THE HIT LIST – October 19, 2015
Former adult entertainer Celine Tran sets the tone properly after bursting into 2015 in solid action actress fashion, now with a reel this season courtesy of Vimeo. Following beneath is a playlist host to reels by Yokoyama Kazuhiro, Simu Lim, Kelly Phelan, David Le, Eugene Bonislavsky, Adam Gomez, and Team Bokator – the people behind Jimmy Henderson’s latest Cambodian vigilante actioner, Hanuman, and the latest training and choreography extension of German action auteur, actor Mike Moeller.
Action Demo Reel / Bande démo “action” from Celine TRAN on Vimeo.
The next comes from actor and filmmaker Joey Min, a.k.a. Master Udyr’s number one student back to save seemingly helpless damsels from foolish minions who dare cross his path.
Pro Tip: Yes, that is a monkey hat he’s wearing; No, that is no ordinary monkey hat; Yes, that was a boob he grabbed. Or was it?… Either way, it’s a considerable homage to Mr. Nice Guy in its own right. Peep it.
While this latest from actor and stuntman Jawed El Berni isn’t the first, I sure hope it isn’t the last. Pure action, laughs and a love of chicklets are the elements here used in the new short, GaRage. Chris Rosales adds his flair for comedy as a bumbling car thief alongside Anthony Nanakornpanom whose career is one I’ve been hugely interested in; He played one of the principle assassins in Sakamoto Koichi’s 2008 cult hit, Broken Path, so I already come in this as a fan of his work. As always though, the results speak for themselves as per the footage below.
And last though far from least, the past year has proven kind of fruitful for actor and stuntman Daren Nop in the wake of attention drawn to his latest shortfilm hit, Shadow Of 13 from director Godefroy Ryckewaert. It was his debut short with a leading role which led to a sequel back in March prior to temporarily disabling their links as a prerequisite for Cannes entry this past summer; From what I’ve learned, it hasn’t been all for naught with Nop speaking to some important people on the prospects of hopefully turning this into something larger, whether it be online or through television (personally I was going for a feature film).
At any rate, whatever the circumstances are, Shadow Of 13 is back online with its sequel re-opening next week. While both are replete with stylish martial arts choreography and performance, I fell in absolute joy and love with the first one with Nop front and center as the star. You can read my initial case for it by clicking here, otherwise just take my word for it when I tell you that when you watch this shortfilm, you’re going to want even more, and maybe then some after next week.
Watch Shadow Of 13: Part One right now.
As a noteworthy mention:
•The upcoming action short, Charger, has an official premiere date set for November 23 at the Music Box theatre in Chicago in conjunction with its online release. Spearheaded by Zach Livingston earlier this year with the help of his cast and crew on Seed And Spark, the short is designed as a one-take five-minute thriller focused on one man’s mission to rescue a woman, leading up to a major twist!
The production unveiled its latest poster to celebrate its announcement in accordance with the further completion of their crowdfunding goals, and you can take a look at below:
Native New Yorker. Lover of all things pizza, chocolate, pets, and good friends. Karaoke hero. Left of center. Survivor. Fond supporter of cult, obscure and independent cinema - especially fond of Asian movies and global action cinema. Author of the bi-weekly Hit List. Founder and editor of Film Combat Syndicate. Still, very much, only human.
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