90′s martial arts stars return for ‘To Be the Best’ sequel

"To Be The Best" DVD Cover

"To Be The Best" DVD Cover

Chris Ross of CNC Movie Factory announced on July 7, 2014 that he will be bringing back the martial arts film genre of the 90’s with the action film To Be the Best: The Road Back, a sequel to 1993′s To Be the Best.

To Be the Best: The Road Back will be helmed by award winning film director Art Camacho (Half Past Dead 2). Fight choreography will be directed by Camacho and UFC Champion Fabiano Iha. The cast will include Michael Worth (U.S. Seals II), Sasha Mitchell (Kickboxer 2), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid) and rising action star Steven Dell (Flawed). Camacho will also reprise his role in this sequel.

To Be the Best: The Road Back is currently being developed. Until then, be sure to catch the trailer to Camacho’s latest action short, Flawed. – Thanks to Art Camacho

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Triple Feature: Rebirth of Mothra I-III | Blu-ray (Sony)

Triple Feature: Rebirth of Mothra I-III | Blu-ray (Sony)

Triple Feature: Rebirth of Mothra I-III | Blu-ray (Sony)

RELEASE DATE: September 9, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for the Mothra Triple Feature. In 1996′s Rebirth of Mothra, the three-headed Desghidorah begins to destroy Japan, so Mothra leaves her island paradise to help save it. In 1997′s Rebirth of Mothra II, two young kids unleash a giant sea creature. Mothra’s keepers, the tiny twins Moll and Lora, quickly rouse the gentle giant in order to combat this latest threat to peace. In 1998′s Rebirth of Mothra III, King Ghidorah returns to destroy the Earth. Now it’s up to Mothra to stop it!

Pre-order The Mothra Triple Feature from Amazon.com today!

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Alec Baldwin to appear in ‘Mission: Impossible 5′?

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Audiences around the world enjoyed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, to the tune of some $680 million dollars. That makes a sequel pretty much a given at this point. Although Paramount had been grooming Jeremy Renner to take the reins to the series, general response has been that Tom Cruise (and Tom Cruise doing ridiculous aerial stunts) remains the big reason why people go see these movies. So expect Cruise’s mug to adorn the posters for M:I 5 when and if it happens.

Updates: Great news for fans of the highly underrated crime movie The Way of the Gun. It appears that the writer/director on that film, Christopher McQuarrie, is in talks to direct the next Mission: Impossible film. McQuarrie rocketed to fame back in 1995 by penning the screenplay for The Usual Suspects, but he most recently worked with Tom Cruise on the forthcoming Jack Reacher movie. Both Cruise and the Paramount are reportedly happy with McQuarrie’s work on Reacher, so we can expect an announcement for M:I5 in the near future.

According to Deadline, Paramount and Skydance Productions have confirmed that Tom Cruise will be back for M:I 5. | Sherlock Holmes 3 and Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce has been given the assignment to write the screenplay. | Deadline reports that Christopher McQuarrie is officially directing Mission: Impossible 5. McQuarrie even Tweeted the message: “Mission: Accepted.”

According to Collider, Mission: Impossible 5 will be released on December 25, 2015. In addition to Tom Cruise; Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton are rumored to return. Simon Pegg is returning for sure.

BREAKING NEWS: Accoring to Collider, Alec Baldwin is in talks to appear, in which he would play the head of the CIA. Also, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) has declined the female lead, but Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) has stepped in.

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Double Feature: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla & Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack | Blu-ray (Sony)

Double Feature: Godzilla | Blu-ray (Sony)

Double Feature: Godzilla | Blu-ray (Sony)

RELEASE DATE: September 9, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for the Godzilla Double Feature, featuring 2002′s Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and 2001′s Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. In Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla: After the appearance of a new Godzilla, the government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked in 1954. In Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

Pre-order the Godzilla Double Feature from Amazon.com today!

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The entire gang is in the new ‘Expendables 3′ poster

"The Expendables 3" Theatrical Poster

"The Expendables 3" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: The Expendables 2 earned slightly more money than its predecessor at the global box office, even if it wasn’t as successful in America. Sylvester Stallone is currently prepping the third installment of the action-adventure franchise that follows the exploits of Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, and their associates. The Expendables 3 is being directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill). The film is due for release on August 15th 2014.

Updates: Stallone has dropped a bombshell via Twitter – Bruce Willis is out of the cast, possibly due to “laziness” and “greed” (as Stallone hinted on Twitter).

After months of rumors, the official (or is it?) cast has finally been announced on this day (August 19th) of the film’s first production shoot in Bulgaria: The returning stars are Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger. New members are Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, MMA’s Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and boxing champion Victor Ortiz. To view a full press release, visit Film Combat Syndicate.

New photos from The Expendables 3 set, courtesy of expendablespremiere.com and Leo Camplone. | Teaser trailer. | Expendables Premiere has a pack of new photos featuring Mel Gibson.

All 16 character posters: (click on their names to view): Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Ronda Rousey, Kelsey Grammer, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kellan Lutz. | The 2nd teaser trailer.

So much for competing with The Raid. According to Collider, Sylvester Stallone confirmed Expendables 3 will be PG-13: “We want to reach as many people as possible… I think we owe it to the next generation,” said Stallone. | Expendables 3 teaser. | Newest trailer and check out the latest banner poster.

BREAKING NEWS: New poster is now available.

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Godzilla 2000: U.S. & Japanese Edition | Blu-ray (Sony)

Godzilla 2000 | Blu-ray (Sony)

Godzilla 2000 | Blu-ray (Sony)

RELEASE DATE: September 9, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1999′s Godzilla 2000, which features both the 99 minute U.S. version 99 minutes, and the 107 minute Japanese version! The action heats up when a UFO reveals itself as a massive alien monster with awesome destructive powers. The alien monster heads straight for the behemoth Godzilla who’s just crushed the entire city for the battle of the millennium. But Godzilla’s furious heat beam may not be enough to destroy the death-dealing alien, and the future of humankind is in jeopardy.

Pre-order the Blu-ray for Godzilla 2000 from Amazon.com today!

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘The Suspect’ Blu-ray Giveaway!

The Suspect | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

The Suspect | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Won Shin-Yeon’s The Suspect to three lucky Cityonfire visitors.

