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Sunday, June 30, 2013

RUROUNI KENSHIN's Live-Action Film Success Earns A Trilogy

According to the hype over at Anime News Network, the successful adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin has garnered a sequel.. The first film of the franchise, Rurouni Kenshin is based on the popularly syndicated series of manga novels by Nobuhiro Watsuki in 1994, which also garnered several animated video and film installments thereafter. It stars Takeru Satoh in the lead role as Kenshin Himura, a Meiji-era wartime assassin-turned-wanderer in 19th century Japan, seeking atonement for his killings, who is forced to use his sword again to defend a Kendo school, its owner and its surrounding community against an opium dealing crimeboss, his henchman, and a skilled swordsman from his own past. The film also starred Emi TakeiYu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki, Sanosuke SagaraTaketo Tanaka, Teruyuki Kagawa and Koji Kikkawa and was written for the screen by Kiyomi Fujii and director Keishi Otomo.

The film debuted at the top of the Japan Box Office upon its premiere on August 25, 2012, reportedly having earned over 2.5 billion yen in its first month, and earning $60 million dollars worldwide prior to its home release on December 26, 2012.

Production begins this summer covering the Kyoto arc, with Satoh reprising his role. Check out the trailer for the first film after the jump.


QUESTION: Did you see the first movie? If so, what did you think? And are you looking forward to a trilogy?

*This article was corrected on 7/22/13**

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Check Out Four New Clips And A Featurette For PACIFIC RIM


Guillermo Del Toro enters you into a world of epic battles between giant man-operated robots and sea-bred kaiju monsters in the upcoming sci-fi action adventure of the summer, Pacific Rim. Today, IGN has some new exclusive clips of the movie available for you to see, featurinh Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman.

With two weeks left, I suspect there will be more promotional footage along the way. So in the meantime, check out the brand new clips below, including a recent featurette for the film.

Pacific Rim opens in standard 2D, 3D and IMAX screens on July 12, 2013.

SYNOPSIS:
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 of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.










Friday, June 28, 2013

Bat In The Sun Presents: BATMAN vs. DEADPOOL


It will be a while before Deadpool fans get to see a live action theatrical version from screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. So in light of the recent release of the game, you can now see him battling the legendary Dark Knight himself, Batman, in pure, epic, fantasy fashion courtesy of the latest installment of Super Power Beat Down, courtesy independent entertainment company, Bat In The Sun Productions.

Headed by filmmakers and producers Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke and Nickolay Zamkovoy, Bat In The Sun productions has earned high amounts of praise from its audience for its high quality content, authenticity and brilliant application of original source material for a live-actiom format. Feel free to click the URL in the embed below for more information on how you can follow their content.

The New Trailer For UNBEATABLE Packs A Punch!

Director Dante Lam's newest MMA action drama, Unbeatable, came online with a slightly somber trailer last week. This week, the film is pounding the internet with a new Hong Kong trailer with more action at a faster pace, kicking things off in high flying fashion featuring Nick Cheung, who unanimously won Best Actor during the closing ceremony of the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival on Wednesday, along with child actress and co-star, Crystal Lee.

Cheung stars opposite Eddie Peng, along with Mei TingPhilip KeungJack Kao, Andy On and Wang Baoqiang, based on a story and screenplay co-written by Lam along with Candy Leung, Jack Ng and Fung Chi-fung. Ling Chi-wah and Henry Chan directed the action sequences.

SYNOPSIS:
After a stint in prison for participating in underground boxing, 48-year-old Fai is knee-deep in debt with no solution in sight. Once a contender in the boxing world, he is now a broken man who works in a gym as a janitor and an assistant instructor in weight loss classes. With no money, Fai is arranged to share a house with recovering mental illness sufferer Gwen and her 10-year-old daughter Dan. Even though their co-existence starts out as hostile, it slowly turns into a family-like bond - with Fai acting as the pair's protector. Hot-blooded young man Qi was once the son of a rich man in mainland China. However, the family business failed, sending his dad into alcohol-fueled depressing and forcing Qi to take up black market jobs in Macau for survival. To inspire his father to stand up again, Qi enters an open MMA competition and starts training at Fai's gym. However, Qi's fourth opponent in the tournament is Lee Yuan-Heng - a fighter best known for his ferocity in the ring...


A New Terminator Trilogy Is In The Works, Schwarzenegger To Return

I personally never thought that the Terminator franchise would get a reboot, particularly considering how epic the orginally story was from the beginning. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though, considering that we are in an age of remakes and reboots. And now that the very franchise that helped boost director James Cameron's career back in 1984 is back in the headlines with a new press release courtesy of Paramount Pictures, I wouldn't be surprised if Avatar gets rebooted.

Not to sound cynical or anything, particularly since I support good movies in general, whether they are reboots or not. However, it is a bit awkward that we never really see the end of the war between John Connor and the Human Resistance, and the Terminators hell bent on eliminating all humanity, especially after the events in Terminator: Salvation, which I enjoyed (I sort of thought it was a reboot already).

Oh well, if there is potential here to revitalize the fanbase and reintroduce the now 30-year old franchise to a new generation of sci-fi geeks, then I say go for it.

On that note, here is the important stuff:

Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.

The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.

Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.

Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.

In case you missed it, it was recently reported that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is currently being picked for the main role in The Toxic Avenger reboot, is coming back to the Terminator franchise as well, as...you guessed it, a Terminator.

The former governor of California is also set for another Conan film and a sequel to the 1988 Schwarzenegger/DeVito action comedy, Twins, called Triplets, also starring Eddie Murphy.

