Physical media dead? Yeah right! Don’t miss our October list…

"Raw Force" Blu-ray Cover

"Raw Force" Blu-ray Cover

Get ready for the latest roll of new Blu-ray & DVD releases handpicked by cityonfire.com. We have to warn you, it’s one heckuva list, so grab a snack or something to drink…

The spooky month of October brings Asian, action, horror, cult, martial arts, new school, old school and even some Italian westerns! It’s definitely our biggest list yet! (And they say physical media is dead? Yeah right…)

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Raw Force: October 7, 2014

Vinegar Syndrome presents the Blu-ray & DVD for the 1982 cult classic, Raw Force (aka Kung Fu Cannibals or Shogun Island). Raw Force is a U.S./Filipino martial arts action film directed by Edward D. Murphy (Heated Vengeance) and starring John Dresden (Final Mission), Geoffrey Binney (Hot Potato), Jewel Shepard (Return of the Living Dead) and Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave).

Asia Extreme Collection Volume 1: October 7, 2014

Pallisades Tartan presents the DVD for Asia Extreme Collection Volume 1: South Korean Horror Films. This 3-disc set includes the following titles: Kong Su-Chang’s R Point (2014), Yoo Sang-Gon’s Face (2004) and Kim Yong-Kyoon’s Red Shoes (2005).

Asia Extreme Collection Volume 2: October 7, 2014

Pallisades Tartan presents the DVD for Asia Extreme Collection Volume 2: Japanese Horror Films. This 3-disc set includes the following titles: Shinya Tsukamoto’s Snake of June (2003), Yuichi Sato’s Pray (2005) and Shinya Tsukamoto’s Vital (2004).

Asia Extreme Collection Volume 3: October 7, 2014

Pallisades Tartan presents the DVD for Asia Extreme Collection Volume 3: Thai Horror Films. This 3-disc set includes the following titles: Mark Duffield’s Ghost of Mae Nak (2005), Monthon Arayangkoon’s The Victim (2006) and Paul Spurrier’s P (2005).

Jean-Claude Van Damme Triple Feature: October 7, 2014

MGM presents the Jean-Claude Van Damme Triple Feature Blu-ray set, which includes Albert Pyun’s Cyborg (1989), Sheldon Lettich’s Double Impact (1991) and Deran Sarafian’s Death Warrant (1990), written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Justice League).

Bruce Lee Action Pack: October 7, 2014

Echo Bridge presents the Bruce Lee Action Pack DVD set. This 2 disc collection includes the following titles: One Down Two to Go (1976), starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly; L.A. Street Fighters (1985) aka Ninja Turf, starring Phillip Rhee; Laser Mission (1989) starring Brandon Lee, Terminal Rush (1996), starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Roddy Piper; Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980), starring Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief; Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave (1976); and Blind Fist of Bruce (1979) and The Image of Bruce Lee (1978), both starring Bruce Li.

Talk to the Dead: 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.

Cult: 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.

Missing in Action: Double Feature: October 7, 2014

MGM presents the Blu-ray for the Missing in Action: Double Feature, which includes Joseph Zito’s Missing in Action (1984) and Lance Hool’s Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1984/1985). Norris ‘n ‘Nam? A match made in heaven!

Chuck Norris Total Attack Pack: October 7, 2014

MGM presents the Chuck Norris Total Attack Pack Blu-ray set. This 3 disc collection includes three of Norris’ most acclaimed films, including an early one by filmmaker Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege): Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), starring David Carradine; Code of Silence (1985), starring Henry Silva; and The Delta Force (1986), starring Lee Marvin and Robert Forster.

Duck, You Sucker: October 7, 2014

MGM presents the Blu-ray for 1971′s Duck, You Sucker (aka A Fistful of Dynamite), directed by Sergio Leone (Once Upon A Time in the West). When an IRA explosives expert meets up with a revolutionary bandit in Mexico, he is persuaded to join their cause. Available for the first time on Blu-ray! Duck, You Sucker stars Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli, with another excellent soundtrack by prolific composer, Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

Good Guys Wear Black & Force of One: Remastered: October 14, 2014

American Cinema presents the DVD Double Feature for Chuck Norris’ Good Guys Wear Black & Force of One: Remastered. In 1978′s Good Guys Wear Black, an ex-US Army commando (Norris) must find the reason why his comrades from his unit are being systematically murdered before he is next. In 1979′s A Force of One, when the detectives of an undercover police unit are being mysteriously killed by a martial artist, a professional kick boxer (Norris) is hired to assist them. This Double Feature also contains over 2 hours of bonus material. 

Van Damme 5-Movie Action Pack: October 14, 2014

Universal presents the Van Damme 5-Movie Action Pack Blu-ray set, which includes John Woo’s Hard Target (1993), Jean-Claude Van Damme’s The Quest (1996), Steven E. de Souza’s Street Fighter (1994), Peter Hyams’ Sudden Death (1995) and for the first time on Blu-ray, Sheldon Lettich’s Lionheart (1990).

The Last Supper: 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).

Mercenaries: October 14, 2014

Asylum Home Entertainment presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Mercenaries (aka Prison Raid). A diplomatic official is captured and imprisoned while touring a war zone, so a team of elite female commandoes is assembled to infiltrate a women’s prison for a daring rescue. Mercenaries stars Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill Vol. 1), Zoë Bell (Death Proof), Nicole Bilderback (Sideliners), Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja) and Cynthia Rothrock (Raging Thunder).

Mortal Kombat: Legacy II: October 14, 2014

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

Penance: October 18, 2014

Music Box Films presents the Blu-ray for Season 1 of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Penance (aka Shokuzai), an eerie, intense psychological thriller. When a mysterious stranger approaches a group of young friends, one of them is kidnapped and brutally murdered. Wracked with grief, the victim’s unhinged mother (Kyoko Koizumi) demands that the shaken survivors identify the killer or face a penance of her choosing.

Mystic Blade: October 21, 2014

Indican Pictures presents the DVD for 2013′s Mystic Blade, an English language, Thai martial arts flick, directed by David Ismalone (Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong 2). Sam (Don Ferguson of Tom Yum Goong) is a killer by trade, one of a group of merciless men known as the Shadow Syndicate, whose business is delivering fate for a price. But when Sam is asked to erase the line between honor and evil, he turns his back on the Shadows. Now, they want him dead.

Misfire: October 21, 2014

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

Kundo: Age of the Rampant: October 21, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray and DVD for the South Korean film Kundo: Age of the Rampant (aka Band of Thieves). This 19th century period action/martial arts film stars Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) and Kang Dong-won (The X), and directed by Yoon Jong-bin (Nameless Gangster). Kundo: Age of the Rampant revolves around a group of righteous thieves who steal from corrupt public officials and give to the poor. But things get deadly when the thieves come across a powerful figure.