To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what you love about cityonfire.com. We will be selecting a winner at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for The Suspect will be officially released on July 22, 2014, so we will announce the 3 winners on this date and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by July 21, 2014 to qualify. U.S. residents only please. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Winners must respond with their mailing address within 48 hours, otherwise you will automatically be disqualified. No exceptions. Contest is subject to change without notice.

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Triad | DVD (Well Go USA)

Triad | DVD (Well Go USA)

Triad | DVD (Well Go USA)

RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2014

Well Go USA presents the DVD for 2012′s Triad, directed by Daniel Chan (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded). Triad follows a college-educated young man (William Chan) who decides to give up the straight and narrow for a life in the Triads. He very quickly ascends the ranks, even as he offends his elders by operating extra-circular businesses. But his entire house of cards might come toppling down when he realizes someone close has betrayed him. Triad also stars Michelle Wai (Girl$), Patrick Tam (Beast Cops), Irene Wan and Derek Tsang (The Thieves). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Triad from Amazon.com today!

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Robin Hood meets martial arts in ‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’

"Kundo: Age of the Rampant" Korean Teaser Poster

"Kundo: Age of the Rampant" Korean Teaser Poster

Well Go USA is releasing the Blu-ray and DVD for the South Korean film Kundo: Age of the Rampant (aka Band of Thieves) on October 21, 2014. This 19th century period action/martial arts film stars Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) and Kang Dong-won (The X), and directed by Yoon Jong-bin (Nameless Gangster).

Kundo: Age of the Rampant revolves around a group of righteous thieves who steal from corrupt public officials and give to the poor. But things get deadly when the thieves come across a powerful figure.

Kundo: Age of the Rampant has a domestic release date set for July 23, 2014. Watch the first trailer.

Update: New featurette, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate.

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy II | Blu-ray & DVD (Warner)

"Mortal Kombat: Legacy II" Poster

"Mortal Kombat: Legacy II" Poster

RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2014

Warner Bros. presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy II (aka Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Season 2). Featuring Casper Van Dien as Johnny Cage, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung, Eric Jacobus as Stryker, Michelle Lee as Mileena, David Lee McInnis as Raiden, Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion, Samantha Tjhia as Kitana, Harry Shum, Jr. as Kuai Liang (Sub-Zero’s younger brother), Brian Tee as Liu Kang, Mark Dacascos as Kung Lao, Kim Do Nguyen as Ermac, and Daniel Southworth as Kenshi.

Pre-order Mortal Kombat: Legacy II from Amazon.com today!

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Popular Japanese survival-horror video game ‘Fatal Frame’ coming to theaters

"Fatal Frame" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Since its inception in 2002, the Japanese video game series Fatal Frame has been one of the most popular and enduring franchises in the ‘survival-horror’ genre. Known as Zero in Japan, the series typically follows plucky young women as they investigate ancient tragedies and defeat ghosts using a supernatural camera that has the ability to expel spirits.

Now Fatal Frame is coming to the big screen. A live-action adaptation of the series is in the works from writer/director Mari Asato (Ju-On: Black Ghost). The film follows a beleaguered high school student who becomes cursed and can’t escape her dormitory; meanwhile, her fellow classmates are plagued by ghostly apparitions. A teaser trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure. The film is slated for release in Japan this September 2014. Thanks to Far East Films for the news.

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Friend 2: The Legacy | DVD (Inception Media)

Friend 2: The Legacy | DVD (Inception Media)

Friend 2: The Legacy | DVD (Inception Media)

RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2014

Inception Media presents the DVD for Friend 2: The Legacy. Directed by Kwak Kyung-taek, Friend 2 (aka Chingu 2) is an upcoming South Korean film about three generations of gangsters, starring Yu Oh-seong (Friend), Joo Jin-mo (A Better Tomorrow) and Kim Woo-bin (Runway Cop). It’s the sequel to the 2001 box-office hit Friend, which was also directed by Kwak Kyung-taek. Watch the trailer for Friend 2: The Legacy with english subtitles.

Pre-order Friend 2: The Legacy from Amazon.com today!

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Watch the extended trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

"Guardians of the Galaxy" Theatrical Poster

"Guardians of the Galaxy" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Directed by James Gunn (Super), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in August of 2014.

The cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro

Updates: According to the Hollywood Reporter, James Gunn was chosen for his “sensibility and his ability to mix comedy elements with action and horror.” Gunn is known for Dawn of the Dead, Slither and Super. | Collider reports that Gunn has confirmed that he will direct the film, and he will also rewrite Chris McCoy and Nicole Perlman‘s script. In addition, Thanos creator Jim Starlin confirms that the popular Marvel villain will play a big role in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2. | First official trailer is now online! | New trailer, courtesy of MTV. | New poster. | Teaser trailers: Teaser 1 | Teaser 2. | 2nd full trailer. | New character poster, featuring Zoe Saldana as Gamora. Also be sure to check out the Rocket Raccoon and Groot poster.

We have more character posters: Poster with Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer | Poster with Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. | International trailer! | New poster. In case you missed it, here’s the latest TV Spot.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new extended trailer.

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Deal on Fire! An Empress and the Warriors | Blu-ray | Only $7.99 – Expires soon!

"An Empress and the Warriors" Blu-ray Cover

"An Empress and the Warriors" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Ching Siu-tung’s An Empress and the Warriors, starring Ip Man’s Donnie Yen (Special ID), Kelly Chen (The Monkey King), Leon Lai (A Hero Never Dies) and Kou Zhenhai.

Based on Chinese history, An Empress and the Warriors is the story of a kingdom locked in a desperate battle for survival. These nicely-priced Dragon Dynasty Blu-rays are flying off inventory, so act fast!

Order An Empress and the Warriors from Amazon.com today!

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New poster for Donnie Yen’s in ‘Kung Fu Jungle’

"Kung Fu Jungle" Theatrical Poster

"Kung Fu Jungle" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Kung Fu Jungle (aka Kung Fu KillerOne Person’s Martial Arts Circle; or The Last of the Best) is the title of an upcoming project from martial art sensation Donnie Yen. This high-octane action thriller will reunite Donnie Yen with his Bodyguards & Assassins director Teddy Chen as well as his Iceman Cometh 3D co-star Wang Baoqiang.

