Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014) Review

"Kundo: Age of the Rampant" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Kundo: Age of the Rampant" Korean Theatrical Poster

Director: Yun Jong-Bin
Writer: Jeon Cheol-Hong, Yun Jong-Bin
Cast: Ha Jung-Woo, Kang Dong-Won, Lee Kyung-Young, Lee Sung-Min, Jo Jin-Woong, Ma Dong-Seok, Yun Ji-Hye, Ju Jin-Mo, Song Young-Chang, Jeong Man-Sik, Kim Byung-Ok, Kim Jong-Gu, Kim Seong-Gyun
Running Time: 137 min.

By Kyle Warner

I went into Kundo: Age of the Rampant expecting something like a Korean take on the Robin Hood tale. What I got was a Tarantino-infused post-modern historical action movie that tries to be both a martial arts film and a spaghetti western at the same time. There’s a whole lotta movie in Kundo’s 137 minutes.

The film opens on bodies left to rot in the fields. Birds and dogs dine on the carcasses. Decapitated heads are left on pikes. It’s a time of famine and oppression. The poor are left to beg for the smallest favors from the corrupt and cruel nobility. But there is a resistance. A Robin Hood-like gang of bandits called the Kundo put the corrupt on trial, take their riches and redistribute them among the poor.

The lowest of the low is the foolish butcher Dochi (Jung-woo Ha). Barely scraping by, Dochi is tempted by a big payday when a nobleman named Jo-yoon asks him to assassinate a whore. “She’s little different than a pig,” reasons Jo-yoon. But when Dochi backs out of the deal, he angers the nobleman and is sentenced to death. Moments before his execution, Dochi is rescued by the Kundo and is given the opportunity of joining the gang so that he may one day have his revenge.

When Dochi joins the Kundo, he transforms from the lowly butcher into an infamous fighter. Jung-woo Ha is one of Korea’s finest actors and he disappears into the character. Admittedly Dochi is not one of Ha’s most complex roles, but after this and other great performances in The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, I am convinced that Jung-woo Ha can play basically anybody.

Despite Ha’s notable screen presence, I believe the film belongs to the villain Jo-yoon as played by Dong-won Kang. I’ve never been terribly impressed by Kang in the past, but here Kang is in complete control, bringing a cool detachment to a villain that could have easily gone over the top. His villain can do more with a single cold stare than other lesser villains could do with a three page monologue.

Period pieces are all the rage in Asia right now. Some have a difficult time finding fans in the West because they focus too much on history and politics, and not enough on action. And though the plot of Kundo may make it sound like a dense retelling of Korea’s history, one full of backstabbing noblemen and political strife, Kundo’s much more focused on having a good time.

The film is self-aware, but never in an annoying way. An Ennio Morricone inspired score dominates the film. The major characters are introduced in flickering freeze frames (one is simply named ‘The Vicious Monk’). The screenplay is full of humor and the characters have a tendency of dropping some ‘motherf-ckers’ and other modern lingo to make themselves understood (one such line goes something like, “Attain your f-cking Buddhahood!”). I think that director Jong-bin Yun (Nameless Gangster) is clearly a fan of Quentin Tarantino, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say his movie is a rip-off of Tarantino’s style. Like Tarantino is fond of doing for the directors who have influenced him, Kundo: Age of the Rampant plays like a love letter to Tarantino’s films and his particular style of movie making.

Kundo: Age of the Rampant is a movie that knows it’s a movie. Now, that’s going to turn some people off who will wonder why they couldn’t just play it straight, which is a reasonable question. Personally, I like this stylistic choice as it sets Kundo apart from the rest of the historical actioners, making it a rather unique film.

On top of the surplus of style, we also get a heavy dose of well-done action. Director Yun shoots the large scale battles and the duels with equal skill. The swordplay is fast-paced and in your face, but it’s easy to follow and we never lose the characters in the action. Jung-woo Ha has an interesting fighting style as he swaggers onto the battlefield with some serious meat cleavers in either hand. And Dong-won Kang makes one believe that he is the unbeatable fighter his character requires him to be.

The film does feel a bit crowded at times. There are a lot of characters and many are not as defined as one would like them to be. It also takes a long time for Dochi to announce himself as the hero of the story. And one could argue that Jong-bin Yun would’ve been better off coming up with his own particular style instead of so openly mimicking others. Overall though, the movie works. It’s often dark and violent but it’s a lot of fun thanks to its playful style and an awesome villain.

I’ve read that when Kundo debuted in South Korea it broke the opening weekend box office record… only to have its record beaten in the very next week. Whether that says anything about the movie—like does it have staying power and will we remember it a year from now?—I have no idea. One thing it helps make clear is that this is an important time in South Korean film. The South Korean film industry is cranking out great, stylish movies made by some truly gifted filmmakers and the audiences are showing up. Kundo: Age of the Rampant may have clearly been inspired by international cinema, but it makes for an interesting addition to Korea’s ever-expanding list of quality films.

