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Last year saw quite the needed breath of fresh air for fans of actor and martial artist Joe Taslim. For this, we currently await for things to culminate following the completion of Timo Tjahjanto's solo debut at the helm, The Night Comes For Us, marking another progressive step forward for Taslim who shined in 2011 thriller, The Raid, and hasn't held back on his career growth ever since with Justin Lin's Furious 6 and Star Trek: Beyond under his belt.
Nowadays Taslim is adding to the scope of his prospects with the current production of director Choi Jae-hoon's new period drama, Swordsman from Opus Pictures. Taslim will be joined by lead actor Jang Hyuk (Volcano High, The Flu, Empire Of Lust) for a story centered on a blind swordsman and his daughter amid the decline of the Ming Dynasty and rise of the Qing Empire. Also starring are Hyuk's Ordinary Person co-stars Jung Man-sik and Choi Jin-ho, and with actor Ji Seung-hyun.
Opus Pictures's recent successes include the 2010 thriller, The Man From Nowhere which is readying a Hollywood remake after John Abraham's 2015 Hindi outing, Rocky Handsome, and Bong Joon-Ho's 2013 sci-fi, Snowpiercer which has a TV series in the works for TNT starring Daveed Diggs.
(An earlier version of this article reported Paradigma Pictures as part of the production. Hat tip to the Paradigma Pictures Twitter account for the news tip)
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.
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…
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 …