Harry Shum Jr. joins Donnie Yen in ‘Crouching Tiger’ sequel

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Theatrical Poster

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Theatrical Poster

The Weinstein Company will start production on a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon later this year titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny. Yuen Woo-ping (True Legend) is directing, with a script by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom), which will be based off the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s Crane-Iron Pentalogy, which is same source material Ang Lee used for the original film.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny will star Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh and Nicholas Tse. Zhang Ziyi is rumored to return.

The sequel will continue to revolve around Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh). “This was an opportunity to explore a lifelong passion I’ve had for Wu Xia, and if there wasn’t continuing source material, I would never have gotten involved,” says Fusco.

Updates: According to EW, Zhang Ziyi is in talks to reprise her role as Jen Yu for flashback sequences. | According to Deadline, Donnie Yen has signed with Los Angeles-based CAA (Creative Artists Agency), and his new reps just closed his deal to star in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.

Charlie Nguyen, the writer and director of The Rebel, will take over fight choreography duties for Yuen Woo-Ping, so the latter can concentrate on directing. Worried Nguyen’s work won’t hold up against Yuen’s? Read our review for The Rebel and gain some confidence.

Turns out, Charlie Nguyen will NOT be the action choreographer for Crouching Tiger 2. Here’s what he wrote in his facebook: “Location Scouting For Crouching Tiger in Aukland – NZ. Correction: I’ll be there mainly as a co-producer and 2nd unit director. Not the action director!!” So now, the question remains: Who is the film’s action choreographer? Cityonfire.com bets that Yuen Woo-ping will be handling the duty. It’s not like the guy never directed/choreographed a film before, right? | Photos of Donnie Yen preparing himself for the Crouching Tiger sequel, courtesy of Donne Yen’s facebook page.

According to Bey Logan’s Facebook page, Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) has a role in Crouching Tiger 2.

BREAKING NEWS: Film Combat Syndicate (via Empire) reports that Harry Shum Jr. (Mortal Kombat Legacy: Season 2, Revenge of the Green Dragon) has joined the cast as Tie Fang.

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August brings Ninjas, Van Damme, Seagal and Asian classics!

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2 | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2 | DVD (Shout! Factory)

For those of you looking to expand your Blu-ray & DVD collection, get ready for our latest roll of new releases handpicked by cityonfire.com!

For the month of August, we have an exceptional list of action, martial arts, old school kung fu and Asian horror titles: Ninjas, Van Damme, Seagal, Kosugi, Japanese horror, old school Hong Kong… they’re all here!

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.

Ninja Apocalypse: August 5, 2014

Millennium Entertainment presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Ninja Apocalypse.  From visual effects director Lloyd Lee Barnett – known for his digital work in films like Avatar, Speed Racer and Spider-man – comes Ninja Apocalypse. This upcoming martial arts film sports an impressive cast that includes Christian Oliver (The Three Musketeers), Ernie Reyes Jr. (The Rundown), Les Brandt, West Liang, Kaiwi Lyman, Tara Macken, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Antoinette Kalaj, Mark Heidelberger and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat).

Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge: August 12, 2014

ANconnect presents the Blu-ray and DVD for Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge. Kane Kosugi (Choy Lee Fut, Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear) stars in this prequel to 2010′s Tekken. Joining Kosugi is Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Tekken), Gary Daniels (Skin Traffik) and Ron Smoorenburg (Who Am I?). Like its predecessor, Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge (aka Tekken: A Man Called X) is based on the popular Namco fighting game of the same name.

Eko Eko Azarak: The First Episode of Misa Kuroi: August 12, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for 2011′s Eko Eko Azarak: The First Episode of Misa Kuroi. A crisis occurs at a High School when the students fall prey to black magic. A student named Misa (Maeda Nozomi) attempts to help them by battling the dark forces with magic that has been passed down in her family for generations. Based on legendary horror manga Eko Eko Azarak and directed by original author, Shinichi Koga.

Swelter: August 12, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Keith Parmer’s action-thriller Swelter, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme plays a member of a bank robbing gang that manages to steal a cool $100 million before some of them are apprehended by the police. Flash forward ten years and Van Damme is now an earnest, hard-working sheriff in a small town… with no memory of his criminal past. But what happens when his old crew rolls into town, anxious to find out where he hid their payload? Swelter also stars Josh Henderson, Brad Carter, Alfred Molina and Lennie James.

Seed of Darkness: August 12, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for the 2006 Malaysian-Chinese film Seed of Darkness (aka Nephesh Seed), directed by Michael Chuah (Fist of Dragon). In the tradition of Japanese horror classics The Ring and The Grudge! A woman decides to undergo an “in-vitro fertilization process” in Singapore to have a child of her own. 7 years later, after moving to anew apartment, the child begins to behave oddly and insists she can see the “non-existent” father. Starring Amber Chia, Juin Juin Leong, Vick Teo, Alvin Wong, Sze Sen Wong and Zun Yap.

