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ART NEVER SLEEPS: An Interview With THR3GUYS

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My latest big interview comes from none other than three members of the internationa multi-crafted action photography and film team based in China, thr3guys.


I first came across this group a little after I started taking a closer look at some photos being shared on Instagram by martial arts actor and stunt performer Xin Wuku. These photos would eventually be part of a Roger Corman production that thr3 founder and member, J. Cheung would be co-starring in called Fist Of The Dragon, slated for a December release.

Since then, as I learned more about the thr3guys and their collaborations, I fortunately got to meet the demand to hopefully get some questions answered when I was opted for an interview by J., who also serves as action choreographer, stuntman and actor with photographer and visual stylist, Kamil Janowski, and the crew's newest member, actor, stuntman and action choreographer, Temur Mamishasvili. Common sense dictated that there was no way in any universe that saying &quo…

"Hit Girl" Juju Chan Set To Compete In The World ITF Championships For Hong Kong In Bulgaria This Summer

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Kung Fu action star, dancer, singer and former beauty queen Juju Chan is reportedly heading to Bulgaria to represent this year's World Cup ITF Tae Kwon Do Championships, which will be helf from July 15 through July 21 this summer. In an article posted recently at the Singapore online periodical, Lollipop, Juju stated "I've studied Taekwondo for three to four years and this will be my first time representing Hong Kong in an international competition...I've dreamt of being an athlete since I was a child so I will definitely do my best."

Since 2008, Chan has garnered several credits as actress, supporting actress and producer in films like The Other End Of The Gun, The Young Boxer, and the upcoming Roger Corman film Fist Of The Dragon, the latter starring Josh Thomson, Ellary Porterfield, Daniel Whyte and Maria Tran.

I rarely cover sports news since I can't keep up in course of the season. But considering the recent film news, I also want to mention that Chan and…

Alexander Skarsgard In Talks To Star In THE CROW Reboot, Not Tom Hiddleston

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I was never a huge viewer of the hit show, True Blood. Point in fact, I don't see a reason to start watching since I have pretty much missed everything since the episode, LOL. But apparently there are people who love actor Alexander Skarsgârd, including the people looking to cast him as the lead in the upcoming reboot of The Crow to be directed by F. Javier Gutierrez.

In an article on Monday from Twin Citiesby Chris Hewitt promoting three new movies set to release this year featuring Skarsgârd, the actor spoke about how he playing characters named "Eric" in relation to his character on True Blood, saying "After playing Eric the vampire for seven months on 'True Blood,' I'm always thinking, 'What's the incentive for me to play another character who is just Eric with a different name but the same personality?'...I do read a lot of scripts that are similar to Eric, but they're just not interesting to me."
I suppose it won't be too bor…

Awkward Table Talk, Some Jaw Dragging, And A Hot Skillet To The Face In New Clips For ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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Three new clips have been made available this week to help showcase what awaits fans of director Nicolas Winding Refn for the upcoming July 19, 2013 release of the action crime drama, Only God Forgives, from Radius/TWC. I love a good martial arts movie, but drama is a plus....and boy oh boy, is there DRAMA!

And considering what I have seen in the last three trailers for the film, I am happy to see this film taking off in the press as much as it is.

I do look forward to the early reviews, though, pending the film's screening during the Cannes festival on May 22. So, we will have a good idea about what have coming by then. For now, if you haven't seen the clips already, here they are, with French subs included.

The film stars Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam and Tom Burke.




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Ten years ago in Bangkok Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the crimin…

Ken Watanabe Gets An Offer He Can't Refuse In UNFORGIVEN (Yurusarezaru Mono)

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I have always enjoyed Ken Watanabe's film performances ever since he starred in The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise back in 2003. Since then, I've been fascinated by the possibilities of roles he could play in future Hollywood productions. That said, fans of Japanese cinema may want to catch on to his latest film, Yurusarezaru Mono, directed by Sang Il-Lee.

