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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Arnold Is Back In Costume On The Set Of TERMINATOR

With a new connected television series still developing, filming has officially kicked off for the first of a brand new standalone trilogy for the upcoming release of Terminator. Several original characters have already been announced in addition to a few new ones, and with franchise actor Arnold Schwarzenegger updating his fans a few times in the past several months, things are looking pretty good for Paramount as production for the new film moves forward. And for the latest sign of progress, we have a brand new set photo showing the lead futuristic cyborg in full bad-to-the-bone costume thanks to TheArnoldFans Twitter account:

THE SWORD MASTER Director Responds To Fans About Casting

Following up on the previous report regarding the latest concept image for director Derek Yee's new film, The Sword Master, Yee recently took to social media to set the record straight regarding some reported backlash over the casting of his new film. The film was finally announced last year with film auteur Tsui Hark attached as producer for a 3D rendering of the Shaw Brothers remake based on a classic novel that inspired the 1977 film, Death Duel.

Get Ready To Rumble In The New Trailer For ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB!

Take director Joe Chien who directed the 2012 action horror thriller, Zombie 108. Now mash his vision seen there with that of cult director favorite David Fincher and Gareth Evans, and the efforts of producers Paco Wong, Gordon Chan and Paul Cheng and what do you get? Well, you get Zombie Fight Club! That's right, a film with substories, a few of which include loved ones turning evil, and a SWAT team surrounded by zombies and left to defend themselves with the only option to fight to survive.

New Footage From LUPIN III Is Online

Moviegoers in Japan can expect late director Hiyao Miyazaki's 1979 Lupin III film, The Castle Of Cagliostro, to be re-released with a new digital remastering as soon as May 9, with other territories to follow suit. This week, however, it was during a recent exclusive TBS morning broadcast that the first footage from Azumi (2003) director Ryuhei Kitamura's own upcoming live action adaptation of the initial Monkey Punch manga went public, featuring lead actor and fellow Azumi co-star Shun Ogiri in the title role.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Grudge Between Two Old Friends Unfolds In The New Trailer For MONKEYS

The 15th annual Jeonju International Film Festival has its Korean Film Competition finalists lined-up as of last month, ahead of the two-part event set to begin between May 1 through May 10. One such selection includes Jung Byung-shik's directorial debut, Monkeys, a feature-length Korean noir action comedy satirizing the indepenednt film scene. Jung Byoung-gil, best known for helming the 2008 Korean stunt documentary, Action Boys, and the 2012 thriller, Confessions Of Murder, trades the director's chair for an acting role this time around alongside Jeon Se-jin and Kwak Jin-seok.

Pre-Production Begins For Yuen's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON 2

Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh engage a sisterly clash of swords and will in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

Well, it's been a little over a year since it was reported that The Weinstein Company secured the rights to late Chinese author Wang Du Lu's Crane/Iron pentalogy which inspired director Ang Lee's 2000 award-winning Chinese-language wuxia epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Needless to say, it was a hit, and fourteen years later, the film is finally getting a sequel in the form of a prequel titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny.

Japan Gets A Nod From Tom Cruise In A New Extended Trailer For EDGE OF TOMORROW/ALL YOU NEED IS KILL

Following recent events at WonderCon for Doug Liman's sci-fi action epic, Edge Of Tomorrow, Warner Bros. Japan also released a version of the film's newest trailer for the Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starrer, domestically branded by way of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's original 2004 manga publication, All You Need Is Kill. Headlining the extended trailer which you can check out at the bottom of the page, is an opening statement of thanks from Cruise to fans in Japan can expect to see their version of the film on July 4 while the film bows in North America a month earlier on June 6, as so signaled by Warner Bros. brand new poster unveiling this week:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Embattled Hearts Converge In The Latest Epic Kung Fu Short, D.R.Y.

Registration is currently closed for the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge and there are a few entries floating around the interwebs as the event ends on May 4. One of those entries is the latest one-off short film K & K Productions' own George and Harry Kirby called D.R.Y. which sees actor Aaron Ly in a tragic love triangle that leads to a time-bending one-on-seven epic fight to the finish.