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2: August 19, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the DVD for the Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2, which contains four classic Golden Harvest movies on two discs. This set includes 1973′s The Fate of Lee Khan with Li Hua Li, Roy Chiao, Feng Hsu, Ying Bai, Feng Tien and Angela Mao; 1974′s The Shaolin Boxers with James Yien; 1977′s The Shaolin Plot with Chan Sing, Cheung Ging Boh and Sammo Hung Kam Bo; and 1975′s The Young Dragons with Cheng Lui, Chiang Nan and Chin Yuet Sang – directed by John Woo!

A Good Man: August 19, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for A Good Man. Steven Seagal re-teams with director/producer Keoni Waxman (Force of Execution) for the 5th time. After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander (Seagal) goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, Alexander is dragged into an all-out war between rival Chinese and Russian gangs. Tzi Ma (Rapid Fire, Rush Hour, Dark Vengeance), Victor Webster and Massimo Dobrovic also star.

Joker: 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.

Rampage: Capital Punishment: August 19, 2014

Phase 4 Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Uwe Boll’s Rampage: Capital Punishment (aka Rampage 2). It’s the return of violent anti-hero Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher). This time he has plans to change the world by exacting vengeance on the rich, and ripping Washington apart! Boll has definitely made some horrible movies in the past, but if you’ve seen 2009′s Rampage or 2013′s Assault on Wall Street, Boll has proven himself to be a competent filmmaker. If Martin Scorsese is the master of gangster film, then Boll is the master of making flicks about people goin’ postal!

Triad: 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).

Vengeance Is Mine: August 26, 2014

Criterion Collection presents the Blu-ray for 1979′s Vengeance Is Mine, directed by Shohei Imamura (Black Rain). A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family—into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, Vengeance Is Mine bares humanity’s snarling id.

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Deal on Fire! Ong-Bak Trilogy | Blu-ray | Only $20.99 – Expires soon!

"Ong-Bak Trilogy" Blu-ray Cover

"Ong-Bak Trilogy" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray set 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.”

Order the Ong-Bak Trilogy from Amazon.com today!

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Watch the final trailer for ‘Expendables 3′!

"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. | New poster is now available. | New TV Spot.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the final trailer!

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New poster for Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight,’ plus ‘Kill Bill’ news!

"The Hateful Eight" Teaser Poster

"The Hateful Eight" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight revolves around Bounty hunters who seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception. The film will star Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell.

Updates: Deadline reports that Tarantino has shelved The Hateful Eight, due to script leakage. Allegedly, the script was hosted and distributed by a website called Gawker. Deadline reports that Tarantino has filed a legal complaint against Gawker, charging the website copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Apparently, Gawker is was blaming Tarantino for making his script a ‘frenzy.’

During a recent live-reading of the “leaked” The Hateful Eight script (featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern), Tarantino announced that he may be filming The Hateful Eight next winter, and it will be based off a newly revised script with a totally new final chapter.

According to numerous sources, The Hateful Eight starts filming in November of 2014. The announced cast includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins and Zoe Bell. Although Christoph Waltz and Tim Roth performed at the film’s live-reading, they’re not officially tied to the “movie” version.

In our last update, we reported that The Hateful Eight was to start production in November of 2014. Now, Kurt Russell, one of the film’s stars, told MyFoxPhilly (via Coming Soon/Collider) otherwise: “I’ve got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year.”

BREAKING NEWS: A new teaser poster confirms the The Hateful Eight’s 2015 release date, courtesy of Collider (via Empire). There’s also some talk (Indiewire, via FCS) about a theatrical release of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair – a combined, extended cut of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 – which may also hit in 2015.

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The Last Supper | Blu-ray & DVD (Random Media)

The Last Supper | Blu-ray & DVD (Random Media)

The Last Supper | Blu-ray & DVD (Random Media)

RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2014

Random Media presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper. The story focuses on the famous Hongmen Banquet, which was held in 206 B.C. by one warlord with the express purpose of assassinating his rival.

The Last Supper features an impressive cast, including Yu Liu (Curse of the Golden Flower), Daniel Wu (New Police Story), and Chen Chang (Crouching Tigger, Hidden Dragon). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order The Last Supper from Amazon.com today!