The film is a remake of the 1992 award-winning western picture, Unforgiven, which starred and was directed by Clint Eastwood, along with Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman and Richard Harris co-starring. And while Sang's 2013 remake looks more dramatic than anything, the film is said to be a jidaigeki samurai re-imagining. It sounds and looks pretty bold, and I can't wait to see it.

Sang Il-Lee film the movie late last year with star Ken Watanabe in the lead role, along with Yuga Yagira, Koichi Sato and Jun Kunimura. The film will be released in Japan on September 13, 2013.

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The story is set in Hokkaido in 1880, a …

Juan Manuel Olmedo Is Sworn To Vengeance In The Second Teaser For JUSTICIA PROPIA

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Over the weekend, Argentina kicked the internet's ass into an elevator shaft, threw a grenade at it and blew it up with a new, ridiculously fun action teaser for director Sergio Mastroberti's martial arts action crime thriller,
Justicia Propia
. Juan Manuel Olmedo stars, produces, choreographs and performs the brutal and pulse pounding, vengeance-driven action that audiences will be waiting for upon the film's release sometime between now and early June.

Tonight, we now have a second teaser with new, dramatic footage depicting the set up for what promises to be a very fruitful international revenge thriller. English subtitles are now available, continuing this week's campaign showing what the filmmaking geniuses over at Stuntfighter Producciones are all about! Check it out at the bottom of the page, and if you haven't begun following the film on Facebook or Twitter, then get to it!

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Diego Ponce (Juan Manuel Olmedo) is an experimented special force agent, wh…

The New WonderCon/CinemaCon Trailer For PACIFIC RIM

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Warner Bros recently unveiled a Wondercon/CinemaCon trailer for the upcoming film, Pacific Rim, from director Guillermo Del Toro. I gotta say, as much as Ron Pearlman and I (and a million other people, lol) wish he would make Hellboy 3, as frustrated as I am, I still have a soft spot for this awesome filmmaker. He has a great and intricate vision for all of his movies. But even more, Del Toro knows how to ante up, take that vision, throw it on a grill and fire that bastard up to a nice, delicious flavor, with just the right special sauce to boot!

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When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face …

Ryuhei Kitamura Confirms VERSUS 2

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According to several reports forwarded from Nippon Cinema everyone's action filmmaking fan favorite, Ryuhei Kitamura is going to start on Versus 2, the third installment to the Down To Hell franchise that led to the blockbuster success low-budget Japanese cult fan favorite, Versus, which starred Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda, Yuichiro Arai, Minoru Matsumoto, Kazuhito Ohba, Takehiro Katayama, Ayumi Yoshihara,Shōichirō Masumoto, Toshiro Kamiaka, Yukihito Tanikado, Hoshimi Asai, Ryosuke Watabe and Motonari Komiya.

At a recent premiere for his new action horror film, No One Lives starring Luke Evans, Kitamura tells us “The lead actor [Tak Sakaguchi] is retired, but I’ll get him to make a comeback. He’ll do it if I do it.”.

This is by far, the best news I have caught in YEARS. Ryuhei Kitamura is what drew me into a wider range of Asian cinema back when I was in college. I fell in love with Kitamura's unique blend of zombie horror and quirky comedy with H…

New Promo Footage For SNOWPIERCER

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Bong Joon-ho directs the upcoming summer 2013 release sci-fi action adventure, Snowpiercer, from C.J. entertainmemt. The film features an international cast including Sung Kang-ho (The Host), Chris Evans (Captain America), Jamie Bell (Jumper), Ewen Bremmer (The Rundown), Allison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Tilda Swinton (Constatine), Octavia Spencer (The Help), John Hurt (Hellboy) and Ed Harris (The Rock).