So what do you guys think? Are you eager to see a new trilogy? Will you miss the story of Kyle Reese, Sarah Connor and son, John? Feel free to comment below or on Facebook.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The New Indiegogo Campaign For UK Action Short, DOG, Is Online



The gang over at SG Action recently debuted several action and drama scenes in two new music videos featuring U.K. hip-hop artist, Dream McClean, actors Simon Wan and Martin Wan, and actress Sophia Del Pizzo. Today, however, they are releasing a new crowd funding campaign to help complete the actual film itself entitled Dog.

The New Trailer For THE ESCAPE PLAN Is Online!

Formally titled "The Tomb", the new trailer is out for director Mikael Halfstrom's prison break action thriller, The Escape Plan. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio and Amy Ryan, and will release on October 18, 2013, courtesy of Summit.

SYNOPSIS:
One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb." Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.

Check out the new trailer courtesy of IGN.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gritty Martial Arts Actioner 1 LAWAN SATU (ONE ON ONE) Releases Domestically Today

Much hasn't been said about director Pierre Andre's Malaysian martial arts drama, 1 Lawan Satu (a.k.a. One On One) since Twitch broke the story with a short teaser back in Jaunary, followed by a longer trailer in April. Now, at least on my part from what I know, we now have a release date for the film, which clearly states on the poster (pictured left) starting today, June 27, 2013.

I wonder if we will hear more about this movie in terms of distribution. Oh well, we'll see.

1 Lawan Satu stars Mikail Andre, Azlan Komeng, Fyza Kadir and Along Eyzendy. If you live in Malaysia and you plan on seeing this movie sometime soon, drop us a review in the comment section and let us know your thoughts.

SYNOPSIS:
Every fighter has their stories… So does SALEH and RADHI, two fighters that is estranged from each other meet on the arena for the battle that they fight for the one they love the most. SALEH came from a family that teaches him to fight for honor and protects whilst RADHI fight for the sake of his sister’s life. SALEH came to the city with the promise he made to his parents to find his lost sister, SALEHA. The promise is not easily kept.

He came to know that SALEHA is being captive by OMAN. With NORA by his side, SALEH went on to his journey to save SALEHA. But for RADHI, OMAN is someone that owns him as OMAN is paying him to fight with him. And the price for it is more than enough to save SARA’s life. RADHI became OMAN’s toys to gain profit and fate brought him and SALEH to the arena of Malaysian Super Fighter 2012.

Both RADHI and SALEH fight their own battle till it’s time for them to fight each other. Two fighter meet eye to eye and fight for someone else life and not their own. Nor RADHI or SALEH would ever give up. They give their best.

Who will win this fight? Will SALEH win and take back SALEHA to his parents safely? Or will RADHI wins and save SARA’s life? All of this will be revealing in this action pack film ‘1 LAWAN SATU’…

'2 GUNS' Director To Helm Filipino Drama ON THE JOB

Sources indicated this week that filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur is being tapped to bring co-writer and director Erik Matti's Filipino crime drama, On The Job, to North American audiences for a remake. The announcement originally came in about a week prior to today's news, but we now know that XYZ Films, the people backing The Raid 2 and action star Joe Taslim's upcoming role in The Night Comes For Us, will be producing along with Kormakur.

The news comes just less than a month after Matti's film successfully caught the attention of North American movie distributor, Well Go USA.

Erik Matti's film, co-written by Michiko Yamamoto, stars Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Piolo Pascual, and Joey Marquez, based on real-life events involving recent stories of political corruption, with politicians tied to mobsters, and organized hits using day-release prisoners as assassins. Star Cinema is releasing the film in the Philippines this July, with Well Go USA theatrically releasing the film for limited screens in North America this Fall.

Kormakur's next film, 2 Guns opens nationwide on August 2, 2013.

Check out the Cannes Film Festival trailer for the movie below amd share your thoughts!


QUESTION: Are you looking forward to an American remake of On The Job?

Super Sentai Heroes Battle Evil Sorcery In KAMEN RIDER WIZARD IN MAGIC LAND

A duo trailer premiered back in early June which included promotion for the upcoming tokusatsu adventure, Kamen Rider Wizard In Magic Land, written by Junko Komura and directed by Shojiro Nakazawa. Based on the Toei Company televsion series, the film will star Shunya Shiraishi as Haruto, a Kamen Rider who is transported along with his friends to Magic Land, a land where magic has made science obsolete. Ultimately he is forced to battle Magic Land's evil Prime Minister, Kamen Rider Sorceror, who is bent on using his arsenal of four wizard rings to defeat Kamen Rider Wizard and dominate Earth with the goal of making science obsolete.

The film also stars Tasuku Nagase, Junki Tozuka, Yuko Takayama and Hisahiro Ogura, along with Makoto Okunaka, Takanori Jinnai and Shugo Oshinari and is due out in theaters on August 3, 2013 in Japan. The film also marks actor 54 year old Takanori Jinnai as the oldest living actor to transform into a Kamen Rider since actor Hiroyuki Watanabe's role as Kamen Rider Gaoh in 2007.

The film also carries double billing with Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Gaburincho Of Music, the first ever tokusatsu musical based on the same series which premieres on the same date.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

VIGILANTE DIARIES: Episode 1 Is Now Online

The first episode of executive producer and director Christian Sesma's latest hyperviolent, graphic novel-stylized, first-person action thrill ride, Vigilante Diaries is now available to the public, courtesy of Machinima ETC. The series was created by Paul Sloan who stars along with Jason Mewes, Kevin L. Walker, Jacqueline Lord and Jessica Uberuaga.

