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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Former U.S. Seal's Story Gets Told In The Upcoming Film, LONE SURVIVOR

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch star in director Peter Berg's latest war docudrama, Lone Survivor. The film is based on a the memoirs of Wahlberg's character, U.S.Navy Seal (now former) and Navy Cross recipient, Marcus Luttrell, who published his story in the 2007 book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.

It is said that while filming the 2012 film, Battleship, Berg followed up on Luttrell's story as a passion project that motivated him to write a screenplay for the film, which will be distributed for Universal Pictures.

Lone Survivor is set for a select release on December 27, 2013 before a wider theatrical release on January 10, 2014.

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the failed mission "Operation Red Wing" which tasked four members of SEAL Team 10 on June 28, 2005 to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. They were quickly compromised and under attack, Marcus Luttrell being the only member to survive and evade capture.

Slapstick Comedy Sets Up An Epic Kung Fu Adventure In The New Trailer For KUNG FU DIVAS


What do you get when you take two beauty queens and throw them in a bitter contest for the crown? That's the story director Onat Diaz tells in his latest kung fu comedy, Kung Fu Divas. A kung fu comedy production straight from two rival television networks in the Philippines, the film stars popular leading ladies AiAi de las Alas and Marian Rivera as bitter pageant contestants who suddenly find themselves as unwitting allies in a battle between good versus evil.

Lots of CGI and wirework seem to be involved, but the trailer looks promising enough that the film will deliver an outright charming, quirky, delightful and action-packed comedy that martial arts fams and Stephen Chow fans, or Chow himself, smile with enjoyment. And with a teaser having initially aired earlier this year, the new trailer below may even garner your attention. And if I may say so myself, the dual Tagalog/English dialogue is quite welcoming!

Marian Rivera and AiAi de las Alas also produced the film along with Reality Entertainment and The O&Co Picture Factory. Kung Fu Divas also stars Gloria Diaz, Bianca Manalo, Precious Lara Quigaman, Roy Alvarez, Edward Mendez and Roderick Paulate.

Star Cinema will theatrically release the film in the Philippines on September 25, 2013.

Around The Web: Check Out A New, Hard-Hitting Practice Clip From LBP STUNTS CHICAGO

Indie filmmaker Emmanuel Manzanares is back with another stunt practice clip featuring members of Chicago's premier independent action stunt and film group, LBP Stunts Chicago, the same team that brought you such gems as Dogfight and the French-narrated Il Y A Toujours Une Solution. The clip is artfully delivered with its own little short story, narrated by captions that appear throughout, with Manzanres applying is usual noir-style vision of capturing creative, hard-hitting fight choreography on film, with LBP member Alex Hashioka serving as the lead.

Featuring musical excerpts by Cliff Martinez's official score for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest crime thriller, Only God Forgives, the boys over at LBP Stunts Chicago continue to deliver, bringing multiple concepts to life. Take a look at the clip below, and check out some behind the scenes footage at the bottom of the page, where you may also subscribe to the official YouTube channel for LBP Stunts Chicago.

Stunt Practice - 07.25.2013 from LBP Stunts Chicago on Vimeo.

Swordplay, Gunplay And Black Comedy In The New Blood-Soaked Trailer For WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

Director Sono Sion's latest new piece of film continues to bring even more levels of sick, twisted, dark comedy and violence with a new trailer for Why Don't You Play In Hell?. The new trailer is pure, classic Japanese action and comedy with unrelenting execution and outrageous whimsicality and ridiculousness that you will either love or hate. Either way, it looks freaking genius!

Japan will get a chance to see it starting September 28, 2013, and I cannot wait until it makes its way overseas, as it looks like it will make a great start for my own introduction into this filmmaker's work, going into the upcoming release of Tokyo Tribes next year. Take a look at trailer at the bottom of the page and be excited.

SYNOPSIS:
Muto (Jun Kunimura) and Ikegami (Shinichi Tsutsumi) are two gangsters who hate each other, but Ikegami is in love with Muto's actress daughter Michiko (Fumi Nikaido). Meanwhile, Muto attempts to make his wife Shizue's (Tomochika) dream come true which is to have their daughter appear in a movie.
Koji (Gen Hoshino), who is just a passerby, is mistaken for a movie director. Koji then requests to independent film director Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) to cast Michiko as the leading actress in his film. Their situation soon goes completely wrong.

Today In Indie Action: EPITAPH: BREAD AND SALT

Independent filmmaker and actor Nathyn Masters has aired his latest self-funded urban action horror thriller, Epitaph: Bread And Salt. Filmed in Chicago, Illinois, the film stars Masters as Victor, an anomalous, anti-heroic modern day warrior with an ability to battle vampires and demons ravaging the city. Soon, he is sought after by a family of hunters at war with the very same monsters, united by secret factions of evil looking to take over the world by adapting their religious dogma on a global scale. When Victor's existence is finally made public, he becomes a target and unwittingly swept into a war he wanted no part of. And with time running out, Victor has only one choice left: to use the one true weapon in his arsenal and become the hero that mankind needs.

Epitaph: Bread And Salt was originally inspired by Nathyn's pursuit to write a novel about an African American demon hunter. Unfortunately the release of Wesley Snipes vampire killing thriller, Blade, eased the gas on finishing the novel right away, but it didn't stop Nathyn him from holding onto the concept through the start of his independent sci-fi fantasy action film group, Timecode Mechanics in 2001. Nor did any further challenges impede him from completing the film as part of the his 2008 comic book series, of which you can find several issues now available at Indyplanet and Amazon.

As with some independent films, Epitaph does fall short in certain areas where production quality becomes an issue. However, the film is driven by an otherwise fascinating concept that adapts to almost everything action fans know and love about action, horror, gore, vampires, monsters, the occult, religious theology and fantasy. In sum, Epitaph: Bread And Salt carries a pretty good story with some of its own uniqueness, and shares just how important that projects like these get funded and not overlooked. Thankfully as we speak, there are plans in development for a possible sequel follow-up on the character, as well as a few spin-offs from here on out, and only if a bigger budget is possible.

