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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.
The last eight years have been some of the most electric for fans of Capcom's Street Fighter game franchise. Actor and martial artist Joey Ansah's hit webseries, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and its included feature film edit were an epic delight that showed the world that adapting a fighting game into live-action was possible.
Sadly, any news of a follow-up season with the announced Street Fighter: World Warrior program would land in limbo with Machinima holding all the cards at the time leading up to the go90 rollout of Street Fighter: Resurrection. It was an interesting segue but it left a lot of fans outside North America feeling excluded as go90 didn't brought cast the show anywhere else.
I can't speak fully on what happened thereafter save for my own hopes that Ansah's vision would fully come to pass as quiet as things have been. Thankfully, and to the delightful shock of many, trade news sources are now running with word followed-up at Deadline that …
Inexplicably, Fruit Chan's latest action thriller, The Invincible Dragon, has taken a pretty long road in post-production. A 2018 release may be likely for that matter considering it's been about a year since the first trailer went live and will yet finally see action star Max Zhang deservedly on the big screen.
It's especially a fine time to make the move too, given Zhang's current profusion both locally and overseas with multiple projects lined up at Filmart and readying rollouts later this year as well. The actor and martial arts star is joined by actor and former MMA middleweight champion Anderson Silva who gets to chew some dialogue and fisticuffs with our lead in stellar fashion. Once upon a time, the undercover agent with dragon tattoo continually helped the police solve mysterious cases, which made him known as a rising star. However, his impulsive personality dragged him into endless trouble. He got himself into fights with the Macau detective (Kevin Cheng), a…
EXCLUSIVE: Emerging director, actor and martial artist Vincent Soberano is hot on the campaign trail for his current film slate this week in Beijing. With at least two of his upcoming releases now privately showcasing in Beijing for an audience comprised of major Hollywood and Chinese industry executives and distributors therein, it's a milestone to marvel at with Soberano now hailing as the first Filipino director to be privy to a screening of this kind.
Not for nothing either, as the footage speaks for itself and those who've seen last year's teaser trailer for Blood Hunters: Rise Of The Hybrids would likely stand in accordance. Since then, the eight-time world Muay Thai champion's craft behind the lens has only continued to grow and with none other than latest of one of the aforementioned two titles now readying for a local theatrical release this May with martial arts revenge thriller, The Trigonal: Fight For Justice. An underground fighting circuit run by an intern…