The Squad: October 21, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for The Squad, a 2011 Colombian action-horror film directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez. When contact is lost with a military base set deep in the desolate plains of Colombia, a special high mountain command unit is sent to check things out. On arrival they find only one person alive and gradually the isolation and inability to communicate with the outside world takes its toll on their sanity.

Snowpiercer: October 21, 2014

Anchor Bay presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) and produced by Park Chan-Wook (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man (Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world. Snowpiercer stars Ed Harris, Chris Evans, Song Kang-Ho, Ko Ah-Sung, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton.

Guardian: October 21, 2014

Millennium presents the DVD for the Indonesian action thriller, Guardian. If you’re a fan of Merantau, The Raid or The Raid 2, then Guardian might be your cup of tea. Just keep in mind, this is definitely an action flick where guys take the back seat! Written and directed by Helfi Kardit (Suster Keramas), Guardian stars Sarah Carter (DOA: Dead or Alive), Dominique Diyose (Love for Share), Belinda Camesi (Laskar Cilia) and Tio Pakusadewo (The Raid 2: Berandal).

Himizu: October 14, 2014

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 2011′s Himizu, directed by Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Love Exposure). Based on Minoru Furuya’s best selling manga of the same name, Himizu follows two teenagers (Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido) living a dystopian existence in post-tsunami Japan who embark on a campaign of violence against evil wrong doers.

4 Film Favorites: Blades & Battles Collection: October 28, 2014

Warner presents the Blu-ray set for the 4 Film Favorites: Blades & Battles Collection. This 4 disc set includes 1995′s Mortal Kombat, 1997′s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, 2011′s Mortal Kombat: Legacy and 1997′s Spawn. The above films feature the following stars: Michael Jai White, Matt Mullins, Darren Shahlavi, Robin Shou, Christopher Lambert, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, John Leguizamo and Martin Sheen.

Moebius: October 28, 2014

RAM Releasing presents the DVD for Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius. A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father’s, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. Moebius stars Jo Jae-hyun (The Isle), Seo Young-joo (Juvenile Offender) and Lee Eun-woo (A Ghosts Story).

009-1: The End of the Beginning: October 28, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for 2013′s 009-1: The End of the Beginning, directed by Koichi Sakamoto (Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space Is Here!). Marking the 75th anniversary of his birth, Shotaro Ishinomori’s classic spy heroine manga, 009-1, has been adapted into a live-action motion picture. The story concerns a female cyborg who works as a secret agent. 009-1: The End of the Beginning stars Mayuko Iwasa, Minehiro Kinomoto, Nao Nagasawa, Mao Ichimichi, Shizuka Midorikawa, Naoto Takenaka and Aya Sugimoto.

Falcon Rising: 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.

Shogun Assassin: October 28, 2014

Animeigo presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Shogun Assassin, starring the legendary Tomisaburo Wakayama (Black Rain). Shogun Assassin is perhaps the most famous – and bloodiest – samurai film in the Western world. Unlike the currently released Shogun Assassin: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, this new version contains both the Blu-ray & DVD discs.

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist: October 28, 2014

Funimation presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Watch Ken, Ryu, Akuma and many other of your favorite characters from Capcom’s Street Fighter video game come to life! Originally released as a 12-episode web series by Machinima, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist will now be showcased as a 143 minute, full length film, with 13 minutes of bonus footage not seen in the web series.

Companeros: October 28, 2014

Blue Underground presents the Blu-ray for Companeros, written and directed by the legendary Sergio Corbucci (Django), Companeros is a once-in-a-lifetime teaming of the two greatest European stars in `Spaghetti Western’ history. Franco Nero (Django), Tomas Milian, Jack Palance and Fernando Rey star in this action-packed comedy classic that also features a remarkable score by Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly).

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Lee Jung-Jae is a martial arts star forced to fight in ‘Big Match’

"Big Match" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Big Match" Korean Theatrical Poster

Releasing domestically in December is Big Match, a Korean martial arts flick from director Choi Ho (Bloody Tie). The film stars Lee Jung-Jae (The Thieves), Shin Ha-Kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Lee Sung-Min (The Unjust) and BoA (Girls on Top).

Plot from asianwiki: Choi Ik-Ho (Lee Jung-Jae) is a martial arts star with talent for action and humor. But one day, he is framed for murder. Ace (Shin Ha-Kyun ) is a game planner, who makes a game for the Korean upper class. He is a villain who makes a city into a big gameboard through technology. Ace and Choi Ik-Ho become adversaries as Choi Ik-Ho jumps into the game to save his brother.

Update: We have the trailer, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate.

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No news on ‘Rush Hour 4,’ but a TV series is coming…

"Rush Hour 3" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Rush Hour 3" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Producer Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour 1-3) has confirmed that Rush Hour 4 is currently in early stages of development with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. So far, there’s no word if Brett Ratner will return to the director’s chair, but the producer is aiming for a new direction.

According to Crave Online, Sarkissian mentions: “I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.”

Updates: THR has an interview with Jackie Chan where the action star reveals why he turned down The Expendables 2 and why he dislikes the Rush Hour movies.

In an interview with Singapore’s Cinema Online, Jackie Chan discusses his recent meeting with co-star Chris Tucker and two writers. Here’s what he sad to say: “We just finished meeting last month in L.A. with Chris Tucker and two writers. The first draft, I don’t really like it. It’s just boring. Nothing is exciting anymore. I know Warner Bros. really wanted to do Rush Hour 4. Both Chris Tucker and I agreed to do another one, but we need to see the script first. So far, it’s Jackie goes to Hong Kong, no, Jackie goes to America… Chris Tucker goes to Hong Kong. Then we go to Paris. What’s next? It’s difficult.”

BREAKING NEWS: According to Deadline, Warner has closed the deal to make Rush Hour into a TV series. Brett Ratner (director of the original franchise) and Arthur Sarkissian will serve as executive producers, while Cougar Town’s Bill Lawrence will co-write along with Blake McCormick. No stars, including Chris Tucker or Jackie Chan, are currently attached. Stay tuned for updates!

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Liam Neeson is wanted for murder in the 1st trailer for ‘TAK3N’

"Tak3n" Theatrical Poster

"Tak3n" Theatrical Poster

Shortly after the release of Taken 2, Liam Neeson doubted a Taken 3 would happen: “I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really don’t. I can’t see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, come on…! She’s taken again?’ Turns out, Taken 3 will happen.

Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) is back in the director’s chair. Neeson and Maggie Grace are reprising their roles and Forest Whitaker (Bloodsport) is currently in negotiations to join the cast. Although there are no plot details, the script for Taken 3, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, is complete.

