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Mark Dacascos To Direct And Star In SHOWDOWN IN MANILA In 2015
From L to R: Casper Van Dien, Alexander Nevsky and Mark Dacascos
Rising action star Alexander Nevsky has been well on his way with his post-bodybuilding career with starring and producing films in the last several years, including Black Rose last year with fellow action legend Matthias Hues. Nowadays he's resurging and it appears he's got some great company for the forthcoming February production of the new film, Showdown In Manila.
Word from Kung Fu Cinema's forum indicates the film will be the directorial debut of its lead actor and action star, Mark Dacascos. There's no word on what the plot will entail, although activity from Nevsky's Twitter account comfirms the appearance of many of the film's noteworthy cast including Nevsky and Hues, along with Casper Van Dien, Cynthia Rothrock, Oliver Gruner, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Monsour del Rosario, and Don "The Dragon" Wilson.
The film also makes for a potentially stellar great return for producer Andrzej Bartkowiak who played an integral role in transitioning Li's crossover career in 2000 with Romeo Must Die and in 2002's Cradle 2 The Grave in which Dacascos starred as the villain. Bartkowiak directed five Hollywood features before attempting to unite British action hero Scott Adkins and French action auteur Cyril Raffaelli back in 2010 for the ill-fated production of Turkish actioner, Dark Deal prior to going under the radar.
Hopefully this particular production will bring greater prospects for an otherwise awesome cast list with Dacascos already set to kick off 2015 with a few other big moves, including Martin-Christopher Bode's Ultimate Justice with Hues, and the upcoming Thai actioner, Relentless with Van Dien and helmer John Milton Branton, in addition to Don "The Dragon" Wilson's recently-announced Blood Raid.
Much is happening right now for the new year for the cast who have other titles on the way as well, with Wilson and Rothrock in The Martial Arts Kid and White Tiger, as well as the Wilson's long-awaited Kazakh-producted thriller with Tagawa co-starring in The Whole World At Our Feet, to name a few. Indeed, do watch this space!
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
It's understandable that one forgets things. Amid all the film festival hype I damn near forgot that a live-action adaptation of Sakurai Gamon's hit manga, Ajin: Demi Human was on the way which makes me wonder how come it's not heading to festivals this year, unless I'm wrong.
If not, I reckon part of this is due to the amount of work being put into the spectacular action sequences and immersive visuals with Bayside Shakedown film series and Shaolin Girl helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki at the helm. There wasn't a lot of footage in the previous teaser to showcase it much but there was just enough to garner some much-deserved interest and as of Sunday, to say the least, the official trailer guarantees the promise being offered here in a much more assuring fashion.
The film opens in Japan on September 30 and much to the delight of fans of both the manga, the anime series and films, as well as Rurouni Kenshin star Satoh Takeru. He leads the cast of the film as Nagai Kei, a …
Well guys, my hiatus was a brief but fair one. It was a necessary breather to help recoup from the workload and best part about all this is that people are still creating!
So yeah, that's a nice thing to come back to. That's what The Hit List is for and I've found (and have also been sent) some GREAT stuff to share this week. It's also a lot to unpack so without further ado, the stunt reels are up first as always and we begin with Amy Sturdivant's most recent Vimeo upload. I meant to share hers before going on break but YouTube parameters were a factor and Vimeo was the only option left. So, better late than never, and with a demo reel as substantive as this being all the more reason worth sharing.
Following that is a playlist ripe with awesome stunt and action demos by Francis Limoges, Drew Reade, Gaby Rodriguez, Jennifer Badger, Gene Freeman, David Van Tassell, Domenica Rossi, Brytni Lavender, and stunt/fight coordinator reels by Airon Armstrong and Roberto Lopez…