Of The Dog”, has gone viral and you can check it out below, in addition to three character posters for the inspired new independent action drama series. Subscribe to the channel and stay tuned for more updates!
The Way: Fighter’s Twitch is a martial arts action series that examines the consequences of ego. A warrior’s path is no easy journey. And losing one’s way can lead to the destruction of the soul and the gratuity of violence. A mysterious organization with power yet unknown uses tactical manipulation, hallucinogenics, and occult forces to exploit the weaknesses and insecurities of fighters, pitting them against each other in illegal battles. But they underestimated a few, and will pay for it.
Independent filmmaker Kamal Robinson is currently in the middle of working a series of feature-length documentaries centered on the Brazilian martial art, Capoeira. Initially filmed in Los Angeles two years ago, A Taste Of Capoeira: Batizado Time!!! is reportedly the second in a series of films produced under Robinson‘s banner, ReDefinition Films focused on Capoeira and the lives it touches on a daily basis.
This time around, Robinson puts explicit focus on the events and workshops in the days leading up to the main ceremony for Capoeira Brazil’s annual Batizado, emcee’d by CBLA’s own Mestre Boneco and organized by his staff and other participants. And aside from the training and martial aspects of Capoeira, Robinson‘s new film will immerse you in the various interpersonal lives and stories of purveyors and teachers impacted by Capoeira, offering just a slice of a much more global community that comes together in various parts of the world to celebrate culture, music, athleticism, food, love and happiness, such is what a Batizado (Ba-chee-za-do) is.
Some scenes are more poignant than others, and will definitely grip you to see how some of these moments unfold.
The film was also funded from Robinson‘s own money and is FREE to view. So, while you’re here, subscribe to Robinson‘s channel, set aside two hours and get ready for an amazing, cinematic social journey. And by all means, feel free to expand the description of the video for links, contact info and other details about the documentary.
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Monmouth, NJ, May 15, 2014 –(PR.com)– Along the way to the silver screen with a new project “The Martial Arts Kid,” Traditionz Movie 1 Production Company takes a socially responsible step by dedicating the film to help knockout bullying. Partnering with “BULLYING…We’re Kickin’ It” a national non-profit organization that carries the name of former undefeated heavyweight Rocky Marciano and has numerous hard hitting supporters who help spread the charity’s mission. Former Boxing Champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer, UFC Legend Dan Severn, MMA Athlete Phillipe Nover support Kickin It along with 11-time Kickboxing Champion Don Wilson, who will also star in the film alongside another hard hitter, 5-time World Karate Champion Cynthia Rothrock.
From the week of April 26, the session took four days to finish, with each day accompanied by long, arduous treks through one of California’s national parks – one of the perks of partaking in what Rimburg solely describes as a “real Vlad-style shoot”. “When we got to our location the first day, I didn’t like it.” says Rimburg. “So, we hiked some more until we got to a mountain top. That hike lasted about fifteen minutes. It really killed us, and day three was the hardest hiking day there was because it was also the hottest.”.
Check out both trailers at the bottom of the page.
MELBOURNE, Australia, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Australian martial arts films have been few and far between, so Tom Kondovasis wants to make this one count. If it’s not the first, he wants it to be the best Australian action/thriller/drama feature film of all time.
I enjoyed previewing this interview for myself beforehand and learning of all of the names of the ladies involved in this massive project, and I am very glad to have had Wiley on board for the time I did as this is his final piece for the site before he moves on to other projects and responsibilities. And now, it is my pleasure to now share that very discussion with you, and help expand and grant the audience that Kung Fu Femmes deserves.
Perhaps the biggest spectacle that action fans might look for in director Ekachai Uekrongtham‘s upcoming international thriller, Skin Trade, would obviously be the action sequences featuring its lead stars, mainly Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa and Michael Jai White. And off of just wrapping the production in Thailand last month, we finally saw an action packed teaser reel that promises to deliver exactly that.