Based on a screenplay co-written by Bong along with Kelly Masterson, SNOWPIERCER is the live-action adaptation of the French graphic novel, "Le Transperceniege" by Benjamin Legrand and Jacques Lob, which takes place in the year 2035 where world war has thrown the planet into a snow-covered post apocalyptic state, forcing Earth's last survivors to board the high-tech Snowpiercer train. When their worlds collide, the survivors, divided by economic class, face an ironic turn of events causing their last best hope to become a dangerous and deadly battleground that…

The Final Trailer For FAST AND FURIOUS 6

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Universal Pictures has unleashed a new and last trailer before the May 24, 2013 release of Fast And Furious 6. The stakes are high and with more danger ahead as the story takes an epic road that sees Dom and his crew fighting for the family he once knew, up against a crooked former major and his team of special ops soldiers.

Fast And Furious 6, directed by Justin Lin, combines a great cast, fast cars, pure hand-to-hand combat and explosive stunt action that sets up as a possible first-half to a seventh installment with helmer James Wan. Actors Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Luke Evans, Gina Carano and Joe Taslim all star in this high octane action adventure thriller.

Click HERE to view the trailer directly on Youtube, and get your tickets early!

FILM OF THE WEEK-4/29/13: THE PUNISHER (1989)

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Frank Castle, a veteran cop who loses his entire family to a mafia car bomb, has become THE PUNISHER... a shadowy, invincible fighter against evil who lives for total revenge on his mob enemies. Only his ex-partner believes Castle survived the blast. Lashing out from a labyrinth of subterranean sewers, THE PUNISHER leads a heavily armed raid into a world of brutal crime and savage retribution. A world where only one thing is certain...the guilty will be punished.
Several years ago, Dolph Lundgren started making an even bigger name for himself, appearing in Sylvester Stallone's all-star action blowout, The Expendables, and director John Hyams's re-envisioning of the classic Deveraux vs. Scott rivalry in the Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, followed by Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning with Scott Adkins in the lead. And still, after decades of a continually lucrative career in the film industry, Lundgren is taking on Asia with Ong Bak…

The New Teaser For JUSTICIA PROPIA Shows Argentina Knows Action

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The guys over at Stunt Fighter Producciones have been quite busy within the past year working on a goregously explosive martial arts action crime thriller straight from the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina called JUSTICIA PROPIA from director Sergio Mastroberti.

With post production still on-going, in addition to a few more trailers on the way prior to the film's release, a new teaser is online. And it is chock-full-o-action, pure grit, adrenaline-induced fight sequences, and explosions.... explosions everywhere!.

Actor Juan Manuel Olmedo who stars as the lead, also served as producer, stunt coordinator and fight choreographer for the film. I will have a lot more work in between now and the next few months as the year progresses, but I will be looking forward to talking to Juan in the hopeful near future to discuss the film, his career and the future of Stunt Fighter Producciones.

In the meantime, check out the premise below, and the first footage from the film!



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Diego P…

UNVEILED: The Raid 2's Julie Estelle As HAMMER GIRL

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From a 20-man toilet brawl to a mud-soaked prison right, heralded action filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans has been keeping his fans and followers posted with all kinds of tweets and blurbs detailing the production of his latest sequel to the 2012 Indonesian urban-martial arts action hit, Seruban Maut, known in the U.S. and abroad as The Raid: Redemption.

With the release of new photos since production began in January, the expectations for this sequel have only been growing higher and higher. The action and scope of the upcoming film will be much larger, compared to the first. Gareth Evans explains in a statement from last year:

“We’re expanding the universe now, so it’s not going to be set in the building any more, it’s going to be out on the streets, and so it’s a much bigger film, it’s a much more ambitious movie. We’ve got some big action setpieces lined up.”
Currently titled Berandal (a.k.a. Punk or Thug) and slated to be titled internationally as The Raid: Retaliation, the story is set…

NINJA TURTLES NEWS: Setting The Record Straight One Year Later

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When it comes to anything controversial, people spin things and use the internet to solicit and certify mistruths that have a deeper impact on things. Such as the case with childhood favorite television and film franchises like the upcoming Michael Bay co-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (formerly known as Ninja Turtles). And a year later, it seems there is still not enough Turtle Power in the world to prevent this much butthurt over a movie.

