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[UPDATED] Dragon Chen Lights Up The Latest Mini-Teaser For ULTIMATE HERO
Remember actor and filmmaker Dragon Chen from Nunchucks (2012) and Kung Fu Fighter (2013)? Well, sure his resume extends a bit further, though pretty obscure unless you live in China and have a good footing in the local film market. Alas, having become a little more prolific in recent years, he's back and at it again and this time with co-helmer Lei Cui with the new action adventure, Ultimate Hero which opens on August 26.
There's not much to go on with no detailed plot available, save for mention of the story taking place in Ethiopia and Somalia where Chen is set in a cross-country battle pitting him against arms smugglers. That said, there is one saving grace for the campaign here, newly arrived in the breath of 24 seconds of nothing but solid action with an international cast at hand now seen in a first mini teaser which clearly aims selling an action thriller. Fighting? Gun battles? Car chases? Big kicks? Explosions? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
Also starring, and much to our delight, is actor and martial artist Alexandre Bailly who, once in pre-blonde hair mode, got his day in a shortfilm called Brothers Forever by the awesome Z-Team. He was a badass villain then and he looks amply radical here opposite Chen.
May a great trailer arrive soon after this, but check out the mini teaser below!
UPDATE (7/13/16):And here's a new mini-teaser. Hopefully a full trailer arrives soon with details.
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…
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.
My weekend was pretty huge for movies. My thoughts on Wolf Warrior 2 are up on my Instagram as well as posts about S.S. Rajamouli's Bahubali saga so feel free to skim those through and follow me as well as I also cross post news there. The news also includes the latest on what's what in the weekly Hit List and we begin with a new round of stunt and training reels from around the web. Anna Akimova gets things going this week with her latest reel followed by Jake Teel, D.L. MacDonald, Tyler Street, Jessica Stafford, Graham Hooper, Andy Whitmarsh, Samuel Horowitz, Monica Lopez, Noel Martinez, Casey Michaels, Bronson Cameron, Yessenia Cossio, Aaron D. Alexander, Antjuan Rhames, Donovan Law, Ai Ikeda, Justin Mane, Lukaz Leong and Cassie Lee Minnick, along with Benjamin J. Redic III and the crew at Ballistic Blade, multifaceted stuntmen and fight choreographers Fernando Jay Huerto and Geo Corvera, and Australia's own Asaya Yasushi with a newly launched team reel for Team Yas!