Sesma's bold new series is also available for viewing over at Chill.com, where the biggest difference lies in the amount of gratuitous violence, action, foul language, nudity and all other kinds of content that typically isn't allowed on Youtube. So the only way you can fully enjoy the series and what it has to offer, as well as keep it going for more seasons, is to visit Chill.com and purchase each episode for your raw, uncensored, uncut, blood-soaked viewing pleasure.

In the meantime, you can check out the censored version in the embed below where you may also learn more information about the series in the description.

New Posters + More For James Mangold's THE WOLVERINE

Today we have new promotional posters for director James Mangold's upcoming standalone superhero follow-up adventure, The Wolverine. The new posters an international poster and three more sumi-ink posters featuring characters Mariko Yashida, Shingen Yashida and the pre-Silver Samurai warrior, Kenuichio Harada played by Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada and Will Yun Lee, respectively.

The posters come courtesy of the lucky folks over at ComingSoon.net who got to see up to 20 minutes of footage from the film, as well as interview the director who shared some details about the filming process, what lies ahead, and what fans may expect. Click the link in the previous line to check it out.

Hugh Jackman stars in his sixth reprisal of the heroic character from the X-Men franchise before his next appearance in Bryan Singer's forthcoming film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The film also stars Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee and Famke Janssen. The Wolverine is due out in North American theaters on July 26, 2013.

SYNOPSIS:
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. 



[UPDATED] Behind The Scenes Footage & Photos From The Set Of TRACERS

A new film is currently in production for spanish director Daniel Benmayor's action thriller, Tracers. The Hollywood Reporter initially spoke of the film back in mid-May 2012, regarding the film's representation by FilmNation Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival.

Tracers is being shot on location in New York City starring Taylor Lautner as a bike messenger indebted to the mafia, whose chance meeting with a sexy stranger leads him into her world, and the thrill of underground freerunning culture.

In my opinion, this is a very good opportunity for Lautner to continue evolving as a potential action hero, seeing as how he is also a martial artist. Aside from the 2011 film, Abduction, and the Twilight movies, a much younger Lautner displayed impressive screenfighting skills as an early-stage genetically enhanced killer in the film, Shadow Fury, directed by Alpha stunts co-founder and action choreographer, Tatsuro Koike.

In an interview with MTV last year as the film had just been greenlit, producer Wyck Godfrey shared his thoughts about the upcoming film with regard to the genre, saying, "I think we all have seen parkour as action sequences in movies, but we haven't delved into the denizens of that world and what that's about. I kind of think of it as an action-heavy Gus Van Sant movie, because you really dig into this society."

Head on over to Daily Mail to check out exclusive photos from the set featuring Lautner with actor and stuntman Sam Medina. You can also check out some raw behind the scenes footage from the set below. The footage is from June 19, 2013, on location in upper Manhattan, in addition to Monday's footage just beneath it, dated June 24, 2013.



Tracers stars Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropolous, with a screenplay by Leslie Bohem, Matt Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott. Godfrey produces along with Marty Bowen, D. Scott Lumpkin and co-producer Adam C. Londy. Gary Powell and Lee Morrison, the creative minds behind the amazing stunts seen in the 2012 Thanksgiving blockbuster, Skyfall, are directing the action. The film is aiming for a 2014 release from Temple Hill Entertainment.

Photo: Gossip Center

Idris Elba Unites His Army In The New TV Spot For Pacific Rim


A special two-minute television spot for co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro's kaiju battle-loaded epic robot jox actioner, Pacific Rim is online. The film opens in 2D and 3D, and in IMAX on July 12, 2013, courtesy of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.
SYNOPSIS:
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 of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Eric And Irvin Nguyen Take Viewers On THE FIGHTING JOURNEY

Independent filmmaking and Lunar Stunts action duo Eric Nguyen and brother Irvin Nguyen have introduced a new martial arts miniseries called The Fighting Journey. Their first clip shows the two featuring some more of their experimental choreography, as part of a project that will help expand their screenfighting with other performers.

Eric explains his motivation a little further, saying "I made a lot of test fights, so I asked myself 'What if I start making fight sketches, into, like, a series?' Irvin agreed with my idea. This way, especially at this moment, I can really show my ability to choreograph fight scenes. For 'The Fighting Journey', I can incorporate different fighters from different stunt teams. The challenge, however, is to keep my audience interested and I'm willing to take on the challenge!".

The folks over at Lunar Stunts are also keeping busy with their own acting and filmmaking endeavors, currently working on an upcoming project with fellow actor and martial arts stunt performer Jeffrey Griffith called Fair Game. No details are available just yet as the project is currently developing, so stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, feel free to subscribe to their channel where you can check out the clip below, along with some screenshots below, and enjoy!






New RED 2 Clips Are Online

With the July 19, 2013 release date approaching for director Dean Parisot's upcoming film, Red 2., and the cast already reaching out to producers for a third film, new clips have made their way online for viewing below. The cast includes returning members Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, with some new faces that include Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and introducing Byung Hun Lee, back on set with Willis since their roles in the second installment of the trilogy-to-be, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

The film also stars David Thewlis and Neal McDonough. Red 3 is currently in development.

SYNOPSIS:
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 in the process.









Cody Hackman Seeks Revenge In The New Teaser For TAPPED


A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man that killed his parents.