Plotwise, the movie follows Donnie Yen as a top-notch martial arts instructor at the Hong Kong Police Academy who is imprisoned for accidentally killing a man. Yen may not be able to stay behind bars for long as shortly after his arrest, a deranged killer (Wang Baoqiang) begins targeting the best and brightest martial arts fighters in Hong Kong.

The premise sounds ripe for yet another rip-roaring Donnie Yen picture in the vein of Flash Point. Color us excited!

Update: Here’s the first teaser poster (then-titled Last of the Best) for the film to celebrate the fact that the movie has entered principal photography while Donnie is on a break from shooting Iceman Cometh. | Head over to HKSAR for a pack of photos of Donnie Yen in action. | Promotional poster.  | In addition to Yuen Bun (Legend of Zu, The Blade) serving as co-action choreographer with Donnie Yen, it’s been announced that Fan Siu-wong (Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, Ip Man) and Xing Yu (Wrath of Vajra, Flash Point) will be making special appearances. | Kung Fu Jungle’s official plot, click here!

Guess who’ll have a fight with Donnie Yen? The answer: Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan (writer of Yen’s 1998 film Ballistic Kiss). In fact, as Matt Oldham and DiP pointed out, this marks the 3rd time Logan and Yen will go toe-to-toe in a movie. Their first onscreen encounter was in 1994′s Circus Kids, then they went at it again in the last episode of 1995′s Fist of Fury TV series. Here’s a behind-the-scenes photo of Logan getting tatted up.

BREAKING NEWS: The first official poster is now available. Also, the film’s release date has now been set to September 2014. - Thanks to DiP!

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New bloody poster for Denzel’s ‘The Equalizer’

"The Equalizer" Theatrical Poster

"The Equalizer" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Replacement Killers), The Equalizer will be loosely based on the 1980′s TV show about a sophisticated former government agent (Denzel Washington) atoning for the sins of his past by righting the wrongs of a flawed legal system. The script is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2). Catch The Equalizer in theaters on September 26, 2014.

Updates: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) were attached to direct, but both dropped out due to scheduling and creative conflicts. | Collider reports that Carrie’s Chloe Grace Moretz has landed the female lead opposite Denzel Washington. | Teaser poster. | 1st trailer. | 2nd trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the newest poster.

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You don’t want to miss our new Blu-ray/DVD list for July!!!

James Clavell’s Shogun | Blu-ray (Paramount)

James Clavell’s Shogun | Blu-ray (Paramount)

Summer is officially in full force! After a scorching long day in the sun, there’s no better way to cool off than to lounge on your sofa, switch on the A/C, and catch up on some new movies! For those of you looking to add a number of exciting Blu-ray & DVD titles to your collection, get ready for our latest list of new releases handpicked by cityonfire.com!

The month of July is one of the HOTTEST months ever for Asian action, Martial Arts, Kkaiju and other cult gems/classics that are just waiting to be discovered!

Titles include The Raid 2, Protector 2 aka Tom Yum Goong 2, The Suspect, Rigor Mortis, Destroy All Monsters, Deadly Eyes, Southern Comfort and many more! These titles are just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to scroll down so you don’t miss anything!

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the titles, we’re hoping you’ll click on our Amazon.com links to show your support towards cityonfire.com.

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam: July 1, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Once Upon a Time in Vietnam (aka Lua Phat), directed, written by and starring Dustin Nguyen (The Rebel). On a mission to retrieve fugitives from the Emperor in Vietnam, Dao, a commander in the Emperor’s army, is assigned to protect a peaceful small town from being taken over by a crime boss. Soon, Dao’s past catches up with him, threatening to destroy the town and the woman he has come to love. This vietnamese martial arts film also stars Thanh Van Ngo (Clash) and Roger Yuan (The Perfect Weapon).

Escape to Athena: July 1, 2014

Henstooth Video presents the DVD for 1979′s Escape to Athena, directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II). Roger Moore took a break from the James Bond franchise (between 1977′s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979′s Moonraker) to film this action gem about a group of World War II POWs who plan to escape from their Nazi captors and retrieve valuable stolen art at the same time. Escape to Athena also stars Telly Savalas, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree, Sonny Bono and Elliott Gould. Still not sold? Then watch the trailer!

Southern Comfort: July 8, 2014

Shout! Facory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1981′s Southern Comfort, directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors). When nine National Guardsmen enter the Louisiana swamp for routine training, they come across some angry Cajuns who know the territory like the backs of their hands. Armed with a precious few bullets, and confused by the dimly lit, moss-covered maze into which they ve stumbled, the innocent guardsmen know they’ll be picked off one-by-one. Starring Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe and Peter Coyote.

Rigor Mortis: July 8, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Rigor Mortis, directed by Juno Mak (Dream Home). This atmospheric horror film from Hong Kong revolves around a public housing tenement that’s plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos. Rigor Mortis is a nod to the Mr. Vampire series. In fact, it features many actors from that classic title: Chin Siu-ho, Anthony Chan, Billy Lau and Richard Ng. The film also stars Chin Siu-ho, Anthony Chan, Kara Hui, Lo Hoi-pang and Paw Hee-ching.

The Raid 2: July 8, 2014

Sony Pictures presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 (read our review). This action-packed martial arts epic will include the following bonus features: “Gang War” Deleted Scene, Ready for a Fight: On Location; Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography; English dub and original language version of the film, director commentary with Gareth Huw Evans; The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel; Cinefamily Foundation Q&A with Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais and Joe Trapanese.

Deadly Eyes: July 15, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1982′s Deadly Eyes (aka The Rats), directed by Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon). Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest studios teams up with Warner Bros. to produce this cult thriller about a scientist who genetically alters a colony of super rats. As they breed and multiply, they must seek ever increasing amounts of food. They soon find a new source of nourishment – human flesh. Deadly Eyes features a memorable scene where the deadly rats attack a movie theater while a Bruce Lee film is being shown.