Kyle Warner’s Rating: 7/10

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Revenge of the Green Dragons | Blu-ray & DVD (Lionsgate)

"Revenge of the Green Dragons" Theatrical Poster

"Revenge of the Green Dragons" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: February 2015

Lionsgate presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Revenge of the Green Dragons, an action-drama about Chinese gangs in New York, directed by Hong Kong filmmakers Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo (It Had To Be You!); and produced by Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Revenge of the Green Dragons stars Justin Chon (21 & Over), Kevin Wu (YouTube’s KevJumba), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Ron Yuan (Girl from the Naked Eye), and Eugenia Yuan (daughter of Come Drink With Me’s Cheng Pei-Pei), Jon Kit Lee (The Corruptor) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Revenge of the Green Dragons from Amazon.com today!

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New posters for ‘Wolf Warrior’ with Jacky Wu and Scott Adkins

"Wolf Warriors" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Wolf Warriors" Chinese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Special Force: Wolf Warrior (aka Wolf WarWolf or Warg) is Wu Jing’s second directorial project. You’ll likely recall Jing (also known as Jacky Wu) from recent movies like Sha Po Lang aka Killzone, in which he fought against Donnie Yen, as well as Legendary Assassin, which he also directed. No plot details or release dates have been set.

Special Force: Wolf Warrior also stars Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning), Kevin Lee (Pound of Flesh), Vincent Zhao (True Legend) Deng Ziyi (Pay Back), Sona Eyambe (Zombie 108), Kyle Shapiro (Dragon Blade), Samuel Thivierge (In the End) and Nan Yu (The Expendables 2).

Updates: The official Scott Adkins Facebook page has unveiled some new set photos from the upcoming Wolf War, featuring Adkins and Jacky Wu. | First teaser trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the film’s new poster. For additional versions, check visit Film Combat Syndicate.

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Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman | DVD (Screen Media)

"Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman" Theatrical Poster

"Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2015

Screen Media presents the DVD for Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, directed by Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, the Chilean action filmmaker responsible for Marko Zaror’s Mandrill, Mirageman, Kiltro and the upcoming Redeemer.

Timid, video game-loving DJ Santiago (Matías Oviedo) seemingly digs his own grave when he agrees to bring a violent criminal kingpin the head of Machine Gun Woman (Fernanda Urrejola). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman from Amazon.com today!

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John Wick (2014) Review

"John Wick" International Theatrical Poster

"John Wick" International Theatrical Poster

Director: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Writers: Derek Kolstad
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bernhardt
Running Time: 96 min.

By Jeff Bona

If there’s one Hollywood superstar who has maintained a solid connection with the martial arts film genre, it’s Keanu Reeves.

Reeves first made this connection in 1999/2003 with the Matrix trilogy, where he “learned” a great deal of on-screen fighting from legendary Hong Kong choreographer Yuen Woo Ping; in 2013, he starred in the samurai epic 47 Ronin, where he worked with Zhang Peng (choreographer of The Wrath of Vajra); that same year, he reunited with Yuen for the Chinese/U.S. co-production Man of Tai Chi, a kung fu flick he not only starred in, but also directed.

With a resume as physically demanding and cultured as his is, it should come as no surprise that Reeves is still kicking some serious ass in his latest film, John Wick.

John Wick marks the directorial debut of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, founders of the 87Eleven Stunt Team. They’re obviously known for staging stunt work and fight choreography in films like 300 (2006), Tron: Legacy (2010) and Safe (2012). Now, if Stahelski’s choreography work in Safe alone isn’t enough of a credential to get you excited about seeing John Wick, then you obviously haven’t seen Safe. Let’s put it this way: I like Reeves, but I’m not exactly watching John Wick for him, if you catch my drift.

John Wick is written by Derek Kolstad, who penned the straight-to-DVD actioners One in the Chamber and The Package (both star Dolph Lundgren, just to give you an idea of what kind of films these are). So, what we have with John Wick is essentially a “B-movie” with a moderate budget, a big star, and a couple of first-time directors who probably had one common goal: To make a brainless action flick for people who love excessive violence. Given this context, John Wick succeeds.

Keanu Reeves plays John Wick, an infamous, retired assassin who now leads a peaceful lifestyle. But when a series of unfortunate events distort his daily routine, Wick has no choice but to revisit his sinister past and go on one hell of a kill crazy rampage.

John Wick truly delivers during its amazingly staged action sequences. The majority of them involve brutal gun battles, which are stylishly choreographed with a dance-like rhythm; think a less exaggerated, more grittier take on Gun Kata, the fictional gun-wielding martial art style in Kurt Wimmer’s Equilibrium (2002). It’s a whole lotta fun watching Wick plow through hordes of enemies, sometimes shooting them 3 or 4 times a piece – aiming at various body parts – from a number of neat angles and distances.

The firefights are accented with hand-to-hand combat scenes, placed randomly between the endless rain of bullets. There will be those who complain that they’re filmed to close, or are too darkly lit, etc. This may be true, but the rest of the film’s savagery is the trade off. Although there wasn’t as many physical fight scenes as I’d like there to be, they’re at least done without the typical shaky cam approach.

The style doesn’t stop at the action. You might be amused by the treatment of playful on-screen text – and reoccurring subtitles – which were scattered across the screen using colored fonts, instead of the typical generic white text at the bottom of the screen. If you’re a muscle car enthusiast, the film showcases a number of beastly automobiles for your eyes (and ears) to appreciate.