So, if you love action and horror, and have an open mind, feel free to check out the trailer at the bottom of the page, and click HERE for the full-length feature of Epitaph: Bread And Salt. To stay tuned for more work from Nathyn Masters, visit and subscribe to Timecode Mechanics on Facebook.

Epitaph: Bread And Salt stars Nathyn Masters who also wrote, edited, choreographed and directed the film. Also starring are Marissa Joy, Leena Kurishingal, Vahan Artin, Anita Nicole Brown, Yohanni Liman, Kaylee Williams and Heather Dorff, with Walt Sloan, Heather Dorff, Jack Guasta, Kelsey Zukowsky, Wendy George and Jenna Ambien Halvorson.

SYNOPSIS:
The Defenders of Eden, a family of Estrie hunters, take on The Reign of Chaos, a union of dark cults with one goal, to drive the world into darkness and to rise to godhood.
As the world falls further away from light, Chicago becomes a battleground, where evil spirits gain the power to become flesh and enter our world. But when the Defender's prophetic leader Rabbi Adam Hassan's visions lead him to Victor Locke, a man with the power to fight these supernatural creatures, the tide may turn in their secret war...if he chooses to join their fight.
This film stands as a prequel to the Night Phoenix Press comic series Epitaph and "Victor Locke: Demon Hunter".

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Christopher Mintz-Plasse Buys His Villains In A New Red-Band Clip From KICK-ASS 2

Universal Pictures is set to theatrically release Kick-Ass 2 in two weeks. So this week, we have five new clips from Yahoo! Movies, plus an extended red-band NSFW clip from the film to get fans in on the story. The clips feature Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprising his role from the hit 2010 film as the title character, along with actress Chloë Moretz returning to slaughter her share of baddies as Hit Girl. We also see actors Christopher Mintz-Plasse and John Leguizamo, in addition to Clark DukeJim Carrey and actor Morris Chestnut. Several MMA pro-fighters also had a guest appearance on the set of the film, including Chuck Liddell and Jason Radcliffe.

SYNOPSIS:
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.











The New Trailer For The U.S. Release Of IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT Is Online

Hong Kong action cinema's lasting legacy will forever be indebted to the greatness left after the passing of the legendary action hero, Bruce Lee. And we have none other to thank than the man who helped formulate the pre-requisite of Lee's martial arts greatness, the late Grandmaster Ip Man, whose story and image have launched a whole new wave of mainstream appreciation in the eyes of martial arts cinema fans everywhere, having been adapted to the big and small screens in various installments, especially film, including Ip Man:The Final Fight.

The film is scheduled to play on Wednesday July 31, 2013 at the Fantasia Film Festival, one of several screenings it has already had during its film festival run this year until its selected North American theatrical release on September 20, 2013, courtesy of Well Go USA. So, if you have subscribed to the official Film Combat Syndicate Facebook page and you already saw the film, or if you are attending the festival on Wednesday, feel free to comment on our page and let us know what you think of director Herman Yau's latest biopictoral contribution to the life and legend of the Wing Chun master.

Ip Man: The Final Fight stars Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Jordan Chan, Gillian Chung, Marvel Chow, Anita Yuen, Xiong Xin-Xin and Wong Cho-Lam, with action choreography by Nicky Li and Checkley Sin who also produced the film with Albert Lee and Albert Yeung.

SYNOPSIS:
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more.  What began as simple challenges from rival kung fu schools soon finds him drawn into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads.  Now, to defend life and honor, Ip Man has no choice but to fight - one last time.

Welcome To Trask Industries!


"What have you been doing for the last fifty years?" That's the question kicking off the new viral campaign for Trask Indistries, the company responsible for creating the deadly "Sentinels" you will see in director Bryan Singer's upcoming July 18, 2014 release of  X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Hopefully you also had the opportunity to catch up on the action with director James Mangold's recent release of The Wolverine, featuring Hugh Jackman down to a surprise ending that will leave you blown away and wanting more. ComingSoon.net was on hand at the San Diego Comic Con for the unveiling of the Trask Industries model Sentinel busts earlier this month which you can view here.

Singer has been slowly leaking in teaser pics and various photos from the set through his Twitter feed, as well as the official Days Of Future Past Tumblr site. Some of those pics include character portraits you can see on the left hand side, with actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the future renditions of Professor X and Magneto, along with Omar Sy as Bishop, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havok, and Jackman returning as the past/future illustrations of Logan, a.k.a. The Wolverine.

The tease is not over yet though, as today, 20th Century Fox is also offering some more insight into the evolution of Trask Industries' infamous program through their propaganda website, which contains a few more artful photos, a viral video ad you can check out below, and other information to set up the storyline between the events of all seven films to help introduce X-Men fans into the time bending universe we will witness next year upon the film's release.

Also starring in X-Men: Days Of Future Past are James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman.

Jamie Foxx Is In Comic Book Movie Mode, In 'Aggressive Pursuit' To Play SPAWN

For a matter of about more than a decade now, comic book author and creator Todd MacFarlane expressed his anticipation on actively developing a feature-length return of the character Spawn to the big screen, having progressed into the talk of making a lower budgeted, closely managed sequel with a darker-toned vision suitable for an R-rating, compared to its 1997 predecesor from director Mark A.Z. Dippé. This year, it seems now that with the heightened popularity and success of Django Unchained, White House Down and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star, actor Jamie Foxx, MacFarlane's Image Comics property is back in the headlines, and hitting heavy with a recent statement from the actor who recently spoke to Movies.com about the project, telling Erik Davis the following: "There's a couple of them, Spawn…is one, yeah, and uh, Mike Tyson. Those are two roles that I would just love to, you know, get down with." Foxx went on to add that he is "aggressively pursuing" both roles, but expanding a bit more dialogue on playing Mike Tyson in a new film.