Action Adventure Movie Marathon: July 15, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the Action Adventure Movie Marathon. These sets bring back the good ol’ memories of going to a video rental store; only now you can see these obscure titles without adjusting your tracking. The Blu-ray version includes 1973′s I Escaped from Devil’s Island and 1982′s The Final Option (aka Who Dares Wins); in addition to the films just mentioned, the DVD version also includes 1959′s Shake Hands with the Devil and 1983′s Treasure of the Four Crowns. As the trailer states, it’s more groundbreaking than Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Arc combined.

James Clavell’s Shogun: July 22, 2014

Paramount Pictures presents the Blu-ray for James Clavell’s Shogun. This 1980 mini-series (on 6 Blu-ray discs) focuses on John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain), an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 17th century. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga (Toshiro Mifune) and Ishido (Nobuo Kaneko), who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it. By no means is Shogun a martial arts adventure, but it does have snippets of chanbara bloodshed within its beautiful plot structure!

Destroy All Monsters: July 22, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the Blu-ray for 1968′s Destroy All Monsters (aka Charge of the Monsters), the 9th in Toho Studios’ Godzilla series. Directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa (supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya). The plot involves aliens who take control of Earth’s monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Godzilla vs. Megalon: July 22, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the Blu-ray for 1973′s Godzilla vs. Megalon, directed by Jun Fukuda (Godzilla vs. Gigan). Godzilla vs. Megalon is the first and only Godzilla film to feature Megalon and Jet Jaguar, star of the Godzilla video games. Considered the most elusive and sought-after Godzilla film. Features never-before-seen extras including trailer and gallery.

The Suspect: July 22, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for The Suspect. Directed by Won Shin-yun (Seven Days, A Bloody Aria), this high-octane Korean film follows a North Korean secret agent who is betrayed by his government. On a mission of revenge, he heads to the South and cuts a warpath through deadly assassins and rival agents, all the while trying to unravel the conspiracy he’s found himself in the middle of. The film stars Gong Yoo and Park Hee-soon.

Destroy All Monsters: July 22, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the Blu-ray for 1968′s Destroy All Monsters (aka Charge of the Monsters), the 9th in Toho Studios’ Godzilla series. Directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa (supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya). The plot involves aliens who take control of Earth’s monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition: July 22, 2014

Palisades Tartan presents the Blu-ray for Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition. Directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is not an easy film to watch, but it’s well-crafted masterpiece! The film follows a recently laid off factory worker (Shin Ha-kyun) who kidnaps his former boss’ daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister’s kidney transplant. His plan goes haywire and unleashes a series of savage events. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance also stars Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer) and Bae Doona (Cloud Atlas).

Ong-Bak Trilogy: July 29, 2014

Magnolia presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Tony Jaa’s Ong-Bak Trilogy. This collection includes 2003′s Ong-Bak, 2008′s Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning and 2010′s Ong-Bak 3. The original Ong-Bak broke new ground when it was released in 2003. According to filmmaker Garath Evans (The Raid 2): “Tony Jaa is a phenomenal talent. Ong Bak was a major announcement to the industry and to audiences that the martial arts genre was back.” Magnolia is also re-releasing the original Ong-Bak as a standalone Blu-ray or DVD.

Dragonwolf: July 29, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Dragonwolf, directed by Raimund Huber (Bangkok Adrenaline). The Devil’s Cauldron, a city where violence has forged a society in which only the lethal and can survive, two young men who possess the intellect and ferocity to flourish, carve a name for themselves as unstoppable hit men. But when a woman mysteriously enters their lives, she turns them against each other, resulting in a battle that threatens to bring the city to the brink of destruction. The film stars Kazu Patrick Tang, Johan Kirsten and Macha Polivka.

Protector 2 | aka Tom Yum Goong 2: July 29, 2014

Magnolia presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Prachya Pinkaew’s Protector 2 (aka Tom Yum Goong 2). Once again, Kham’s pet elephant (Tony Jaa) has been abducted and he must fight anyone in his way to find him. Protector 2 features amazing choreography by Panna Rittikrai (Ong Bak). Also starring is RZA (Man with the Iron Fists), Mum Jokmok (Ong Bak), Yanin Vismitananda (Chocolate), Petchtai Wongkamlao (The Protector), Marrese Crump (G.I. Joe: Battle for the Serpent Stone).

Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon: July 29, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Legendary (aka Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon). Travis Preston (Scott Adkins) assembles his team for an expedition to a remote region in China’s hinterland, where a wild animal that the locals believe to be a primeval monster they call the “Shocate” is said to roam free. Travis’s nemesis Jim Harker (Dolph Lundgren), a merciless trophy hunter, has already set up camp. A race against time ensues, and Travis and his team will have to pool all their resources if they want to capture this legendary creature alive. Note: Even though Adkins stars, be aware that this is not a martial arts movie.

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Restless, The (2006) Review

"The Restless" Korean Theatrical Poster

"The Restless" Korean Theatrical Poster

Director: Jo Dong-Oh
Producer: Jo Min-Hwan, Kim Sung-Soo
Writer: Jo Dong-Oh
Cast: Jung Woo-Sung, Kim Tae-Hee, Heo Jun-Ho, So E-Hyun, Park Sang-Wook, Kim Kwang-Il, Yu Ha-Jun
Running Time: 105 min.

By JJ Hatfield

In 984 AD, the Kingdom of the United Shilla fell into chaos and ruin due to the corruption of the royal family who indulged themselves in luxury and excess as the people suffered and starved. Violence spread, revolts and war swept the land. The royal demonslayers, the Chuyongdae, raised a rebellion for the citizens but ultimately failed. The people became thieves and refugees. In order to appease the demons, the people offered the living as sacrifices.

The Chuyongdae were once held in high esteem, respected by the people and feared by the demons. Now, there is but one left, and Yi Gwak is a hunted man. After destroying demons for a small village he is poisoned instead of paid. Using his considerable martial art skills to escape the treacherous villagers, Yi Gwak staggers out into the pouring rain. With his body beginning to succumb to the toxins, he stumbles into a strange small shrine. Watching as the written prayers sway in the wind, he draws his last ragged breath.

Yi Gwak finds himself in an alien, ethereal other-world. Totally disoriented, he slowly discovers that he is in Jungcheon – Midheaven, literally, a place all spirits are transported after death. Midheaven is beautiful and tranquil, between earth and heaven where the immediately deceased go for precisely 49 days to give them the opportunity to do good works before the spirit moves on to heaven, hell or reincarnation.

