THE HIT LIST - December 21, 2015
In the realm of posters and images this week, it was a few weeks ago I posted a one-sheet for director Mikko Löppönen's latest revenge short, Eliza, starring Finnish actress and recording artist Jessica Wolff. Well, I'll have you know that I also had the pleasure of screening this one as well and it was one of the slickest and most blood-lettingly stylish revenge pieces I've ever seen. The editing halfway through felt jumpy a teeny bit, but I loved how crisp it looked from start to finish. It was emotive and driven from the get-go and sets up a more-than-satisfactory story where the means justifies the end. It's a simple revenge plot, and it delivers in beautiful fashion, and save for the prospects of a crowdfunder for a much longer-form project, Eliza is releasing on Wednesday. Until then, here are some EXCLUSIVE higher-def stills and poster work to keep you company until then!
And finally and far from least is a nifty new shortfilm that will undoubtedly whet the appetite for anyone still waiting to see Yuen Woo-Ping's Ip Man 3 which opens in Asia starting this Thursday. Courtesy of filmmaker and co-star Andy Le, the new shortfilm, Ip Man Returns brings you to 1917 Foshan with Daniel Mah in the title role for a riveting kung fu showdown that results in a conclusion that weighs in more on message than method.
The Martial Club team has been busy for some months now having trained with Leo Au Young, martial arts instructor and a friendly face among those as fight coordinator for several Ip Man films on top of having studied under Ip Man's son, Ip Chun. That said, while the Donnie Yen-starring franchise itself takes a few historical liberties, there's no question that the films pay homage to a great man in at least one form or another which is imaginably challenging to do. Ip Man Returns echoes that effort graciously in its own way for fans of kung fu and martial arts, which undeniably serves as a hit in my book.