The 1997 installation of Spawn from Dippé was not a huge success upon its release at the time, but it also succeeded in granting mainstream notoriety for action  star Michael Jai White, who also spoke a few years back about what he would love to do for a new Spawn film. "I hope he does [make the film]. In the next couple years I might have to produce it myself. It’s a no-brainer." he says. "Look at how these movies have done, superhero movies that have gone dark, and there hasn’t been one darker than Spawn. If we do it like we want to, it could be a game changer. I think Todd feels the same way as me – that we go R. Not a kinder, gentler Spawn, we go straight R – like pushing it, pushing NC-17. Give the fans what they expect. That edge brought [the comic book] to where it is. I would really like to show what that character can be.”

With all the talk revolving a new film, and considering the popularity of both Foxx and White, it looks like this film could happen. However, what's still up for debate for some fans out there is if whether or not Foxx will get the role soon enough, or if White will make the come back. In my opinion, considering White might be busy with the Codename: Falcon franchise, in addition to Black Dynamite 2, Mortal Kombat, Blood And Bone 2, filming season 2 of Metal Hurlant Chronicles and playing Bronze Tiger in the CW television series, Arrow, Spawn might not be an option, which leaves Foxx a main contender...

Hey, its either him, or your sister's boyhood crush from Titanic. But what do you think?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


Photos: Collider, International Hero, Screenrant, Comic Book Movie

2 GUNS Reloads With Six New Clips And A Red Band Trailer!


Director Baltazar Kormakur is set to helm the American remake of Erik Matti's Filipino crime docudrama, On The Job.  This Friday though, you have the chance to familiarize yourself with his filmic vision in the upcoming action thriller from Universal Pictures, 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, along with Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos and James Marsden.

The film is based on the 2007 Boom! Studios graphic novel publication from writer Steven Grant, who helped produce the film and has also prepped a sequel tentatively titled 3 Guns, should the film perform excellently in this weekend's box office earnings.

Check out the new red band trailer below, courtesy of IGN, along with six new clips from the film.

SYNOPSIS:
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in the action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.
When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. 













Monday, July 29, 2013

WARRIORESS Releases In Japan This Friday


Filmmaker Ross Boyask's latest labor of love, Warrioress,  will make its Japanese rental debut this Friday on August 2, 2013. The bold, independently completed feature-length fantasy action adventure is also set to make its debut at the Action On Film Festival this month as it continues to seek attention from distributors.

Post production on Warrioress has been several years in the making, as it has already earned a few screenings among lucky viewers, and I have to say, I am ardently jealous of everyone else who has already seen it. The film looks organic, lively, thrilling and brilliant, with lots of beauty and plentiful with enough screenfighting athleticism to satisfy any martial arts action fan. Needless to say, I know Japan is in for a real treat.

Warrioress is co-written and directed by actress, martial arts impressario and Pencak Silat expert Cecily Fay who also stars and produces, as well as choreographs the action with acclaimed stunt performer and coordinator, Joey Ansah. The film also stars Joelle Simpson, Helen Bailey, Christian Howard, Merillees Fay, Brendan Carr, Will Brenton and Zara Phythian.

Check out the new trailer below:

SYNOPSIS:
Two powerful female warriors must journey across a post-apocalyptic land to fight a ritual duel, and fulfill an ancient prophecy.
In the tradition of "Xena, Warrior Princess", and influenced by seminal fantasy films such as "Excalibur" and "Flesh & Blood", Warrioress combines a unique, mystically-infused atmosphere with blistering action scenes. The story features a wide array of vibrantly attractive and powerful female characters pitted against each other in mortal combat.In this world of mysticism and philosophy, ruled by dominant highly trained female warriors, the world is held in the grasp of the dark and malevolent Falonex Empire, and two distinctly different villages hold a deeply-held sworn belief in a powerful prophecy that will bring them salvation.
Once in every generation one chosen fighter from each village must travel on a quest across treacherous terrain to a sacred circle formed of ancient stones, to fight a ritual sword duel, each armed with a sacred sword. If the two warriors are of equal skill and wield the sister swords "the Opener" and "Dragon Singer" they will fullfil the Prophecy and lead the fight against the Falonex Empire. The time has come again for the prophecy to be fulfilled and the two fighters will meet at the pre-destined place. But will they meet as friend or foe?

Warrioress Trailer 2013 from Ross Boyask on Vimeo.

OLDBOY Gets A Thanksgiving Release

The Wrap is reporting that filmmaker Spike Lee's American adaptation of the classic Japanese graphic novel, Oldboy has been pushed a month back from its previous October 25, 2013 release date to November 27, 2013. The film will ultimately be competing against the Gary Fleder-directed Homefront, along with the Jennifer Lawrence actioner, The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire, and Christian Bale's latest action drama, Out Of The Furnace.

Based on the previous 2003 Korean thriller from director Park Chan-wook, Oldboy stars Josh Brolin in a story about a man who is kidnapped by a mysterious powerful figure. When he is inexplicably unleashed into the world 20 years later, he sets out to seek the answers he needs in order to put the pieces of his life back together again, only to find himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson, with a screenplay by Mark Protosevich.

Godbout Entertainment Announces THE TRADE

Writer/Director Gerald J. Godbout III has an extensive background in music, which includes being a DJ and ultimately the head of his own music label. That all changed within the better part of the past decade when Godbout III decided to further his to pursuit in filmmaking, a jouney that has already earned his film group, Godbout Entertainment, the credits of being an award-winning filmmaking company.

Today, Godbout III and the cast and crew, along with starring actor, independent filmmaker and producer Dennis Jusino are leading the way with a newly unveiled press release for a self-financed short film they are now working on called The Trade, gritty, urban action crime drama set on the streets of Miami about two cousins whose life-long careers as criminals bring them way in over their heads when a dirty cop introduces them to the criminal underworld of prostitution and sex trafficking.