What’s disappointing about John Wick is the lack of a competitive adversary to the title character. I felt the film was just begging for an enemy that can hold their own against Wick. The closest we get is an annoying femme fatale (Adrianne Palicki) who would be more suitable in a Pierce Brosnan-era James Bond flick. Equally as bad is a non-threatening, over-the-hill gangster (Michael Nyqvist) who ultimately becomes Wick’s main opponent during the film’s anticlimactic finale.

Then, there’s the film’s music. At times, I felt it was overused. From what I remember, almost every time any type of action kicked in, it was accompanied by an uptempo soundtrack; sometimes it worked, sometimes it was overkill. There are some other questionable hiccups throughout John Wick, but you have to remind yourself that you’re watching a B-movie masked by the star of Speed (1994), so these flaws should be easily dismissed and forgiven.

Overall, not a bad directorial debut for Leitch and Stahelski. They certainly have a good sense of pacing, and without doubt, they’re the real deal when it comes to creating some hard-hitting action pieces. With a little less aerial shots (someone went a little stock footage crazy), and some worthy baddies worked into the script, the Leitch/Stahelski duo may one day make an action flick that I can fully recommend. As for John Wick? It’s definitely worth a watch, but if you’re wise, you’ll wait ’til it appears on Netflix.

Jeff Bona’s Rating: 6.5/10

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Awesome new poster for ‘Skin Traffik’ starring Gary Daniels and Mickey Rourke

"Skin Traffik" Theatrical Poster

"Skin Traffik" Theatrical Poster

The multi-talented Ara Paiaya (director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, action coordinator and actor) is launching his first “professional” directorial debut with Skin Traffik (not to be confused with Skin Trade, starring Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa).

The film stars Gary Daniels, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Michael Madsen, Dominique Swain, Jeff Fahey, Ron Smoorenburg, as well as Ara Paiaya himself.

In Skin Traffik, a jaded hit man (Daniels) regains his humanity in this dark tale of redemption and sacrifice, set amidst a brutal underworld in which daily survival is not so much a skill but an instinct. Watch the trailer.

Updates: Check out the newest poster.

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Destroyer | Blu-ray & DVD (Shout! Factory)

"Destroyer" Theatrical Poster

"Destroyer" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: Summer 2015

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1988′s Destroyer, directed by Robert Kirk (Christmas at War) and starring NFL legend, Lyle Alzado (Shocktroop).

In Destroyer, an execution day for a serial killer sparks a prison riot, leaving prison officials to assume he was successfully electrocuted. A year later, a film crew using the prison as a set discover the truth.

Destroyer also stars Deborah Foreman, Anthony Perkins, Clayton Rohner, Jim Turner, and Lannie Garrett. Don’t miss the trailer!

Stay tuned for pre-order information.

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Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson and Matt Mullins’ ‘White Tiger’ to premiere at AFM!

"White Tiger" International Theatrical Poster

"White Tiger" International Theatrical Poster

In White Tiger, Matt Mullins (Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Bloodfist 2050) leads an all-star cast that includes Cynthia Rothrock (Yes, Madam), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Martial Arts Kid), the legendary Joe Lewis and famous Thai actress Yui.

White Tiger is directed by Toby Russell (Death by Misadventure), produced by Karen Kaing and features fight choreography by Kazu Patrick Tang (BKO: Bangkok Knockout).

One of the expected highlights in White Tiger is a duel between Cynthia Rothrock and Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

According to Don “The Dragon” Wilson himself, White Tiger may be making its premier at the Cannes Festival in 2014. The film, which wrapped up filming back in 2012, was held back due to now-resolved lawsuits. Be sure to check out our upcoming interview with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, which will posted soon. In the interview, Wilson talks about a number of upcoming projects, including The B-Team (aka “B-movie Expendables“), Martial Arts Kid, The Whole World At Our Feet, the possibility of another Bloodfist flick and much more!

BREAKING NEWS: Film Combat Syndicate reports that White Tiger will finally premiere at the American Film Market on November 6th. If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t miss trailer!

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New trailer: Eddie Peng vs Sammo Hung in ‘Rise of the Legend’

"Rise of the Legend" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Rise of the Legend" Chinese Theatrical Poster

A Chinese martial arts film called Rise of the Legend, is currently wrapping up production. Roy Chow (Nightfall) is directing and Christine To, who co-wrote Jet Li’s Fearless and Vincent Zhao’s True Legend, is listed as a scriptwriter. Rise of the Legend will reportedly focus on a younger rendition of real-life folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, played by Eddie Peng (Tai Chi 0).

Throughout many decades in Chinese cinema, Wong Fei-hung – martial artist, physician and revolutionary - has been portrayed by various stars: Kwan Tak-hing played him in dozens of films between 1940 and 1980; Gordon Liu played him in 1976′s Challenge of the Masters and 1981′s Martial Club; Jackie Chan played him Drunken Master Drunken Master 2; and both Jet Li and Vincent Zhao played him in the Once Upon A Time In China series from 1991-1997.

Updates: Two Hong Kong legends have signed on to the film! None other than Sammo Hung (Pedicap Driver) will portray Wong Fei-hung’s mentor, while Corey Yuen (Righting Wrongs) will handle action choreography.