It looks like the mixed martial arts film genre isn't going away anytime soon. This week shows Canada native, 5-time karate champion martial artist and actor Cody Hackman in the lead for the upcoming film, Tapped, from director Allan Ungar. The hype surrounding the film mainly stems from the apparances of familiar MMA favorites such as Krzysztof Soszynski, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and action movie familiars like Martin Kove and Michael Biehn.

One other thing credible here about the film's lead, Hackman, is that he already has several screen credits to his name, which promises something to look forward to for film goers looking forward to seeing actors who know how to fight on screen. In any case, fans of films like Here Comes The Boom, Never Back Down 1 and 2 and the upcoming Nick Cheung headliner, Unbeatable, can very well look forward to what Tapped has to offer when it arrives.

Follow the film on Facebook and stay tuned for an upcoming release date!

Film Of The Week: SPECIAL FORCES (2003)


SYNOPSIS:
An American journalist is kidnapped by rogue Eastern European forces while committing ethnic cleansing. A US special forces team headed by Major Harding and Talbot, a seasoned SAS operative attempt a rescue. after the attempted rescue is thwarted, the team members, except for Talbot, are either killed or captured. Armed with lethal martial arts ability, Talbot steps in to assist Harding in completing the mission.
Actor Scott Adkins is one of the most major milestone figures in action cinema history. I first discovered him in an an action scene for the television show Mutant X, though he was mostly an unknown at the time.

Eventually his career would lead him to future roles in TV and film spanning from the U.K. to H.K., including films like Extreme Challenge and Black Mask 2: City Of Masks. Fast forward to 2013, where his talents in acting and screen fighting have granted him to become one of action stars with a huge fanbase worldwide. And while some of his films favor differently for people, most notably the highly acclaimed Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, and Undisputed 3: Redemption, one of his earliest films stands out the most to me: Special Forces.

The film was my second experience with an Isaac Florentine movie upon renting it from the video store, and thankfully I knew who he was after watching U.S. Seals 2: The Ultimate Force, on top of already being a fav of television shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and WMAC Masters.  Florentine is one of the best directors I have seen translate Hong Kong-stylized action sequences for the American market, next to Corey Yuen (No Retreat No Surrender) and Steve Wang (Guyver 2: Dark Hero, Drive) to name a few. And with Hong Kong action reaching its peak in North America in the early 2000s with Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh leading the crossover, Florentine could not have come onto the scene at a better time.

Marshall R. Teague and Eli Danker star, respectively, as Army Major Harding, whose latest mission finds him crossing paths with with an old enemy, a psychotic Colonel Rafendek, who seizes command of the military of the former Soviet republic of Muldonia. Supporting Teague's character is actor Tim Abell, who was most known to me from another military-based television action series called Soldier Of Fortune. He plays the Major's closest confidant, Jess, who makes sure the Major has his head on straight and is focused on the mission, despite confronting the very man who brought him at the closest to death he has ever been.


Together, their team, played by T.J. Rotolo, Troy Mittleider and Daniel Lee Clark, go behind enemy lines to locate the camp and rescue the Colonel's hostage, Wendy, played by Daniella Deutscher, an American reporter who gets kidnapped while trying to capture his atrocities on film.

Soon, under the cover of night, our heroes find themselves under heavy enemy fire until a rogue operative rescues them. They later discover he is a British intelligence officer named Talbot, played very well by Adkins, who spent years undercover spying on the military while waiting for the right moment to get even with the Colonel's right hand man, who kills his partner, Zaman, played by Vladislavas Jacukevicius, earlier in the film.


The plot thickens when film the team's pivotal rescue is sabotaged and they find themselves ambushed by Rafendek's entire military. With nowhere to turn, Harding and his crew are immediately cornered by Rafendek and his man. And only Talbot can save the Major and give him a fighting chance to rescue Wendy and finish Rafendek off once and for all.

David N. White provided the screenplay for the film, which serves as an almost perfect, low-budget non-stop actiom spectacle, full of its share of heroic bloodshed, vengeance, patriotic  and quality martial arts action. The fight scenes were served exquisitely by Florentine vision, along with stunt coordinators Hiro Koda and Alpha Stunts founding member Akihiro "Yuji" Noguchi who designed the film's action sequences very brilliantly. And each actor had a moment to shine, with scenes that were shot excellently to suit the very stylizings of Asian action cinema. Teague, himself, is a very talented actor, having done action roles before, including his exemplary performance as the villain opposite the late Patrick Swayze in the 1989 action thriller, Road House. I saw him in U.S. Seals 2 prior to Special Forces, along with his role as one of the astronauts in the 1998 diaster movie, Armageddon, and considering what happened in that film, I was glad to see him back on the screen with a more significant role. And I would have loved to have seen him in more films with Florentine, or in other action films to this day.

To be honest though, the real milk and cookies of this movie comes in the form of Scott Adkins, who does not hesitate to impress for the camera in the least bit, pulling some of the sickest moves I have seen on screen, in addition to one of the most memorable fight scenes ever choreographed for a movie between him and Jacukevicius. It is this particular scene that was most reminiscent of the classic fight scene between Jackie Chan and Benny "The Jet" Urquidez in Wheels On Meals. The mechanics of that fight scene are so brilliant that at one point I was literally howling at the screen because it was so awesome to watch. And it is fight scenes like this which only further my opinion highlighting the recognition and extra backing that filmmakers like Florentine deserve.

The bottom line: Special Forces aims to please any action fan looking for a good film to escape reality with. It was a great vehicle for Adkins and Florentine to share, beginning a fruitful and lasting trend that have earned them their popularity among action fans on an international level.

And from there, the legacy continues with the upcoming release of the action sequel follow-up, Ninja 2. Stay tuned for trailer news and the film's release. 