Updates: Collider reports (via Bleeding Cool) that Neeson is promising a “really, really good story.” He’s also quoted as saying that when he received the phone call to do Taken 3, he said: “I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets Taken.” | According to Collider, both Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace will return for Taken 3.

During a recent interview with Collider, Luc Besson, writer/producer of Taken 3 says: “The third film is another story that has nothing to do with him and his family. No one is taken. The dog is not taken. It’s another story with the same characters. It’s different, but it’s very good. It’s probably the best of the three for me, in terms of the script.” Taken 3 is current filming and has a target release date for January 9, 2015. | Frst images from Tak3n. | International poster for Tak3n.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the first trailer for Tak3n. In addition, also check out the new poster.

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Deal on Fire! War of the Arrows | Blu-ray | Only $8.75 – Expires soon!

"War of the Arrows" Blu-ray Cover

"War of the Arrows" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for War of the Arrows (aka Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon), directed by Kim Han-min (director of the upcoming The Admiral: Roaring Currents).

This South Korean box office smash is about a archer (Park Hae-il of Moss) who risks his life to save his sister from slavery under Prince Dorgan’s rule.

War of the Arrows won four awards in 48th Daejong Awards to Best Actor for Park Hae-il and Best New Actress for Moon Chae-won.

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Keanu Reeves is out for blood in the 2nd trailer for ‘John Wick’

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"John Wick" International Theatrical Poster

Keanu Reeves is back in action with John Wick, the film debut of Chad Stahelski, better known as an action director/stuntman for titles such as Safe and Killer Elite; he’s also choreographed martial arts scenes for Man of Tai Chi and Ninja Assassin.

Here’s the official plot: An ex-hitman (Reeves) comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

John Wick also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo and Michael Nyqvist.

John Wick hits theaters on October 24th. Until then, don’t miss its action packed trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the 2nd trailer!

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‘Crouching Tiger II’ to premier on Netflix, plus first photos!

"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. | Harry Shum Jr. (Mortal Kombat Legacy: Season 2, Revenge of the Green Dragon) has joined the cast as Tie Fang.

BREAKING NEWS: According to a press release, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny will hit IMAX screens and Netflix on August 28, 2015, simultaneously. This decision is part of a deal Netflix has made with The Weinstein Co. for its first original movie. Also, we have the first official photos from the production, featuring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. | Update: Some major theater chains are pulling from the IMAX/Netflix deal.

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New trailer for Vincent Zhao and Liu Ye’s ‘The Boundary’

"The Boundary" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Boundary" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Vincent Zhao (Wu Dang, True Legend), the martial arts star who made headlines back in 2013 when he dropped out of Donnie Yen’s action movie Special Identity, is back with a new film titled The Boundary (aka The Boundary Line). This upcoming crime tale also stars Liu Ye (The Last Supper), Choo Ja-Hyun, Gulnazar, Ma Yuke, Hui Can, Xue Haowen and Vianna Wu.

We hope we’re wrong, but judging from the trailer, The Boundary seems to rely more on drama, than action or martial arts; so if you’re expecting wall-to-wall destruction, you may end up disappointed.

The Boundary gets its domestic release on November 2014. Be sure to check out the trailer. – Thanks to DiP for the scoop!

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Deal on Fire! Red Belt | Blu-ray | Only $5.80 – Expires soon!

"Red Belt" Blu-ray Cover

"Red Belt" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Red Belt, directed by David Mamet (Homicide) and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave). A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.

Red Belt also stars Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Alice Braga (Predators), Randy Couture (The Expendables), Rodrigo Santoro (300), Joe Mantegna, Tim Allen and a special appearance by Dan Inosanto (Game of Death).

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Albert Pyun in talks to remake ‘Lionheart’ with Van Damme?

"Lionheart" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Lionheart" Japanese Theatrical Poster

During the 80s and 90s, American Albert Pyun had an impressive run of films that, while not exactly considered classics, did manage to develop a cult following among genre movie lovers. Such films include 1989′s Cyborg, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in post-apocalyptic sci-fi mode; 1990′s low, low-budget rendering of Marvel Comics’ superhero Captain America; the 1992 cyber-punk thriller Nemesis, which many consider to be Pyun’s finest hour; and the 1997 pairing of Christopher Lambert and Ice-T in Mean Guns.

Now Pyun may be teaming up with Van Damme once again in a remake of 1990′s Lionheart.

According to Pyun himself (via his Facebook), here’s the scoop: “I’ve been approached about directing a remake of Van Damme’s Lionheart with Van Damme by the rights holding distributor. Not sure if I will do this as it doesn’t seem to be a film needing a remake. I guess I’d changed the Los Angeles setting to Hong Kong, but I am not sure it fits in with what I do. But I told the rights holder I will consider it depending on how excited JCVD is about it. And if I can make it with my vision of it.”

In addition to Lionheart, many of Van Damme’s other titles – such as Bloodsport, Timecop and Kickboxer (which is in the can), are currently being developed for a remake/reboot. If true, the proposed Lionheart remake will mark the first time Van Damme will be starring in a remake of one of his own films.

Pyun is also tied to write and direct a biopic about Napoleon, which he calls his “most ambitious film I’ve ever attempted to make.” According to Sources, Pyun was hoping to nab Van Damme to play the title role.

We’ll keep you updated on both of these projects as we hear more. Until then, definitely take this news with a grain of salt. Stay tuned! - Thanks to Serij for the news!

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Deal on Fire! Blood: The Last Vampire | Blu-ray | Only $7.35 – Expires soon!

"Blood: The Last Vampire" Blu-ray Cover

"Blood: The Last Vampire" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Blood: The Last Vampire, starring Jun Ji-Hyun (My Sassy Girl, The Thieves), directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss of the Dragon) and produced by Ronny Yu (The Bride of White Hair).

Demons have infested Earth, and only one warrior stands between the dark and the light: Saya (Jun), a half-human, half-vampire samurai who preys on those who feast on human blood. Joining forces with the shadowy society known as the Council, Saya is dispatched to an American military base, where an intense series of swordfights leads her to the deadliest vampire of all. Read our review.

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Sammo Hung’s ‘The Bodyguard’ wraps up filming

"Mr. Nice Guy" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Mr. Nice Guy" Chinese Theatrical Poster

It has been 17 long years since Sammo Hung has directed a movie (1997′s Once Upon A Time in China and America), but now, the Hong Kong legend is back in the director’s chair with Old Soldier, an action film about a thief (Firestorm’s Andy Lau) who finds himself wanted by U.S. and Russian law enforcements. Starring alongside Lau is Sammo Hung himself, Yuen Qiu, Karl Maka, Dean Shek, Yuen Wah and Tsui Hark.

Old Soldier’s lead role was recently linked to Jackie Chan, but due to scheduling conflicts (and his son’s recent drug arrest), he declined and Lau stepped in. Old Soldier would have been the first time Hung would be directing Chan since 1997′s Mr. Nice Guy.