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Furious Slaughter (1972) Review

"Furious Slaughter" International Theatrical Poster

"Furious Slaughter" International Theatrical Poster

AKA: Super Dragon
Director: Ding Sin Saai
Writer: Ding Sin Saai
Cast: Jimmy Wang Yu, Sally Chen Sha Li, Tin Yau, Ma Kei, Lung Fei, Yee Yuen, Got Siu Bo, Lee Keung, Chai Hau Keung, Chang I Fei, Cheung Yee Kwai, Chui Lap, Gam Man Hei
Running Time: 84 min.

By Matthew Le-feuvre

From many critics’ perspective, Jimmy Wang Yu has always been looked upon as an anomalous, yet significant presence in the Hong Kong film industry. However, for some he’s a plague – even a bourgeois interference constantly trying too capitalize on past glories. For others, he’s an assiduous personality, eager too please his wide legion of followers with daredevil stunts (The Man from Hong Kong/A Man Called Tiger) or lengthy fight arrangements (Beach of the War Gods) only a select few would endeavour. And still, people repudiate the fact that like his (former) contemporary Lo Lieh, Wang Yu was essentially one of the first martial arts actors to grace the jade screen, literally erupting with sword in hand, hacking away at larger-than-life villains and their dominion with flamboyant aplomb.

Indeed, copious amounts of blood, stained dresswear and a heroic exit were perquisite trademarks that thrilled audiences throughout the mid to late sixties until saturation inevitably took root, forcing Wang Yu to reinvent himself with the awesome trendsetter, The Chinese Boxer (1969): a personal project and a cult sensation often regarded as instigating the ‘art of unarmed combat’ mantle for Bruce Lee’s return to Hong Kong. Despite both a limited acting range and accompanying fighting skills, pomp or political intimations has never been Wang Yu’s forte or interest, even though originally groomed under the patriarchal guidance of Chang Cheh. Understandably, he wished for, and pursued his own expression of idealism, at the expense of Japanese culture.

Sadly, alleged personality clashes with the Shaw Brothers resulted in a contractual penalty when rival production, Golden Harvest, dangled a carte blanche contract in front of him. An intelligent and resourceful man, the former swimming champion accepted. The downside, nevertheless, was the condition of involuntary exile to Taiwan, a place, apparently, even the Shaws’ could not legally impose themselves. Either way, creative freedom, as well as supplemental expenditure from Raymond Chow, did retain merits Wang Yu was previously restricted from, given the Shaws’ totalitarian studio system whereby servitude was paramount before personal consideration.

Taiwan, doubly, did not impede Wang Yu from the additional luxury of manoeuvring between independent studios such as: First Films and latterly Lo Wei’s infamous Motion Picture Co. Ltd.; nor did it prevent him from writing, starring and directing The One-Armed Boxer (1971), an impressive tournament picture, obviously designed as an acrimonious final salute to his former employers by amalgamating elements from his two greatly revered contributions: The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) and the aforementioned Chinese Boxer.

Resoundingly effective in spite of its blatancy to weave escapist fantasy with cartoon violence, The One Armed Boxer stylishly became the template mold for future mono-limbed adventures that heavily relied on graphic visuals, than a cohesive storyline: for example, Master of the flying Guillotine, One-Armed Chivalry vs One-Armed Chivalry, One-Armed Swordsman vs the 9 Killers, One-Armed Swordsmen (reuniting with David Chiang) and Return of the Chinese Boxer – were all variations on a theme, often bloated, hackneyed and technically redundant. All, more or less, contained the same support cast in exactly the same roles – basically acting the same!

As for Wang Yu, his physical craft – usually choreographed by Liu Chia Liang or his younger brother, Lau kar Wing – increasingly transposed from slower balletic movements to the dynamic encapsulating, more breathtaking jump kicks and precarious realism – notably the utilization of close proximity implements: tables, stalls, chop sticks or axes became familiar props as much as commonplace vistas/cinematography of Taiwan’s rolling hills, beaches or quarry canyons. However, in some instances, Wang Yu’s performances sank to the level of caricature. This is to be expected, considering the enormous workload schedule he subjected himself too, and by present standards, would simply destroy the modern action man.

Astonishingly in 1972, Wang Yu starred in thirteen pictures, efficaciously ranging from historical epics (Chow Ken) to the pretentiously irrelevant (The Destroyer). Of these, Furious Slaughter was one of those rare treats, if one looks beyond the veneer of conventionality.

[In] directly influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, Wang Yu, sporting a hat affectation, mysteriously arrives in a no-named town circa 1930′s, where everyone seems to have their own ambitious pursuits concerning capitalism: be it through exploitation, slave trading, gambling or prostitution.

After demonstrating his aerobic prowess on a thuggish rickshaw gang, Wang Yu; who reveals himself as ‘Ma Yuen Chen’ befriends ‘Fat Teddy,’ a subservient coward to the local gang leader, who spends the majority of (his) time in a self recriminatory drunken stupor. However, in his sobriety, inspired by Ma’s courageous actions, he recognizes a hidden strength within and decides to inform Ma on the heinous elements of the town.

