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INTO THE BADLANDS: Re-Live All Of The Action From The First Season!
Having suffered the lack of access to AMC in the years prior, it was only until its arrival on Netflix this month that I was able to catch all six episodes of the hit series, Into The Badlands from creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. This comes in lieu of a second season which premieres on March 19 and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed what this show has to offer.
Granted, TV shows can be a bit challenging too with some stretching as far as ten or twelve one-hour episodes. Sure that means more content but you still run risk of being repetitive and mundane which, gladly, Into The Badlands avoids at just six episodes for its first season, keeping things fresh and moving and ever-developing and evolving. And above all else, with none other than Daniel Wu starring as the show's lead as Sunny, the elite clipper in the ward of Baron Quinn (Martin Czokas) who owns the biggest stake in the poppy trade and runs the largest clipper force among the existing Barons of the Badlands.
Such is the battlefield in which this amazing series takes place, and one of searing family drama, politics, and deadly martial arts force when required. Packed with high-end drama and high octane fight sequences from director Stephen Fung and a story that harnesses some of the best any viewer could look forward to in a series of this caliber, you are never tired of this show. The intrigue and boiling tension between many of the show's characters with a few new faces appearing in the second half add only substance to the show's progression.
Thus, leave it to the prospects of a second season following the riproaring fight finale and intense cliffhanger to leave you with some serious high hopes, and especially the action with Aramis Knight, actresses Ally Ioannides and Emily Beecham, and many more returning to the fray as Sunny fights to find his way back to the woman he loves and for the afflicted M.K. to find a way to deal with his ill-gotten abilities whilst finding his mother.
All things in good time as AMC's March 19 (upon which I will be definitely tuning in) and the U.K.'s March 21 Amazon Prime release appoaches. Until then, AMC has packaged all but twenty minutes from the show's stylish, bloodletting fight scenes, including the brutalizing match between Sunny and the Abbots, played by Cung Le, Morgan Benoit and Mickey Facchinello.
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!