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XYZ Films Picks Up Cambodian Martial Arts Comedy, JAILBREAK

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It was only a matter of time before we heard more from the happenings over at Kongchak Pictures who have been hitting the festival pavement this year for the new action comedy, Jailbreak. The film, directed by Jimmy Henderson and produced by Loy Te, made waves over at Hong Kong FilMart where it nabbed distribution in Korea following its local Cambodian release in January, and has since screened for attendees at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy in the past week.
The film stars martial arts exponents, actors Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our and actress Tharothoum Sam, actor Savin Philip and debut feature film actress Céline Tran in the story of a tactical police escort unit who find themselves trapped inside a prison and forced to protect a notorious key witness from the deadly onslaught of inmates and the murderous Butterfly Gang who have descended from outside. Featuring action sequences choreographed by Ly with brilliant lensing by Godefroy Ryckewaert, the film has stood resonant am…

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE: Bruce Willis Leads The Chase In The Latest Trailer For The Action Comedy

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Seven years after the 2010 cop comedy, Cop Out, scribes Robb and Mark Cullen have reteamed with actor Bruce Willis for their latest debut helmer, Once Upon A Time In Venice. The film is poised for a June 16 release on VoD and with a trailer already circulating, it's a worthwhile glimpse into something that looks a lot more vibrant for a Willis headliner.
It probably has much ado with the presence of actor Jason Momoa (Justice League, Aquaman) on the official artwork, providing the big name status cast a film like this needed to move forward. Here he plays one of the major hurdles that await Willis, in the role of a Los Angeles P.I. on the eve of a comeback, now afoot with a smorgasbord of crooks and gangsters in his wake as he searches for his stolen dog.
The key cast also includes the venerable Famke Janssen and John Goodman along with Thomas Middleditch and Adam Goldberg. Catch the trailer now from Front Row Filmed Entertainment.

GEMINI MAN Courts Will Smith To Star

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Darren Lemke's pitch for assassin thriller, Gemini Man has been in a development slump for twenty years before news finally picked up last Friday. Thus, with the film ultimately landing at Skydance and acclaimed director Ang Lee possibly game to helm the pic, it looks like the film could have its star.

Leave that for actor Will Smith to decide per the latest report from THR as he's being courted to play an aging assassin forced back in the game when he's pitted against a version of himself 25 years younger and in his prime. The studio is much more keen on the film's possibility through the advancement of technology used to replicate actor's faces as seen in films like Captain America: Civil War and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.
Lee will be joined by Jerry Bruckheimer who will produce with Don Murphy executive producing. Smith, in the wake of his appearance in the hit DC adaptation of Suicide Squad, recently completed David Ayer's forthcoming Netflix exc…

Well Go USA Announces Its Summer Rollout For Ringo Lam's SKY ON FIRE

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Following their announcement of Dante Lam's 2016 hit film, Operation Mekong, U.S. distributor Well Go USA is also announcing their presentation of Ringo Lam's latest, Sky On Fire. This one had its share of mixed reactions upon its release last November but still bodes as a fan favorite for those keen on actor Daniel Wu who leads the film on top of his current momentum on the small screen.
The official artwork can be seen below as well as the announcement. Watch this space for pre-order information.
Legendary filmmaker Ringo Lam (City on Fire, Full Alert) returns to his Hong Kong roots with SKY ON FIRE, the explosive crime drama packed with high-speed car chases, dramatic plot twists and fiery gunfights. The film also marks Daniel Wu’s return to Asian cinema following his stateside success on the TV series “Into the Badlands” and the international blockbuster Warcraft: The Beginning. Wu plays a security officer who becomes embroiled in an epic battle to protect stem cell resear…

Check Out Two Cannes Promos For Miike Takashi's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

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I suppose what bugs me most is that there's yet to be any decent poster art going online except for the same mobile viewing of the official home webpage for Miike Takashi's Blade Of The Immortal. The trailers and TV spots have all proven awesome though as the film looks amply solid as one might hope, and especially thanks in part to J-rocker MIYAVI's added touch.
As such, Cannes attendees can expect to catch the film next month for its forthcoming out-of-competition screening, as posed by Warner Bros. Japan with two short TV promos for the film which opens this Friday. The film is inspired by Samura Hiroaki's famed manga with Kimura Takuya and Sugisaki Hana leading the tale of a martial arts school heiress and her quest for vengeance with the help of an afflicted, immortal samurai with his own intentions.
CJ Entertainment, who was also reportedly involved in the film's early production stages, has also backed the film thus granting it releases in several territories…

Back INTO THE BADLANDS We Go In 2018!