Actress Brittney Santos also stars with Jimmy Dempster who will also be seen as the main villain in filmmaker Danny Vega's year-end feature release, A Dance With The Devil. Actors Anthony Belevtsov, Fran Rafferty, Michael Opal and Rafael Lugo round out the cast, with Genesis Action Stunts designing the action sequences to host its own fair share of hand to hand and weaponized fight scenes, as well as gun battles and a brutal climatic final brawling scene between the two lead characters.

Filming is set to begin in late August/early September for a six week shoot, with the hopeful prospects of a feature-length production to come. Check out the press release below, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE                                          
Contact: Dennis Jusino
Email: dennisjusino@gmail.com
Social Site: facebook.com/DennisJusino        

July 29, 2013 - Orlando, FL – Dennis Jusino in association with Godbout Entertainment is proud to announce the start of their first collaboration project together called THE TRADE

THE TRADE marks the second time that Dennis Jusino steps into a producing role. His first was for his faux trailer called MMA, which is based off a feature script he is currently shopping around. Normally Dennis can be found in front of the camera acting but his passion for filmmaking and writing keeps him expanding his roles and making the best films he can. Gerald J Godbout III from Godbout Entertainment is an Emmy Award winning editor and has written, produced and directed 2 successful indie horror films LEGENDS 1 & 2 and is currently executive producer of Orlando’s hit TV Show INDIE CINEMA SHOWCASE. (ICS) features the best in Indie filmmaking in Florida and is currently running on Vision TV. This is his first time writing and directing something other than horror but Gerald is up to the challenge and is looking forward to making this short film and seeing where it goes from here.

Synopsis:

Cousins Anthony and Frank have grown up in the streets learning to trust only each other. In and out of Juvenal detention and as they got older they learned to work the system. Getting into everything from boosting cars and stolen merchandise, the cousins slowly made a name for themselves. Then, with a chance meeting with a crooked undercover cop, the cousins are introduced to the sex trade underworld. Escorts and Strippers become their business and that, catches the attention of the Russian mob. They offer the cousins a deal to buy into the business, and that’s when things start to go bad for the cousins. As their grip to their business starts to give way the cousin are forced into a confrontation that neither are prepared for.

THE TRADE
Written & Directed by: Gerald J Godbout III

Produced by: Dennis Jusino

Co-Produced by: Gerald J Godbout III

Director of Photography: Jay De Los Santos

Stunt Coordinator: Anthony Giovanni Elias

Edited by: Gerald J Godbout III

Executive Producer: Dennis Jusino

FOX's 'Family Guy' Takes A Live-Action Twist In The New Short Adaptation, EPIC CHICK FIGHT

Filmmaker Leo Kei Angelos is out with a new inspired look into one of the most memorable features of the hit animated TV series, Family Guy, starring stunt actress Tree O'Toole, along with co-star Jessie Graff who headed the project.

The good news is, if you have been sticking with the show long enough to understand the comedic shock value, hilarity and spectacle the show brings, then you are probably already familiar with the epic fight that occur between the lead character, Peter Griffin (O'Toole), and Ernie (Graff), a life-sized, conniving, violent chicken. This week, Angelos's latest crowdfunded project takes you on that very same journey through a live-action installation, delivering the classic, explosive, perilous, brutally comedic, bone breaking, head bashing, public property damaging action emanated from Seth McFarlane's highly successful creation with the help of none other than the Best Of The Best himself, stunt coordinator Simon Rhee designing the marvelous sequence you are about to watch.

The bad news is, if you haven't been watching Family Guy enough to understand the clip, then that just sucks, and now would be a good time to start.

Originally conceived by Michael David Thompson who produced the inspired shortfilm with Graff, Family Guy: Epic Chick Fight is laden with spectacular action and comedy, with amazing stuntwork performed by both actress. Catch the clip below, now available on Graff's official YouTube channel where you May also subscribe. To check out several behind-the-scenes clips and pics, check out the shortfilm's official Facebook page.

To take a look at some of Leo Kei Angelos's previous work, click HERE.

Film Of The Week: THE WOLVERINE (2013)


SYNOPSIS:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysteriousfigure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

REVIEW:

One of the best things I can possibly say about the longstanding X-Men film franchise, is how it has remained mostly consistent over the years. I largely put this on the count of some really brilliant acting and screenwriting, put forth in a setting I almost never thought I would see as a live-action property. The amount of creativity it takes to help bring this comic book story to life is such that it's definitely a challenge, especially when fans so desperately want to see a good film that reflects so heavy on their favorite lifelong heroes. For actor Hugh Jackman, it is a challenge he willingly and wholeheartedly accepts in director James Mangold's The Wolverine, and it more than a decade later, he still gets the job done.

Jackman returns once again as the mutant with the endoskeletal adamantium interior that initially enhanced his natural mutant powers. His character, Logan, has since parted ways with life as an X-Man and continues to live as a drifter, living a rugged, hard and lonely life, suffering intense nightmares that haunt him sleeplessly with the memory of the late character, Jean Grey, played by Famke Janssen. The plot thickens when Yukio, a mysterious swordswoman played by Rila Fukushima, whisks him away to Japan at the behest of her master and dying surrogate father, Yashida, played by Hal Yamanouchi. The preconceptions here are that Yashida's last request is to thank him for saving his life when Allied Forces dropped the atom bomb on Nagasaki back in World War II. As fate would have it, Yashida has other motives for his wealth and the fate of his megacompany, partly including the protection of his reluctant progeny and granddaughter, Mariko, played by actress Tao Okamoto. And with corporate and political influences, and other forces at play-both hidden and in plain sight, Logan suddenly finds himself on a harrowing mission, protecting Mariko from Ninjas, the clutches of the Yakuza, and while fighting for his own life long enough to seek answers.