When Yi Gwak does not have the accouterments standard for everyone in Midheaven the inhabitants begin to realize that he is not dead. But only the dead can be in Midheaven, so if Yi Gwak is alive, how can he be there? Before this conundrum can be solved, there is a great commotion as riders on horseback race through the streets, emerald capes flying. Demons suddenly break through into Midheaven appearing from out of nowhere to destroy everything and everyone. They are met by the defenders of Midheaven, led by a beautiful young woman who is an exact likeness of Yi Gwak’s dead fiance.

Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) is Yi Gwak, the last Chuyongdae. After awaking in Midheaven he walks around hunched slightly forward, leaning in, looking for all the world like a deer in the headlights. This is to show the audience he is confused and bewildered by everything he sees and hears. Fortunately, demons and evil guys show up forcing Yi Gwak to fight, thus saving the viewer from having to continue to watch him looking dazed.

The director seems to have taken Yi Gwak’s look from Musa only cheaper, loose indistinct clothing with very long seriously disheveled hair that is desperately in need of a good conditioner. Woo-sung manages to inject some authenticity in his character, at least the warrior aspect, but no one in this film could survive the vacuous script. Jung is a better actor and fighter than is evident from this movie.

TV’s Kim Tae-hee is So-wha the Chuneen, in charge of Midheaven. Her character is established early on as being unsure of her abilities to lead the guardians of Midheaven. Kim is young and pretty, but the talent just isn’t there, certainly not for a lead in film. It isn’t much of a stretch to believe she is not only inept, but a bit of a klutz as well. When a spear is thrown at her she turns her head away and knocks herself out obligating Yi Gwak to come charging to her rescue. This would be okay if it happened once or twice, but the scenario is repeated in various locations and with different villains far too many times.

Heo Jun-ho, known for Silmido, is Banchu, general of the Chuyongdae and a good friend to Yi Gwak in life. Now that he is dead, Banchu has different aspirations and sends legions of demons and the rest of the Chuyongdae into Midheaven to destroy the Chuneen and Midheaven itself. The Gates of Midheaven were closed to keep the demons out, but Banchu was able to transport them at will, killing the guardians of Midheaven leaving So-Hwa alone. Well, not quite alone. Yi Gwak is her constant companion, totally devoted to her and would face any evil that threatened though she feels nothing for him. Whether she remembers him or not, Yi Gwak will defend her to the death.

Billed as South Korea’s first action fantasy, cgi director and writer, Cho Dong-oh, used a wisp of a Chinese tale for the story. This seems bizarre as it is a Korean movie with a Korean director and Korean cast. However the film was shot in China with Chinese crew. South Korea has a rich history of it’s own with folklore and fables, so why use one from another country? Perhaps because there have been Chinese movies that first brought out the story of ghostly love and the accompanying difficulties.

This is Cho’s first director position though he has been an assistant director on a handful of films including Musa. I think he might benefit from some additional assisting. Cho stated in several interviews this was supposed to be more of a cgi action movie, but it is essentially a love story caught up in the battle of good and evil. It is a very old premise requiring a new element to be of interest. Yi Gwak relentlessly pursues So-wha believing he can make her remember their love as Yon-wha. So-hwa is adamant that she is not Yon-hwa, that he is wrong and she cannot feel anything for him. This conversation runs for virtually the entire movie.

The opening is too rushed. Yi Gwak is in Midheaven before seven minutes have passed, literally. More demons fighting Yi Gwak on a reasonable scale, say Yi Gwak against six or seven demons, would have added an element of authenticity to his truly awesome abilities and how the whole demon situation came into being. Where did they come from? How did they get here? Do they eat anything besides humans? A little time spent on the back story of the demons would have been time well spent. All we are given is visual. The demons are bipeds, quite powerful, great at jumping, move like fast zombies with a sort of shuffling gait, and have long matted hair around the face with long sharp nasty teeth. Look quick because you won’t be seeing much of those demons again. Damn shame.

Cho relies far too heavily on flash backs to tell the story. Keeping the audience in suspense is one thing. Feeding the audience chips of a plot using the same memories instead of telling the story is another. Most of the blame can be laid directly on Cho’s immature nonsensical script. There were subjects mentioned that seemed very important only to never be mentioned again. Characters change radically without any explanation, sometimes breaking a stated given in this other world. It happens more than once but once is too much suddenly Midheaven is showing some gaping discrepancies. When will directors learn that no matter how many effects you throw into a film you can’t break your own rules for the world you created? There still must be a real story on some level if you want to make a full film.

Jung Doo-hong directs the action for the actors and the cgi characters. Unfortunately, Jung’s style is masked by several serious problems including shots that are too tight and blurred due to the slow motion spinning. Cinematographer Kim Young-ho did a fine job of lensing lovely scenery, but falls short on the action side. There are more than a couple of just plain unusual shots that don’t qualify as innovative, only irritating, that miss the fighting.

The Restless is a physically beautiful film. Lush forests, sun drenched meadows, gorgeous surroundings and terrific care with the set dressing and props; they all work together to create a truly magnificent visual experience.

Great attention to detail is obvious in virtually every scene. The stunning costumes are the work of costume designer Emi Wada. Wonderful creations such as the formal Chuyongdae uniforms, and the richly embroidered green capes of the Midheaven defenders, are just some of the notable costumes. Wada has worked on a number of movies including Hero (Jet Li), House of Flying Daggers, Ran and Reign of Assassins.

The art directors, Han Zhong and Wu Ming, display considerable talent that helps to make Midheaven resplendent. The soundtrack by Shiro Sagisu keeps pace with the movie but is not much above mediocre.

There were instances that were poor imitations of the originals from The Lord of the Rings. Yi Gwak and So-Hwa hide in the same manner, but not nearly as well as the Hobbits with the Ring Wraith. Black birds are used by the enemy as spies and there is a cgi background near the end of the movie that reminds me more than a bit of one of the sets for Mt. Doom. But there were also a couple of Mortal Kombat moments, particularly during a major cgi fight scene in the forest, as Yi Gwak defends So-Hwa from his former Chuyongdae comrades.