Unimpressed, Ma deliberately and sardonically pivets, punches, chops and kicks his way through an echelon of minions, con-men and bodyguards (naturally Japanese); breaks the gambling house using tactics of assertive stoicism, liberates two women from enforced whoredom and daringly humiliates the chief crimelord, Chow Ping Pai. In retaliation, Boss Chow tries to manipulate Ma, which ultimately sets off a domino effect for a heart pounding, tense finale reminiscent of The Boxer from Shantung (1972).

Directed with electric panache, Ding Sin Saai (A Queen’s Ransom) shells out a panoply of visuals to suit Wang Yu’s likable persona. Cynicism is in constant abundance just as everyone is looking out for their own needs: money, face, reputation and power, even a little boy selling strawberries is not exempt from corruption. But it’s a two sided affair; motive is compulsory factor for survival, something Ma cannot always relate to, and at times is unsympathetic too those who may end up suffering worse because of his noble deeds. Question is: will Ma’s indomitable fighting spirit make a difference in an environment fueled by recycling brutality?

Verdict: Concealing important social issues, Furious Slaughter is a fast paced action classic that is both sublime and thought provoking. Often overlooked, this is Wang Yu’s finest hour – oozing coolness, determination and bravado against a myriad of impossibilities (An unnecessary sequel was produced the same year titled The Rebel Boxer, aka Ma Su Chen).

Matthew Le-feuvre’s Rating: 9/10

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Firestorm | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Firestorm | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Firestorm | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Firestorm, starring Andy Lau (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame). This high-octane action/thriller is set in modern day Hong Kong. It follows Lau as a senior police inspector out to bring a vicious gang of thieves to justice.

Firestorm (read our review) arrives from screenwriter-turned-director Alan Yuen, whose previous script credits include such titles as New Police Story and Shaolin. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Firestorm from Amazon.com today!

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Deal on Fire! Predator 5-Movie Collection | Blu-ray | Only $19.99 – Expires soon!

"Predator" Bundle

"Predator" Bundle

Ready for a Predator overdose? Today’s Deal on Fire is for the Blu-ray Predator Bundle, which includes: 1987’s Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition, 1990’s Predator 2, 2010’s Predators, 2004’s Alien vs. Predator and 2007’s Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.

At about $3.99 a disc, this bundle is out of this world! Don’t care for the AVP movies? Then use ‘em as target practice or drink coasters!

Order the Predator Bundle from Amazon.com today!

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Gordon Chan unleashes the new ‘Four 3D’ trailer!

"The Four 2" Theatrical Poster

"The Four 2" Theatrical Poster

All the way back when Gordon Chan’s 2012 wuxia picture The Four was announced, the producers were not shy about declaring their plans for a trilogy. Following their delivery of 2013′s The Four 2, Hong Kong cinema buffs should be pleased to hear that they kept their promise!

A new trailer for The Four 3D, the third and final installment of the series – starring Deng Chao, Collin Chou, Ronald Cheng, Anthony Wong and Crystal Liu – is now available to watch!

Film Combat Syndicate has the plot: The reputation of the Four constables survives, but since Emotionless’s departure, there have been changes at the Divine Constabulary. The four Coldblood, Iron Hands, Life Snatcher, rescue Zhuge Zhengwo from An Yunshan’s mountain fortress, then with the Emperor and Di armies, they attack. But An Yunshan absorbs their power, which means the constables and their allies now face their most lethal opponent yet, a nearly invincible kung fu master who won’t stop until he has absolute power…

The Four 3D is getting a domestic release on August 22, 2014.

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Michael Jai White kicks major butt in the ‘Falcon Rising’ trailer!

"Falcon Rising" Theatrical Poster

"Falcon Rising" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: An anti-hero (Michael Jai White of Blood and Bone) travels to Brazil to find his sister’s killer and along the way uncovers an underworld of vice and corruption, presided over by the Japanese mafia of all people.

Director Ernie Barbarash, at the moment best known for his three recent collaborations with Jean-Claude Van Damme (Assassination Games, Six Bullets and Pound of Flesh), has announced an ambitious new project. The ‘Falcon’ series will be a string of action films that follows a character named John ‘Falcon’ Chapman, a weapon of the state who is fueled by guilt and regret.

The production company behind the Falcon series hopes to make 1-2 movies a year following the character, which seems like a tall order, but at least they have a talented leading man in Michael Jai White. It’s worth noting that White has called Falcon the kind of role he’s been waiting his whole life to tackle. On the action front, White will be ably assisted by Larnell Stovall, a fight choreographer who boasts arguably the most impressive resume in the genre thanks to movies like Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and Undisputed 3.