Without giving too much away, I love how Mangold has helped redefine The Wolverine. It's the most famed story arc of the X-Men storyline, and fans were probably skeptical of how The Wolverine would be reinterpreted this time after X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Needless to say, Jackman continues to do his thing in his sixth stab as the silver-clawed loner. It has been thirteen years since he first portrayed the character in Bryan Singer's 2000 hit film, X-Men, and to this day, Jackman has neither lost his touch nor his passion for the character that he has come to know and love as much as the fans have. And it is not exactly hurting his career either, for fear of being typecasted is an issue for some actors. But there is a lot of love here as fans have come to know Jackman through the years, in action, drama, comedy and music, in all his versatility and artistry. And as we enter a new era of superhero movies, it is safe to say that that love will be there for a lot longer, particularly if these films continue to do well.


Actress Rila Fukushima is a fine actress as she shares the screen with the titular hero from time to time. Her role as Yukio, was not underwritten, nor was her performance campy or undermining in anyway, as her own layers get peeled back throughout the film. Yukio is a tough chick when she needs to be, but never too tough to show her charismatic, more softer side, and it shows through Fukushima's soulful performance. Her action scenes are very well handled, illustrating just how good she is on set when it's time to cross swords. This is best shown when her character comes face to face with Mariko's father, Shingen, masterfully played by Asian cinema favorite, Hiroyuki Sanada who is no joke when it comes to action either, a fact you know full well if you are familiar with his work over the past four decades. As an actor, he knows just how to command the screen, and I am very happy to see him come into his own on the Hollywood front. He also has one of the better fight scenes of the film with Jackman, showcasing his usual flawless coordination and form with a sword. Sanada will soon be seen in the upcoming film, 47 Ronin, which I plan on seeing when it releases this Christmas. Beyond that I have some pretty high hopes for this actor, and I certainly wish my hopes come to fruition while he is still around.


Tao Okamoto is another up-and-coming favorite of mine these days. As it turns out, The Wolverine is Tao's big screen acting debut, and I could have sworn she was acting much longer than this. And her character, Mariko, was no damsel in distress either, as she befits that of an able-bodied, resilient woman who knows how to handle a blade when she needs to. On that note, I was very pleased by her handling of such a big task in carrying over this installment of the film series. Moreover, considering that her character shares a bit of a four-way romantic conflict of interest since a trilogy that now sees Logan into a state of nightmarish mourning after ultimately killing the woman he loved in X3, Okamoto had some pretty big shoes to fill. But her character doesn't try to replace Jean either. Although rough and apprehensive at first, there is a mutual respect and love that grows between Mariko and Logan, and it helps build Logan's character in the process of healing from a bitter tragedy immortalized by his own regret and self-deprication.

The story is also enhanced by a really great supporting cast of villains, particularly by Hal Yamamouchi (who seems to be standing out these days, and in a very good and promising way), along with actor Ken Yamamura, who plays Yashida's younger self. Their dual role in this film was brilliantly written, and I'm only going to say that much. Actor Brian Tee, best known for his commanding role as D.K. in the 2006 hit film, The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift, also shares the screen as Noburo, a politically motivated opportunist with strengthening ties to Yashida's family and business pending his arranged marriage with Mariko goes through. Though his screentime is a bit minimal, Tee also holds his own, and shows lots of promise as an actor. And with his upcoming role in Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Season 2, I have no doubt in my mind that other casting directors are sure to take notice.

Will Yun Lee is always welcome in my book as one of the best actors I have ever seen on film. His character, Harada, is Yashida's devoted servant who lives to protect Mariko as well. He has all the qualities that illustrate a hero, but of course that would be typical, and in a film that aims to please, we can't have typical. So in the end, he is not perfect, as he aptly serves his master with honor, and often doing so at a price that may goes against his own intentions, which are still a mystery that make him one of the more intriguing characters worth paying attention to. And that you should.

To the film's avail, the forefront of The Wolverine's antagonistic presence is the the poisonous femme fatale, Viper, played by actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, whose character also stays hidden in plain sight until she strikes without warning. In hindsight, I would have loved to see Khodchenkova play a much bigger role, as I know her character is not designed to overshadow the real villainous center of this movie. Viper does play a key mechanism in Logan's unwitting transformation throughout the film on various levels, making her one of the most influential villains of any superhero movie. And I'm probably asking too much by wishing she had more screentime. Not for nothing though, as her character is well suited and applied accordingly, with a solid performance to boot. In my opinion though, she makes a great villain, as she an exceptional actress whose talents I hope to see more of in the near future.

Lastly, but not least, I cannot conclude this review without discussing how awesome it is to see Janssen back as the Jean Grey. She completely owns the character, and momentarily going back on the topic of shoes, if some director out there ever dares to reboot this franchise with this character in mind, well then good luck with that. Famke Janssen's beauty, maturity, grace and talent make her the perfect fitting for such an enigmatic role opposite Hugh Jackman. Their chemistry works so impeccably well that it pretty much underlines just what I mean earlier in this review on the subject of consistency. And as much as studios tend to changes actors and actresses for certain roles, I am certain there was no other way for this live-action transition to work. Of course, they could try, but like I said, I doubt it would garner the same magic that Janssen and Jackman bring to the screen in this story. In some ways, whether or not you believe in destiny, the casting choices for Jean and Logan were meant to be. Hell, back in 2000, I couldn't think of anyone else who could play The Wolverine as good as Hugh Jackman at the time. And even if an alternate casting choice is possible, until that day comes, I do not dare think of it. 

Jackman and Janssen are The Wolverine and Phoenix, and your argument is invalid.