We’ve got your first look at Eddie Peng in the role of Wong Fei-hung, as well as news that Hollywood actor Byron Mann (Ryu in the 90′s Street Fighter movie) will have a role in the picture. | Promotional image from Rise of a Legend has been released, courtesy of Chinatimes.com.

According to Deadline, Universal Pictures International will co-produce Rise of the Legend. They have also acquired all international rights, including North America and excluding Asia. Also, here’s a recent promotional poster. | First trailer. | Newest trailer, thanks to DiP! | Newest poster. | New featurette.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the latest trailer, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate.

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Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke are Nazi-killing ‘War Pigs’

"Red Scorpion" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Red Scorpion" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Since there can never be enough movies about good ol’ Nazi killers, get ready for War Pigs, an upcoming action-war flick directed by Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers series), about a rag tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs, who must go behind enemy lines to exterminate Nazis by any means necessary.

War Pigs stars Expendable cast members Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. Joining them are Luke Goss (Tekken), Ryan Kelley (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Noah Segan (Django Lives!), Chuck Liddell (Cradle 2 the Grave), Jake Stormoen (Cyborg X) and Steven Luke (Dust of War).

Update: Here are the first images ( Photo 1 | Photo 2) from War Pigs, courtesy of the movie’s official Facebook page and Luke Goss’ Twitter (via Expendables Premier).

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Deal on Fire! Badges of Fury | Blu-ray | Only $9.97 – Expires soon!

Badges of Fury | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Badges of Fury | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Badges of Fury, starring Jet Li (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate).

When a spate of eerie murders erupts across Hong Kong, two troublemaking cops are assigned to the case. After discovering that all of the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet, the detectives find themselves in a deadly situation.

Badges of Fury also stars Wen Zhang, Michelle Chen, Collin Chou and Wu Jing.

Order Badges of Fury from Amazon.com today!

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‘The Expendables’ who? Watch the newest teaser for ‘Garuda 7‏’

"Garuda 7" Promo Poster

"Garuda 7" Promo Poster

Months ago, we reported that Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist, Ring of Fire) and a group of producers were supposedly mounting a new project called The B-Team, an Expendables-esque movie with straight-to-video stars like Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Dudikoff, Loren Avedon, Billy Blanks, Jeff Speakman and Mark Dacascos.

Well, looks like “The Dragon” has some competition. Cityonfire.com was contacted by Indonesian filmmaker Bagus Ariatama, who’ll be directing his own Expendables-esque flick called Garuda 7. This Indonesian production will star local legends and some well-known, straight-to-video names; and possibly some Hong Kong talent. Garuda 7 will be put out by Lifevolution Pictures, which was formed by Ariatama and Bey Logan. Ariatama says the film will start pre-production this September (after Logan wraps up Lady Bloodsport) with cameras expected to roll by January 2014.

So, who’s going to be in Garuda 7? Apparently Indonesian martial arts stars Barry Prima (The Devil’s Sword) and Willy Dozan (aka Billy Chong of Kung Fu Zombie and Crystal Fist) are on board. Ariatama also mentioned that the well-connected Logan is trying to get Mark Dacascos, Michael Dudikoff, Lorenzo Lamas, Richard Norton and Hong Kong’s Simon Yam, to be a part of Garuda 7. The addition of even two of these guys could make Garuda 7 the first Expendables-like movie - that’s if The B-Team doesn’t get made first.

Updates: We have some new visuals for Garuda 7, which may hint that the forever-in-development “Indonesian Expendables” may finally be taking shape. Check out the film’s new promo poster, which has some very familiar names, including Verdy Bhawanta (Mortal Enemies), Tim Man (Raging Phoenix), Ron Smoorenburg (Who Am I?) and Brahim Achabbakhe (Man of Tai Chi), Kazu Patrick Yang (Dragonwolf), John Ladalski (Chinese Stuntman) and last but not least, Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf). In addition, visit the film’s Facebook page, which has a behind-the-scenes teaser. | Two new teasers.

BREAING NEWS: We have a new trailer, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate.

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Watch the teaser trailer for ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ now!

"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" Teaser Poster

"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: In Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers reassemble to battle the sentient robot known as Ultron. Cast members include: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader.

Update: The Playlist notes that The Avengers 2 will be in theaters May 1, 2015. | AICN says those rumors about the end of Avengers 2 setting up a Hulk movie based on the comic book storyline “Planet Hulk” are totally bunk. This is due at least in part to the fact that Bruce Banner doesn’t feature at all in the Planet Hulk storyline and Marvel Studios is keen to keep Mark Ruffalo front and center as Bruce Banner for at least five more films.

Jean-Claude Van Damme commented on his official Facebook page: “I read that Chris Hemsworth would like me to costar in The Avengers 2 movie! Well, it would be fun to play one of these types of amazing comic book characters again. By the way, I am a big fan of Marvel’s superhero Silver Surfer (see our latest on the Fantastic Four reboot) and also another heroic fictional character known as Doc Savage – the Man of Bronze!”

Actor Morris Chestnut (Under Siege 2: Dark Territory) has fueled internet rumors that he may be auditioning for the role of the popular Marvel superhero Black Panther for Avengers 2.