Help Don "The Dragon" Wilson And Cynthia Rothrock Fund THE MARTIAL ARTS KID!

Following the recent launch of his new Traditionz clothing line, actor, world kickboxing champion and Martial Arts Hall Of Fame inductee Don "The Dragon" Wilson is teaming up with fellow actress, martial arts champion, action cinema superstar and 2014 International Sports Hall Of Fame inductee Cynthia Rothrock to produce the debut martial arts movie for Traditionz Movie 1 LLC titled, The Martial Arts Kid. As such, the new Kickstarter launched on Monday for the film's funding campaign showcasing a team ready to take the next step in making this latest ambitious new martial arts family drama a reality, led by producer and director Michael Baumgarten. And based on the following premise, if you're a fan of the genre, then The Martial Arts Kid may have plenty to offer for you with this familiar set up:


Hey you. Yeah, I'm talkin' to you. Remember that sexy new trailer for The Crying Man that went viral earlier this month? Well, it's back to bring you that warm, fuzzy feeling all over again, and this time, we have English subtitles, a brand new movie title and an official synopsis that reads as follows:

Yee's SWORD MASTER Flies In New Concept Art

It was late last year that producer and director Derek Yee was finally able to move forward on his long-awaited theatrical remake of director Chor Yuen's 1977 film, Death Duel with its former title, Third Master's Sword. This week, progress on the film's production under Bona Film Group now goes viral in the form of recent concept art for the film now named Sword Master.

Take a look:

Go For The Kill: An Interview With KUNG FU FEMMES Producer And Director Tony Laudati

It was back about a few months ago that Film Combat Syndicate wound up in touch with independent filmmaker and martial arts enthusiast Tony Laudati, best known for his prolific involvement in his enduring labor of love, Kung Fu Femmes. If you are new to this project right now just as I was earlier this year, a simple click to the official YouTube channel will show you up to eight years of content that illustrates just how what was once a concept lagging on paper has blossomed into a longstanding successful cult phenomenon, featuring a variety of physically gifted and talented athletic females. Point in fact, it is was so impressive that it even caught our own Scott Wiley's attention back when he interviewed actress, stuntwoman, martial artist and Thousand Pounds Action Company member Amy Johnston, who can also be seen in a few of the webisodes now available on the YouTube channel. And it is this week that I finally get to feature his most recent interview with Laudati (next photo/center) as the series goes on a temporary hiatus.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Review: GUN CALIBER (2014)

In 2014, get ready to shoot evil in the dick. 
Soma Kusanagi may be your average miserable Smartball Parlor employee in Tokyo's Old Town, but when evil rears its ugly ass on the Japanese Metropolis, he transforms into the Gunslinging Superhero, Gun Caliber and fights against the evil organization known as "Skulldier". A group hell-bent on taking over Japan right after they finish their lunch break.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Brand New Clip From MMPR Features Two Soldiers At A Crossroads

Hopefully you haven't fallen too out of the loop since the official trailer for the forthcoming first installment of the MMPR series of fan films aired late last year. With another episode well on its way to filming with another cast member, director Dominick Sivili and his team haven't forgotten about the fans who've supported their cause in the past two years since the conception of this ambitious new project, and to show for their efforts, actress Dina Cataldi and producer Mack Khur have released a new special announcement video thanking their fans, accompanied by a brand new preview clip from the upcoming first fan film, featuring Cataldi as the Blue Ranger.

HIGH KICK ANGELS Gets A New Action Promo

Director Yokoyama Kazuhiro and producer Nishi Fuyuhiko are well on their way to showcase the resulting onslaught of high flying beauties and super-flexible kicks in their newest film, High Kick Angels. This week, following up with the recent airing of an Ip Man-style promo and action promo is brand new promo scored with the theme from Fist Of The North Star, featuring similar footage seen in previous posts.