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Meetings And Greetings: A Night Out With ARCADE KILLERS's Own Slobo And Duy Panouvic
Photo Courtesy of Duy Panouvic, and as you can see, I was very, very thirsty.
A common practice for a lot of folks in the stunt industry outside of working on film sets, is to travel and explore other parts of the globe to acquaint with other stunt professionals - something particularly effective in an age where social media has since played a huge role in networking millions of people. Evidently, this is one area that professional stunt couple, Slobo and Duy Panouvic were keen to act on in the progression of their own careers having already spent quite awhile working their way up between working their native Germany, and in Cape Town, South Africa where they started their own professional team, Arcade Killers back in May of last year.
I have written about them a few times in the past year, so it was rather opportune for me that they decided to take their journey to my back yard, right here in New York City where they will be staying for the remainder of the summer to take in their new atmosphere, as well as find a way to collaborate with other stunt professionals if possible. In lieu of this, after a slightly-hectic train ride from Queens to Manhattan on Sunday night, I exited the Port Authority Bus Terminal and hiked a little bit to Bryant Park, and I was very excited when Slobo greeted me at the entrance.
I shook Duy's hand and that of two other acquaintances - one with whom they're currently staying in Brooklyn. From there, what followed was a candid and in-depth and stimulating conversation about their respective careers between Cape Town and Germany, their training, working on shows such as Syfy TV series Dominion and STARZ series Black Sails, and the hopes of working with folks like Ninja 2 and Boyka: Undispited 4 duo, action star Scott Adkins and fellow action actor Brahim Achabbakhe. We also talked favorite foods and other delicacies (it turns out we are all fans of dark chocolate while Slobo has a much more major thing for Peanut Butter, which I found fascinating), and I also learned that Slobo and Duy have different tastes in film - Slobo is well into various aspects of stimulating action and adventure, whereas Duy, who much more peculiar about certain genres with an interest in grounded, cerebral and visually organic storytelling...
...I'm thinking either Southpaw or Hitman: Agent 47 between now and next month would suit them. Just my opinion. :-)
At any rate, Sunday night was a fantastic evening. I can't remember the last time I had even been to the park to just relax and unwind. Slobo and Duy had a small dinner at the park before I arrived and after about twenty minutes of relaxing and chatting, the park closed and the three of us chilled out for a bit longer at a nearby MacDonalds on the second dining floor where we had a few beverages, and it wasn't long before they closed the second floor within another twenty minutes.
Indeed, it was late, and as much as I didn't want it to end, it was plenty of time for all of us to get to know one another. It was an awesome experience to meet Slobo and Duy on Sunday night, and while they continue plan out their stay here for the next several months, I look forward to seeing them at least one or two more times before they leave. Even more so, as busy as many in the stunt community are here in the big apple, I sincerely hope they continue to meet more people and collaborate here before potentially setting out to explore in California, and I, for one, hope to write about that as well.
I didn't record much of our time out on Sunday night for the sake of battery power, so I decided to so a quick outro video at the end of our evening to introduce you all. Be advised, this is not entirely safe for a working environment as much as I like to express myself. And indeed, I was hugely expressive. All smiles.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent filmmaker James Lee is well on the way with the new martial arts redemtpion thriller, Kill-Fist. Hailing a reunion for the director and his lead actor, Singaporean action favorite, recurring Code Of Law star Sunny Pang, the film further etches a mutual creative partnership for the two who've known each other for more than a decade in cinema. "It was fun and great to work with him again after The Collector and Call If You Need Me." says Lee who cites that as both were different films that served the purpose Kill-Fist aims to do once more in challenging Pang as an actor. "Indeed he had to do some preparations for the character tragic Zhang. Kill-Fist is kind of a refresher for both of us, we hope we can move to bigger projects after this."
Pang, who serves up more brutal screentime in Gavin Lim's own upcoming film, Diamond Dogs, is one of the two principal leads for Kill-Fist next to actor Alan Yun, both central to the story in the respe…
I'm pondering taking next weekend off for the Hit List. As it stands I have a few screeners that need screening and reviewing and I haven't at all had the time for them. Plus, a little extra time for myself would be spiffy.
Of course, all that could change depending on the content of the coming week and if it's too good to hold back, you can expect another entry online stunts and hits. For now, its the 16th of April and back hand-springing in her element is stuntwoman Niahlah Hope for the inaugural reel of this week's stunt playlist.
Rounding it all out are reels by Max Laferriere, Thaddeus McQueen, John Wood, Amber Lamarca, Ivan Kasnyov, Nakamura Koji, Bryan Dodds, Beni Alexander, Attilla Kiss, Sarah Laidler, Joseph Roark and StormFreerun with a cinematic display of parkour feats featuring athlete Charlie Havill. Last and far from least is a share from Vimeo with a cool fight reel by Timothy Eulich.
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…