Siddharth Anand’s WAR: Hrithik VS. Tiger VS. Gun Battles VS. Fast Cars VS. Motorcycles VS. Martial Arts VS. All-Around Explosive Action In The Official Teaser
It was in 2015 when I first caught wind of actor Hrithik Roshan in what would ultimately be my first exposure to Bollywood cinema with Bang Bang. I’ve since been a Hrithik fan after five of his films in total, while additionally keeping track of Jackie Shroff’s martial arts wunderkind offspring, Tiger Shroff who broke out in 2016 with romantic action comedy, Heropanti.
BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY To Re-Release On Blu-Ray In November!
Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) gave the world Japan’s answer to The Godfather with this violent yakuza saga, influencing filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs) to Takashi Miike (Graveyard of Honor, Audition). Made within just two years, the five-film series brought a new kind of realism and ferocity to the crime genre in Japan, revitalizing the industry and leading to unprecedented commercial and critical success.
Amr Waked On Netflix's MARCO POLO: "Lots Of Action, Sex, Politics & Nudity!"
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Amr Waked (Lucy) shared details about his character, as well as details about the diversity and scale of the cast and crew and production as a whole. “I think Netflix has made a very, very powerful production.” he says. “The value is immense, and the actors are so powerful, all of them, and each from a different part of the world. The amount of nationalities and languages spoken set was crazy – 26 nationalities and 30 languages, I think. I was very stimulated by the massiveness. The first thing that shocked me was the production value. I filmed in Kazakhstan and Malaysia. In Kazakshtan, it was in the middle of nowhere, in the mountains. We had to travel four hours from the airport to the hotel, and then two and a half hours to the location. It was very tough to film it.”
Choi Min-Sik Leads An Epic Battle Against The Odds In, THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS This Weekend!
Year 1597, Joseon Dynasty has been under Japanese attack for six years. As the nation faces possibility of loss with the Japanese military charging fearlessly to the capital of the nation, Admiral YI is reappointed as the Chief of Naval Operations and assembles a group of soldiers to defend the nation against Japanese attack. Japanese Chief Commander Kurushima (RYU Seung-ryong), notorious for his cruel personality and clever strategies, respond by destroying Joseon’s one last hope, the Turtle Ship. With just 12 battleships and an army of doubtful soldiers, Admiral YI and his soldiers face 330 Japanese battleships in The Battle of Myeong-Nyang.
The New THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D Teaser Skiis Its Way Online
Traction has been slow for the forthcoming release of director Tsui Hark‘s 3D period action epic, The Taking Of Tiger Moutain. Fortunately, with a possible December 2014 release looming, at least fans now get to see a small teaser of what’s to come. It doesn’t show much, except we see a modern day setting merging through a smartphone screen, transporting viewers to another era in history.
This is a little weird. Interesting, but weird… oh hell. Bring it Tsui! We love weird!
Set for a hopeful Holiday release later this year, the film is based on late author Qu Bo’s first book, the 1957 novel publication titled Tracks In The Snowy Mountain, which centers on the true story of a communist soldier who infiltrates a gang of ruthless-heavily armed bandits in Northeastern China. The principle cast includes Zhang Hanyu, Zhou Dongyu, Gao Hu, Tong Liya, Lin Gengxin and actor Han Geng making his film debut.
Check out the teaser below!
THE BORDERLAND Debuts A Second Explosive Trailer!
Check out the trailer below and stay tuned for more information as the months follow!
A Handful Of Soldiers Face Immense Odds In The New Trailer For BRAVO 5
Malaysia shares a pretty distinctive past between several decades of the last century that saw its government warring with pockets of armed Communist factions up until late 1989 when a cease fire was finally instituted. A few films have been done exploring this aspect of Malaysia’s history in one form or another, and this year, director Mohd Latiff Zami (Yeop Hitler) is looking to offer his own cinematic efforts for his latest action war epic, Bravo 5.
Some folks have their opinions about this particular kind of film as it is loosely based on a real-world events. Politics and historical accuracy aside however, it’s all the trimmings of an entertaining war film filled with its own share of drama, spectacle and action. So either way, if this type of film is your speed, check it out.
The film opens domestically later this year, and stars Beto Kusyairy, Remy Ishak and Sofi Jikan.
Against the backdrop of 1989, Bravo 5 tells the story of five members of the ATM Commando (Special Forces Regiment) tasked to locate the communist guerrillas who plan to dominate the strategic positioning of the central region of Peninsular Malaysia. Unfortunately, communication was lost due to faulty communication set. Without the aid of other troops who were supposed to arrive, they were forced to fight with almost 200 members of the communist guerrillas.