Here are a couple of pics from the movie: 1 | 2. | First official poster for the film. | Michael Jai White tweeted a new still. | New poster for Falcon Rising (aka Favela), thanks to Albert V and moonstonefilms.com.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the first trailer. You can also now pre-order Falcon Rising from Amazon.com, which has a October 28th street date. – Thanks to udar55 from KFC.

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Godzilla | Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD (Warner)

Godzilla | Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD (Warner)

Godzilla | Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD (Warner)

RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2014

Warner presents the Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD for 2014′s Godzilla. In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world’s most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston.

Pre-order Godzilla from Amazon.com today!

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New Red Band trailer for Rodriguez’ ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill’

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill" Theatrical Poster

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill" Theatrical 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! | New clip featuring Jessica Alba. } New poster, featuring the main cast. Also, be sure to catch the latest trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new Red Band trailer!

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Deal on Fire! Ninja Turtles Trilogy | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy" Blu-ray Cover

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray set for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy, which contains 1990′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1991′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and 1993′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time.

In Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy, a quartet of mutated humanoid turtles – consisting of Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Donatello - clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

Order the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy from Amazon.com today!

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Bruce Lee featured in ‘Batman: The Complete TV Series’ set

"The Green Hornet" Japanese Poster

"The Green Hornet" Japanese Poster

Discovering new Bruce Lee footage is virtually non-existent these days, but the next best thing would be finding semi-rare TV appearances. With that being said, Bruce Lee fans should take note of Warner’s upcoming Batman: The Complete TV Series (see photo), which will be hitting Blu-ray & DVD on November 11th.

Within its 120 episode listing are all three Batman/The Green Hornet crossover episodes - Batman’s Satisfaction (1967), A Piece of the Action (1967) and The Spell of Tut (1966) – starring Van Williams as The Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato.

These episodes (not to mention the yet-to-be officially released The Green Hornet series) have been around from various sources (bootlegs, etc.), but their inclusion in the Batman: The Complete TV Series marks the first time they’ll be completely remastered in 1080p HD (1.33:1).

Batman: The Complete TV Series is a worthy addition to the growing library of other Bruce Lee-related titles featured in high definition, such as Shout! Factory’s Bruce Lee’s Legacy Collection and Warner’s Enter the Dragon. Hopefully, studios will finally release the rest of The Green Hornet (1966–1967) series, as well as Longstreet (1971), but definitely don’t hold your breath, as both may not be profitable enough for a proper release. For now, the Batman: The Complete TV Series is currently available for pre-order.

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Talk to the Dead | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

Talk to the Dead | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

Talk to the Dead | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2014

Pathfinder Entertainment presents the DVD for for Norio Tsuruta’s Talk to the Dead. From the Producer of The Ring, The Grudge and Dark Waters comes a dark tale of tragedy revolving around Yuri and her troubled family. But it when Yuri discovers a mysterious mobile app that is rumored to enable its user to talk to the dead, things get deadly! What VHS tapes did for The Ring, mobile apps will do for Talk to the Dead! The film stars Kazuki Kato, Ayaka Komatsu and Chihiro Ohtsuka. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Talk to the Dead from Amazon.com today!

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First explosive trailer for George Miller’s ‘Mad Max Fury Road’!

"Mad Max Fury Road" Teaser Poster

"Mad Max Fury Road" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: George Miller (Mad Max Trilogy) returns to the post-apocalyptic-action franchise that put him on the map. Tom Hardy is taking over the role of Max Rockatansky, formerly played by Mel Gibson. Also starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough and Hugh Keays-Byrne. Note: this will be the first Mad Max to incorporate CG elements.

Updates: Batch of set photos. | Collider reports that Megan Gale – who almost played Wonder Woman in Miller’s cancelled Justice League film – will finally get to team up with the director in Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

Director George Miller finally revealed something of a summary via this official press release. Quote: “Mad Max (Tom Hardy) is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). This movie is an account of the Road War which follows.” | New set photos. | The first look at Tom Hardy as Max. | Production video| The Playlist reports that Dutch electronic composer and producer Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg) will be doing the soundtrack.

Dark Horizons reports that Tom Hardy is going back for more filming. Here’s what he told Flicks and the City: ”[The movie]‘s great. It’s a big old piece; it’s a behemoth of a piece. I’m off there next week to do some reshoots, well not reshoots actually, but doing more. We’re building, building more Mad Maxes, even more spectacular and cool stuff.” | According to EW, Mad Max 4: Fury Road is set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015. The new theatrical date makes it 30 years since Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome was released. Let’s hope it’ll be worth the wait.

