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Continuing news coming out of Hong Kong Filmart now brings word of a new film long in the making, and with none other than The Grandmaster co-star, actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai leading point. For this, we point to director Jingle Ma who has since raided Japan and Seoul in 2000 and 2006 with Tokyo Raiders and Seoul Raiders, respectively.
This week, the word now is that Ma will direct a third installment to this particular franchise for Europe Raiders, with Leung back once more. The franchise so far encompasses a bevy of names like Kelly Chen, Ekin Cheng, Shu Qi and Richie Jen to name a few, with Leung starring in the first film as a tough James Bond-esque P.I. in Tokyo with a jilted bride-to-be in search of her missing fiancè, with the sequel focused on a case involving counterfeit printing plates.
The new installation currently doesn't have a known plot while casting ensues with the latest addition of Mr. Six, The Mermaid and newly added Valerian and xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage co-star, actor Kris Wu. Filming moves onward with Jet Tone Films rolling cameras in Europe, China and Japan next month.
Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…