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

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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 ear…

Check Out Four New Clips And A Featurette For PACIFIC RIM

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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.
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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 t…

Bat In The Sun Presents: BATMAN vs. DEADPOOL

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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!

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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.
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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 …

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

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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-yea…

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

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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…

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

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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 …

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

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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…

VIGILANTE DIARIES: Episode 1 Is Now Online

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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

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Today we have new promotional posters for director James Mangold's upcomingstandalone 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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Eric And Irvin Nguyen Take Viewers On THE FIGHTING JOURNEY

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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 f…

New RED 2 Clips Are Online

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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.
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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,…

Cody Hackman Seeks Revenge In The New Teaser For TAPPED

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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 loo…

Film Of The Week: SPECIAL FORCES (2003)

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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 differ…

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

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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 movemen…

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

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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 a…

Syndicate Shoutout: ESKINDIR TESFAY

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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 Mo…

Tiger Chen Hu Becomes KUNG FU MAN This July

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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

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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…

NINJA TURTLES Gets Its "Shredder"

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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 origin…

The New Trailer For GATCHAMAN Soars Online!

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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.
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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-per…

The Final Trailer For BADGES OF FURY Is Online

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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.

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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 o…

The New Trailer For RIGOR MORTIS Is Online

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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.
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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 deb…

The BADASSES Are Coming Home In 2014

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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 i…

The New UK Trailer For ONLY GOD FORGIVES Is Online

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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.
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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 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 daug…

Jason Statham's HOMEFRONT Comes Home This Thanksgiving

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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 Stalloneand 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 fil…

Jason Statham On REDEMPTION: Not A Popcorn Movie

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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 t…

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

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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…

THE LIVING Returns This July!

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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…

Syndicate Shoutout: KATELYN BROOKE

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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 te…