The Sydney Morning Herald recently interviewed George Miller where he debunked rumors of a Mel Gibon cameo. However, he did mention that Max’s famous Interceptor will appear. As far as the movie, here’s what Miller said: ”Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well…We’re very happy. There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] ‘it took so long’, but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.”

Director George Miller told EW that the film has very few digital effects, intense action, linear story, very little dialogue and “a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes.” Check out the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly for a Mad Max: Fury Road image, courtesy of EW (via Collider). | New photos from George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | First poster is here! In addition, here’s the newest official image of Max. | Feast your eyes on 4 action packed posters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the first trailer.

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Cult | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

Cult | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

Cult | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2014

Pathfinder Entertainment presents the DVD for Koji Shiraishi’s Cult. From the producer of The Ring, The Grudge and Dark Water, comes the chilling tale of pop idols who play themselves as they appear on a paranormal television show to investigate the exorcism of the Kaneda family. The supernatural events in the Kaneda household are recorded by the documentary team. A mysterious shaman seems to be the only hope of salvation not only for the family, but for the investigators as well. Cult stars Yaeko Kiyose, Ryosuke Miura, Mari Iriki, Yu Abiru and Mayuko Iwasa. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Cult from Amazon.com today!

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M. Bison to be introduced in ‘Street Fighter: World Warrior’

"Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist" Japanese Poster

"Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist" Japanese Poster

Film Combat Syndicate (via Variety) reports that Joey Ansah (Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist) is returning to write and direct Street Fighter: World Warrior (aka Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist: Season 2), which continues where the 12-episode series left off.

“The scale of World Warrior is much larger, picking up where Assassin’s Fist left off… The Shadaloo criminal cartel will be introduced, led by the extremely dangerous M. Bison, which will naturally lead into the World Warrior tournament.” Ansah said. It’s also mentioned that Guile, Chun-li and Sagat will have significant roles.

Expect Street Fighter: World Warrior late 2015 or early 2016. Until then, the Blu-ray & DVD for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist hits on October 28th.

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Travelers: Dimension Police | DVD (Pathfinder Entertainment)

Travelers: Dimension Police | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

Travelers: Dimension Police | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2014

Pathfinder presents the DVD for Koichi Sakamoto’s Travelers: Dimension Police. From the director of Power Rangers, comes a sexy, aunthentic action movie, no questions asked. Actress/singer Nao Nagasawa, and actress/model Ayumi Kinoshita, star in a story of a beautiful female cop working for an interdimensional police force. She serendipitously crosses paths with her former partner-turned-enemy. They are forced to confront each other and their past, while investigating an multidimensional terrorist agency. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Travelers: Dimension Police from Amazon.com today!

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When Taekwondo strikes the ‘High School of Zombie’!

"The Kick" International Poster

"The Kick" International Poster

Love it or hate it, the zombie genre won’t die. Just recently, an Evil Dead series and a Last of Us film adaptation have been announced. Maggie and Life After Beth are just around the corner; and let’s not forget about World War Z II, which is in development. Of course, the film industry’s zombie fascination doesn’t stop at Hollywood…

In addition to Kim Seok-jung’s upcoming Zombie School, there’s another Korean zombie flick coming out in the similarly titled High School of Zombie. Korean Taekwondo Champion, Tae-Mi (The Kick) leads the cast as an ass-kickin’ school girl who puts the smack down on the undead.

Don’t miss the film’s trailer. – Thanks to Paul Bramhall

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First trailer for Miike’s Battle Royale-esque ‘As God Says’

"As God Says" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"As God Says" Japanese Theatrical Poster

If you’ve seen the Battle Royale and Hunger Games movies, and you still can’t get enough of teenagers killing one another, then look no further than Takashi Miike’s (13 AssassinsAs God Says (aka As the Gods Will). According to Variety, As God Says revolves around classmates who are forced to play a game whose penalty is death.

As God Says is based on a serialized Japanese comic book written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and illustrated by Akeji Fujimura. The film stars Sota Fukushi (Amachan), Hirona Yamazaki and Ryunosuke Kamiki.

Update: As God Says releases domestically on November 15, 2014. Watch the first trailer.

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First trailer for Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson’s ‘Martial Arts Kid’

"The Martial Arts Kid" Teaser Poster

"The Martial Arts Kid" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Martial arts stars Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist) and Cynthia Rothrock (Shanghai Express) have announced a new project titled The Martial Arts Kid. The upcoming film is about a troubled teen from Detroit who begins to learn martial arts when he moves to Florida to live with his aunt (Rothrock) and uncle (Wilson).

The Martial Arts Kid also stars Jansen Panetierre (The Perfect Game), newcomer Nassim Faras “Young Dragon” Lahrizi, T.J. Storm (Punisher: War Zone), Matthew Ziff (Six Gun Savior) and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace (The Protector).