Director James Mangold previously brought us films like the cop drama Cop Land, the romantic comedy Kate And Leopold, the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, the Western thriller 3:10 To Yuma and the quirky action comedy, Knight And Day. In The Wolverine, as with these films and others, Mangold continues to reflect on some reocurring themes like the struggle to live with human suffering, highlighted by moments in the film merging reality and fantasy between characters consistently dreaming and waking up. These scenes intend to invoke the very pain of Logan's internal conflict with immortality, multiplied by his complacency with death while heartbreak and tragedy, until he begins his evolution back into the hero he needs to be, as a template for examiming his own purpose for living. Throughout the film, Mangold is able to apply this formula to a near-perfect fit, as Logan, even with his healing factor, is pushed to the ultimate limit, a limited tested in his climatic battle with the Adamantium-made gargantuan killing machine, "The Silver Samurai". With this in mind, The Wolverine maintains its stability and quality as a noteworthy installment of an invariably successful film franchise that fans will continue to love and appreciate for generations to come.

For anyone who may have been disappointed by X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I can honestly decree that Mangold's interpretation of this Marvel character is a valid, solid piece of film work. Some people have varying opinions on these, whether it pertains to how true to the source material the films stays, or the action, etc. At best it's comic book-style action, and it suits the film well enough that it sells the story from begining to end, with Jackman showing off great physicality and adaptation to the movements of a character he is clearly perfect for. And more importantly, coming off of director Matthew Vaughan's X-Men: First Class, and going into next year's release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, I think its safe to say that the future of the X-Men movie frachise in good hands. And with The Wolverine, the episodic pieces of this epic tale are sure to come full circle.

The Wolverine is now in theaters.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Director Jim Taihuttu Sets The Stage For Crime, Drama And Suspense In The New Trailer For WOLF

Marwan Kenzari, Chems Eddine AmarNasrdin Dchar, Bo MaertenRaymond Thiry and Cahit Ölmez star in a new multilingual crime thriller titled Wolf. Produced by the Netherlands-based production company, Habbekrats, the film is the second feature by award-winning writer/director Jim Tahuttu whose crowining achievement as a rising filmmaker have mostly been in the area of shortfilms since 2007 before his first feature-length co-directorial work with Victor Ponten on the 2011 film, Rabat.

Based on the synopsis, the film seems to carry a narrative similar to other films in that its protagonist is a gifted fighting athlete who may be in over his head. However, I really do admire the gritty, mature, dark, noir setting that our director has set up here. Plus it's got some pretty neat-looking action sequences courtesy of stunt/fight coordinator Simon van Lammeren.

Twitch shared this earlier Friday, and I loved the title enough to check out the trailer. And considering I enjoy a variety of films with lots of focus on dramatic depth and action, Wolf really does seem appealing, and worth the price of a ticket or a DVD if it ever heads your way. Take a look at the trailer below, and share your thoughts on it in the comment section below.

In WOLF the worlds of kickboxing and organised crime collide.

Majid (Marwan Kenzari) is a talented kickboxer from a grey, anonymous suburb in the Netherlands. As his fighting prowess brings him increasing notoriety, both in and outside the ring, the lines of demarcation between the worlds of kickboxing and organised crime begin to blur, and Majid begins to lose sight of what it is he really wants…

Nick Cheung Fights On Both Sides Of The Arena In The Final Trailer For UNBEATABLE

The final trailer is online for Dante Lam's award-winning martial arts sports drama, Unbeatable. The film has earned itself a successful run in the festival circuit with its winning performances by Nick CheungEddie PengMei TingCrystal Lee, Philip Keung and Jack Kao, along with Andy On and Wang Baoqiang.

The new trailer combines both the poignancy and emotional content delivered in the first trailer, with the exhilarating intensity and energy seen in the second, letting audiences know that Lam's newest film is sure to get your attention with a captivating story to bring the big screen climactic action with a purpose.

Unbeatable is based on a story and screenplay co-written by director Lam with screenwriters Candy Leung, Jack Ng and Fung Chi-fung. Ling Chi-wah and Henry Chan directed the action sequences.
The film is slated for domestic release on August 15, 2013.

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...


The New Trailer For TOM YUM GOONG 2 Is OFFICALLY Online!

It took a bit of time, but now we have an offiical new trailer for the upcoming October release for director Prachya Pinkaew's latest Thai martial arts adventure, Tom Yum Goong 2. Most netizens eager to see footage from the film were more than happy when an unofficial, dim, low-quality, company watermarked trailer was leaked online a few months ago, which may have already spoiled the surprise that awaited fans of Pinkaew's signature style of Thai action filmmaking. Thankfully this appears not to have had a highly negative affect among most critics.

Filming for Tom Yum Goong 2 had its share of stops and starts over the last few years, including run-ins with mother nature, returning action star Tony Jaa's on-set injury and subsequent marriage to his fiancè, in addition to action actress Jeeja Yanin's pregnancy, to name a few. Needless to say, the new, OFFICIAL trailer below is a nothing short of an absolute promise that the film is well on its way to wow audiences who have waited more than enough to see Jaa and Yanin back in action, and together for the very first time on screen.

But even more prominently, they are also joined by high profile co-stars, returning actor Petchtai Wongkamlao, and musician/filmmaker and kung fu cinema liaison, RZA. And rounding out the cast are some of Thailand's most major heavy hitters, including Dan Chupong who fought Jaa in the two sequels that followed the 2003 release of Ong Bak, rising action performer Kazu Patrick Tang who co-starred with Yanin in the dynamic, high-flying martial arts cinema spectacle, Raging Phoenix, and Marrese Crump who is in the process of achieving his own greatness with the upcoming production of Formless. And last but not least, tying the lineage together is action director Panna Rittikrai, who designed the impressive, big scale action sequences we all have largely come to love about Thai action cinema in the last decade and beyond.

To avoid misunderstanding all this, however, is the excitement added by Jaa's own start of international action stardom as Tom Yum Goong 2 will be a major precursor to the development and production of his next two films, A Man Will Rise and Skin Trade. Both films will see Jaa on set with blockbuster action hero Dolph Lundgren.

No complaints here people. If action is what you ordered, then stick around!

Golden Screen Cinemas reports that Tom Yum Goong 2 will debut in Thailand on October 24, 2013. The film is currently pending North American release as The Protector 2, thanks to its acquistion at the Cannes Film Festival back in May.

