‘You’re Next’ duo to helm ‘I Saw the Devil’ English remake

"I Saw the Devil" Theatrical Poster

"I Saw the Devil" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Producers Adi Shankar (Dredd) and Spencer Silna (Escape Plan) have acquired English language remake rights to Kim Jee Woon’s I Saw the Devil, which is widely regarded as the most violent and elaborate revenge story ever told onscreen.

Shankar says, “Kim Jee Woon’s I Saw the Devil is perfect in so many ways. The intention is not to remake the film per say but rather to ‘port’ it console style for international audiences.”

We’ll keep you updated on this project. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen I Saw the Devil, purchase it right now. You won’t be sorry.

Updates: According to Collider, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett – the duo responsible for directing and writing both You’re Next and The Guest, respectively – have been hired to direct/write the English language remake of I Saw the Devil.

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Scott Adkins turns down ‘Kickboxer’ remake due to limited role

"Kickboxer" Japanese DVD Cover

"Kickboxer" Japanese DVD Cover

THE MOVIE: Radar Pictures is rebooting 1990′s Kickboxer with Hong Kong action director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) at the helm. The original - which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michel Qissi - was directed by Mark DiSalle (The Perfect Weapon) and David Worth (Lady Dragon).

Newcomer Alain Moussi (see his photo) will be the film’s lead. In addition, WWE star Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have also joined the cast. The film is being written by Jim McGrath (1990′s Elvis TV series) and Dimitri Logothetis (Wings of the Dragon).

The Kickboxer reboot tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, Calif., fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother’s protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died, and seeks his revenge.

Update: In a recent interview with Timeout.com.hk (via M.A.A.C.), Stephen Fung has spilled some details about his upcoming Kickboxer remake. Much like the original, Fung’s movie will be called Kickboxer, be shot in English, and take place in Thailand. If you’re holding your breath for a Van Damme cameo… you may be in luck (when asked about a Van Damme cameo, Fung replied: “Maybe… nothing is confirmed just quite yet.”). | Photo of Alain Moussi, with fight choreographer Larnell Stovall, preparing for his role. Also in the photo, is his Kickboxer promo pack from the Cannes film festival.

Tony Jaa has been offered the role of the master who trains Kurt Sloan. In the 1989 original, the character was portrayed by Dennis Chan.

Film Combat Syndicate reports that Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) and Scott Adkins (Undisputed III) are in talks for the Kickboxer remake, along with The Man With the Iron Fists’ Dave Batista. | Check out our interview with Alain Moussi, the rising star of the Kickboxer remake!

BREAKING NEWS: According to Paul Bramhall: During a Q&A session at the recent Seni Event, Adkins confirmed that he won’t be in the Kickboxer remake. He was offered the role of the brother, but explained that after reading the script and realizing just how much of a small role it was, with very little action involved, he didn’t feel like it was a role which would suit either him or his fanbase, so decided to turn it down.

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Mark Dacascos is out to kick some a$$ in ‘Ultimate Justice’

"Only the Brave" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Only the Brave" Japanese Theatrical Poster

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

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

Ultimate Justice starts filming this month. Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for the heads up!

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Donnie Yen’s ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ gets a new poster!

"Kung Fu Jungle" Theatrical Poster

"Kung Fu Jungle" Theatrical Poster

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

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

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

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

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

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the film’s new poster!

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to return for ‘Bourne V’?

"The Bourne Legacy" Japanese DVD Cover

"The Bourne Legacy" Japanese DVD Cover

According to Variety, Universal is moving forward with a fifth movie in The Bourne Identity franchise and Jeremy Renner will be returning as Aaron Cross. Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) is directing and Anthony Peckham (screenwriter of 2009′s Sherlock Holmes) has been approached to write the screenplay.

There has been some talk about Matt Damon (who portrayed Jason Bourne in the first three films) teaming up with Renner, but so far, it’s all just speculation. If the fifth movie will have the word “Bourne” in its title, a team up would make sense. Otherwise, they might as well just branch off into a new franchise (i.e. The Further Adventures of Aaron Cross).

Updates: Collider reports that Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) is directing the fifth Bourne movie, which may be based on Eric Van Lustbader’s novel, The Bourne Betrayal. | Deadline reports that the film has an July 15, 2016 release date.

BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider, Universal Pictures is currently making deals with both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to return for another Bourne film. So what about Justin Lin’s Bourne film? Well, here’s the deal: Lin’s Bourne film will be a follow up to 2012′s The Bourne Legacy, and will star Renner. If Greengrass accepts Universal’s offer, then he will make his follow up to 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum, which will star Damon. So yeah, two different Bourne films.

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Phillip Rhee’s ‘Underdogs Kids’ gets a release date!

