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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!
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
Recent events may have temporarily thrown actor Jon Bernthal's push for upcoming Netflix series, The Punisher, into a bit of a quiet spell. Surely, it isn't slowing down progress on other matters of film and we can thank the current run of reviews and press online since the Tribeca premiere of Jamie M. Dagg's new movie, Sweet Virginia. A mysterious stranger sends shockwaves through a close-knit community in this nerve-jangling slice of raw suspense. In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood (Christopher Abbott) checks into a motel run by Sam (Jon Bernthal), a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider status, the two men strike up an uneasy friendship—a dangerous association that will set off a new wave of violence and unleash Sam’s darkest demons. Driven by tour de force performances from Christopher Abbott and Jon Berntha…