Updates: Due to cast changes, looks like Old Soldier now has a new title, a different plot and a starring role by Sammo Hung himself. Here’s the scoop according to Film Combat Syndicate: The film is now titled The Bodyguard and its story follows a retired bodyguard (Hung) who has settled in the dark and unknown corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet. Suffering from the beginnings of dementia, the bodyguard is befriended by a young girl whose life is threatened when her father (Andy Lau) falls in with the local crime world. When the girl and her father disappear, the bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save the life of his young friend.

BREAKING NEWS: Filming for Sammo Hung’s The Bodyguard has wrapped up, thanks to the Sammo Hung: Action Movie Legend blog (via Film Combat Syndicate) for the scoop. The film has a possible release date for summer 2015.

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Exclusive: Interview with Hwang Jang Lee

Four decades ago, Hwang Jang Lee burst onto kung fu movie screens with his thunderous kicks, and for the next 20 years he didn’t stop kicking. There’s not too many Hong Kong legends that haven’t been on the receiving end of his boot at one point or another, and he himself is rightly considered a legend in the world of kung fu cinema, dubbed the King of Leg Fighters.

"Snake in The Eagle's Shadow" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Snake in The Eagle's Shadow" Chinese Theatrical Poster

In September 2014, thanks to the efforts of Ricky Baker and Toby Russell, Hwang headed to the UK for the first time to attend the SENI Strength & Combat Event in London. During his brief visit, I was able to land a private one-on-one interview with the master himself.

Dressed in a sharp black suite, at the age of 70, Hwang exuded an effortless cool, and looks at least 20 years younger. The interview was a very enjoyable and relaxed affair, and hopefully I’m correct when I sensed he was enjoying it as much as I was. Armed with a gravely voice and an ability to switch between both Korean and English, which he regularly did, Hwang in real life is the opposite of his villainous onscreen persona. That being said, he has an undeniable presence of authority about him, no doubt ingrained into his character through years of Taekwondo training, and the time I spent with him was an unforgettable experience.


Note: Unless it states otherwise, the interview was conducted with myself speaking English and Hwang speaking Korean. If at any point Hwang started talking in English and finished in Korean, I’ve entered a space to indicate this.

Preparing Hwang Jang Lee for the media.

Preparing Hwang Jang Lee for the media.

PAUL BRAMHALL: (speaking in Korean) Hi Master Hwang, nice to meet you, and welcome to the UK. You’ve been here since Thursday, what’s your impression of the country so far?

HWANG JANG LEE: *laughter* I like the UK, but since I arrived my schedule has been full of interviews with journalists every day!

PB: I see, too many interviews, and now you have another one!

(HJL laughs)

So I wanted to start by asking you, 30 years ago it was always Hong Kong and Japanese movies which were very popular. However since the late 90’s, the Korean movie scene has really broken out into the mainstream. Do you have any particular favorite Korean movie?

HJL: I like Korean movies a lot, however these days many of the movies coming out of Korea are period pieces, or dramas, so I’m not so interested in these types of genre. If it was a movie that featured martial arts, I’d watch it, but there are not so many of those these days.

Hwang Jang Lee getting the best of Jackie Chan in "Drunken Master."

Hwang Jang Lee getting the best of Jackie Chan in "Drunken Master."

PB: How about City of Violence or The Man from Nowhere?

HJL: I’ve heard of these movies, and especially Won Bin is a very popular actor, but I haven’t seen them yet.

PB: Do you have any particular Korean actor you’d like to work with if you were to make another movie?

HJL*laughter* The movie stars these days are so young, they’re like children! I think I’m too old to work with them, we’re not compatible anymore!

PB: How about Ahn Seong-gi!?

HJL: Sure! But he’s still so young as well!

"The Secret Rivals" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Secret Rivals" Chinese Theatrical Poster

PB: *laughter* Going back just 20 years, nobody really knew about Korea, let alone its movie scene. However these days with the Hallyu Wave we have things like K-pop, Korean food, and of course Korean movies, which have given Korea an international exposure which it’s never experienced before. How do you feel now that Korean culture has become so popular on a global scale?

HJL: I’m really thankful that my country has now become so popular throughout the world. Now Korea and Korean brands are advertised and popular in many countries, so it’s a good thing that so many people now know about Korea.

PB: I agree! Now, I read that you used to be a trainer in the Korean army. Of course even today it’s still mandatory that every Korean male has to complete a minimum of 2 years service in the army. Do you agree with this policy, or do you think it’s no longer needed in these times?

HJL: Absolutely, I think it’s essential that every Korean guy goes to the army for that time. It’s very important for our country.

PB: And what do you think of the Korean army training now? Do you think it’s very different from when you were there, or is it still similar?

HJL: Hmmm, basically it’s the same, however when I was there the training regimes were much more strict and tough. Back then they would be really tough on every individual, however now there is more of a group focus.

Hwang Jang Lee, Jiyeon Kim (translator) and Paul Bramhall.

Hwang Jang Lee, Jiyeon Kim (translator) and Paul Bramhall.

PB: I see. Obviously you’re very passionate about Korea, so I wanted to ask about your acting days in Hong Kong. You predominantly worked in Hong Kong all the way up to the late 1980’s, before I read that you moved back to Korea. Was there any particular reason which made you decide to move back there?

HJL: One time when I was visiting Seoul, my wife, who was living in Hong Kong at the time, called me and said “Husband, I’ve decided, I want to live in Korea from now on!” So I said, “OK!” *laughter* So we lived in Korea for a while, and then after a few years we planned to move back to Hong Kong. However when I moved back, there was nothing! The martial arts film had finished. So then, we moved back to Korea again *laughter*.

Speaking in English: I thought it was a joke, you know!? I thought this is so easy, just say “OK!”

PB*laughter* So you’re not the big boss, your wife is the big boss!

HJL: Speaking in English: That’s right!

"Tower of Death" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Tower of Death" Japanese Theatrical Poster

PB: So when you decided to return to Korea to settle down, did you still want to carry on making movies there, or what did you find yourself doing?

HJL: When I first moved back to Korea, there were a lot of people who were asking me to be involved in their movie, so for the first few years I made a couple of movies. After that, I owned a hotel and decided to give up acting for the time being.

PB: Actually I remember reading on the internet maybe 10 years ago now, that you were the owner of a golf factory. Was there any truth to this?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Ahhh, yeah, I did, but this wasn’t in Korea, it was while I was living in Hong Kong. It was a golf-tee factory that I was the owner of, and the factory was in the Philippines. A golf company based in the USA asked me to make golf-tee’s for them, so I made it for them.

PB: So you can say you’ve been a Taekwondo master, an actor, a hotel manager, and a golf-tee factory owner!