Concept Art For Wilson Yip's FENGSHEN YANYI Film Appears Online
Action legend Jet Li has seen his fair share of career highs and lows; His most recent coming as the result of his current condition in the form of hyperthyroidism which forced the actor to step back from his normal physical routine, a move that also reportedly took a toll on his ability to stay in shape. As a result, while the 50 year old actor’s career has given him plenty of space to relax and breath as he moves up in age, the future seemed a bit foggy as to whether or not fans would ever see Li do another action film, or more films at all.
Last year, it was reported that the actor stated to the press that he wouldn’t necessarily be making films for money anymore. In essence, it basically sums up the notion that he would pick certain projects — that was a while before reports of his hyperthyroidism finally went public. So other than the forthcoming release of The Expendables 3, fans shouldn’t be too eager to see the actor performing more than he can handle at the rate things are now going. However, details do await for Li’s latest cinematic venture, and it’s happening with none other than oft-Donnie Yen collaborator Wilson Yip.
Chinese media is currently circulating at least two conceptual pieces of art which are being used as references for roles to be played by Li and actress Shu Qi for the forthcomimg production of Yip’s big screen adaptation of the 16th century Chinese novel, tentatively titled Fengshen Yanyi, otherwise known as The Investiture Of The Gods. While other official news awaits reporting, sources indicate the new film will take place between 1600 BC and 256 BC, focusing on the epic battle led by King Wu against tyrannical King Zhou leading up to the fall of the Shang Dynasty. Furthermore, Li and Qi will be joined by a cast that also includes Louis Koo, Huang Xiaoming, actress AngelaBaby, and actor Tony Leung Ka-Fai, all of which may encompass some of the story’s human heroes, immortals and spiritual beings in some shape or form or another.
More information is required at this point, particularly as we are still waiting for some solid news on Yip‘s other previously announced involvement on Ip Man 3D. Other than that, it’s fair to say that Jet Li fans might have another epic film on their hands. And it’s still pretty early too. So patience is a must.
Go Behind The Scenes Of THE WHITE-HAIRED WITCH OF LUNAR KINGDOM
Audiences are no strangers to movie remakes and reboots, and there will be a few prolific ones for Asian audiences next month when director Jacob Cheng‘s new film, The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom gets its big screen release. With several versions of the iconic character having existed over the years, Distribution Workshop has since moved forward in promoting its film this year with a trailer already online to showcase the five-month long effort took to bring his latest 100 million RMB fantasy action adventure to life.
We are also being offered our first behind-the-scenes look (just at the top), a slate of stills and some solid new character posters which you can take a look at in the embed below, featuring lead actress Fan Bing Bing, and actors Huang Xiaoming, Vincent Zhao and Wang Xue Bing.
The film is expected to hit China cinemas on April 25, 2014 opposite Law Wing-Cheong’s modern-day swordplay remake, Iceman 3D.
Based on the classic martial arts novel by Liang Yusheng, it evolves around a pair of star-crossed lovers — a devilish outlaw (Fan Bingbing) and the righteous Taoist leader (Huang Xiaoming), and their love that could change the fate of the nation.
A Reality-Bending Story Of Love, Friendship And War In Two New Trailers For FIGHTING
A few trailers have made the rounds this year for the forthcoming release of Empire Symbol helmer, director Yu Junhao‘s new film, Fighting, also known as A Better Tomorrow (not to be confused with its prior uses by directors John Woo and Song Hae-Sung).
There isn’t much dialogue in either of the two videos, although they do appear to signify a period story that walks the line between reality and fantasy, between scene clips of war, two men fighting at center-ring, a woman levitating while glowing, and a butterfly landing on a piano before turning completely inanimate. Confusing? Yes. Weird? Maybe. But fortunately, we now have a synopsis that gives a bit more for Asian cinema followers to take in before the film’s release in China on March 21, 2014.
Produced by Jiang Ping, Fighting stars Peter Ho, Lu Yi and Wei Yi with Lam Wai, Hou Yong, Yvonne Yung, and late actor and legendary Asian cinema icon, Wu Ma in one of his final screen performances since passing away on February 4 this year at age 71.
SYNOPSIS (Special thanks to Z-Team member Lohan Buson for the translation):
Abandoned when he was a child, young GAO Ruofei was a very gifted boy. Twelve years ago he was picked up from the street into a home by Mr GAO who had recently celebrated his sixtieth birthday. Mr GAO took good care of him, but Ruofei never called him “father”.
In a car accident, Ruofei lost his amazing running power.
Deep inside Ruofei always thought his teacher Chen looked like a “butterfly goddess”. She encouraged him to join the family sport events of the school, but RuoFei strongly refused. Later on, he stole his teacher’s butterfly brooch but Mr Gao found out what he did so Ruofei ran away from home with the butterfly brooch and went to the place where he had been abandoned as a child praying that he could one day find his true father.
Then a miracle happened: Ruofei found himself travelling into the past during a national game.
Ruofei was strangely obsessed by an athlete named “Lone Wolf”, who had a very special charisma.
