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I was a little more keen on taking this week off given the forthcoming holiday, but I was already on par for another installment of the Hit List so I figured "why not?"...
Alas, we've arrived to another spiffy new around of demo reels and action gems to help warm you up. Cameron Bostanabad kicks off this week's round of stunt and training reels followed by Wes Cochran, Braelyn Smallwood, Megan Dorn (https://www.megandorn.com), Andrew Mihalko, Jason Linere White, Barrett Coates, Al Dupont, Ryan Rasberry, Bryan Dodds, Joshua Zacharias and the daring feats of Kimberly Shannon Murphy (www.kimberlyshannon.net).
This week is an especially ceremonial time for folks freshly off of this month's Urban Action Showcase & Expo fallout. Angel Vasquez hails as yet another fledgling talent from Puerto Rico with plenty of time spent collaborating under fellow rising star Jose Manuel's North Compass banner. Thus, Vasquez is poised to present his own project to the masses in due time with Atrápame(Catch Me), a pilot in which he plays Lio, an ex-con and former thief whose search to make ends meet lands him back in the very kind of gig that put him behind bars.
There's no premiere date yet but Vazquez has already produced a trailer now available online. For us, however, Film Combat Syndicate is here to exclusively present a subtitled version to help whet the appetite.
Check it out:
Onward and forward we move to this week's round of amazing independent fight action. Fellow creative James Newman is finally on my radar this month, opening my own eyes to his Vimeo channel from where I'm sharing two cool experimental action pieces, the most recent one featuring Newman opposite stuntman Suo Liu and with some outstanding choreography to boot.
Following that is a nifty new playlist of test fights and action shorts all worthwhile for your enjoyment. Tony Santoro's La Mela Rossa starts it all off with a hilarious three-way fight over an apple performed by Cornelia Dworak, Marco Falcone and Antonio Luigi Simone, while Johnny Yang and Malay Kim shepherd a fresh, Donnie Yen-inspired group fight piece led by Jerry Quill with Jay Kwon and Minami Hiroo, and Federico Berte maps out a video game-style action comedy short for Berte Productions via Skyecam.
Following that is a ceremonial return to the Hit List for Joseph Le and Team Red Pro. Having won big at the UASE this year in two categories, Flush centers on an undercover cop whose cover gets blown by his clumsy partner. Rising Tiger Films's own Leroy Nguyen joins in as his oft-gangster persona, Lefty and clocking in close to six minutes of comedy and action that humbly exemplify this projects much-deserved UASE wins.
Actor, filmmaker and Kingslayer Joey Min follows in hot pursuit of DL MacDonald in the latest episode of The Forgotten Kingdom: A Kung Fu LARP Story, just before Kevin Barile settles an old score with the star of his latest martial arts one-on-one short, Wake Up, starring Davis Chong (Die Fighting), and Jino Kang scores with his latest UASE winning online release, Kid Fury, starring Timothy Mah.
Next up is a delightful new Western revenge drama short that arrived over the summer and with debut helmer Courtney Hoffman to keep in mind for further thanks with a feature film now in tow as of last week. It's Refinery29's August release of The Good Time Girls, starring Laura Dern in a blood-soaked feminist thriller telling of a group of vengeful women who serve as prostitutes in order to corner posse of killers terrorizing the American West. Click here to read more about the upcoming movie.
Actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner also makes his return to the Hit List, making good on his word this month since winning Best Fan Film at the UASE. For this, we have the electrifying second installment of his stellar contribution to DC fandom with Black Lighting: Tobias's Revenge, also featuring James Moten-Black as superhero favorite, Static Shock, and Ishida Sachiko as Lady Shiva.
Last and far from least, the folks at Robot Underdog have come a long way from their beginnings prior to the 2015 hit pilot for Dragonball Z: Light Of Hope. Their huge undertaking, preceded by nearly ten million views online with Anton Bex and Jack Wald starring, has since offered an epic two-part helping with episodes 2 and 3 knit together for a sprawling, spectacular and explosive sequel that sees the return of Amy Johnston and Tyler Tackett as Androids 17 and 18 in their quest to playfully destroy as much of mankind as possible.
Wald reprises his role as Trunks with actor Kenny Leu taking the mantle this time around as Gohan with a script by Derek Padula and Rita McMillin, and action sequences by Lohan Buson and Fabien Garcia.
Enjoy the hits!
This is actually a holiday week so I might make up for it on Monday in which case The Hit List will ultimately return in December. We'll see how it goes! Maybe some of you dudes can keep me busy through the holidays 🤣...
In the meantime and if you're not too busy, last week's post is still as great a viewing as one could hope. Sub to the channels and share the Hit List with friends, and if you or someone you know has a fantastic new stunt demo reel, or, a project that needs promoting or completed and seeks an audience on our Hit List, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us have a look!
Right about now you're waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It's an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who've seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to…
Well this is spiffy. Who Taffy Edwards is remains a mystery while said individual sits in the directors chair for upcoming independent crime pic, English Dogs. The film is set to arrive sometime this year and has Time Rush actors Byron Gibson (Only God Forgives) and martial arts sensation, action actor Ron Smoorenberg (Asura) leading the cast.
Plot details are nil as things stand, save for what we can extrapolate from the official trailer that premiered on Wednesday in addition to the film's doughty tagline: "There are 340 breeds of Dogs on the Planet but there can only be one Alpha". And that's about all we got to work with along with what the trailer offers in its ambitious British gangster tropes with Thailand as the backdrop, and watching Gibson throwdown along with shots of Smoorenberg in his element on top of chewing some scenery as a crimeboss, which is always welcome.
Check out the trailer below!
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…