HJL: (Speaking in English) *laughter* Yes, so many!

Paul Bramhall and Hwang Jang Lee emulating a trademark style.

Paul Bramhall and Hwang Jang Lee emulating a trademark style.

PB: Now in 2009 you returned to Korean TV screens playing Miyamato Musashi in the drama The Return of Iljimae, what made you decide to briefly return to acting?

HJL: Ah, yes, the broadcaster asked me if I’d like to be in the series. So I spoke with the director and the crew of the series, and the situation seemed good, so I agreed to play the part.

PB: Now, we may have touched on this earlier – back in Hong Kong you made so many kung fu movies that everyone knows and loves, but I wanted to ask, are you yourself a fan of kung fu movies, or you just liked to act in them?

HJL: (Speaking in English) *laughter* Oh yeah, I like them! Of course!

PB: Great! Which ones do you like the best, the old-school movies or the newer ones?

HJL: (Speaking in English) I like all of them!

PB: I saw that you recently met with another famous Korean kung fu movie star, Casanova Wong. If you guys had a chance to make a reunion movie together, would you be happy to make it?

HJL: Yeah, I want to! But now so many Korean movies are historical battle movies or dramas, it’s difficult to make an original martial arts movie.

Yasuaki Kurata, Hwang Jang Lee and Yukari Oshima in "Shanghai Express."

Yasuaki Kurata, Hwang Jang Lee and Yukari Oshima in "Shanghai Express."

PB: Right, that’s true for everywhere at the moment. Speaking of Casanova Wong, I always wondered when you were living in Hong Kong, there were many Koreans working there at the same time – aside from you and Casanova there was Kwan Young-moon, Kim Tai-jung, and a few others – was there like a Korean community of martial arts actors in Hong Kong and you all used to hang out together?

HJL: Around the period that I was living in Hong Kong and there were other Korean actors working there, I’d already been acting for quite a long time, and many of the others were just starting out. I assumed that maybe they were experiencing some problems settling in or they were bored, so I wanted to help them. But we were all always so busy, so a Korean community never really formed.

PB: I see, and what would you say is your favorite memory of living in Hong Kong?

HJL: You know when I was living in Hong Kong, I couldn’t really enjoy it, because I was working on some movie every single day. So when I would finish my work for the day, I would just go home and take a rest.

"Hitman in the Hand of Buddha" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Hitman in the Hand of Buddha" Korean Theatrical Poster

PB: On the internet you’ll often see polls on kung fu movie sites which debate about who is the best kicker of all time. Of course in these polls, you are always number 1! So I wanted to ask, if Hwang Jang-lee was to make his poll of top kung-fu fighters, who would be your top 5?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Ok! 1. Jackie Chan; 2. Yuen Biao, and then, ummm,; 3. Lo Lieh,; 4. Ti Lung, and, ummmm; 5. Sammo Hung

PB*laughter* No John Liu? He’s Number 6?

HJL*laughter* I would rank John Liu much lower.

* This comment was made due to the previous interview conducted by a Spanish couple, who were making a documentary on John Liu. When asked about Liu’s onscreen fighting technique, HJL responded that Liu’s timing was not good, and often he would move in too close when they were filming a fight scene, which resulted in HJL frequently kicking or punching Liu full force by accident. He went on to explain that at the end of filming, Liu would often be covered in bruises!

PB: I saw an interview with Casanova Wong in which he explained how grateful he was to Sammo Hung, as when he first came to Hong Kong, Sammo acted as a kind of mentor as to how the Hong Kong movie industry works and how to perform onscreen fighting. I wanted to ask if you had any similar relationship like Casanova had with Sammo when you first came to Hong Kong?

Hwang Jang Lee still has it.

Hwang Jang Lee still has it.

HJL: When I first came to Hong Kong I was already set up to start working on movies straight away, so I was always so busy even from the very first day. In that way I was different from Casanova, as I never had the time to take a break and have that relationship. In that way you could say that I taught myself.

PB: Ok, so I have to ask, out of all of the movies you’ve made both in Hong Kong and Korea, or anywhere else, which one would you say is your number 1 personal favorite?

HJL: Hmmm, it’s a tough question, at the time that I was working in Hong Kong, the quality of the martial arts movie was so high, and we were making so many compared to present day. But if I have to choose one, I think I would have to say Drunken Master is the favorite of my movies. For me, even now it is one of the best martial arts movies in the world.

PB: I agree! While we’re on Drunken Master, it seemed that you’d almost always play the bad guy in the movies that you were in. Was that a conscious decision by you, or just the types of roles that you were offered?

HJL*laughter* You know I was always too powerful, so every time I made a movie, I had to be the bad guy. I wanted to be the good guy, but the audience couldn’t accept it, because of my power, nobody wanted a good guy who was too powerful. So I would always be asked to play the bad guy.

"The Invincible Armour" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Invincible Armour" Chinese Theatrical Poster

PB: Now, both in Hong Kong and Korea there were a few movies in which you tried your hand at directing – Hitman in the Hand of Buddha, Canton Viper, Emperor of the Underworld. Did you enjoy directing, or did you prefer just to stick to acting?

HJL: (Speaking in English) I like acting, but as an actor, any actor, can be dreaming that they want to be a director. At the time I had some power and money, so I used my money to control my directing, so for example I went back to Korea and made Canton Viper.

PB: Right, I see. In 1981 as well as directing Hitman in the Hand of Buddha, you also made the Taekwondo instructional film The Art of High Impact Kicking. What made you decide to make this?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Ah, you know Roy Horan?

PB: Yes, I do.

HJL: (Speaking in English) I talked to Roy Horan, so we were discussing it together. But Roy Horan, he is thinking too much! He said “Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s a good idea!” So we asked Ng See Yuen….do you know Ng See Yuen?

PB: Sure, the producer?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Yes, so Ng See Yuen, he came to see me and said “Ok, make it!” *laughter* And you know this one, it did good business across the whole world!

A few tips from the master.

A few tips from the master.

PB: Right right, even now it’s still popular.

HJL: (Speaking in English) Yeah yeah. When you watch it very closely and concentrate, I show you everything in detail. So you can learn from me very easily, you can do everything I do by yourself. *laughter* Just with this documentary, it’s easy to be like me.

PB*laughter* I don’t think it’s so easy, but I’m pretty sure it would be so painful! And was it true that you also taught your style to Roy Horan?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Yes that’s true. He was very good, that guy was very smart.

PB: One thing I love about kung fu movies are the stories that you hear about making them. Often you’ll hear that this person was very powerful, this person was the real deal, Hwang Jang-lee’s kicks are so powerful!

(HJL laughs)

Was there anyone that stood out for you that you worked with, who when you were filming a fight scene you thought, yeah, this guy is the real deal and knows how to fight?