According to dramafever.com, Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun (7th Grade Civil Servant) has joined the cast. An official of the film said, “It would be a spoiler, so we can’t tell you which character Kim Soo Hyung will play,” during a telephone call with OSEN. The official also added, “Marvel always prohibits telling too much about the story. Her character is already decided and the scene is already written so we cast Kim Soo Hyun, but we can’t let you know about her character. We only can say that her character is a substantial supporting role.”

The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s titular robot baddie is revealed on Entertainment Weekley’s newest cover, courtesy of Collider.

BREAKING NEWS: The teaser trailer (and poster) is here! You know you don’t want to miss this…

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘Iceman’ Blu-ray Giveaway!

"Iceman" Blu-ray Cover

"Iceman" Blu-ray Cover

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Donnie Yen’s Iceman to three lucky Cityonfire visitors.

To enter, simply add a comment to this post and describe, in your own words, this clip (yes, you read that right). 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 Iceman will be officially released on November 11, 2014. We will announce the 3 winners on that day ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by November 10, 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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Final trailer for Donnie Yen’s latest flick ‘Kung Fu Jungle’

"Kung Fu Jungle" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Kung Fu Jungle" Chinese 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. | 1st trailer! Also, the film’s release date has now been set to October 31. | New trailer for Kung Fu Jungle, thanks to M.A.A.C. for the heads up!

Watch a new featurette for Donnie Yen’s Kung Fu Jungle, featuring Wang Baoqiang and brand new clips, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate. | New trailer. | Two new posters, featuring the characters portrayed by Yen and Baoqiang. | New featurette, featuring Baoqiang, thanks to DiP! | Yesterday, we added this new action featurette; today we have added yet another one. | 3rd trailer is now available. | New featurette, which revolves around “Donnie Yen vs Wang Baoqiang” | Latest featurette, courtesy of DiP!

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the final trailer, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate.

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Pre-order ‘White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom’ at DDDHouse

"The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom" Theatrical Poster

"The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom" Theatrical Poster

DDDHouse.com now has Jacob Cheung’s (A Battle of Wits) wuxia-fantasy 3D film The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom available for an October 24th pre-order.

Penned by Liang Yusheng (The Bride with White Hair), the film revolves around a pair of star-crossed lovers – a devilish outlaw (Iron Man 3′s Fan Bingbing) and the righteous Taoist leader (Ip Man 2′s Huang Xiaoming), and their love that could change the fate of the nation.

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom also stars Vincent Zhao (True Legend), Wang Xuebing (The Lost Bladesman), Yan Kuan (Big Shot), Du Yiheng (Let the Bullets Fly) and Nicholas Tse (The Bullet Vanishes).

Keep in mind that the DVD version is Region 3 coded, so you will need a multi-region DVD player to view the movie. Fortunately, the Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray versions are coded for region A, so they’re good to go on your current North American Blu-ray hardware.

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Robot Jox | Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

"Robot Jox" Japanese DVD Cover

"Robot Jox" Japanese DVD Cover

RELEASE DATE: Summer 2015

Before Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim… Before Michael Bay’s Transformers…

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray for Robot Jox. Directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Robot Jox reveals a world where nations settle their territorial disputes by a single combat between two giant machines. Piloted by national heroes Achilles (Gary Graham) and Alexander (Paul Koslo), the robots meet in Death Valley to fight for the greatest prize of all: Alaska. Watch the trailer.

Stay tuned for pre-order information. Until then, be sure to check out Shout! Factory’s Giant Robot Action Pack, featuring Crash and Burn and Robot Wars. Out now!

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘Kundo’ Blu-ray Giveaway!

Kundo: Age of the Rampant | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Kundo: Age of the Rampant | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Kundo to three lucky Cityonfire visitors.

To enter, simply add a comment to this post and describe, in your own words, Steven Seagal’s clothes in this clip (yes, you read that right). 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 Kundo was officially released on October 21, 2014. We will announce the 3 winners on October 30, 2014 and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by October 29, 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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Marko Zaror kicks oppression in its a$$ with ‘Zambo Dende’

"Mandrill" Japanese DVD Cover

"Mandrill" Japanese DVD Cover

Chilean martial arts sensation Marko Zaror (Kiltro, Machete Kills) is set to star in Zambo Dende, an action film based on Nicholas Rodriguez’ Colombian comic book of the same name. Darren Shahlavi (Tactical Force) and Michelle Lee (Blood and Bone) are also in talks to join the film.

According to Film Combat Syndicate, here’s what you can expect from the plot: “The character is based on real life events about a child named Azuk who would rise from oppression to become a fighting force for the oppressed slaves of Latin America, ultimately foreseeing his royal destiny preset by the assassination of his mother.”

Until then, look out for Zaror’s next film, Redeemer, which is just around the corner. He’s also tied to One Good Thing, directed by Kimo Stamboel (Macabre). Stay tuned!

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Samurai Cop | Blu-ray (Cinema Epoch)

Samurai Cop | Blu-ray (Cinema Epoch)

Samurai Cop | Blu-ray (Cinema Epoch)

RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2014

Cinema Epoch presents the Blu-ray for 1991′s Samurai Cop. Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazer) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) team up to take on the Yakuza in this 1991 cult classic. Watch the trailer.

