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If there was ever a screening I wish I could have attended, it's the Mo' Bros's Midnight Madness premiere at TIFF a few weekends ago of the new movie, Headshot. Thankfully our own Alex Chung managed a trip to review it for us and you can click here in case you missed it and are curious about what the film has to offer.
As such, the film is still circulating in festivals, and to great acclaim this week with a victory over at L’Etrange where it now shares The Grand Nouveax Genre Award with another title, Gabrielle Mainetti’s They Call Me Jeeg Robot. The film is also slated for screenings at Fantastic Fest starting next week and Mayhem in the U.K. next month along with line-ups at Sitges and Busan.
As for all else, folks with proximity issues regarding festivals will still be able to catch the film upon its wider releases. Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films are set for a U.S. release in February next year with Screenplay Infinite Films and SCM setting up premieres in Indonesia and Nikkatsu for Japan and througout Asia while it is now being reported for acqusitions for the following day-and-date territories according to Deadline:
•UK (Arrow Films) •Germany/Italy (Koch Media) Australia/•New Zealand (Vendetta Films) •France (AB Groupe) •Scandinavia (Star Media Entertainment) •Russia/CIS and The Baltics (Cinema Prestige)
Headshot stars Iko Uwais as an wounded amnesiac fondly named Ishmael by his nurse who finds himself back in action to rescue her from the auspices of his dark and violent past as he regains the memory of who he was, and the skillset he was trained with. Successful sales of the film recently earned one half of the Mo' pair, Timo Tjahjanto the momentum needed to finally move forward on his solo directorial feature debut, The Night Comes For Us, rejoining Uwais with The Raid co-star Joe Taslim for his first lead role.
Joining Uwais in Headshot are Julie Estelle, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee and David Hendrawan.
Uwais is also slated to appear in Liam O'Donnell's Beyond Skyline from Hydralux Entertainment with Peter Berg's Ronda Rousey headliner, Mile 22, currently in development for STX Entertainment, as is Gary Mak's upcoming Asian 'Expendables' ensemble pic, Makeshift Squad...and as always, The Raid 3, godwilling.
Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.
Erik Matti's hotly anticipated BuyBust is pretty much an all-in factor for the hardcore action fans already lined-up for its August 10 North American release from Well Go USA. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion starring Kim Da-Mi was another surprise in recent weeks showcasing a rather awesome trailer for I Saw The Devil writer Park Hoon-Jung's latest feature directing effort.
Also in tow are Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Searching starring Jon Cho, and awards and celebrations of the aforementioned Rothrock as well as other screenings like Victor Vu's Loi Bao which I'…
Another headlining rematch is on deck for Wilson Yip's Ip Man 4 with Jackie Chan apparently set to appear opposite star Donnie Yen. This little detail, by way of a report on Wednesday at Jaynestars cites local news sources, confirms that filming has wrapped for the fourth installment in which Chan will play a respected Chinatown Big Brother amid the story setting that lands our title hero in the U.S. alongside martial arts progeny Bruce Lee.
Yen and Chan have shared the screen together a few times in Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Twins Effect 2 (a.k.a. Blade Of Kings) (2004). The two are joined by Paradox co-star Chris Collins and Vanness Wu of Star Runner fame, both who share respective screen history with actor Scott Adkins who also stars.
Oddly enough and despite viral posts, the report also suggests Ip Man 3 co-star and Kung Fu League headliner and most-noted Bruce Lee persona in recent memory; Danny Chan may be sitting out the role this time around.
A late 2018 or early 20…
Here's a little something to bare in mind for a potemtial future Hit List entry: Enter John Fallon of The Shelter, American Muscle and upcoming Heretic helmer, and newcomer, actor and martial artist Marc Natoli who've since completed their work on Paul Allica's new feature venture, The Siege Of Robin Hood on which Fallon served as co-star and producer.
Going forward, they now turn their attention to the forthcoming July shortfilm production, The Proposal. The two are joined by Neighbors actress Kahli Williams with a script from Fallon, and Ben Whimper, best known for producing projects like shortfilms Quanta and Arrowhead, and now staking his claim at the helm to direct. When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who want him dead. What's a …