"Lackey and the Lady Tiger" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Lackey and the Lady Tiger" Chinese Theatrical Poster

HJL: Sammo, I believed that Sammo was very powerful. Even though he was really big, he was still really fast. During the filming of the finale in ‘Where’s Officer Tuba’, we were pretending to fight, like sparring, off camera, and we were both so fast that all of the crew was very surprised. Then, I accidentally hit Sammo in the nose and knocked him down, he waved his arms and said “Wait!” *laughter*. I asked him “Are you ok?”

PB*laughter* So when you were working in Hong Kong, did you ever have any difficulties due to the language differences?

HJL: (Speaking in English) No, I learned Mandarin, and then I realized that I liked it there, so I learnt Cantonese.

PB: Ok, so out of the new martial arts movies that are being released these days, is there anyone who you feel is an exceptionally good martial artist?

HJL: I haven’t really watched any of the newer movies. I feel like these days, compared to the past, the movies aren’t really very good, so I haven’t seen them.

(Speaking in English) Maybe now if you’re a good martial artist and you can make a martial arts movie, it would do very good business.

Hwang Jang Lee signing memorabilia for fans.

Hwang Jang Lee signing memorabilia for fans.

PB: Ok. You’ve had such an interesting life, have you ever considered writing an autobiography?

HJL: Ahhh, many people have also asked me this question before, and also I’m thinking to make a movie about my life could be good as well. But at the moment, I haven’t given it too much thought. I have many many ideas though.

PB: You should, it would be a bestseller! & if there was to be a movie made about your life, which actor would you want to play you?

HJL: (Speaking in English*laughter* I don’t know who, I have to try and looking for someone, or maybe if I shoot my story, I can play me, I’m not acting! Then I can control my picture, you know?

PB: Count me in, I’ll watch it! Well you’ve been living back in Korea a long time now, what would you say is your favorite place in Korea?

HJL: Anywhere I can play golf!

PB*laughter* I know now you’re living in Seoul, but was it true that you used to live on Jeju Island?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Yes, that’s true, but now I don’t live there anymore. When I mentioned earlier that I owned a hotel, this was on Jeju Island, but since then I’ve sold it and now I don’t go there anymore.

Young and dangerous.

Young and dangerous.

PB: So now you would say that you’re mainly a Taekwondo teacher?

HJL: (Speaking in English)  I wouldn’t say it’s like my main job, just you know, someone like me, I don’t teach groups, not just anybody, but I’ll teach one by one. Are you good, or not? & a really good teacher, they’ll be very hard, very strict. I have one story – there was a woman, she was 44 years old, and she liked me very much. She asked me, “Can you teach me?” So I said, “Yeah.” So the next day, she came again, and she asked me, “When will you start teaching me?” So I said to her, “Any time, any time you want.” “Ok.” She said, “So let’s start tomorrow.” Oh, tomorrow! *laughter* She had a job working for the government, but she was already retired, so I was so surprised, tomorrow start ok! So then I talked to her and told her if she wants to learn, it’s every day 4 hours, can you do that? “Yes, of course.” Ok, let’s try, and every day I taught her for 4 hours. After 6 months, she was a 5th degree black belt, she passed already. I taught her everything, and she got the qualification to open a Taekwondo school. Now she’s living in Germany, and right now she’s preparing to open a Taekwondo school there.

PB: Wow, and she was 44?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Yeah.

PB: So do you think it’s possible for someone of any age to learn martial arts?

HJL: (Speaking in English) Yeah, no problem, I have many experiences, so even if you’re 4, no problem, even if you’re 80, no problem. It’s all in the mind, will you do it, or not? You do it, ok, let’s do it. Maybe you’ll stop, maybe you’ll carry on. But if you have a strong mind, it’s ok.

PB: A strong mind, and after that, a strong body!

"Canton Viper" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Canton Viper" Korean Theatrical Poster

HJL: (Speaking in English) It’s all easy you know, all the movement, it’s all easy. It’s all in your mind.

PB: Wow, it’s very easy!?

HJL: When I started to learn martial arts, nobody taught me, but now I can teach other people, so it’s easy to learn.

PB: Ok, I’m going to have to start learning. *laughter* That wraps up all of my questions.

(Speaking in Korean): Thank you so much!

HJL: (Speaking in English) You’re welcome, good job!

With that, the interview came to a close. While the questions might have been over, seemingly invigorated by all the kung-fu movie talk, Hwang took the time to bust out a few classic kung fu stances, and for a moment we were transported into a real life old-school kung fu movie, as he preceded each pose by announcing “Tiger!”, “Snake!”, “Crane!”.  Of course in the movies, Hwang was almost always defeated in some unlikely manner by the underdog hero, but today, he got to stand his ground, and I left the room with nothing but respect for someone who is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable faces in the world of kung fu cinema.

Bonus: Best of the Rest!
The best questions from an audience Q&A on 14th September

* HJL answered all of the questions in English

Audience member: How do you condition your legs?

HJL: You know my legs are just normal, there’s nothing special about them. When I train I always use my hips, use the circular motion (HJL starts to sway his hips not entirely unlike a hula dancer!), the hips is where the power comes from. Then I kick like this (busts out a side kick), and like this (busts out a front kick – audience goes crazy), it’s all coming from the hips.

Hwang Jang Lee gives it to Cynthia Rothrock in "No Retreat, No Surrender II: Raging Thunder"

Hwang Jang Lee gives it to Cynthia Rothrock in "No Retreat, No Surrender II: Raging Thunder"

Audience member: You’re a master of Taekwondo, but how did you learn all of the other kung-fu styles that you use in the movies?

HJL: You know they’d just show me on the set, so this is how you do Eagle Claw (breaks out an Eagle Claw pose, audience goes crazy), this is how you do Snake Fist (breaks out a Snake Fist pose, audience goes crazy), so yeah, this is how I learnt, just make them up.

Audience member: You were in quite a few of the Bruceploitation movies, are you still in contact with any of the people you worked with on these movies?

HJL: Yeah, you know Bruce Le? We made a few movies together in Europe. Actually he called me just last month, he asked if I want to be in a new movie with him. I said, sure, let’s see.

Audience member: Obviously you learnt a very real form of Taekwondo, but what’s your opinion of Olympic Taekwondo?

Paul Bramhall and Hwang Jang Lee.

Paul Bramhall and Hwang Jang Lee.

HJL: You know this is very different, Taekwondo, you know, it’s for killing people. (Audience laughs, before quickly realizing he’s being deadly serious) Taekwondo in the Olympics, it’s a sport, you know, it’s not a martial arts, so I don’t really like this style. For me Taekwondo is a martial art.

