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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!
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 …