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MADE IN CHINATOWN Casts Newcomer Jay Kwon To Star

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This update comes from left field for me, but the word now is that up-and-comer Jay Kwon has been cast for the lead role of Made In Chinatown, from Tambuli Media and R4 Films L.L.C.. Martial arts stalwart and filmmaker Art Camacho (Half Past Dead 2) will helm the martial arts mob comedy with venerable H.K.S.A. member Robert Samuels (The Red Wolf) serving as co-director in addition to producing and co-starring.
Kwon, who replaces actor and martial artist Alfred Hsing in a robust, last minute recast, will make his feature acting debut in the role of Vinny Chow, an underdog Asian American living New York City's Chinatown. Chow's biggest goal is to be with the girl of his dreams, Michelle (Michelle Procida), and so with the help of a ragtag group of friends and the aid of his wise Sifu, he will rise in the ranks of the Italian mafia and become a "Made" man to do it.
Kwon has cut his teeth in both online as well as mainstream TV production; With select stunt performance …

Stephen Chow, Pearl Studio Revive THE MONKEY KING For An Epic Animated Feature

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To date, I actually held hopes that Soi Cheang would be able to live out a live-action quadrilogy for his take on Wu Cheng'en's classic tale of The Monkey King. The CGI-packed threequel garnered more of a lukewarm reception and that may have dampered further hopes, but maybe that will change. I'm not really sure.
Until then, any and all related efforts now lie at Shanghai-based Pearl Studio who are reportedly in the market for a new stake of their own in the mythological Chinese folk legend. Announcements out of France are hailing the project with the attachment of the incomparable Stephen Chow (BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated hit, Kung Fu Hustle) who is no stranger to the folkloric hero that has inspired many a TV, film and print franchise for years, including Chow's own Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons and its 2017 sequel from Tsui Hark.
The character's return to the big screen is being developed as an epic animated adventure for a global audie…

FANTASIA 2018: Second Wave Reveals Zombies, Bigfoot, Witches, Superheroes, Cynthia Rothrock And Much More!

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Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.

Erik Matti's hotly anticipated BuyBust is pretty much an all-in factor for the hardcore action fans already lined-up for its August 10 North American release from Well Go USA. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion starring Kim Da-Mi was another surprise in recent weeks showcasing a rather awesome trailer for I Saw The Devil writer Park Hoon-Jung's latest feature directing effort.

Also in tow are Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Searching starring Jon Cho, and awards and celebrations of the aforementioned Rothrock as well as other screenings like Victor Vu's Loi Bao which I'…

INRANG: Kim Jee-Woon Brings Classic Anime To Fiery Life In The Explosive Official Teaser

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Kim Jee-Woon's new film, Inrang, is doing a pretty ample job with the hype this week after rolling out a 22-second teaser the other day. My guess is that was only announcement with Warner Bros. Korea applying the Hollywood formula in kind these days with a full teaser now online ahead of an official trailer to possibly come between now and its July 25 release.
As for the film, Okiura Hiroyuki's animated 1999 hit, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade - adapted from Oshii Mamoru's Kerberos Saga at the time - serves as the basis seen in Kim's iteration; Transplanting from alt-1950s Germany, Inrang settles for dystopian future tale in the year 2029 following seven years of peace talks in lieu of a truce between North and South Korea, and the warring extremist factions from both sides.
Terrorist attacks arise and thus, a new specialized military force is implemented to counter the upheaval. That's largely what the footage as of late has offered whilst VERY lightly hinting at the …

DIRECTING A DANCE OF VENGEANCE: Director Sam Puefua Talks Revenge Action Thriller Shortfilm, MAMBA

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The latter end of May through early June saw the emergence of a promo campaign for a project now shaping up be quite the festival favorite. The project in question hails actress Sonalii Castillo in her latest electrifying role in Mamba, a new revenge shortfilm thriller from actor and filmmaker Sam Puefua.

"Sonalii brings a level of authenticity to her character," says Puefua who also co-stars as Sam, a former soldier who applies his skillset aptly as Kali's right-hand man. "She's a hard worker and very passionate about her role, and having created this character, there's no one better than her to bring this character to life!"
Heralded as a cross between John Wick and Colombiana, Mamba is currently garnering acceptances and praise from multiple territories in North America and Europe with Castillo having recently won the Gold Award for Best Actress at the Independent Shorts Awards. The project also earned Honorable Mention as well as Best Thriller Short…