Directed by the late Amir Shervan (Killing American Style), Samurai Cop found a whole new audience during its midnight theatrical circuit and film festival re-release. Its resurgence prompted producers Rich Mallery and Gregory Hatanaka to start production on an upcoming sequel, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance.

Pre-order Samurai Cop from Amazon.com today!

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Donnie Yen to do Chinese version of ‘The Expendables’?

"Founding of a Republic" UK DVD Cover

"Founding of a Republic" UK DVD Cover

Imagine if Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Yuen Biao, Lau Ching Wan, Ti Lung, Jimmy Wang Yu, David Chiang, Simon Yam and Tony Leung got together for a Chinese version of The Expendables? Cool thought, huh?

Well, there’s a slight possibility that a Chinese Expendables-type project may happen one day. While promoting his latest film, Kung Fu Jungle, Donnie Yen revealed that he has casually brought the idea up to Jackie Chan.

Here’s what Yen told Flicks and the City (via EP): “Months ago, I had a conversation with Jackie and I kind of brought the idea up: ‘You know what, why don’t we make our own Chinese Expendables,’ and he told me: ‘Talk to Jet Li. If you convince Jet Li, [I’ll] do it.’ It was just a casual conversation and was never really a serious follow up project we were aiming at. But, who knows…I think it’s brilliant idea.” When Yen was asked who he’d like to team up with, he said: “Everybody under the sun. Every Chinese action guy in film. That would be very fun.”

Hey, anything is possible, right? Stay tuned.

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

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

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

RELEASE DATE: December 23, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Kim Hong-sun’s The Traffickers.

This Award-winning South Korean crime thriller takes place in six hours on a passenger boat with an ongoing black-market organ-trafficking operation, and a desperate husband out to find his missing wife.

The film stars Im Chang-jung, Choi Daniel, Oh Dal-su and Jo Yoon-hee. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order The Traffickers from Amazon.com today!

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Donnie Yen confirms that ‘Ip Man 3′ shoots in March 2015

"Ip Man" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Ip Man" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Ip Man 3 is in the works – in 3D! Star Donnie Yen will return in the titular role, alongside director Wilson Yip. This time around, Ip Man’s most famous pupil – Bruce Lee – is set to have a much larger role in the story. “What is certain is that the film will begin with Bruce Lee becoming Ip Man’s disciple,” says screenwriter Edmond Wong.

Producer Raymond Wong claims the film will feature a much larger budget than the previous two films, with special 3D effects incorporated into the fight scenes.

Update: Contrary to previous reports, JayneStars says the reason that Ip Man 3 has been delayed/put on hold is because of Donnie’s busy schedule. Producer Raymond Wong remains hopeful that Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen will start Ip Man 3 in 2014.

Film Combat Syndicate shares an interview (via South China Morning Post) where Donnie Yen talks about reprising his role as Ip Man: “I’ll leave that to fate, but I’ll definitely play Ip Man again,” he says. “I won’t be doing it any time soon, though, because there are so many Ip Man [movies] around. You are Ip Man! He is Ip Man! Everyone is Ip Man! Even the audience is getting bored at the moment.”

Media Asia Chairman John Chong has officially confirmed that Donnie Yen, Edmond Wong, Wilson Yip and Raymond Wong are again on board as star, screenwriter, director and producer, respectively. Budgeted at over $30 million dollars, Ip Man 3 will be released in late 2015, just in time for the Christmas-Chinese New Year season.

In addition to Ip Man 3, here’s a list of titles Yen is currently working on: Iceman 2 (post-production), Kung Fu Jungle (post-production), The Master (pre-production), Dragon City (pre-production) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 (pre-production).

According to Screen Daily, Well Go USA has already picked up U.S. rights for Ip Man 3, which begins shooting early 2015. “This film focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee… it also portrays Ip Man at a stage when he is searching for the real meaning in life,” says Ip Man 3 writer, Edmond Wong.

BREAKING NEWS: Donnie Yen has confirmed that Ip Man 3 will start shooting in March of 2015. Here’s what Yen told Flicks and the City (via EP): “We’re starting next March… it’s going to be my last time around playing Ip Man. I think the fans have been waiting for quite a few years. And I kind of didn’t want to take on this role again, and I was onto experimenting with different characters, different roles, until I’m ready. And now, I feel like I’m ready, so we’ll see. I’ll try do the best I can. And hopefully I can top the first two.”

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7 Assassins | DVD (Lionsgate)

7 Assassins | DVD (Lionsgate)

7 Assassins | DVD (Lionsgate)

RELEASE DATE: December 23, 2014

Lionsgate is set to release the DVD for Eric Tsang’s 7 Assassins on December 23rd. When a Kingdom’s royal gold goes missing, a group of elite royal guards are tasked with recovering the riches, but they quickly realize the missing gold is part of a larger rebel defiance, made up of a group of assassins who have banded together to rid the government of corruption.

Directed by both Tsang (who also stars) and Hung Yan Yan (action director), 7 Assassins stars: Felix Wong, Ray Lui, Guo Tao, Kara Hu, Well Lee, Michael Wong, Fung Hak On, Waise Lee, Leung Kar Yan, Ken Lo, Mars, Jason Pai Piao, Ti Lung, Dick Wei, Simon Yam, Yu Rong Guang and many others! Watch the trailer!