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The season two premiere of the hit AMC Network series, Into The Badlands, was a homerun hit becoming the #1 returning show thusfar with 4.5 million viewers back in March. It's a milestone well-deserved after launching its six episode run back in 2015 from creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, and with ratings otherwise holding steady, much to the delight of fans, the show is officially poised for another round of epic drama and martial arts action.
Per the announcement:
Midway through its current second season, “Into the Badlands” is averaging 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. In the current television season, the series ranks as the #4 scripted drama on cable and the #4 returning drama, behind “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story” and “Fear the Walking Dead.”“‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Colli…

Peep The International Artwork For Jung Byoung-Gil's New Action Thriller, THE VILLAINESS

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Actress Kim Ok-Vin is currently poised to claim her spotlight at Cannes next month. Styled somewhat in the vein of La Femme Nikita, her newest starring venture, The Villainess, is well on the way toward a Midnight screening in May following its announcement earlier this month and with her own hapkido and taekwondo training in mind, a role well-suited in the hands of Confession Of Murder helmer, Seoul Action School's own Jung Byoung-Gil. Sook-hee, who was raised as a killer, has her revenge on unidentified men who murdered her husband. However, as she exits, she loses her consciousness and is brought to National Intelligence Service. NIS suggests her to live as a secret agent with new identity as Yeon-soo for confidential missions. At first, she refuses but as she notices her pregnancy, she decides to take the job. She gets fond of her new life as she meets Hyun-soo and dreams of forming a new family. On their wedding, Yeon-soo gets a new mission and it shakes everything.The film&#…

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Ups The Ante In The First Official Teaser Trailer

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Following suit from its graphic novel roots in 2015, Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service offered a feasible entrée of stimulating spy lore with actor Taron Egerton front and center. It piled on with all sorts of secret agent tropes and wit, intrigue, comedy and mystery, bookended by solid action and with one of the most memorable displays of violent cinematic action one could endulge.
We also got characters we could sympathize with, further drawing in the interest of where our story would go for those of us unengaged with the initial source material. Well, in the good standing of fans and with the intention to selling the hell out of tickets come this Fall, our select cast members have returned with a roster of new faces for Vaughn's latest sequel offering with Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and the first official teaser trailer is here as of late Monday. “Kingsman: The Secret Service" introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence age…

AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN: Satoh Takeru Awakens To Terror In The First Action-Packed Teaser For The Live-Action Adaptation

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Sakurai Gaimon's 2012 sci-fi action horror manga publication, Ajin: Demi Human, has a lot to its current story arsenal. How Bayside Shakedown film series and Shaolin Girl helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki is weaving it all together for its forthcoming feature film adaptation remains to be seen but right now, the teaser is something that needs to be seen to be believed, because it's looks too awesome.
For the unengaged, however, take into mind the presence of actor Satoh Takeru, known prolifically for helping bring to life Otomo Keishi's Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, now staking his claim as medical intern Nagai Kei, who is stricken by a car and presumably killed until he wakes up almost immediately and discovers himself to be one of many unknown hosts of an inexplicable translucent entity known as Ajin, mysterious creatures who have already made grim headlines around the world.
Imbued with untested, supernatural abilities - including possible immortality, it's a grim twist that ul…

THE HIT LIST: April 24, 2017

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Well, I spent most of my weekend relaxing as much as possible after covering what I could on Saturday. That includes my second interview with actor/producer/director Alexander Nevsky which you can check out here...

...on top of covering this week's picks and entries for the Hit List now online and ready to go with a stunt reel playlist that brings us Luis Vallardes, John Cihangir, Amanda Voll, Don Gough, Jonathan Nickerson, Kyle Glenn, Ellette Craddock, Hans Marrero and an updated new stunt reel by Patrick King. Rounding out thd playlist is actor and martial artist, the one and only Gary Daniels with a tribute reel from last month by Tony Coates!

There isn't much to tease this week except two items: First, we now have an image which you can view below courtesy of filmmaker Trent Dickens, hard at work with the current production of crowdfunded shortfilm, Panda - basically the story of one guy's trippy night out, ensuing in one big, violent, dilapidated, drunken, high, fk…