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Hello all, Lee here! I just wanted to say how incredible and gnarly it is to have come as far as I have on this site what with all of you having either stuck around or just recently hopped aboard in the past two years and three months that Film Combat Syndicate has existed. I initially didn't think I would build an audience this high but the virility has certainly been good and does manage to lift my spirits from time to time.
I am thankful for each and every one of you who partake in, and maybe even enjoy what I scribble on about here on a regular basis. Other obligations do get in the way and sometimes I lag, but I always try to make up for it as I always do, by being as substantive and as original as possible while engaging in fandom and being as detailed and informative as possible (and maybe funny some days). But whether you laugh or not, I really do appreciate you all for being there, whether or not you use Facebook. Your readership and your genuine interest is what counts.
Moreover, I want to thank the handful of contributors who have helped and aided me in bringing some awesome content earlier this year, as well as allowing me to be a part of the creative process in a few instances. Those names include Scott Wiley, Danny Shamon from Dan's Movie Report, actor and stuntman Eric Shamm Watson, Graeme Noble of Noble Brothers Productions, Keith Hayward for allowing me a platform over at Henshin Justice Unlimted earlier this year, film producer James Marshall, action director Vlad Rimburg(Hammergirl), actor and martial artist D.Y. Sao (Cambodian Killers) and Thousand Pounds Action Company's own Darren Bailey and Chris Cowan, all of whom have contributed to the site in very huge and defining ways that have helped Film Combat Syndicate in its daily endeavors to become something special. They all have a passion for film in their own unique ways and have given something great to our readers in opening as many eyes as possible to the world of martial arts action cimema, both mainstream and independent and I certainly hope they all go even farther in their respective quests for greatness.
I also wanted to give a special shout out to some of the friendships and acquaintances I have made this year as well, with regard to some really great chemistry I have made with a few other fellow writers, filmmakers, actors and stunt professionals via online or in person, including (but not limited to) actor, martial artist J. Cheung - Cryptik Soul, stuntman Anthony Pho(From Paris With Love, Lucy), The Action Elite's own Eoin Friel and his brother Edward, The After Movie Diner's own Jon Cross, independent filmmakers and actors Jon Truei, Joey Min and Sunny Smith - all by way of Jabronie Pictures and Team FistyleZ respectively, stuntwoman Kimmy Suzuki(Ichiban, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), action star Tony Jaa and his manager Mike Selby, actors Akira Koieyama, Gaku Space and actor/filmmaker Joey Ansah - the face and voice of the movement in delivering Capcom's Street Fighter serial feature film to full bloom; I still feel a little stupid trying to rationalize how awesome this all has been, but then I fail, my brain melts and suddenly everything makes sense. Yippie!
But more imporantly, and again, I want to thank you, the reader, for being why Film Combat Syndicate even lasted as long as I have. Make no mistake though, my obligations away from the keypad do pull me away from time to time and I will never always be able to cover everything. However, for as long as I live, I will continue to do my very best. I am proud to have you guys there knowing and acknowledging my voice among many others with larger readerships than mine. To all the fans, superfans, stunt professional and actors, filmmakers and even close friends who support Film Combat Syndicate, you fine people never go unnoticed. I applaud you.
But above all else, thank you, all of you for another year of allowing me to be a part of the reason why you love movies. Perhaps one day when I have the time and if the opportunity arises, this might be something I can get paid to do and I can finally take this to the next level. And when that day comes, I will welcome it with open arms, and maybe even some beers, and I'm alcohol-illiterate, so bear with me.
To all denominations this season, from the bottom of my heart, I look forward to another reflection like this next year. In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
P.S. ..Let's have more of this!!!
Sincerly, Lee B. Golden Founder and editor at Film Combat Syndicate Twitter: @FCSyndicate
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…