SYNOPSIS:
The sequel to "Tom Yum Goong", Tony Jaa is the hard-hitting Kham. Kham is the last in long line of guards who once watched over the King of Thailand's war elephants. Traditionally, only the perfect elephants could successfully help defend the throne, after his harrowing quest to retrieve the elephants, Kham returns to his village to live in peace. But for someone as good in martial arts as him, peace is but a wishful thought...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Brutal Action Awaits In The Upcoming Indie Crime Drama, A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

Things are happening in Florida's brewing independent action industry with aspiring filmmaker, actor and action performer Danny Vega and his team over at Project Rize. Their new self-financed independent action drama, A Dance With The Devil, is currently in production and with a release date setting up for later this year.

As a precursor to his place in the Florida based action film group, ENSO Productions, Vega began training in martial arts at the age of four and then moved to Florida where he would eventually meet and grow up training with ENSO's would-be founder, Walter Garcia. Inspired by the filmic inner-workings of their instructor, actor Ryan Robertson, the three would move on to star in their first project, Mambovision Films 2009 murder mystery action thriller, Dishwasher. In the two years that followed with the creation of ENSO, the three would continue adding more members and expanding their resumès with more original content, garnering several awards for their work on shortfilms such as A Spaniard's Tale, Willing and Abele, and Batman: The Last Laugh.

Now in 2013 and working on becoming an outstanding and full-fledged filmmaker, Vega is coming into his own with Project Rize, an independent movie production group whose name is derived from Vega's own way of providing a platform other aspiring actors and filmworkers in his home state of Florida. And not for nothing either, as he exemplifies this with the inclusion of two of Florida's best young and brightest rising performers, Genesis Action Stunts founder Anthony Giovanni Elias and Genesis fellow member Reko Rivera.

Vega shared his jubilance with me on the apparent transcendence of independent action filmmaking in his state, saying, "I love the fact that action films are expanding in Florida. It's great to see other people sharing the dreams you have and all the talent, love, and great energy it's producing. I feel that for the past couple of years action cinema wasn't as strong as it used to be especially in Florida. But now it's booming again and the public loves it. Who doesn't like to see a good ass kicking from time to time!"

Vega says fans can expect "an eerie gangster action movie" that blends the aestheticism in classics such as The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Scarface, with what he describes as a "brutal street feel" in the design of the film's inspired action sequences, one of which can be seen in the newly available preview clip below featuring Elias and Rivera. The upcoming film also stars Joshua Lamboy and James R. Dempster, and will hopefully lead to a sequel in the years ahead.

For more information on how you can follow the action, visit the film's official facebook page.



Chris Evans Is Battle-Scarred In The Final Trailer For SNOWPIERCER

Chris Evans is set to lead an ensemble cast in the international Korean sci-fi action production, Snowpiercer. The film is set to release in Korea on August 1, 2013, with a date in North America still pendng courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

What more can I say? The film looks epic, action packed and exciting, broadened in scope by a narrative that literally takes place around the world on a highly-powered supertrain designed to survive the freezing cold aftermath of a failed bold effort to stop global warming. And with a story set on a train that explores a societal caste system that ultimately turns into a contained brutal war epic, you can expect just the excitement that every trailer so far has offered, including today's final trailer which you can view below.

Snowpiercer is co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho and stars Chris Evans,Sung Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremmer, Allison PillTilda SwintonOctavia SpencerKo Asung, John Hurt and Ed Harris.





SYNOPSIS:
Based on the French graphic novel, "Le Transperceniege" by Benjamin Legrand and Jacques Lob, Snowpiercer takes place in the year 2035 where world war has thrown the planet into a snow-covered post apocalyptic state, forcing Earth's last survivors to board the high-tech Snowpiercer train. When their worlds collide, the survivors, divided by economic class, face an ironic turn of events causing their last best hope to become a dangerous and deadly battleground that will endanger what remains of humanity.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

[UPDATED] BLOODSPORT Reboots In 2014, KICKBOXER Also Set For A Reboot

It's been a few years since we have heard anything follow up from the announcements that the 1988 film, Bloodsport would get a revamp from Relativity Media, to be produced by Edward R. Pressman. Reports are now circulating that James McTeigue will direct helm the film in Austrailia as of Spring 2014, focusing on the life mercenaries who collide with the world of underground Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting, where it is just as what the name means: Anything goes. McTeigue's credits include, but are not limited to, the 2009 action adventure, Ninja Assassin, and the 2005 futuristic thriller, V For Vendetta.

The film was previously announced back in 2011 with a story by Taken writer Robert Mark Kamen and Salt helmer Phillip Noyce about an American who escapes to Brazil to help deal with the violence in Afghanistan. That story has been re-written by scribe Craig Rosenburg under McTeigue's supervision. It was also confirmed that much like the recently announced Timecop reboot, actor Jean-Claude Van Damme would not be involved in the film, though there is no word yet on who will be cast.

For the record, the film is not to be confused with the upcoming all-female Hong Kong martial arts tourno epic, Lady Bloodsport, which is currently filming under a different studio.

It's too early to tell, but with the prevalence that mixed martial arts continues to earn in major motion pictures, I'm very interested in what style of action choreography we can expect. Some notable names in MMA film choreography include J.J. Perry (Warrior), Damon Caro (Never Back Down), Larnell Stovall (Undisputed 3: Redemption) and Garrett Warren (Here Comes The Boom). Of course one other name would be Donnie Yen, but I presume he's going to be pretty busy. But let me know what you think.

Stick around for further developments!