Special thanks to Jiyeon Kim who was on translation duties, and went the extra mile by taking the time to acquire Hwang’s business card for me!  Next time I’m in Korea, I know who I’ll be texting!

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‘Expendables 4′ to be a lot bloodier with a hardcore R?

"Th Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Th Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Despite Expendables 3′s box office belly flop – due to the film’s online leakage, according to Lionsgate – Sylvester Stallone remains optimistic about the future of his popular action series. In fact, he’s already laying out plans for the 4th installment.

Here’s what Stallone told CCTV: “As we go on, we will continue to add more stars, more personalities, more athletes, more individuals around the world, not just Americans… hopefully, we’ll be able to film in Asia very soon.”

Stallone also mentions the possible addition of Jackie Chan, who has been linked to the franchise since the original Expendables: “We’ve always wanted to use Jackie Chan. The only reason we didn’t is because there really wasn’t a part big enough for him, because we had so many actors. But in the next one, we are going to reduce the actors, and let’s just say, expand the screen time of each star.”

In addition to Chan, other names – such as Dwayne Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Jean Reno, Pierce Brosnan and Steven Seagal – have been considered for the franchise (see our updates regarding Expendables casting here). Stay tuned with more developments regarding Expendables 4.

BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to Expendables Premier, we have a video where Stallone talks about the possibility of an Expendables 4. When asked if he’s going to do another one, he replies: “I don’t know. We got so ripped off. If I do another one it’s going to be a lot bloodier though…hardcore R.”

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Deal on Fire! Shaolin | Blu-ray | Only $8 – Expires soon!

"Shaolin" Blu-ray Cover

"Shaolin" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Benny Chan’s Shaolin, starring Andy Lau. After unscrupulously killing a wounded enemy, Hou Jie (Lau) pays a terrible price for his actions and is forced to seek refuge in the same Shaolin Monastery he blatantly disrespected.

Also stars Nicholas Tse (The Bullet Vanishes), Fan Bing Bing (Flash Point), Jacky Wu (Kill Zone) and a special cameo by the legendary Jackie Chan. Some call Shaolin the best martial arts film sinces Ip Man. You be the judge!

Order Shaolin from Amazon.com today!

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Tang Wei and Chris Hemsworth dodge bullets in Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ (aka Cyber)

"Red Dawn" International Theatrical Poster

"Red Dawn" International Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Blackhat (aka Cyber), directed by Michael Mann, is an upcoming cyber-thriller starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Red Dawn), Tang Wei (Wu Xia), Leehom Wang (Lust, Caution), and Andy On (Black Mask 2).

In Blackhat, a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. The film hits theaters on January 16, 2015.

Updates: THR reports that that Tang and Wang will play a brother-and-sister duo. Tang also will be Hemsworth’s love interest. | Based on JayneStar’s new article, actress Tang Wei is having difficulty with some of her English dialogue. This is supposedly causing frustration for her co-star Chris Hemsworth.

Hemsworth revealed the plot: ”It’s based in the world of cyber terrorism. Basically, something similar to the Chicago Board of Trade is hacked into and it sets off a chain of events around the world, affecting the stock market. And the code that was used to hack into it, my character had written it years before and he happens to be in prison for cyber crime. He is pulled out and offered a deal if he works with a joint task force of the FBI and the Chinese goverment in trying to track this guy down. It starts off in Chicago and ends up in Kuala Lumpur, in Hong Kong and in Jakarta. It’s this sort of cat-and-mouse international heist-thriller.”

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the first trailer.

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New footage from Donnie Yen’s ‘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.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch a new featurette, featuring Baoqiang, thanks to DiP!

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Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ gets a new trailer!

"Jupiter Ascending" Theatrical Poster

"Jupiter Ascending" Theatrical Poster

The Wachowskis, the sibling filmmakers responsible for The Matrix trilogy and the live-action Speed Racer film, are back with a new blockbuster!

Jupiter Ascending is a science-fiction action/epic starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Kunis’ character believes she is just a lowly janitor on Earth but, in fact, her DNA holds grand secrets to the universe – as long as Tatum’s space soldier can keep her from falling into enemy hands.

Jupiter Ascending is actually the Wachowskis pop sci-fi take on the Snow White fairy tale, but don’t take our word for it.

Updates: The visually stunning first trailer is online now for your viewing pleasure. | New Japanese trailer. | Newest trailer. | International trailer. | According to Variety, Jupiter Ascending is being delayed. Its original July 18 2014 release date as been pushed to February 6, 2015. According to the report, the Wachowskis needed more time to complete over 2,000 special effects shots.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new trailer.

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Gamera 11-Film Collection | Blu-ray (Mill Creek Entertainment)

"Gamera 11-Film Collection" Blu-ray Box

"Gamera 11-Film Collection" Blu-ray Box

RELEASE DATE: November 11, 2014

Experience The Gamera Collection on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment. This boxed set includes the follow titles:

Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965), Gamera vs. Barugon (1966), Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967), Gamera vs. Viras (1968), Gamera vs. Guiron (1969), Gamera vs. Jiger (1970), Gamera vs. Zigra (1971), Gamera: Super Monster (1980), Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)

Pre-order The Gamera 11-Film Collection from Amazon.com today!

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

"Iceman" Blu-ray Cover

"Iceman" Blu-ray Cover

RELEASE DATE: November 11, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Law Wing Cheong’s Iceman, starring International martial arts icon Donnie Yen (Special ID). A remake of the 1989 film Iceman Cometh, Yen plays a Ming era warrior who, along with his three traitorous childhood friends, are accidentally buried and kept frozen in time. 400 years later, they are defrosted and continue their battle in modern times where they left off.

Iceman also stars Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle), Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand) and Simon Yam (The Thieves). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Iceman from Amazon.com today!

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New photos from Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Pound of Flesh’

"Until Death" Japanese Poster

"Until Death" Japanese Poster

Production has wrapped on a Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick titled Pound of Flesh. The film re-teams Van Damme with Ernie Barbarash (Favela), the director behind 2011′s Assassination Games and 2012′s 6 Bullets. Van Damme’s son, Kristopher Van Varenberg (Enemies Closer), and Darren Shahlavi (Ip Man 2) are co-starring. Pound of Flesh is being produced by Kirk Shaw (Driven To Kill, Hardwired).

The plot line of Pound of Flesh is reminiscent of Park Chan-wook’s 2002 thriller, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance:

In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Van damme), an former black-ops agent, awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city – brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.

We’ll keep you updated on Pound of Flesh as we hear more.

Update: Via the Hollywood Reporter, Pound of Flesh will feature fight scenes coordinated by veteran choreographer and stuntman John Salvetti (Donnie Yen’s Flash Point, Special Identity). | John Ralston (Degrassi The Next Generation), William B Davis (The X-Files) and Charlotte Peters have joined Pound of Flesh.