But for a project that has been in the works for several years for Lundgren, who also helped produce the film, it was way more than just another day at the office. Earlier this week, the actor went onto CNN International program Quest Means Business with anchor Richard Quest where a few bits of new footage were shown in between segments. Among other things, Lundgren explained a lot of his motivations behind the picture regarding the issues pertaining to illegal human trafficking, which is still an issue around the world, as well as how he went about approaching the role in light of such a heavy real-world problem.
Skin Trade also stars Celina Jade, Cary Tagawa, Ron Perlman and Peter Weller, and is produced by Mike Selby and Craig Baumgarten. The film is due for a 2015 release.
Stay tuned for more info and follow Skin Trade on Facebook. If you or someone you know has any information anywhere in your country or the world on human trafficking crimes being committed against underage children and others vulnerable, contact your local hotline.
Today, international martial arts action star Jackie Chan celebrated his 60th birthday to the delight of adoring lifelong fans around the world. For some, today also marks a special treat for those who enjoyed Chan‘s role as Mr. Han, director Harold Zwart’s iteration of late actor Pat Morita’s role as Mr. Miyagi in the 2010 hit film, The Karate Kid, based on the 1984 original film of the same name.
On Monday, it was made public that Sahara and The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner would helm the long-awaited sequel for Sony Pictures which would see actor Jaden Smith reprising his role as the character Dre Parker alongside Chan, and possibly actress Taraji P. Henson as Dre’s mother. Granted, further updates are still pending, although I absolutely enjoyed what the 2010 remake had to offer in helping showcase Smith as a physically able and talented actor who can meet the demands of exciting fight choreography, as well as the acting that suits him so well, especially with the next film that followed, After Earth. And the fact that Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with the sequel is very promising.
If part two delivers, I really hope it will make room for a part three. And what would be even more interesting to learn from here on out is if we get an encore performance at some point from either Dre’s love interest and nemesis, actress Wenwen Han and actor Zhen Weiwang, respectively, or Asian cinema legend Yu Rongguang going toe-to-toe with Chan once again. That, along with how to reimagine a climax that captures the essence of the 1986 sequel that previously featured Awesome Asian Bad Guys co-stars Tamlyn Tomita and Yuji Okumoto, would be a terrific treat. But it also lends to the curiosity of just which new players Sony is looking to invite on board for the sequel.
Just taking a stab in the dark here, but if I were to guess how far the casting people are looking, then considering that Sony also has a stake in The Raid franchise, I would not limit my scope to just China this time. As always however, we will have to wait and see.
In the meantime, Chan‘s next two films, Skip Trace and Dragon Blade are still play as far as we know. So stay tuned for more news as it comes!
The story revolves around a young college student named Sun Taiyo, who was born in Japan and raised in Los Angeles. The alien organization known as the Dark Matter Empire has captured Sun’s father, an environmental scientist developing technology to harvest and utilize natural energy, and is now targeting Sun. With the help of his mentor Tsurugi Sensei, he is able to transform into Fujiyama Ichiban using the solar-powered suit of armor developed by his college instructor, Professor Sebastian. Sun fights side by side with his girlfriend Sakura Sugiyama, who can transform into Sakura Ichiban. In times of need, new weapons and gadgets are delivered to our heroes with the help of the bird-robot Emerald.
Pablo is a young martial artist who lives with his grandmother and, because of lack of money, is about to take a wrong desicion. In the midst of an enormous confusion Victor will appear, a spiritual being that will make Pablo understand his life from an other point of view. An inner battle between good and evil.
Of course, with the release of Martial Club’s new shortfilm, The Rival Reunion, also comes a glimpse into how the team continues to flourish and evolve in the creativity of its kung fu choreography. Andy was very forward in talking to Film Combat Syndicate about what it is that makes Martial Club tick in designing action on camera. “We love being able to apply our training and giving exposure to authentic martial applications, while at the same time being able to freely create new things and bring them to life through film, and look cool doing it.”, he says. “We love to see the end result. It is very nice to see a simulation of fighting in the most glorious context possible. We get to see it presented in a perfection that’s virtually unachievable in the real world.”.