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Lei Cui's MISSION 911 Goes Ballistic In The First Teaser Trailer
If there is any way that Ultimate Hero helmer Lei Cui can continue his current career trajectory, it might be pretty rewarding for action fans. His latest, Mission 911, is still in production as we speak following a release date push back, and much to our own delight with the promise of an action thriller larger in scale than originally conceived.
An explicit synopsis is still in tow while there are a few story details now reportable that I'm told draw comparisons between Groundhog Day and The Raid. At the center of it all, we meet a cast led by Richard Liu, Jess Hsu and Tiger Yang who play members of an elite tactical unit on a mission to stop a terrorist from acquiring a time travel device to undo the fall of the Third Reich. Actor and martial artist Alexandre Bailly, having built a rapport on Cui's previous movie, leads the charge as the main villain of the new China-set actioner, along with bringing stylish and kinectic Keysi fighting and close-quarters action to the fold, which Bailly himself mentioned in our recent interview.
More details will follow while the film readies for its December 2017 release and a 3D IMAX presentation to accomodate its scope. In the meantime, the first teaser trailer arrived several days ago and while we wait to see what further production tweaks will offer, the result we now sample here looks like an action-packed treat able to hold its own.
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Next year will soon see the premiere of the CW's latest superhero serial adaptation, Black Lighting. That hasn't hindered actor and award-winning filmmaker Choice Skinner from installing his own seal of approval on the popular DC Comics character and as it stands, lending a spotlight to two major superhero IPs in the same universe.
For this, Skinner's own independently-produced and non-profit fan film project, Black Lightining: Tobias's Revenge, is finally set to air its finale on Tuesday at 9:00am PST/12:00pm Eastern. The news comes following the release of the first part back in April from Darkan Entertainment, LLC., and self-funded with sponsorship by Action VFX, with Skinner directing as well as starring and sharing writing duties with actor James Moten Black. Ex-Mayor and crime Lord Tobias Whale has returned to Suicide Slums to exact revenge against local famed superhero Black Lightning. Tobias gathers gang members from the local gang 100 and several other super v…