Here’s what Shahlavi had to say about appearing in the movie: “I’ve wanted to work with Van Damme for so many years and I’m very excited to be finally getting to work with him on such a great project. I love the script and the team that director Ernie Barbarash and the producers have put together for this film, including fight choreographer John Salvitti who I am also a huge fan of.” | First photo of Van Damme in Pound of Flesh. | On-the-set photo of Van damme with a few fans, courtesy of the folks at vandammefan.net. | Photo of Van Damme on the set, courtesy of Van Damme. | Photo of Darren Shahlavi on the set of Pound of Flesh.

Ernie Barbarash, the director of Pound of Flesh, spills some details about his upcoming film in this video. He mentions that it is an “action movie that’s very character driven.” Also making a cameo in the movie is the popular Chinese “boy band” TF Boys (click here for a photo of them with Van Damme). | Another set photo of a shirtless Van Damme.

New set photo of Van Damme, courtesy of jcvd-online. Also, Bruceploitation actor Huang Kin Long (aka Bruce Le) recently visited the set. So what does Le look like today? Well, here’s a photo (courtesy of Impact) of him with Mike Leeder, Darren Shahlavi and Mike Moller on the set of Pound of Flesh. Simply amazing! Click here to read about it. | Shahlavi has posted a new set photo. | An extremely short fight clip of Van Damme vs. Shahlavi! | Photos from Pound of Flesh.

BREAKING NEWS: Here is a pack new stills/photos, courtesy of the folks from vandammefan.net.

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As The Lights Go Out | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

"As The Lights Go Out" Blu-ray Cover

"As The Lights Go Out" Blu-ray Cover

RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for As The Lights Go Out, an action-packed suspense drama written and directed by by Derek Kwok (Gallants).

As The Lights Go Out stars Nicholas Tse (The Stool Pigeon), Shawn Yue (Legend of the Fist), Simon Yam (Iceman 3D), Hu Jun (Firestorm), William Chan (Triad), Bai Bing (The Viral Factor), Andy On (Special ID) and a cameo by the legendary Jackie Chan (CZ12). Don’t miss the original trailer.

Pre-order As The Lights Go Out from Amazon.com today!

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Hong Kong Legend Yuen Biao returns in ‘Sifu vs. Vampire’

"Sifu vs. Vampire" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Sifu vs. Vampire" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Looks like Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan are not the only Little Fortunes staying busy these days…

Hong Kong Cinema Legend Yuen Biao (Knockabout) is teaming up with Phillip Ng (Once Upon A Time in Shanghai) in Sifu vs. Vampire (aka La Tele De Vampire), an upcoming action/comedy/horror flick directed by Daniel Chan.

Sifu vs. Vampire also stars Ronald Cheng (The Four), Kelvin Kwan (Doomsday Party), Michelle Hu (Once Upon A Time in Shanghai), Bella Law and Kitty Jiang (CJ7).

Sifu vs. Vampire releases domestically on October 16th. Don’t miss the trailer! - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate

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Avenging Force | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Avenging Force | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Avenging Force | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

RELEASE DATE: December 9, 2014

Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray for 1986′s Avenging Force (aka Night Hunter), directed by Sam Firstenberg (Revenge of the Ninja) and starring Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja). Not many people are aware of this tidbit, but in this Cannon cult classic, Dudikoff portrays Matt Hunter, a character previously played by Chuck Norris in 1985′s Invasion U.S.A. So, Jack Ryan, eat your heart out!

This newly remastered Blu-ray for Avenging Force will feature Audio commentary by Dudikoff and Firstenberg, plus interviews and the original theatrical trailer.

Pre-order Avenging Force from Amazon.com today!

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Second trailer for Wong Fei-hung flick ‘Rise of the Legend’

"Rise of the Legend" Teaser Poster

"Rise of the Legend" Teaser 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.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the newest trailer, thanks to DiP!

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Revenge is sightless in the Vietnamese actioner ‘Blind Fury’

"Blind Fury" Vietnamese Theatrical Poster

"Blind Fury" Vietnamese Theatrical Poster

If you were disappointed with Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, and you’re still waiting for another Vietnamese action flick that’s up to Rebel or Clash-standards, then you might want to take notice of Blind Fury (aka Hiep Si Mu), a new film directed by Luu Huynh (In the Name of Love).

Just like the 1989 Rutger Hauer movie of the same name – as well as Zatoichi, Blades of Blood, The Book of Eli, and IchiBlind Fury is a revenge tale where the protagonist is a blind assassin (portrayed by actress Ngoc Thanh Tam).

Blind Fury opens in Vietnam on September 26, 2014. We’ll keep you posted for a possible North American release date. For now, watch the trailer, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate.

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Kite | Blu-ray & DVD (Anchor Bay)

Kite | Blu-ray & DVD (Anchor Bay)

Kite | Blu-ray & DVD (Anchor Bay)

RELEASE DATE: 2014

Anchor Bay presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Kite. When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the apparent help of his ex-partner. Kite is said to have more “modern” approach to the material (based on the Anime by Yasuomi Umetsu), using our current economic problems as a backdrop for the story.

Ralph Ziman’s (Gangster’s Paradise: JerusalemaKite stars India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Cleo Rinkwest, Samuel L. Jackson and Russel Savadier.Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Kite from Amazon.com today.

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Matt Damon to leap onto Zhang Yimou’s ‘Great Wall’

"House of Flying Daggers" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"House of Flying Daggers" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) is preparing to direct Great Wall, a 15th century period flick revolving around the origin and construction of the Great Wall of China. For those expecting a bland historic lesson, think again. Great Wall is being described as a “fantasy epic,” as well as an “action blockbuster” by Zhang himself.

According to Variety, this is what Zhang had to say about Great Wall: “It is an action blockbuster…The story is very important, and I have to do a lot of preparation for the various cultural elements in the film. Then comes the visual effects and action, which I like a lot. It’s very different from my last film.”

Update: According to Film Combat Syndicate (via Deadline), Matt Damon will be starring in Zhang Yimou’s Great Wall.

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‘The Expendables’ who? Say hello to ‘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.

BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate, 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.

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Hickey & Boggs | Blu-ray & DVD (Kino Video)

"Hickey & Boggs" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Hickey & Boggs" Japanese Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2014

Kino Video presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1972′s Hickey & Boggs, written by Walter Hill (The Warriors). I Spy stars, Bill Cosby and Robert Culp (who also directed), are united again in this modern film noir about two detectives investigating a kidnapping and running into a gang of vicious criminals responsible for a string of murders.

Also stars James Woods (The Onion Field), Michael Moriarty (Q), Vincent Gardenia (Death Wish), Bill Hickman (Bullitt) and Ed Lauter (Breakheart Pass). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Hickey & Boggs from Amazon.com today!

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