Michael Baumgarten (The Guest House) is directing and co-writing along with Adam W. Marsh (Monster Mountain). James Lew (Big Trouble in Little China) will be choreographing the action. Producers include Cheryl Wheeler Duncan (Point of No Return) and James Wilson, former trainer and brother of Don.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the teaser trailer, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate.

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The Crone | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

The Crone | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

The Crone | DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment)

RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2014

Pathfinder Home Entertainment presents the DVD for Eisuke Naito’s The Crone. From the Producer of The Ring, The Grudge and Dark Water comes the macabre tale of three paranormal TV show hostesses Ayane, Nanami and Mayuko. These three girls are put to the test of ultimate fear when they challenge each other to visit an abandoned nursing home in the mountains. Determined to defeat each other, the girls stubbornly remain in the chilling location no matter what happens.

The Crone stars Honoka Miki, Akiko Hoshino and Shiori Kitayama. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order The Crone from Amazon.com today!

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First image of Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman’

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Logo

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Logo

Variety reports that Warner Bros. took to Comic-Con to announce a Batman and Superman team-up movie as the follow up to Man of Steel. Zach Snyder (Man of Steel) is set to direct and co-write along with David S. Goyer. Henry Cavill will return as Superman, but no word on who will play Batman (Christian Bale has openly said he wouldn’t return to the role).

Production is expected to begin in 2014, with a possibly release date in 2015. This team-up movie will obviously be another stepping stone to the upcoming Justice League movie. | According to scottadkinsfanz.co.uk, Scott Adkins has auditioned for the role of Batman.

Updates: From a recent press release from Warner (via Collider): “Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.

Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in Man of Steel.“ | Variety reports that Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) has signed on to play Wonder Woman. Additionally, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) is being eyed for a villain. | EW reports that Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) has signed on to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman.

Collider reports that Zack Snyder will shoot Batman vs. Superman back-to-back with JLA, which means a 2017 release for JLA. | Here’s the first look at Ben Affleck as Batman. Also, a peak at the new Batmobile in Batman vs. Superman, courtesy of Collider. | Collider reports that Batman vs. Superman (aka Man of Steel 2) is officially titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Also, the new logo has been revealed. | Variety reports that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) has signed up for the role of Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

BREAKING NEWS: Here’s the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘Dragonwolf’ Blu-ray Giveaway! – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Dragonwolf | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Dragonwolf | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Patrick Kazu Tang’s Dragonwolf to three lucky Cityonfire visitors.

To enter, simply add a comment to this post with your answer to the following question: In your opinion, what’s the most overrated martial arts movie of all time? Please explain. 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 Dragonwolf will be officially released on July 29, 2014, so we will announce the 3 winners on this date and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by July 28, 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.

WINNERS: Ben, Chad H., and Bill N. You have been notified via email!

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Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 | DVD (Lionsgate)

Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 | DVD (Lionsgate)

Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 | DVD (Lionsgate)

RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for the Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1, a 4-disc set that includes Episodes 1-18.

Robotech is widely acclaimed as a ground breaking series that changed the course of anime. Experience the power of the Robotech/Macross saga as never before with this action-filled collection that contains the landmark 1985 television broadcast version – along with the original and uncut episodes from the Japanese series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross.

Pre-order The Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 from Amazon.com today!

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Lady General Hua Mulan (1964) Review

"Lady General Hua Mulan" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Lady General Hua Mulan" Chinese Theatrical Poster

AKA: Lady General Hua Mu-lan
Director: Griffin Yueh Feng
Writer: Ko Jui Fen, Dung Chin Lee
Producer: Run Run Shaw
Cast: Ivy Ling Po, Chin Han, Chen Yan Yan, Cheung Kwong Chiu, Yeung Chi Hing, Wu Ma, Lee Kwan, Kok Lee Yan, Cheng Miu, Lee Wan Chung, Feng Yi, Han Ying Chieh
Running Time: 106 min.

By JJ Hatfield

When the Mongols banded together with other nomadic tribes, they invaded China, beginning with the outlying border towns. The edict went out from the Emperor, reaching every family in the land, to send forth one male – of fighting age – to protect the country from the marauding hordes. Master Hua intended to honor the call to duty; however, he was no longer a young man fit for battle. Concerned for his safety, his daughter, Mu-lan, convinces Master Hua that he need not sacrifice himself in order to uphold the family honor.

The story of Hua Mu-lan (or Mulan) – which originated as a brief poem from the 6th century Northern Wei Dynasty – was so stirring, it not only survived, but grew in length over generations; it was eventually written as a full book by the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The story of Mu-lan is an old and cherished one for the Chinese, but many people will recognize the name from the animated Disney film version or from one of the numerous other movies, plays, operas and books.