ALPHA: A Boy And His Wolf Tread Through Peril And Friendship In The New Trailer

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Albert Hughes' new period action adventure, Alpha, has a brand new trailer rolling out this week ahead of its advanced August release. This one takes on mild, albeit noticeably different tone compared to last year's first trailer; the narration certainly lends a more family friendly tone whilst doing away with some of the more perilous shots introduced in last year's promo rollout. My guess is unless folks have seen both, moms and dads taking their youngins may be in for something a little more thrilling than they thought but it still looks like a fun flick to bookend the summer movie slate.
An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each …

Fukuda Yuichi's GINTAMA 2 Hints At A Potential Crisis With New Character Teaser Posters

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Sorachi Hideaki's Gintama is a universe brimming with colorful characters, and for what it's worth, director Fukuda Yuichi has done an albeit impressive job at manifesting it all into a reality for live-action cinema. He's back at it again with a sequel tentatively titled Gintama 2 and while we await its August 17 release with much of the cast returning from the first film and subsequent festival and rollout news to come, new character posters are out and about and teasing the possible turn of events that could center heavily on the Shinsengumi and the Shogunate.
Sitting center of the collage below is the 14th ruling Shogun of Edo himself, Tokugawa Shige Shige. On the left are Kawakami Bansai (close associate of the Kiheitai's Takasugi Shinsuke played by actor and recording artist Domoto Tsuyoshi in the 2017 film) and Oniwabanshuu-trained ninja, assassin and café worker, Sarutobi Ayame, who has a penchant for natto, is an S&M aficionado and is wholly fixated on our…

THE COLD DARK: Watch The Chilling New Teaser For Mikko Lopponen's Finnish Survival Western Shortfilm

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The relative chemistry between an actor and a director is a pivotal one for a film to succeed, much like that of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, or even Scott Adkins and Jesse Johnson of late. To that affect, I loved observing what independent filmmaker Mikko Löppönen and I discussed in our recent interview having follwed his work in the last several years, partly with fellow film cohort, actress Jessica Wolff and seeing how well they gel together.

Their latest pairing now awaits the festival circulation of The Cold Dark, Löppönen's latest Finnish survival Western thriller tale stretching nineteen minutes. That's nineteen minutes of chilling suspense and character development followed by a brutal second half in which our heroine is forced to fight for her life - something I'm always keen on with Wolff on screen with projects like The Finnisher and Löppönen's blood-gushing action-packed short proof, Eliza, the latter over which he and I chatted and sequel-hype…

WHEN FANDOM BECOMES FANATICAL: How Toxic Fans Are Ruining The Joy Of Films For Everyone

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Last week, actor Kelly Marie Tran was forced off social media. This came after months and months of harassment from those following her about her character “Rose Tico” who Tran played in the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian C. Johnson.

The Last Jedi is a interesting film in the current American filmography, the second part in a new Star Wars Trilogy under Disney. While a huge commercial success and lauded with praise by the film press, it’s easily the most divisive film amongst any fanbase in recent memory. From what this writer has seen, one either loved the film or absolutely hated it with no grey area in between.

I was about 7 or 8 years old when I saw the original Star Wars Trilogy on VHS. A few years later, the Star Wars prequels were announced and shortly released. To say that Star Wars has made a lasting impression on me is an understatement. As a adult, I still own Star Wars lego sets, lightsabers, clothing etc. With the new films coming out in…

WE WILL NOT DIE TONIGHT Rocks Out To Stabby, Punchy And Bloody Anarchy In The Official Teaser

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Filipino action and spectacle won't be limited to the tasks of one director on the eve of this year's New York Asian Film Festival. Enter Richard V. Somes who has directed at least two films with actress Erich Gonzales prior to their latest pairing for upcoming thriller, We Will Not Die Tonight.

A teaser was released on Gonzales's own Facebook fanpage late last year and thus, I've only just learned about it myself per its festival plans this summer...
And this is why film festivals are so darn important!
As for Gonzales, she tackles the role of Kray, a stuntwoman forced to survive a single night of terror - and that's about as much as I've been able to find for a plot with languishing too much through Google. The buzz also insists that Gonzales, who has up to more than a decade of acting experience, lived up to her hefty training regime involving Muay Thai as well as other matters of rigorous stunt preparation involving "staircase scenes, barbwires, shar…

WONDER WOMAN 2 Hails Gal Gadot And Chris Pine In A New Era With New Foes As Cameras Roll For A 2019 Release

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Warner Bros. Pictures has undergone a bit of a facelift behind the scenes in the last several months following recent questionable results with its DCEU films. Thankfully all else continues with Patty Jenkins moving forward with the production of Wonder Woman 2 just as Gal Gadot rejoins actor Chris Pine from the original film and which may take some explaining for fans otherwise not knowing of the source material. I'm sure not so... color me intrigued, pictures and deets below notwithstanding (click for larger viewing).

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office.

“Wonder Woman 1984” will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.…