Special Forces is currently available where DVDs are sold.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

MAN OF TAI CHI Keeps The Buzz Going With A New Trailer

Action hero Tiger Chen Hu is making 2013 his year as a contender among a select few names of martial artists exploding on to the big screen. On top of impressing fans with his upcoming July 5 debut in the Keanu Reeves-directed Man Of Tai Chi, and blowing our minds with his second release of the same month, Kung Fu Man on July 19, we now have another new trailer for Reeves' film. And as always, it continues to look more and more promising as we move closer to news about future release dates.

The film also co-stars Reeves along with Karen Mok, Simon Yam and Qing Ye, based on a screenplay by Michael G. Cooney, with action direction by Yuen Woo-Ping. Radius/TWC has North American distribution rights.

SYNOPSIS:
In the midst of Beijing’s urban bustle, ambitious young ‘Tiger’ Chen Lin-Hu (Tiger Chen) works as a lowly courier; but after work, he is a young martial arts star, rising through the ranks representing the Ling Kong Tai Chi tradition.

He has crafted the stealthy, peaceful movements of Tai Chi and sculpted them to suit martial arts’ competitive fighting world. Jumping to another central city of pandemonium and chaos, Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves) is evading the police in Hong Kong while running an underground fight club where cold hard cash is made by defeating one’s opponent in a no-holds barred fight privately broadcast to wealthy patrons.

Looking for a new ‘star’, Donaka tries to lure Tiger with the promise of easy money. Entrance into this world brings out the darkest side of Chen Lin-Hu, but he needs the cash. His skill saves him in the ring but can he fight and maintain his integrity and good nature?

Brand New Footage Featured In The New Promo For THE WRATH OF VAJRA

The period 3D martial arts action fantasy thriller, The Wrath Of Vajra, is back making headlines, and from the looks of the latest new English-subbed promotional spot, it's easy to see why. No question either as to its success back in May when it sold to Well Go USA for North American distribution. That said, all we need are some release dates to give us an idea about when the rest of the world can look at this awesome new movie, featuring actor and martial arts action star Shi Yanneng in his first lead role.

The film also reunites our lead with Japanese actor Hiroyuki Ikeuchi since their appearance together in Donnie Yen's theatrical representation of the pre-Bruce Lee story of Wing Chun master, Ip Man. The rest of the cast includes Zhang YameiTony Liu, international action legend Yasuaki Kurata, actor K-pop performer Steve Yoo, 7-foot tall actor Jiang Baocheng and b-boy dancer Poppin Hyun-joon. Iceman 3D director Law Wing Cheong helmed the film, produced by Hong Pang with action choreography by Peng Zhang, whose credits include Kick-Ass, Ninja Assassin and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Well Go USA's acquisition of The Wrath Of Vajra also signifies the new slate of Asian action thrillers to be released to North America between now and next year, which also include Iceman 3D, director Herman Yau's Ip Man: The Final Fight and filmmaker Erik Matti's Filipino crime drama, On The Job.

SYNOPSIS:
In the 1930s China, a Japanese cult called The Temple of Hades was ordered to cooperate with the Japanese military, taking as many young children from poor families as possible, to train and turn into lethal killing machines in service of the Emperor. Vajra, who was one of the children taken into captivity, was forced to fight for food, accidentally killing his brother in the process. As the years passed and Vajra grew older, he became one of the temple's most gifted killers. Vajra eventually escapes to China and joins Shaolin, where he receives spiritual enlightenment and vows to protect China from the minions of the powerful cult that made him as strong and deadly as he is.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Syndicate Shoutout: ESKINDIR TESFAY

If you are an action fan and you have been around for the last three decades or so, then you have pretty much seen a change in how martial arts cinema has been observed over the years. Indeed, the past decade or so has been good to the world of independent filmmaking, an exemplary point to make with recognition to actor and martial arts performer, Eskindir Tesfay.

Tesfay was born in the multi-ethnic nation of Eritrea and grew up in Germany, ultimately developing an interest in Asian culture that drove his aspirations to dabble in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. In 1999, he traveled to Taiwan to learn martial arts and Asian culture, ultimately the language and earning a the start of a resume beginning in TV commercials and modeling. And by 2010, he was a seasoned stuntman, performer and martial arts professional, eventually founding his own production team, Movie-Do, after which he began stepping foot into other aspects of the filmmaking process.

Symbolically, Tesfay founded Movie-Do on a two-part philosophy that blends the art of filmmaking and creative storytelling with following the path necessary to reach the very height of that creativity. And with Movie-Do now a full-blown production company, Tesfay has an excellent new reel out which showcases exactly what all this means. The footage includes some of the work he and his team have done in the past several years, and also features some amazing, familiar faces in the group, such as Tim Man and martial arts action cinema queen Cynthia Rothrock.

Tesfay is also applying this very foundation and depth to his latest filmic efforts in an upcoming half-hour inspirational tragic comedy action film called Roughtown, a co-production with Moviestuff-Berlin, written by Movie-Do's creative head, Katja Wagner. The film is described as having been envisioned in three individually expressive cinematic segments, with a story about a fragile wallflower whose action-packed day dreams help her herself and others. Roughtown is currently completed and will air sometime in early 2014.

In the meantime, definitely check out the amazing reel below. Most importantly, visit the official Movie-Do website to learn more about their content, their members, and future plans. And follow Roughtown on Facebook to stay up to date.