Lone Wolf’s dream was to become a pilot. During the game, Lone Wolf met an American guy named Jason whose family was very wealthy. Jason was a vigorous man who was determined to win this martial arts tournament.
Lone Wolf and Jason became the main focus of the entire game and a lot of people were betting on the outcome of their upcoming fight.
Finally, it was time for the final battle, the duel started, two different temperaments and two different backgrounds but yet the fighters understood each other, equal in strength; each had its own qualities and merits, making the duel very suspenseful.
Lone Wolf and Jason were once enemies (rivals) and now appreciated each other.
Who would win the final battle and became the real hero?
THE EXPENDABELLES Gets A New Plot
The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.
Bong Joon-Ho's SNOWPIERCER Keeps Its Director’s Cut For North America
It’s been a long, long await for South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho as he sought to see his latest film, Snowpiercer, get its day in theaters around the world, including in North America. Evidently, as the film launched its success story with rave reviews from its previous releases in South Korea, Hong Kong and France, in addition to its positive test audience ratings for the director’s cut against TWC’s, the film suffered from a major snag last year as Harvey Weinstein felt it necessary to chop the film down for its U.S. audiences in southern states so it would sell better as a condensed action movie.
This obviously did not settle well with the director and it ultimately lead to a long and winding debate that kept the film’s North American release in an unnecessary state of limbo while Bong and TWC sorted out their differences, until Thursday night when Deadline reported that a deal has finally been reached for Bong to keep his two and a half-hour duration in exchange for limited theatrical release instead of a nationwide release as originally planned in 2012 when TWC acquired the rights.
Snowpiercer is based on a French graphic novel by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette and tells the story of a post-apocalyptic Earth where a failed experiment to stave off global warming has forced the planet’s remaining surviving inhabitants into a global train known as the Snowpiecer, where its survivors are broken into an oppressive class system that spills into war. The news comes just a little less than two months before the film’s lead actor, Chris Evans is set to appear in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Snowpiercer is written by Bong and screenwriter Kelly Masters, with actor Song Kang-ho, actresses Tilda Swinton and Allison Pill, actors John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and Ewen Bremner, and actresses Octavia Spencer and Ah Sung-ko.
Stay tuned for more info.
Pain Runs Deep In The New Trailer For PUNCTURE WOUNDS
Lionsgate’s newest trailer has gone viral this week for the upcoming March 11, 2014 release of revenge action thriller, Puncture Wounds. The film has been a noted passion project for its lead action star, martial artist and MMA celebrity Cung Le for several years now since its earlier conception as its former title, A Certain Justice. To be honest though, the first title sounded like a better seller. In hindsight, however, the name change probably won’t affect the film’s delivery as a whole while action fans have yet another reason to enjoy action movies going into the new year, headlined by directors Giorgio Serafini and James Coyne.
Pitched as a gritty cross between Rambo: First Blood and No Country For Old Men, Puncture Wounds stars Le as a former soldier with PTSD forced to arm himself once more against the Aryan Brotherhood to avenge his family. As with his 2012 hit Dragon Eyes, Le also coordinated the action sequences with training partner, co-star, stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Scott Sheeley, and guest fight choreographer Jimmy Lui.
Le also produced the film with Skin Trade actor, blockbuster action star Dolph Lundgren who plays the villain. Actress Briana Evigan and actors Vinnie Jones, James C. Burns, Jonathan Kowalsky and Jake Jacobson round out the cast.
After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John finds himself struggling with PTSD. What little peace he had managed to build around him is shattered one fateful day when he rescues a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of the high-ranking brotherhood during the rescue, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis, the ruthless criminal leader of the group.
A Young Boy's Escape From Reality Turns Into A Battle Against One Mean, Giant Robot In CROSS FIRE
With a story and screenplay written by Michael A. Lerner and producer/director Dzhanik Fayziev, the latest film to come from the Russian filmmaker, August. Eighth. blends a real world story of war with science fiction spectacle that pretty much leaves you wondering if this was partially ripped off from the first two Transformers movies. So, it’s almost no wonder why a film like this didn’t pop on anybody’s radar, but it does deliver quite an intriguing plot that takes place in 2008 at the height of the Russia-Georgia war where a newly divorced mother forced to infiltrate South Ossetia to rescue her son, who transports himself to his imaginary world for his own sanctum, hence all the indiscreet nods to Hasbro.
The film has seen its ups and downs since its domestic premiere back in February 2012, but the film just made its way to its Beijing premiere late last week under the title Cross Fire. The film stars Svetlana Ivanova, Maxim Matveev, Yegor Beroev, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Alexander Oleshko, Alex Andrei, Sergei Gazarov, Anatoly Bely, Gosha Gutsenko, Hassan Baroyev, Lydia Velezheva and Anna Legchilova.
Take a look! No English subs though. Sorry.
Click here for the Russian trailer.
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