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UPDATE (8:52pm EST): Deadline has reported on Wednesday that casting is now underway actor/producer/filmmaker Stephen Fung, best known for his recent steampunk kung fu action adventure releases of Tai Chi 0 and Tai Chi Hero, is being tapped by Radar Pictures for a reboot of the 1989 Van Damme classic, Kickboxer. Unrelated to director Albert Pyun's upcoming webseries based on the same franchise, Fung's film will be joined by screenwriters Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis, the latter who will share producer credits with Ted Field and Nick Celozzi, and executive producers Mike Weber and Peter Meyer. The film also begins shooting in early 2014.
As always, stay tuned!

Photo: Everett Collection/REX Features

Michael B. Jordan Gets His 'Eye Of The Tiger' Role In CREED!

Actor Michael B. Jordan has been the talk of the town since the highly underrated release of the 2012 found-footage sci-fi teen superhero drama, Chronicle. Highly regarded for his amazing on-screen presence in TV and film, Jordan's name has been tossed through the superhero movie hemisphere from rumors of a role as Johnny Storm in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, to the somewhat-serious mention of a romantic pairing with Spider-Man as a new take on the character, M.J..

Surely enough, it is a bright and bold sign that Jordan's career has taken off in solid fashion, especially while off the heels of a stellar performance from the same actor/director duo for their multi-festival award winning film, Fruitvale Station, featuring Jordan's biographical portrayal of tragic events that led to the tragic police shooting of unarmed victim, Oscar Grant, back in 2009.

Today's reporting from Deadline states that the actor is set to star in a prestigious role for an upcoming MGM film following the highly successful Rocky film series. The film in question is titled Creed, with filmmaker Ryan Coogler tapped to direct, and partnered with actor Sylvester Stallone to return to the franchise once more since 2006 in Rocky Balboa.

According to Deadline, Jordan's character will tying into the first four films of the franchise as the grandson of the late film character Apollo Creed, who was originally played by actor Carl Weathers. The intended plot follows the young man as he grows up living a well-off life thanks to the success of his late grandfather. He also discovers he has a natural knack for boxing just as his grandfather, and, in search of a mentor, turns to none other than Rocky himself, the retired living who fought and trained with his father in and out of the ring until his death in Rocky 4.

Fan ranting away right now as this will be Stallone's seventh turn at the role in the hit film franchise that made Rocky a household name, coined the phrase, "Go For It!", made hits out of powerful music by artists including Bill Conti, 80's rock band Survivor, and John Cafferty, and turned the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art into a cinematic landmark. The story itself is so compelling just reading about it, given that this film will pair two characters from grew up on different sides of the economy, with potential themes that surround confronting past demons, identifying what makes a man great in the pursuit of his own unique dreams in the course of learning about himself and knowing himself, and the power of staying hungry. I predict that these are answers to questions Jordan's character will face when this film goes into production, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Creed comes as Stallone is also setting up the Broadway musical production of "Rocky" for next Spring. Creed producer Kevin King will be joined by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, the original producers who also worked on the first Rocky film in 1976. Stallone is also set to fit a pair of boxing gloves opposite actor Robert DeNiro for their own boxing comedy/drama, Grudge Match, set to release this Christmas.

Stick around for more updates!

Images: Collider, Tumblr

Witches, Samurais And Fantasy Swordplay In The New Trailer For 47 RONIN

Well, that didn't take long, as Universal Pictures just released four new character posters for director Carl Rinsch's upcoming fantasy swordplay action adventure, 47 Ronin. The 3D feature film took a few years to make between heavy reshoots and much-needed added shots that ultimately exceeded the film's budget, so hopefully the film's delivery will be spectacular enough to woo audiences and make its money back.

The film opens in 2D and 3D this Christmas on December 25, 2013, and stars Man Of Tai Chi director and actor Keanu Reeves as an outsider who becomes the last hope of a band of samurai warriors looking to take out a monstrous evil. Reeves is joined by Asian cinema legend and action favorite Hiroyuki Sanada who will be seen clashing blades with Hugh Jackman this weekend in The Wolverine. Pacific Rim co-star and actress Rinko Kikuchi, along with the Shaolin Girl herself, actress Kô Shibasaki, and Battleship co-star Tadanobu Asano round out the cast of this explosive, whimsically colorful, grim and fantastic-looking period story of vengeance and redemption.



SYNOPSIS:
From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch. Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that’s never been seen before.

Donnie Yen Kicks HD Ass In The New Cantonese Trailer Re-Release For SPECIAL ID

Donnie Yen lit this week on fire with his latest new Mandarin-language teaser trailer for Special ID. Now there is a second "uncensored" HD trailer online for Hong Kong audiences, and though there really is no noticeable difference between the two versions, there are only a few audio edit changes, including the removal of the sound that plays when actress Tian Jing points her gun at some poor schmuck's junk, in addition to Cantonese audio throughout.
 
Other than that, nothing has been added or removed, footage-wise, just the same montage of Yen-flavored MMA-stylized hard-hitting grit and action that we have all come to know and love throughout his career, along with some "personality" to boot. Only this time, in HD. But while it may be the same trailer, who am I to pass up another write up on this long-awaited gem? Right?

Special ID is directed by Clarence Fok and stars Yen and Jing along with Andy On, Collin Chou, Hanyu Zhang, Qi Daji, Kun Yang and Ken Lo, with action choreography by Yen and his team, along with stunt coordinator Bruce Law. Yen also produced the film with Yong Er and Peter Pau.

The film will be released domestically on October 3, 2013, with a North American date currently pending from Well Go USA.

SYNOPSIS:
Yen takes on the role of Zilong Chen, an undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. The leader of the gang, Xiong (Collin Chou – JET LI’S FEARLESS, THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, THE MATRIX RELOADED), has made it his priority to weed out the government infiltrators in his midst. Struggling to keep his family together and his identity concealed, Chen is torn between two worlds.

Upping the stakes, as Chen’s undercover comrades are being dealt with, one by one, Chen fears his days are numbered. Now, he must risk everything to take down the organization and reclaim the life he lost when he took on this perilous assignment. As the action mounts, Chen must do everything he can to protect the SPECIAL IDENTITY he wishes he never had before it’s too late.