Lady General Hua Mu-lan smoothly melds traditional Huangmei Opera with the cinematic touch of the Shaw Brothers Studio. Huangmei Opera was developed in the mid-1800′s, in the tea-producing, Huangmei region of China. Initially created of folk songs, people would sing while collecting and preparing tea. The operas became incredibly popular, not only around Huangmei, but across China and beyond.

A 24-year-old Ivy Ling Po touched a nation when she starred in the The Love Eterne (1963), a film that helped bring Huangmei Opera to the big screen. Her brilliant performance in that film led to the title role in Lady General Hua Mu-lan.

Ling Po’s film career began at the age of 12, but even as a very young child, she was immersed in Huangmei Opera. Known for her beautiful voice and acting ability, she often dubbed the songs for other actresses in films and operas.

Ling Po has an incredible gift of connecting with audiences, and Lady General Hua Mu-lan is no exception. Her expressive face, fluid movements and fighting skills are superb. She demonstrates an excellent stage presence and is amazingly adept at portraying both male and female roles. Make no mistake, Lady General Hua Mu-lan suceeds because of Ling Po, which explains why she received the Best Actress award for her powerful role.

Yueh Feng (The Bells of Death) directed and co-wrote the lively script for Lady General Hua Mu-lan. He is quite experienced in the genre, directing for the Shaw Brothers for over a dozen years, and the Great Wall Company, before that.

As with many of the earlier Shaw movies involving war, there are numerous action choreographers, but none are specifically credited (Hong Kong Cinemagic lists Han Ying Chieh as one of them). It appears that in some of the big battle scenes, the actors/fighters on the periphery were not given much direction on what they were supposed to be doing. The lack of experience, or care, in lensing some of the scenes, is frustrating.

In China- and other countries in southeast Asia – it has been only in recent times that women were able to act in theater or operas. Lady General Hua Mu-lan is one of a very few Chinese stories that even suggests gender equity, which was extremely rare, especially in literature that has survived the ages. Although women in China have always fought to defend their family or land, never has a woman, posing as a male, risen to the rank of general.

Even if you think you know the story of Mu-lan, you haven’t experienced it like this before. This is a wonderful historic version, and as far as I am concerned, the best at portraying all of the primary characters, especially the title character.

Lady General Hua Mu-lan is more intense and darker than modern remakes, especially the wretched, mixed up mess of Disney’s cutesy cartoon, Mulan. The Disney version was a huge commercial success (it sold lots of dolls, DVDs, CDs, backpacks, school supplies and…), but it bears no resemblance to the original story, other than in name. This version is far superior and stays true to the original adventure of Mu-lan.

Lady General Hua Mu-lan is an excellent film that everyone will enjoy.

JJ Hatfield’s Rating: 9/10

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Falcon Rising | DVD (Anderson Merchandisers)

"Falcon Rising" Theatrical Poster

"Falcon Rising" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2014

Anderson Merchandisers presents the DVD for Falcon Rising, directed by Ernie Barbarash (Assassination Games) and starring Michael Jai White (Blood and Bone, Black Dynamite).

Also known as Favela or Codename Falcon 1, Falcon Rising follows an anti-hero named John “Falcon” Chapman (White) who travels to Brazil to find his sister’s killer. Along the way, he uncovers an underworld of vice and corruption, presided over by the Japanese mafia of all people.

Pre-order Falcon Rising from Amazon.com today!

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New poster for Samuel L. Jackson’s live-action Anime ‘Kite’

"Kite" Theatrical Poster

"Kite" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the apparent help of his ex-partner. Ralph Ziman’s (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) live-action Kite (based on the Anime by Yasuomi Umetsu) stars India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Cleo Rinkwest, Samuel L. Jackson and Russel Savadier.

The makers of Kite plan to go for a more “modern” approach to the material, using our current economic problems as a backdrop for the story.

Updates: Tragic news. Director David R. Ellis has passed away in South Africa at age 60. He was preparing to film Kite in the country. Ellis amassed a resume of potent guilty pleasures during his stint as a Hollywood director, including Cellular with Jason Statham; the morbidly hilarious Final Destination 2; and Samuel L. Jackson’s infamous Snakes on a Plane. Ellis also had a prolific career as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on such films as Patriot Games and Days of Thunder. He will be missed by the film community. | Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) has taken over the director’s chair for David R. Ellis.

Deadline reports that after making its AFM debut yesterday, Samuel L. Jackson’s Kite has inked a batch of international sales. The film is currently in post-production phase. | Here’s the first trailer for Kite, with a brief intro from Samuel L. Jackson. | Watch the new trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: New poster released!

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