Something about the soundtrack and snakish chains that slam into trees as well as bodies. The cgi is technically quite good, actually flawless at times, especially when transitioning from live to computer action. But the cgi is dreadfully unimaginative at times, as well as using bits of the same footage repeatedly. Every time Yi Gwak kills a demon or a dead former comrade – or anything really – they all die in the very same cgi way. Pretty cool the first thirty times you see it. By the finale fight, the combatants are all represented by cgi, with the exception of a few face shots. People, even with massive wirework, don’t move the same way cgi characters do in The Restless.

I really wanted to like this movie. Korea’s first action cgi. I wasn’t even concerned with the level of quality, as much as the creativity. I cannot deny there are some gorgeous scenes, but there is no “real” fighting, and most of the cgi is, well cgi. I expected more than pictures, no matter how lovely, but this picture is flat and one dimensional. Ultimately, I was frustrated because the film never made sense as a whole.

The Restless is for those who enjoy pretty sappy love stories, with enough threats for the male to repeatedly have to fight and rescue the female. If that’s what you’re looking for, The Restless will do you fine.

JJ Hatfield’s Rating: 6 /10

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Gary Daniels’ ‘Misfire’ gets a DVD release date from Image

"Misfire" Theatrical Poster

"Misfire" Theatrical Poster

Martial arts star Gary Daniels (Bloodmoon, The Expendables) is back with a new action film called Misfire. Directed by R. Ellis Frazier (Dead Drop), the official plot of Misfire centers arounds a hardened DEA agent names Cole (Daniels), who descends into the dangerous underworld of Tijuana, Mexico in search of his journalist ex-wife who he believes has been abducted by a charismatic Cartel boss with aspirations for public office.

Judging from the available footage, Misfire is more of shoot ‘em up, with no signs of hand-to-hand combat; so those expecting to see Daniels in Bloodmoon-mode may be a little disappointed. But then again, it’s only a teaser trailer, so it’s probably too early to jump to conlusions.

Fans of Gary Daniels (Tekken) must be creaming their pants by now. The martial star has a string of upcoming films that include Tekken: Kazuya’s RevengeSkin TraffikZero Tolerance and Bullpen Fight Club. We assume that Daniels’ other two films – Blackwater and Soldier Girls – are dragging in development hell.

BREAKING NEWS: Misfire will be released on DVD by Image Entertainment. You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com, which will be released on October 21, 2014. Watch the new trailer.

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Yuen Woo-Ping’s ‘Vigilantes’ to be released in 2014?

"Vigilantes" Teaser Poster

"Vigilantes" Teaser Poster

Acclaimed martial arts choreographer and filmmaker Yuen Woo-ping (True Legend) will tackle a three-part Chinese and Canadian co-production called Vigilantes. The first film in the series is titled Vigilantes: The Lost Order. It has been billed ‘The Matrix meets Wall Street.’ Now give your brain a moment to recover from imagining that crossover.

Vigilantes: The Lost Order follows a young female assassin who sets out to hunt down the villains that destroyed her family and along the way uncovers a global financial conspiracy ruling the world.

Interestingly enough, the Vigilantes movies will be shot in the English language. Yuen Woo-ping is, of course, no stranger to working on English-language productions but he has never actually directed a North American film himself.

While it might be a bit hasty to plan Vigilantes as a trilogy before the first film has even proven a hit, that’s production companies for you. The crucial role of Vigilantes’ leading lady has yet to be cast.

Updates: We’re not sure what’s going on with Vigilantes, which was first announced back in 2012. Birch Tree states that the movie is “In Development,” with a U.S. release date set for 2014. They even released a teaser poster. Considering Yuen Woo-Ping probably has his hands full with Donnie Yen’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, a 2014 release for Vigilantes is highly unlikely (we wouldn’t be surprised if the project has been scrapped completely).

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Joker | DVD (Action Slate)

Joker | DVD (Action Slate)

Joker | DVD (Action Slate)

RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2014

Action Slate presents the DVD for the Kazakh revenge thriller Joker. A man avenges his brother’s death with the help of an otherworldly monk who teaches him the skills to destroy his enemies. Joker stars Vitalij Kischenko, Denis Lituyev and Yerbolat Toguzakov.

From Film Combat Syndicate: Joker began its inception in 2010, born out of the desire to create an intellectual film for a cult audience, with a story written with a noir comic book appeal, much like The Crow and Sin City films. Watch the trailer.

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Watch entire ‘Ultraman’ series right now… for FREE!

Watch "Ultraman" for FREE!

Watch "Ultraman" for FREE!

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Iron Fist TV is offering an unlimited viewing of the ENTIRE Ultraman series for FREE (for 4 days) starting today!

Here’s the plot synopsis for Eiji Tsuburaya’s classic 1966 series, Ultraman: When the world is threatened by alien invaders and giant prehistoric monsters, there is only one agency equipped to handle the situation, The Science Patrol, an ultra-sophisticated police force equipped with high-tech weaponry and space crafts.

You can access Iron Fist TV on your portable device, your computer, or even in the comfort your living room with a Roku player. Whichever you choose, many action-packed classics are ready to be discovered with a touch of a finger!

Iron Fist TV features an assortment of hard-to-find martial arts, monster films and TV shows from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, featuring selections from Flying Fists of Kung Fu, The Great Impersonators and When Monsters Attack. Also, watch episodes of Fight! Dragon, Iron King, Super Robot Red Baron and Ultraman. Plus, new content will be added regularly!

With Iron Fist TV, you have the option of watching these completely FREE – or – for a low fee of $4.99/month (100% ad-free). For more information, watch the trailer or visit www.IronFistTV.com.

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Deal on Fire! Iron Monkey | Blu-ray | Only $5.97 – Expires soon!

"Iron Monkey" Blu-ray Cover

"Iron Monkey" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Yuen Woo-ping’s Iron Monkey. Also known as Iron Monkey:The Young Wong Fei Hong, this 1993 film is a fictionalized account of folk hero Wong Fei-hung (Sze-Man Tsang), his father Wong Kei-ying (Donnie Yen of Special ID), and their encounter with Iron Monkey (Yu Rongguang of Champions).

