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Some people don't want others to have nice things in life. That seems to be the rule here with news forwarded by THR that 20th Century Fox's upcoming Marvel superhero thriller, Deadpool, has been denied a release in China.
The news comes from sources close to China Film Group that State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) banned the film from showing in the country due to its graphic violence, nudity and offensive language. China normally works with Hollywood studios to provide edits to approve viewing in the region, and reportedly there was no way for Fox and China censors to approve a decent, cleaner cut of the film without ruining the overall plot of the film.
Thanks to an unyielding push by lead actor Ryan Reynolds and fans far and wide along with a leaked test video from Blur Studios, the film has been confirmed an R rating by the MPAA as of last April. Reynolds and Fox have since begun a heavy-handed campaign to promote the film, now with a slate of TV spots following a glorious red-band trailer in December.
What sucks here is that China is the second biggest market for superhero movies with results boding well for its previous showings of last year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Peyton Reed's Ant-Man. It's also one of the biggest areas in the world where piracy runs rampant and has proven quite problematic for Hollywood studios. That said, there's no telling if or when the ban will get an about-face in some form or another, but unless this happens, pirates are going to do what they do.
I don't condone piracy, but this the reality we're faced with until China does away with its up/down state censors. Like the old Chinese saying goes... “if you want to attract a bird, first build a nest,”. Well, it's high time they did that...or maybe Reynolds can find a way to broker the deal himself in costume, which would be terrific publicity in my opinion should it work. Probably not but...one can dream.
Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool releases to bird lovers everywhere else except China on February 12.
On the count of actor and martial artist Scott Adkins being correct, there's a chance a third installment into the direct-to-DVD Ninja franchise could very likely happen. The Accident Man star and producer posted on his Facebook and Instagram pages stating his case to potentially get the film moving forward if producers can be swayes via reacting and commenting to the posts. Do me a favour guys. If you want to see Ninja 3 - please LIKE and COMMENT and maybe I can convince the producers to make it happen. Who wants to see Ninja 3?Both the 2009 and 2013 installments were shepherded by none other than Isaac Florentine in his fruitful pairing with Adkins for a splashy return of the very genre once popular in the 80s. The most recent offering, Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear, was riotous big screen hit at the festivals and among fans alike. The two recently shared the set for the long-awaited Boyka: Undisputed 4 from director Todor Chapkanov with Florentine producing apart from his current roll…
Re:Born is a new Japanese martial arts action thriller film by Yuji Shimomura, probably one of the greatest action coordinators, stuntmen and directors in the small, but entertaining action scene of Japan, re-uniting with Tak Sakaguchi of Versus fame and Shimomura's previous and only other feature Death Trance, the legendary martial artist and the underrated filmmaker have made not only their second and best film to date, but also one of the best action films of the year, whichever year you saw it in, because of its screenings in numerous film festivals starting from 2016.
The story centers on Toshiro Kuroda (played by Tak) who runs a small convenience store in a quiet town in Japan and looking after his adopted daughter, Sachi. When his blood-soaked, military past catches up to him however, it brings back an old comrade (played by Akio Otsuka, the voice of Solid Snake from MGS series) seeking revenge, with an army of brainwashed soldiers behind him, including a former buddy of To…
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese action star, actor Tak Sakaguchi will share the floor as a guest panelist among other headliners for this year's sophomore entry of the Iron DragonTV ActionFest. Submissions are now underway for the upcoming event which will be held at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater in Austin, Texas from August 10 through 12.
The humble Ishikawa native is a naturally well-known fan favorite credited for such films as Battlefield Baseball, Versus, Alive, Samurai School, Yakuza Weapon and Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? to name a few. His latest action-packed starring role now sees him carving and beating armies of villains to a pulp for longtime friend and film partner Shimomura Yuji's second directing effort, Re:Born, which has since been subject to a raft of critical praise from the festival circuit since last year.
Obligatory rules for IDTV Action Fest submissions and entries therein are listed in detail for attendees and local genre fans and cinephiles a…