Alas, here cometh Michael Bay, again, trying to explain things...AGAIN.

In a statement from Moviefone forwarded by ComingSoon.net, Bay chose to set as much of the record straight regarding the production vision for the film:

There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We're not...It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’r…

Producer Vipul Shah: COMMANDO 2 Is In The Works!

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If the excitement of watching Indian action star Vidyut Jammwal light up the screen in the trailer and subsequent release for director Dilip Ghosh's Commando: A One Man Army wasn't enough, then prepare yourself for even more Kalari-stylized action from writer and producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah. According to several sources, the first film has garnered so much success that Shah and Jammwal are now busting out a bigger and larger-scale sequel.

The reporters at Bollywood Life got a first hand reaction from Shah this month, saying "The overwhelming response inspired me! People including the aged and even the women told me that the theme befits a sequel. Also, it’s not about success as much as it is about appreciation. We will of course touch upon an issue that the audience can relate to. The new Commando will be made on broader and better magnitude. Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra and music director Mannan Shaah will continue to be a part of it and the movie is expected to hit the…

Knights Battle The Zombie Apocalypse In The New Trailer For KNIGHT OF THE DEAD

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2014 will see the release of writer/director Mark Atkins's upcoming period fantasy zombie swordplay action horror adventure, Knight Of The Dead. The guys over at The Action Elite were contacted recently by actor Jason Beeston who stars in the film along with Dylan Jones, Lee Bennett, and Vivien Vilela.

The film is based on a screenplay co-written by Jeffrey Giles, featuring a genre-bending, gory, sword-wielding, bonecrushing and zombie killing thriller that takes everything you love about knights and chivalry, and feeds it to the zombie army waiting behind your backdoor.

Fan favorites like George R.R. Martin, George A. Romero, Yudai Yamaguchi and Ryuhei Kitamura will love this film. So be sure to keep your antennas up for more info.


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Hunted by assassins, a band of crusading knights escort the Holy Grail through a forbidden valley of black death. What they discover is far more terrifying than the plague. Overrun by hordes of flesh-eating zombies, their only chance for survi…

New "Green Arrow" Concept Short From THOUSAND POUNDS Shows What Could Have Been

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With the CW's live-action superhero television series, ARROW, taking a ratings lead, the series has become a big hit among fans and followers of the DC Comics comic book character. However, long before anyone knew about the television show, the guys over at Thousand Pounds Action Company decided to apply their creative juices to formulate what would likely have been another independent, action-packed fan favorite.

Known for implementing their love for asian culture and action fanfare to their filmmaking luster and genius behind such shortfilm projects as Naruto: Dreamer's Fight, Street Fighter X Tekken, the Takanashi Yasuharu-inspired short fight film, Eleven, and the upcoming fantasy sci-fi martial arts clan warfare series, Clandestine Path, Thousand Pounds Action Company has grown to work some of the best and most talented stunt performers, coordinators and filmmakers in the making. Their latest conceptual video, Earth 3, is exemplary of that, and it goes to show just why i…

New Trailer For RED 2

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Bruce Willis rejoins Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Brian Cox and Mary Louise-Parker for the explosive action comedy adventure espionage sequel, Red 2, directed by Dean Parisot. Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough and Byung Hun-Lee join the cast of the film, set for release on July 19, 2013 from Summit Entertainment.

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In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive i…

Things Take Form For Marrese Crump's FORMLESS

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Prior to the release of the upcoming film, Tom Yum Goong 2, martial arts action performer, stuntman and choreographer Marrese Crump and hip hop artist, writer, actor and director, RZA, have been benefitting off of each other's creativity, brainstorming in Thailand with filmmaker Prachya Pinkaew and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai. Not a lot has been said since 2010 when things began developing, but for now, details seem to accumulate what will be an upcoming martial arts film production called Formless.