Iron Monkey is ranked in Empire’s “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” in 2010. So, what are you waiting for?

Order Iron Monkey from Amazon.com today!

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‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill’ clip featuring Jessica Alba

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill" Character Poster

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill" Character Poster

THE MOVIE: Comic book fans and film buffs alike have long been awaiting a sequel to 2005′s smash hit Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s A Dame to Kill For will be released on August 22, 2014.

A Dame to Kill For stars Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.

Updates: Fandompost gathered from an interview with MTV Geek that Rodriguez will base the new movie on “A Dame To Kill For”, “Just Another Saturday Night”, and two new stories. RR also plans to bring back Alba’s character from the first film.

The movie will adapt the A Dame to Kill For story-arc, with the character of Dwight (Josh Brolin has taken over the character for Clive Owen) from the first movie taking the spotlight.

Updates: Deadline is also reporting that True Blood’s Christopher Meloni has signed on to play a disreputable cop. | Josh Brolin gets behind the wheel in the first photo from the film. | Bloody-disgusting reports that the title has changed from Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to Sin City: A Dame to Die For. | In an interview with theinterrobang.com, Rodriguez said: “The second Sin City – I was just here with Frank Miller and we were watching it last night… we finished the cut, effects are being done, it will come out in August.

New images of Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jessica Alba. | First trailer. | Second trailer. | New Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Nancy (Jessica Alba) character posters. | 5 new characters posters over at impaawards.com. | New Eva Green character poster, which was apparently banned by the MPAA. | New theatrical trailer. | Check out a couple of new Sin City: A Dame to Kill images featuring: Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung. – Thanks to Collider!

BREAKING NEWS: Check out a new clip featuring Jessica Alba.

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Pirate, The (1974) Review

"The Pirate" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Pirate" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Chang Cheh
Co-Directors: Pao Hsueh Lieh, Wu Ma
Writer: Ni Kuang
Producer: Runme Shaw
Cast: Ti Lung, David Chiang, Fan Mei Sheng, Bruce Tong, Yuen Man Tzu, Dean Shek, Tin Ching, Lau Gong, Wu Chih Ching, Yue Fung, Alan Chan Kwok Kuen, Chan Dik Hak
Running Time: 96 min.

By Matthew Le-feuvre

Although Chang Cheh will be fondly remembered for his long association with the Shaw Brothers, there was always more to this film-making zeitgeist than geysering blood, decapitations, disembowelment or torturous imagery. In addition to his prolificacy, Cheh’s alternative meditations occasionally embraced social commentary, usually with concerns about modern youth or the impact of organised crime and how each reflected on urban domesticity: these issues were candidly explored in a handful of films like, The Generation Gap, Young People and The Singing Killer – all starring the iconic David Chiang. However overtly sandwiched between [these] historical romps and contemporary expositions, Cheh often delved into ‘escapist’ theatre, the idea being to steer audiences away from apathy at times when looming social or economic shifts threatened stability in south-east Asia, particularly in Hong Kong. In any case, this strategy worked; mellowing the masses and even inducing the most hardened of critics.

Economics aside, in the advent of Cheh’s most popular, though at intervals ‘ contrived ‘ masterpieces: The One Armed Swordsman, Have Sword Will Travel, Vengeance and The Duel by example, the premiere of The Pirate did not really stir much enthusiasm or controversy upon its initial release back in 1973. Understandably, the general populace were more interested about the circumstances behind Bruce Lee’s demise than in box office ratings or forthcoming attractions. In fact, it was considered something of a commercial distraction than a celebration which Hong Kong audiences widely perceive a movie should represent. Anyhow, retrospectively, The Pirate was a slightly pallid expression of high adventure, drawing inspiration no doubt from the familiar archetypes of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk and The Buccaneers, cross-bred and extravagantly moulded to adhere with Cheh’s signature pastiche for male bonding, a raised fist against the establishment as well as the obligatory betrayer whom the central protagonist has too contend with. Although these components were laxed, there is still enough tension, brutality and innovation to an otherwise enjoyable and dazzling cult rediscovery that, to a point, doesn’t take itself too seriously; yet beneath the surface, Cheh’s palpable hatred of despotism is all too customary, even from the picture’s outset.

Featuring an explosive opening sea channel battle between British Imperialists and indigenous pirates, led by the debonair Chang Pao Chai (Ti Lung). The complex screenplay acts much like the ocean itself, unpredictable one minute and sedate in the next, echoing filmic parallels from Akira Kurosawa to Sam Peckinpah as our deeply flawed anti-hero begins an impromptu journey from the leaking bowels of his vessel to the nearby shoreline of southern china where – masquerading as a rich trader – he becomes unintentionally embroiled with a group of local villagers/ fishermen, whose struggle against exploitation and corruption has forced them into destitution. To quicken repairs, Pao Chai sympathetically agrees to expedite funds for the villagers using currency and jewels plundered from invading colonists.

Returning to his anchored ship/junk, Pao Chai discovers that a vengeful former crew member, Hue er-Dao (Fan Mei Sheng); an escaped convict, has appropriated not only his damaged vessel, but goods and an undisciplined crew. This situation compromises him to take refuge in a gambling house. There he collides with General Wu (David Chiang), a disillusioned loyalist dispatched to apprehend Pao Chai – dead or alive. However as their friendship develops, Wu becomes aware of Pao Chai’s chivalrous nature and, intermittently, begins to question his own moral servitude: what consequences will eventuate? Will Pao Chui retrieve his junk and capital to deliver the villagers from an uncertain fate? Or will Wu conform to his civic duty and arrest Pao Chai?

Verdict: In spite of its somewhat intoxicating artificiality, forty-one years on The Pirate remains a lesser recognized, yet interesting cinematic experience that doesn’t solely rely on political subtleties, trademark cinematography or protracted duels for personal entertainment. On the contrary, the defining novelty of both Ti Lung and David Chiang spearheading their eighteenth collaboration for an indelible saga of obligation, revenge and misguided loyalties, is itself a landmark achievement even by Hollywood conventions.