Tiger Chen Hu Becomes KUNG FU MAN This July

It sounds pretty generic for a martial arts film title. But for a film about a kidnapped young boy who personifies his rescuer as an asian Clark Kent, what better title could there have been for the world's next rising martial arts action hero Tiger Chen Hu in his next action vehicle to date, Kung Fu Man?

I'm pretty sure not a lot of people saw this film coming, so when Man Of Tai Chi comes out in China on July 5, 2013, martial arts fans will be surely pleased by the time July 19 arrives for Kung Fu Man hits theaters.

The film is directed by Ning Ying and legendary action director Yuen Cheung Yan. It also stars Jiang Mengjie, Vanessa Blanche and Lin Shen, and is based on a screenplay inspired by the writer's son. Man Of Tai Chi director and co-star Keanu Reeves also served as executive producer.

Check out the new trailer below, and for more info, visit Mr-Reeves.com

Jean-Claude Van Damme Set To Take On Rich Criminals In LUXURY MEETS JUSTICE

The last person I think anyone would expect to step into the field of action cinema would be Michel Adam, founder and sole owner of the 24-hour glamour and beauty-oriented lifestyle network, Fashion TV. Apparently, action is where it is at this stage of his career in having announced a new $40 million dollar project this month with revived Hollywood action star Jean-Claude Van Damme for a new film series called Luxury Meets Justice.

The South China Morning Post covered the story a few days ago as Van Damme is currently in Hong Kong scouting for new talent. He said, "We want to help young talents who are ready to explode in China, Chinese national treasures in a sense,". He also expressed his sentiments for the Chinese government regarding his current ambitions for the film, saying, "We want to work with the government of China to show them our good faith, to create a franchise in China followed by a TV series and video game,... Today in China, they have everything. They have great crews and computer graphics [specialists]. We want to grow on that, to become partners."

The Wall Street Journal's own Dan Napolitano covered the news on Friday, which included a video embed where Van Damme and Adam talk more about the project:


Van Damme will play an undercover agent who will infiltrate the world of the ultra-rich and take on corporate criminal elites bent on fattening their wallets at the expense of the working class. The first film will begin production next year, pending the release of his next film with Peter Hyams directing, Enemies Closer, followed by the heist thriller, Swelter.

Stay tuned.

QUESTION: Are you looking forward to Luxury With Justice?

NINJA TURTLES Gets Its "Shredder"

The creators behind the latest theatrical CG/live-action installation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sure took their time in finally letting everyone know that actor William Fichtner's character of "iconic stature" meant he is playing the Shredder. The announcement came back in May as updates were made regarding actress Megan Fox's role, that of the main Turtles' cast, and actors Will Arnett and Danny Woodburn were included in the film.

Today, ComingSoon.net has forwarded a quote from Fichtner's latest interview with Huffington Post Canada while promoting his latest TV show, Crossing Lines. While talking about playing the Shredder, Fichtner says "...It is cool. It's one of those things that came along where I thought, "Really? Let me think about this for a minute." [Laughs] Then I was like, "Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey." I'm very glad that it worked out, I'm really glad that I'm doing it."

In the original story, prior to becoming "The Shredder", the character, Oroku Saki, murders his rival, an honrable ninja named Hamato Yoshi. Yoshi's death left his pet rat, Splinter, to fend for himself, training and utilizing what he learned during Yoshi's own training.

Fichtner has also appeared in films like director and "Turtles" exec. producer Michael Bay's 1998 disaster film Armageddon, the 2002 futuristic action thriller Equilibrium and the Nicholas Cage action/horror thiller, Drive Angry. He will also be seen in the July 3, 2013 release of The Lone Ranger, and the August 9 release of Elysium with actor Matt Damon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Plozek as Leonardo and Noel Fisher as Michelangelo. Actors Woodburn and Arnett are playing Master Splinter and reporter Vernon Fenwick, respectively. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and Will release on June 6, 2014 from Paramount Pictures.

QUESTION: Do you want to see William Fichtner as The Shredder?

The New Trailer For GATCHAMAN Soars Online!


We recently got to see a teaser back in April for filmmaker Sato Toya's live-action adaptation of Tatsunoko's classic 1970's anime, Gatchaman, reminding fans that this was still ultimately happening.

This week, a brand new, full trailer has arrived online, breathing life this week into the world of Japanese cinema. The film, based on a screenplay by Watanabe Yūsuke, stars Tori Matsuzaka, Go Ayano, Ayame Goriki, Tatsuomi Hamada and Ryōhei Suzuki, and will release the film on August 24, 2013, courtesy of Toho.

SYNOPSIS:
The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo in the near future. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. A mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," is humanity's only hope. Those who are able to draw out the power of the "stones" are forced to train to become special agents in a five-person team called "Gatchaman."


Friday, June 21, 2013

The Final Trailer For BADGES OF FURY Is Online

The new, final trailer for Badges Of Fury has been unveiled this opening week. I've had my doubts from time to time about this film because of its goofiness, but there is obviously a reason why it did so well at this year's Cannes Film Festival, leading up to its evident acquisition by North American distributor, Well Go USA.

Hopefully we will learn more about this film with reviews and critiques from those who have the privilege of seeing it early, as it is one of international action star Jet Li's latest films coming out just as he is well positioned to retire. In the meantime, check out the impressive "all-stars" footage below, after the synopsis.

SYNOPSIS:

When a spate of eerie murders erupts across Hong Kong, two troublemaking cops are assigned to the case. Young maverick WANG and grizzled vet HUANG, who is fed up with his reckless younger partner always landing them in hot water. Reaching a dead end after discovering all the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet LIU, the detectives must play a deadly game. One of them must go undercover as Liu's lover to lure the killer out.