According to the Spanish-language blogspot, Cine de Artes Marcial, filming for the new collaboration starring Crump and directed by Prachya Pinkaew is set to begin this May, three years in the making since Crump began training and choreographing fight scenes along with Rittikrai and several members of the Ong Bak Stunt Team. The film is also being co-written between Crump and Anesti Vega who documented some cool casting details on his official website a few years ago. The names…

The New Teaser For Sono Sion's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? Is Online

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Twitchfilm reported on Thursday a new trailer for a new film based on a script which director Sono Sion wrote fifteen years ago. Sion apparently has a history of making sick films that fans absolutely love. I still need to see his films myself, including the upcoming manga-based live action take on Tokyo Tribes.

This week however, the action comedy, Why Don't You Play In Hell (Jikogu De Naze Warui) is what we are offered following its September release in Japan, starring Shinichi Tsutsumi, Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaido, Hasegawa Hiroki, Hoshino Gen and comedic actress Tomochika, along with Tak Sakaguchi in what sadly may be one of his last hoorahs on a film set.

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Muto (Jun Kunimura) and Ikegami (Shinichi Tsutsumi) are two gangsters who hate each other, but Ikegami is in love with Muto's actress daughter Michiko (Fumi Nikaido).Meanwhile, Muto attempts to make his wife Shizue's (Tomochika) dream come true which is to have their daughter appear in a movie.

Koji (Gen Hos…

Two Enemies Battle Across Space And Time In The New Short, CHRONO SHOCK: LOST ANGELS

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Back in February when I officially started Film Combat Syndicate's official blog, I had the distinct honor of sharing a dialogue with martial arts actor and stuntman, tokusatsu action performer and hero to the tokusatsu fan community, Mark Musashi. In my interview with him, he explained some of his views about his own strides in becoming a filmmaker, saying the following:

Honestly, I think I'm pretty terrible behind the camera. The main reason I started shooting my own stuff was that I just wanted to know how some people can make mediocre performances look amazing. When I was learning how to do stunts, I was always told to be aware of how I look from head to toe. But in the modern way of shooting action, we can mask a lot of the subpar movements with cinematic techniques. I feel that if I do want to work more as a stunt coordinator/choreographer, it is my responsibility to learn all of these tricks to amping up the action. Still, for my own projects I do want to try and strike…

KING OF THE STREET Hits North America This Summer!

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New reports this week forwarded by Martial Arts Movie Junkie and Budomate reveal that Well Go USA has acquired the rights to the Mainland Chinese modern martial arts action drama, KING OF THE STREET, which was originally released in China on July 27, 2012. The film tells the story of an ex-con who is forced to protect an orphanage from a ruthless crimelord.

The film stars Yue Song who co-produced and directed the film with Zhong Lei. Becki Li, Liu Ming, Wang Zaihe, Yang Junping and Hou Xu also star in the film, and is co-produced by Patrick Kong Lingchen. Song also wrote, co-edited and choreographed the explosive, non-wired fight sequences in the film.

KING OF THE STREETS will hit your neighborhood on August 6, 2013 on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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Northern China, the present day. After accidentally killing an opponent at the age of 16, and serving eight years in prison for manslaughter, street fighter-cum-martial artist Yue Feng (Yue Song) is released and finally gets a job with a remov…

Benedict Cumberbatch's Role Revealed In STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, And Other Spoilers You Will Hate Yourself For If You Look

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Geek Tyrant took to its readers on Thursday to share what most Trekkies have been expecting now, given some of the tell-tale signs that have been roaming for sometime now regarding the upcoming release of Star Trek: Into Darkness.

According to the article citing a statement from Furious Fanboys, following a screening of the film in Austrailia this week, it has been reported that actor Benedict Cumberbatch, playing the enigmatic villain known only so far until today as John Harrison is actually a reprisal of the character, Khan from the 1982 film, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. All that bullshit of him not being Khan and really ‘John Harrison’ was just a cover to hide the truth from moviegoers. Oh, he does go by ‘John Harrison’ in the movie…but that’s not his real name. He reveals his name to Kirk later in the movie.

The character was originally played by the late actor, Ricardo Montalban, who passed away at the age of …