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Tak Sakaguchi Will Be RE:BORN In 2015 For His Final Movie
Well, it has been more than a year now since the news stirred the web, and not much of anything has been said about Versus 2. So, unless you are an insider and you can divulge some verifiable knowledge about it, myself and the public will be more than pleased to hear of it. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine. But, any rate though, for now, things are about to get a little more exciting for Sakaguchi's empassioned fanbase, with the release of a new viral video announcing the forthcoming production of a new Sakaguchi action vehicle titled Re:Born, reuniting the actor with longtime collaborator, stuntman, action director and filmmaker Yuji Shimomura.
As of yet, there are no early plot details available to describe the new film, but Sakaguchi and Shimomura will be overseeing the audition process somewhere between this July and August, with stunt talent agency, Worsal and Shimomura's stunt training team U'den Flame Works. And considering the body of work that the action pair share between Versus and Death Trance, as well as films like Alive and Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, along with Yudai Yamaguchi's Yakuza Weapon and Deadball, the project could shape up to be a stellar final foray into action for Sakaguchi, who rose from his heydays as an underground brawler, to a nearly fifteen-year career winning the hearts and minds of the film festival circuit and action cinephiles alike.
I fully respect Sakaguchi's decision as much I will miss him, and stand with the fans who graciously await what Sakaguchi will deliver in his last hoorah for Japanese action in Re:Born, which will release next year. Meanwhile, Sakaguchi will soon be seen in Sono Sion's latest film fest fave, Why Don't You Play In Hell?, in North American theaters and on DVD later this year, courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.
Erik Matti's hotly anticipated BuyBust is pretty much an all-in factor for the hardcore action fans already lined-up for its August 10 North American release from Well Go USA. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion starring Kim Da-Mi was another surprise in recent weeks showcasing a rather awesome trailer for I Saw The Devil writer Park Hoon-Jung's latest feature directing effort.
Also in tow are Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Searching starring Jon Cho, and awards and celebrations of the aforementioned Rothrock as well as other screenings like Victor Vu's Loi Bao which I'…
Another headlining rematch is on deck for Wilson Yip's Ip Man 4 with Jackie Chan apparently set to appear opposite star Donnie Yen. This little detail, by way of a report on Wednesday at Jaynestars cites local news sources, confirms that filming has wrapped for the fourth installment in which Chan will play a respected Chinatown Big Brother amid the story setting that lands our title hero in the U.S. alongside martial arts progeny Bruce Lee.
Yen and Chan have shared the screen together a few times in Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Twins Effect 2 (a.k.a. Blade Of Kings) (2004). The two are joined by Paradox co-star Chris Collins and Vanness Wu of Star Runner fame, both who share respective screen history with actor Scott Adkins who also stars.
Oddly enough and despite viral posts, the report also suggests Ip Man 3 co-star and Kung Fu League headliner and most-noted Bruce Lee persona in recent memory; Danny Chan may be sitting out the role this time around.
A late 2018 or early 20…
Here's a little something to bare in mind for a potemtial future Hit List entry: Enter John Fallon of The Shelter, American Muscle and upcoming Heretic helmer, and newcomer, actor and martial artist Marc Natoli who've since completed their work on Paul Allica's new feature venture, The Siege Of Robin Hood on which Fallon served as co-star and producer.
Going forward, they now turn their attention to the forthcoming July shortfilm production, The Proposal. The two are joined by Neighbors actress Kahli Williams with a script from Fallon, and Ben Whimper, best known for producing projects like shortfilms Quanta and Arrowhead, and now staking his claim at the helm to direct. When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who want him dead. What's a …