The New Trailer For RIGOR MORTIS Is Online

Chin Siu-Ho stars in the latest reimagining of the Chinese vampire hunter genre in Juno Mak's directorial debut from his Kudos Films production banner, Rigor Mortis, written by Jill Leung and Phillip Yung. J-horror visionary filmmaker Shimizu Takashi, most regarded for his work on Ju-On 1 and 2, and the American adaptation of both films titled, The Grudge, also produced the film which is slated for release later this year.

Fortissmo Films picked up the international sales rights outside Hong Kong and China back in March.

Chin, a Hong Kong cinema veteran and action legend, is best known for his own role in several Chinese vampire kung fu comedy genre hits in the 1980's, headlined by the late actor/action director/filmmaker and legendary Hong Kong stuntman, Lam Ching-ying.

SYNOPSIS:
In this eerie and chilling, contemporary, action/special effects laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980's, writer-director-producer, Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic MR VAMPIRE series, RIGOR MORTIS is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies.

RIGOR MORTIS stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star, separated from his wife and alienated from his son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into room 2442 in the housing estate, an allegedly haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other "occupants" of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment.

Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him and the situation are far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires with unsettled business begin to rise from the dead...

Initially, the trailer popped up online a few weeks ago, which is why you may have seen this article before. Unfortunately, the trailer was uploaded and made public on Youtube without the consent of the studio and the uploader since had to have that copy of the video removed. You can now view the trailer this week, courtesy of Twitch.

The BADASSES Are Coming Home In 2014

Danny Trejo, best known for his blade-wielding badass lead role in Machete and the upcoming film, Machete Kills, made headlines back in 2012 having starred in the internet viral video-inspired film, Badass. On Thursday, ComingSoon.net reported that the sequel, Badasses, wrapped up filming and is currently in post-production, also starring Danny Glover and Andrew Divoff. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is handling distribution.

Both movies, written and directed by Craig Moss, are inspired by a character based on an internet camera phone recording of a fight that occured on bus mid-transit in Oakland, California back in 2010. The "winner" of that fight, Thomas A. Bruso, who was 67 at the time, became an internet sensation known as "Epic Beard Man".

The sequel will follow Trejo's character, Vietnam War veteran Frank Vega, now owning his own community center in Los Angeles where he mentors young boxers. When his prized student gets mixed up in a bad crowd and is ultimately murdered he and friend, Frank, must take matters into their own hands to find his killer, while protecting themselves as well as Frank's newfound love interest.

The film is slated for a limited theatrical release in late 2013, followed by DVD, Blu-Ray and digital distribution in early 2014.

In other news, Trejo's current film from director Robert Rodriguez, Machete Kills, has been moved from its original September release date to its new date on October 14, 2013, courtesy of Open Road Films.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The New UK Trailer For ONLY GOD FORGIVES Is Online

Radius/TWC has distribution rights to filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn's latest noir crime drama, Only God Forgives, in North America for July 19, 2013. Unfortunately U.K. audiences have to wait a little longer to see it in their cinemas before their release on August 2, 2013.

Alas, we have a new trailer featuring Kristin Scott Thomas as a vengeful crimelord heading her gangster son, played by Ryan Gosling who has no choice but to avenge his brother's death at the hands of a sword-wielding badass police lieutenant, played by Vithaya Pansringarm.

It's only 2 weeks guys...just breathe deeply. It's coming.

SYNOPSIS:
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 criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.

When Julian's brother kills a prostitute, the police reaches out to retired cop Chang, known as the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughters murderer, then restores order by chopping off the man's right hand.

Julian's mother Jenna, the head of a powerful criminal organization, arrives in Bangkok to collect her son's body. She orders Julian to find his killers and raise hell.

Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.

Jason Statham's HOMEFRONT Comes Home This Thanksgiving

Jason Statham may be flexing his acting muscles a little more in his latest film, Redemption from writer/director Steven Knight (thanks to David Fintcher). But that doesn't mean action fans won't get their share of Cockney-accented badassery with what Statham has lined, including his next film, Homefront, from writer/co-producer Sylvester Stallone and director Gary Fleder.

And just in time for Turkey Day!

After it was recently announced that Open Road would release the film on October 4, 2013, The Wrap confirmed on Thursday that the film would release on November 27, 2013, competing in its first week with against the family film, Frozen, followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Homefront, based on the novel by author Chuck Logan, focuses on a widowed ex-DEA agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter, where he ends up tangling with the local meth druglord. The film also stars James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo. The film is also produced by Kevin King Templeton and John Thompson, whereas Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, and Mark Gill are the executive producers.

Stay tuned for a trailer hopefully to come soon.

Jason Statham On REDEMPTION: Not A Popcorn Movie

We have a new action clip coming from director Steven Knight's latest film, Redemption. The clip pretty much shows some of what Statham is best known for on screen, which includes screen fighting, particularly since he is capable of doing most of his own stunts, generally.

Ironically, in a recent interview posted at Scotsman.com, Statham suggests the film is anything but what fans suspect it to be. He confesses to the Edinburgh Evening News stating, “I make a lot of films that don’t have much depth to them - they’re more like popcorn movies. I’ve been hungry for something like this for some time, where I can show more emotion. When this came my way, I jumped up and down,”. He continues throughout the interview by saying that even though he himself enjoys the physicality and fighting elements of the character he plays, Knight's film is "not a stunt extravaganza", describing the film as more focused on poignance, drama and the depth of the relationships he shares in the film.