Pre-order 7 Assassins from Amazon.com today!

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Swelter (2014) Review

"Swelter" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Swelter" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Director: Keith Parmer
Writer: Keith Parmer
Producer: Eleonore Dailly, Chris Ranta
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Josh Henderson, Brad Carter, Alfred Molina, Lennie James
Running Time: 120 min.

By Kyle Warner

Okay, this one’s kind of silly, but I’m not gonna lie, I enjoyed it.

The film begins with a Vegas casino robbery. Four members of a five man crew are captured before they can make off with the loot. The fifth man takes a bullet to the head, but survives and wanders out into the desert with ten million dollars under his arm. Fast forward a decade. The fifth man has a new name and a new job, serving as the Sheriff of the little town he wandered into all those years ago. He has no memory of his criminal past, thanks to that bullet that still resides within his brain, and claims no knowledge of the millions he supposedly hid. That’s a problem because his old crew is out of prison and they’re looking to collect.

With me so far? Yeah, it’s one of those movies where you have to suspend some disbelief… and it has some ideas that feel awfully familiar to films like A History of Violence and High Noon… but for the most part it somehow works, thanks to a quirky script and some likable performances.

The film is being sold as an action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He stands front and center on the DVD cover with a shotgun and a scowl and you’d be forgiven for thinking that he’s the Sheriff at the center of the film. Instead that role belongs to English actor Lennie James, who’s made a career out of playing world-weary Americans on TV in such shows as The Walking Dead, Jericho, and Low Winter Sun. The role of a Sheriff who used to be a criminal but can’t remember shit because he’s got a bullet in his head asks a lot of any actor. Because, I mean, let’s get real: this is just goofy. But James plays it straight, anchors the film in something akin to reality, and keeps the story from falling into parody.

Another actor who helps the film a great deal is Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), here playing the town’s boozing doctor. In what could’ve been lame comic relief or just another tired retread of a worn-out stock character actually becomes the highlight of the film thanks to Molina’s screen presence and comic timing.

Sadly, Van Damme is largely wasted in the film. He plays little more than a henchman in the crew and is never given much to do. It’s unfortunate. I expect most people who will decide to watch Swelter will watch it for Jean-Claude Van Damme. But his role could’ve been played by just about anyone.

When the bad guys show up in the Sheriff’s little town, our amnesiac hero doesn’t recognize them, but he recognizes a threat easily enough. Still, it takes a long time for things to get going. In some quirky, harebrained way things do manage to connect by the end, but it could’ve used a faster pace.

Still, for all the easy things that the movie does wrong, Swelter does some of the hard things right. The performances are good. The dialogue is snappy and sometimes quite funny. The camerawork is interesting. And when the credits rolled at the end, I found that I had enjoyed myself.

In addition to Van Damme not being the star, I feel the need to make one more thing clear: Swelter is not an action film. Sometimes it’s not even much of a thriller. It’s a crime drama… or you might even call it a modern day western. But make no mistake, if you’re going into the movie expecting shootouts, fight scenes, and explosions, you’re going to be disappointed.

Swelter may disappoint with a story full of plot contrivances and by wasting Jean-Claude Van Damme in a throwaway role, but some fine performances and sharp dialogue manage to make the film strangely likable. It’s a B-movie, to be sure, but it’s a B-movie with some style.

Kyle Warner’s Rating: 5.5

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell? | Blu-ray& DVD (Drafthouse Films)

"Why Don't You Play In Hell?" Theatrical Poster

"Why Don't You Play In Hell?" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2015

Drafthouse Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, directed by Sion Sono, the controversial and prolific director behind such Japanese-language films as Cold Fish, Love Exposure and Guilty of Romance.

Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is an over-the-top mix of martial arts, comedy and gore. The best way to describe the gist of the movie is to catch its North American trailer, courtesy of Apple.

Pre-order Why Don’t You Play in Hell? from Amazon.com today!

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Scarlett Johansson to lead live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell’?

"Ghost in the Shell" Anime Theatrical Poster

"Ghost in the Shell" Anime Theatrical Poster

DreamWorks has hitched Rupert Sanders (White and the Huntsman) to direct a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, based on Masamune Shirow’s manga/and anime by Mamoru Oshii of the same name. According to Deadline: Fueled by the personal passion of Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks acquired the project several years ago with ambitious plans to shoot it in 3D.

Ghost in the Shell follows the exploits a female cyborg cop who hunts a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Ghost in the Shell – along with Robotech and Akira – is one of the many live-action anime/manga projects in development by Hollywood studios. Kite, a live-action version of Yasuomi Umetsu’s anime, will be hitting Blu-ray & DVD on December 4th.

Updates: Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) was previously in talks to star in Ghost in the Shell, but now, Deadline reports that Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) may be taking her place.

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Donnie Yen to return to Hollywood with martial arts flick ‘Noodle Man’?

"Flash Point" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Flash Point" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Don’t let the silly title fool you: an upcoming film called Noodle Man might just represent Donnie Yen’s return to Hollywood cinema. Action fans are more than likely aware that Donnie made inroads into the American movie industry back in the early 2000′s, lending his talent as an action choreographer to pictures such as 2000′s Highlander: Endgame and 2002′s Blade II.

