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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.
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.
Normally when I screen an independently-produced film, I offer as much of a curve as I possibly can while reviewing. I'm a regular advocate of DIY filmmaking for creatives who have observed their own respective talents and strive to build themselves and bring good storytelling and equally fierce screenfighting to the fray in their projects. Some are zero-budgeted while others have some type of investment involved with a crew of enough experienced people to help bring the essential pieces together for a single movie. Conclusively, when it works, it works.
That said, I'm not going to go into the specifics regarding the development and history leading up to the production of a'Ali DeSouza's feature debut, Jackson Bolt, starring actor and decorated martial artist, Robert Parham. My knowledge on that end is nil. However, what I do know, pertaining to the latter statement of my introductory paragraph, is that while when a film works when all the right and functional pieces …