Matthew Le-feuvre’s Rating: 8/10

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Game of Assassins | aka The Gauntlet | DVD (Lionsgate)

Game of Assassins | aka The Gauntlet | DVD (Lionsgate)

Game of Assassins | aka The Gauntlet | DVD (Lionsgate)

RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Matt Eskandari’s Game of Assassins (aka The Gauntlet). A group of misfits find themselves trapped in what they believe to be an underground incinerator, and come together in the hope of discovering a way out. But they quickly realize that to get out alive, they’ll each be tested in ways that are specific to their past – ways that will leave their future changed forever.

Game of Assassins stars Dustin Nguyen (Once Upon a Time in Vietnam), Bai Ling (The Crow), Jaime Ray Newman and Warren Kole. Watch the trailer.

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Tak Sakaguchi out of retirement for the action film ‘Re:Born’

"Versus" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Versus" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Tak Sakaguchi rose to fame with the 2001 cult favorite Versus, a movie that managed to combine the low-budget charms of Evil Dead-like horror with blistering martial arts and gunplay. The actor later scored another cult hit with Battlefield Baseball, but has most recently hitched his wagon to the Sushi Typhoon production company.

In April of 2013, new broke out that Tak was retiring from acting, which left an unknown fate for his recently announced role in Death Trance II, not to mention a long-rumored sequel to Versus.

Cityonfire.com was recently contacted by director Yuji Shimomura (Death Trance) with breaking news that Tak was out of retirement to make Re:Born, which the actor calls his “very last” and “most superb” action movie:

“After I retired, I found myself having a passion for action that was still smoldering inside of me. After a conversation with action director Yuji Shimomura, I wanted to thrive one more time and create the very last and most superb action movie with my utmost power and passion for the sake of a closure to my entire career. I am convinced that I have to give my very best one last time. That is how I feel about this project. I didn’t realize how many people chose to support a person like myself until after I retired. I hope this movie will be satisfying enough for them to feel absolutely alright for me to go. This is for them.”

Re:Born doesn’t start shooting until 2015. Until then, Shimomura provided us with an “audition” video for Re:Born featuring Tak in some intense sparring action. Enjoy!

Updates: Here is more video footage of Sakaguchi getting in shape for Re:Born. – Thanks Takuma!

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Deal on Fire! The Warrior’s Way | Blu-ray | Only $8.97 – Expires soon!

"The Warrior's Way" Blu-ray Cover

"The Warrior's Way" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Sngmoo Lee’s The Warrior’s Way. The world’s most dangerous fighter (South Korean superstar, Jang Dong Gun) flees his homeland to start a new life in the American West. But soon the hunter becomes the hunted, and now the legendary warrior must wage a fierce, all-out battle against a renegade gang of outlaws and a pack of murderous assassins from his own past.

The Warrior’s Way also stars Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth and Danny Huston. Read our reviews.

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‘Fast and Furious 7′ gets a new speedy release date!

"Fast Five" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Fast Five" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Director Justin Lin is stepping down from his post for now and is passing the baton to Saw and Insidious filmmaker James Wan, who will supposedly put a “gritty, ’70s revenge thriller” vibe on the next installment. Here’s an official plot tidbit: After Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew helped take down Owen Shaw, his brother Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) now wants revenge.

In addition to Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, Fast and Furious 7 stars Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa and Djimon Hounsou.

Updates: First photo of Tony Jaa and Jason Statham on location for Fast and Furious 7. | The fun continues with another on-set photo of Tony Jaa and stunt coordinator Joel Kramer. | Photo of Tony Jaa and Dwayne Johnson. | Visit Film Combat Syndicate has a fight tease, featuring Michelle Rodriguez.

Following the news of Paul Walker’s death, Tony Jaa was one of the many stars, who Tweeted about his friend and co-star: “I am truly saddened over the sudden and unexpected passing of my friend and colleague Paul Walker. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family. I will not tell you about Paul the actor, I will simply tell you that he was a very caring and sincere person towards friends and family. There are a great many people who will miss him. I knew him a relatively short time, but I am better for the experience. Go in peace my friend, you will not be forgotten. TJ”

In honor of Paul Walker, Universal will donate some of the proceeds from the upcoming Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray & DVD release to Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide. As far as the future of Fast & Furious 7, there has been some talk about scrapping the current storyline and moving the plot into a completely new direction.

THR reports that Chris Morgan, Fast & Furious 7′s screenwriter, is revising the script that could make use of scenes that were shot before Walker’s death. If the plan works, production may resume by late January. | Visit Film Combat Syndicate to see a photo of one of the last scenes Walker filmed with Diesel.

THR (via Collider) reports that Walker’s character Brian O’Conner will not be killed off in Fast & Furious 7, but will instead be retired “in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the exciting footage of Walker.”

According to an official statement from F7′s Facebook page, Paul Walker’s real life brothers will step in as doubles for the late actor: “We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.” | There are several reports that Cody Walker may be joining future installments of Fast and Furious as Brian O’Connor’s (Paul Walker) younger brother.

BREAKING NEWS: Fast and Furious 7 has a new release date set for April 3, 2015 (formerly April 10, 2015).

Cityonfire.com is hoping you can take a minute to check out www.FrankandBeanz.com, a doggie apparel website that has just released their Fast & the Furrious clothing line. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out World Wide (ROWW).

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New trailer for Lee Suk-Hoon’s swashbuckling flick ‘The Pirates’

"The Pirates" Teaser Poster

"The Pirates" Teaser Poster

South Korean filmmaker Lee Suk-Hoon is known for directing lighthearted comedies such as Two Faces of My Girlfriend and Dancing Queen, but for his 4th upcoming feature, he’s officially entering action-adventure territory in the upcoming flick, The Pirates.

The movie is set in the Joseon Dynasty period and tells the story of rival pirates who have the common goal of capturing a gray whale that has swallowed a precious royal stamp.

The Pirates stars Kim Nam-Gil (Public Enemy Returns), Son Ye-Jin (The Tower), Sulli (Punch Lady), Lee Kyoung-Young (A Company Man), Yu Hae-Jin (The Unjust) and Oh Dal-Su (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance).

The Pirates releases domestically this summer. According to Film Combat Syndicate, the movie struck gold at Cannes, selling up to 15 countries including North America. With that said, we can expect a U.S. release in the future from Well Go USA. Until then, be sure to catch the trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new trailer! - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate!

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