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It sure sucked being sick this past week. It's what slowed down a lot of content going into the weekend on top of work (yes, having to work while sick is a thing that exists. Call your Congressman and let's end this atrocity! 🤣)
Well, at least not right away. Thankfully I'm on better straits and this week's Hit List is back and ripe with all you love and enjoy about this site and what and who we try to discover and keep up with. Heather Woods is one of those very people as we kick off this week's playlist of stunt and demo reels followed by the performances of Austin Durden, David Russell Graham, Airon Armstrong, Kate Mah, David Lavallee Jr., Fernando Jay Huerto, Ai Ikeda, Gee Alexander, Alex McCaslin, Kate Cochran, Stephon Reynolds, freerunner Sydney Olson's most entry for Red Bull Art of Motion 2017, and a new temp fight coordinator reel by stunt professional Michael Lehr.
We won't lag too much here but it'll be enough to help keep the hype going for another project we caught a glimpse of in its poster and for which its official teaser has now arrived. Eden Grey is the name of the project for UK-based Tyrone Samuels whose second narrative shortfilm serves as the launchpad for fledgeling film group, Decoded Theory.
The upcoming short has actress Mhairy Calvey starring as soldier gone rogue with sensitive information regarding the clinical trials and experiments being conducted at the black site from which she's escaped. Marco Torrens, Keith Porter, Timothy Hofmeier, Gately Freeman, Hannah Chalmers and Al Roye also star and there's more info at the official website.
Thankfully week's round of online action isn't a huge endurance run but still comes with a LOT of meat to its bones and I'm starting it off with some stellar pre-viz work by this week's Monday night creature T. Ryan Mooney, and a double-up from filmmaker/stunt fighting auteur Vlad Rimburg. Thereafter, actor and martial artist Noah Fleder returns to the director's seat and thus to his ever-vigilant YouTube Star Wars fans at Force Storm Entertainment premiering the first of a new three-part miniseries, Lost Tales Of The Republic: The Purge - Part One, and WWE star David Otunga gives his son's kidnappers a run for their money in his recent Father's Day outing, Love, also starring David Otunga Jr. and from directors J.A. Croom and The Blasian Twins.
The next comes from filmmakers Shian Wen and its star, Kasimir Poh Cieslak who sent to me several weeks ago on social media and I weirdly didn't get the notification until last Tuesday and I'm glad I caught on to it soon enough to share with fans still fawning over for stylish action that belovedly echoes traces of The Raid for the hardcore niche. That said, the score for slickly-edited one-take knife-wielding action thriller, Stream, is unmistakably on a loop and some of the shots are really tight but you'll get a kick out of the amount of effort endurance Cieslak commits to in this piece.
Rounding out the playlist are two of the most high-powered shortfilms you'll see online. They're from Neill Blomkamp, a man who needs not a huge introduction for the fan acclaim he's since extended with the launch of Oats Studios with the releases of sci-fi action gems, Rakka and Firebase. Rather, what he needs, resoundingly, are people who won't throw red tape in his face the second he comes with a good idea in mind that any studio and its suits would be LUCKY to juxtapose themselves with, and with all rolling out from Oats Studios and its Volume One releases, you will amass reasons why aplenty.
I'll leave the rest to you fine people. Hit the play button and let 'er rip!
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…
Actor and action star Donnie Yen is maintaining his high profile at Filmart in Hong Kong, including a pair of titles currently being sold under Hong Kong’s Mega-Vision Project Workshop that list Kam Ka-Wai's Big Brother and Tanigaki Kenji's Enter The Fat Dragon. Both have made headlines quite a bit in the past year in addition to several others that are also being shopped at Filmart while the latest is just breaking out of Asia by way of Emperor Motion Pictures.
For this, we turn to a recent teaser poster circulating ahead of production for Call Of Heroes helmer Benny Chan action thriller, Crossfire. The project is being hailed as a big budget spectacle that will star Yen as a former police inspector who travels to South America to rescue his kidnapped wife. The title stand among a bustling raft of films hosted by EMP with Dante Lam getting first billing for another spectacular military action spectacle to follow up his previous successes in Operation Mekong (2016), and Opera…
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…