Yen was also supporting actor in those films, as well as a few others such as Shanghai Knights, before he returned to his roots and re-ignited his Hong Kong acting career with 2005′s S.P.L. (AKA Kill Zone). With Yen more popular than ever as both a performer and action director, many American fans have asked the question: will Donnie Yen ever return to Hollywood before he becomes too old to be a viable screen star?

With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend revealed to be an English-language production, as well as premiering straight to Netflix, the answer appeared to be “yeah, sort of.” But now Hollywood Reporter is reporting on a new Hollywood film called Noodle Man. The movie is set to arrive from actor-turned-director Daming Chen, who helmed the 2011 Chinese remake of What Women Want, and will star Yen in the role of a former Chinese cop who retires to New York City after his partner is murdered and opens his own noodle shop. Fifteen years later, the very same same drug kingpin who killed Yen’s partner walks into his Chinatown noodle shop…and the quest for revenge begins.

There’s no word yet as to when Noodle Man will begin shooting but rest assured we’ll keep you posted!

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First images from Mark Dacascos’ action flick ‘Ultimate Justice’

"Drive" UK DVD Cover

"Drive" UK DVD Cover

Martial arts star Mark Dacascos (Drive, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Brave) is getting ready to to shoot an action thriller titled Ultimate Justice. The upcoming film will be backed by Mike Leeder’s Silent Partners, a production company also responsible for the recent One Million K(L)icks.

Ultimate Justice, tells the story of a team of former Special Ops elite soldiers, whose friendship was forged in battle and years after they thought they had lain down their weapons for good, they are drawn back into action when the family of one of their own is threatened, friendships and loyalties are tested, battlelines are drawn, and Ultimate Justice will be served.

Joining Dacascos will be Matthias Hues (No Retreat, No Surrender II), Matthis Landweher (Kampfansage) and Mike Moeller (One Million K(L)icks), who will also be handling the fight choreography. The film also stars Sandra Bertalanffz, Wolfgang Riehm, Wing Tsung Sifu Henry Mueller, Yasmeen Baker, Martin Baden, Brandon Rhea and Mike Leeder

In addition to Ultimate Justice, Dacascos has several projects in pre-production/post-production status, including The Extendables, Operation Rogue, Beyond the Game, Mortal Kombat Legacy: Season 3, Garuda 7 and Changing Lives, which he is also directing. – Thanks to KFC, FCS and Impact for the updates.

Updates: Check out a pack of images from the film, courtesy of Mike Leeder: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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‘Star Wars: Ep VII’ a few weeks away from finished filming + leaked images

"The Empire Strikes Back" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Empire Strikes Back" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Currently in development is the continuation of the Star Wars saga created by George Lucas. Episode VIII and IX are slated to arrive in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The film’s will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8). The movie, which will be released in 3D, opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Updates: According to Collider: “The reworked script now has Luke, Han, and Leia (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are returning ) as the lead characters with their offspring in supporting roles, and J.J. Abrams is eyeing Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver for other roles.” | Collider reports that Gary Oldman and Zac Efron have met with producers for possible roles. | Collider reports that Adam Driver is apparently close to signing on for a role that would rival the iconic Darth Vader.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the sequel will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Filming for Episode VII starts in May! | Lucasfilm confirms that the new Star Wars films will have nothing go do with the “Expanded Universe” (i.e. offshoot novels, cartoons, comic books and video games).

Updates: The offical cast and credits have been announced for Episode VII, courtesy of starwars.com: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

According to AICN (via Collider), the working title for Star Wars: Episode VII is Star Wars: Episode VII: The Ancient Fear, and it refers to Max von Sydow’s character, a villain “who makes Pazuzu [the demon from The Exorcist] look like a pussy!”

Looks like they might be taking an old school approach to Episode VII, which will make J.J. Abram’s sequel mesh with the original trilogy even more. Head over to TMZ to see the non-CG sets and creature design. We’re sure there will be CG, but not nearly as much as the prequel trilogy. | First set photos of the Millennium Falcon, courtesy of Collider.

Last month, it was announced that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will be directing the first standalone Star Wars spin-off. Today, there are several reports that Josh Trank (Chronicle) has signed on to do his own standalone spin-off. In other news, J.J. Abrams cheekily responds to all the leaked photos popping up online. Definitely check it out at Collider. | Head over to Collider for interesting interview tidbits with Mark Hamill.

News has broke that Brick and Looper director Rian Johnson has been signed to write and direct Episode VIII. There’s speculation Johnson may also write a script treatment for Episode IX. It looks like this new trilogy will continue the Original Trilogy tradition of having a new director with each film.

A load of Star Wars VII updates: Click here to see what might be Han Solo’s new costume. At the same link is info about Han’s new ship, the Super Star Destroyer (and the whereabouts of the Millennium Falcon). Also, the new villains are now revealed, as well as images of the new Storm Troopers helmet.

First official look of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Ep VII. Look closely… (Note: this is not CGI, it’s an actual model built on set).

BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says Star Wars VII is within three weeks of finishing filming. Also, if you haven’t, check out a batch of leaked images (beware of spoilers).

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