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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 had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
Acclaimed director and film multi-hyphenate Shaun Piccinino is set to direct American Fighter for ESX Entertainment. The film is a sequel to last year's American Wrestler: The Wizard which starred actor George Kosturos in the 1980-set tale of a young Iranian teen transplanted into a new town where he's forced to face adversity from all angles after joining the high school wrestling team.
Kosturos is returning to the sequel according to a new report from Variety which also lists Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, Sean Patrick Flanery and Parviz Sayyad attached to star. Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar, Christina Moore and Anna Zielinski are producing the film with a story by Afshar that now centers on a desperate teen who builds character between opponents upon competing in the underground fight circuit to save his dying mother. “Continuing down the line of a ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Karate Kid’ story, this new ‘American Wrestler’ movie remains a very heartfelt project for me,” Afshar said. “The res…