In further discussing the relative societal importance of his character, Statham also discussed the research he did with the production, visiting homeless charities, speaking to ex-soldiers, doctors and veterans about their experiences. “We’re playing heroes, and it’s great to actually play a guy that used to be a hero." he says. "These are the real heroes of our culture and society. It’s a privilege to play one so you can’t lose sight of the good they do and the commitment they have.”

In other words, while the film does contain its own share of action sequences, do not disillusion yourself with the notion that Redemption is anything like what you are used to if you are solely an action fan, especially from a director whose most recent background in screenwriting includes the 2006 romantic biopic drama, Amazing Grace, and the 2007 crime drama, Eastern Promises. Granted, that may all change depending on Knight's career choices down the line. But for now, there is no excuse why anyone should come out of the theater feeling sold short by a film with an actor who actually wants to involve himself as an *actor* from time to time, which is always a good thing.

Redemption, (a.k.a. Hummingbird -UK release- and Crazy Joe -France release-) stars Statham as a war-torn homeless veteran whose return home to London from Afghanistan takes him on a path from healing to confliction and struggle, and ultimately, revenge. The film also stars Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong, David Bradley and Siobhan Hewlett, and is slated for North American theatrical and digital release on June 28, 2013, courtesy of Lionsgate.

Check out the action clip, courtesy of Beyond Hollywood.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

From Villain To Hero: Eiji Wentz Stars In THE TIGER MASK

You know what is so crazy and exciting about Japanese trailers for most movies? It's that no matter how long or short the footage is, you just know its going to be epic. The same goes for filmmaker Ken Ochiai's upcoming Japan-wide November release of Ge-ge-ge-no Kitaro, otherwise known as The Tiger Mask.

The film, adapted for the screen by Hidehiro Ito, Itaru Era, Micael W. Schock and co-writer/director Ken Ochiai, is inspired by the shonen manga novel by Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji, which earned its popularity from 1968 and onward as both a graphic novel and an animated series thereafter. The original story follows a highly feared and viciously skilled heel wrestler who changes his tune and chooses to become a symbol of heroism after a young boy approaches him and expresses that he wanted to be just as villainous as he was in the ring. The upcoming film, which was originally slated for release last year, features our hero who earns the ire of an evil wrestling organization after he donates their money to an orphanage.

The Tiger Mask stars Eiji Wentz, Natsuna and Sho Aikiwa, and will first make its way to the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal this July.

THE LIVING Returns This July!


If you have been keeping up with Film Combat Syndicate in its earlier months on Facebook, hopefully you would have caught onto my post back in December regarding the development and production of the post apocalyptic indie action/horror webseries, The Living. The webseries is an original property from Pisano Pictures and Atom Phly Media, starring Johnny Brillantes, Katherine Park, Richard Dreyling, and C.J. Thoms, centering its story around four people who unwittingly cross paths, left to fend for themselves in a dystopian world, plagued and on the verge of a zombie apocalypse, while on an epic search for a missing doctor who may have the answers that could possibly lead to a cure, and ultimately, mankind's salvation.

Originally a 12-part project with plans for future seasons, The Living debuted its ninth episode on Youtube late last year and has been on hiatus since then. This week, I received notice from one of its co-stars, Katherine Park, who informed me of the completion and online premiere dates for the last three, which will be held this July on the 12th and 19th, and a public screening on the date of the season finale, which will be held at Books Inc. on July 25, marking the official announcement of the Kickstarter campaign for future seasons. The screening will also entail a Q & A session with the series cast and crew, and the distributors of the found-notes sci-fi horror novel, Dead Inside: Do Not Enter.

If you are not familiar with the series, check out the first episode in the embed below. For more info on the location of Books Inc., visit their official website. And feel free to subscribe to the webseries on Youtube, as well as Facebook and Twitter!

And for an extra dose of action, remember to subscribe to series stunt coordinator and performer Darren Holmquist's offical Facebook page for Dardrex Productions!

Syndicate Shoutout: KATELYN BROOKE


I first came across actress, world class singer and dancer, choreographer, and screenfighting athlete Katelyn Brooke in filmmaker Micah Brock's epic indie beat 'em up fantasy webseries, Slug Street Scrappers. She plays Bruiser's spunky, tough-as-nails ballbusting kickass popstar leader of the Slugger Squad, "Peaches Powers". Considering her athleticism and her heavy specialty in boxing and hand to hand coordination, her will to experiment and test her limits, in addition to her acting made her perfect for the role, and as much as I have written about this excellent weberies, I highly recommend anyone and everyone who is an action fan to check it out.

Katelyn is also the inspiration for the name of the screenfighting action team she trains with, Fight Factory Stunt Team, which she co-founded a little over a year ago with fellow actor, indie filmmaker, martial artist and Tempest Freerunning coach Narayana Cabral. Actors Michael Lehr and Oscar Leiva are also the team's core members. "Each member of our team is skilled in a different martial art which allows us to be extremely creative with our fight choreography." she says. "I figured we as a team are like a factory... Each of us have a role that creates the perfect finished product." She also adds "Each member also has a different look. None of us are alike, which allows us to book several different types of gigs."

Speaking of versatility, Katelyn has an awesome new reel out this month featuring some of the work she has done so far, and I have been meaning to share it earlier. Thankfully I now have the chance to do so. Moreover, she also has an upcoming video-game based parkour project which will likely be updated on Facebook as well. So feel free to click HERE and "LIKE" the page to find out more in the days and months ahead.

Also, remember to subscribe to Fight Factory Stunt Team's official YouTube channel to keep up with their content.