"Underdog Kids" Theatrical Poster

"Underdog Kids" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: An inspirational story of a group of inner city kids in their journey through life, challenges and struggles through martial arts and their battle against the Beverly Hills Championship team.

Martial arts star Philip Rhee – mostly known for the Best of the Best series – is directing Underdogs Kids, which he describes as “Best of the Best meets The Bad New Bears and The Karate Kid.”

Underdog Kids has appearances by Richard Norton (City Hunter), Dan Inosanto (Game of Death), James Lew (Big Trouble in Little China), Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez (Dragons Forever), Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson (Bloodfist), James Lew (Lethal Weapon 4) and Philip’s brother, Simon Rhee (Best of the Best). View on set photo.

Underdog Kids is Rhee’s first film project in 15 years. His last appearance was in 1998′s Best of the Best: Without Warning, which he also directed and produced. We’ll have more details on this project as they emerge.

Updates: The film also stars Ryan Potter (Supah Ninjas), Beau Bridges (Max Payne), Tom Arnold (True Lies), Greg Grunberg (Mission: Impossible III), Lauren Bowles (True Blood), Mirelly Taylor (Lost), Rayna Vallandingham (see her in action), and also features the debut of Phillip Rhee’s son, Sean. As for Phillip, he will be playing a character named Jimmy ‘The Lightning Bolt’ Lee. Underdog Kids is currently in post-production phase.

Here’s the newest photo from Underdog Kids, featuring Philip Rhee, Richard Norton, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Danny Inosanto, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, James Lew and Grand Master Jun Chong. For more, check out Philip Rhee’s Facebook page. | Be sure to check out behind-the-scenes footage of Benny Urquidez, Richard Norton, Dan Inosanto, Don Wilson and Simon Rhee having some interesting discussions.

Looks like the film was retitled from Underdogs to Underdog Kids, which is most likely due to avoid confusion from a recent 2013 football movie of the same name. With that said, here are three new posters for Underdog Kids (aka Underdogs): Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster 3.

BREAKING NEWS: According to imdb.com, Underdogs Kids has a release date set for January 16, 2015.

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Guardian | DVD (Millennium)

Guardian | DVD (Millennium)

Guardian | DVD (Millennium)

RELEASE DATE: 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). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Guardian from Amazon.com today!

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Stallone’s ‘Rambo V’ to be titled ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

"Rambo III" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Rambo III" Japanese Theatrical Poster

In the time since 2008′s Rambo, there have been numerous ideas for the next Rambo film, most of which were generated by Sylvester Stallone himself. You may recall Rambo V: The Last Stand, which pitted Rambo against experimental Universal Soldier-like enemies; there was also Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, in which Rambo was out to rescue a kidnapped girl from sex traffickers and drug dealers near the Mexican border; and later still came the idea of adapting James Byron Huggin’s 1999 novel Hunter into Rambo V.

That plot involved the hunt for a killer beast born from an illegal genetic experiment gone wrong – fans were not entirely enthused about the idea of the Rambo franchise taking a sudden detour into sci-fi.

Now, word arrives that Entertainment One and producer Avi Lerner are conspiring to turn Rambo into a TV series. Even better, it appears likely that Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as John Rambo for television. While it’s difficult to imagine Stallone committing to a 22-episode season when he’s busy making movies like The Expendables 3, perhaps the Rambo show could be a mini-series or simply offer Stallone the occasional cameo appearance. What say you – are you excited about the idea of Rambo on the small screen or should Stallone stick to his chosen medium of film?

Updates: According to this interview with Jason Statham, the script for Homefront, which was written by Sylvester Stallone in 2008, was originally intended to be Rambo V.

During Sylvester Stallone’s live Q&A event in London’s Palladium, the subject of Rambo was briefly brought up. Stallone jokingly replied: “I’d love to do another Rambo, but maybe if he works in Las Vegas,” followed by “Maybe it’s run its course.”

According to comingsoon.net (via Film Combat Syndiate): A company called Splendid Film has bought the rights to the next film. Here’s what their release said: “With Rambo V Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone, who has also written the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of No Country for Old Men. Like the last film, Rambo V is produced by Avi Lerner (The Expendables 1-3).

According to Manlymovie.net (via Millennium Studios), Rambo V shoots in Louisiana later this year. Here’s some words from from Sly himself: “First I will make a new Rambo, darker, in the style of No Country for Old Men. Then Scarpa, the story of a very famous gangster.” | Although details are still pending, there’s a possibility that Tom Hiddleston (“Loki” from The Avengers) may join Rambo V. | According to Expendables PremiereRambo 5 is set to begin shooting in Louisiana late October.

BREAKING NEWS: Coming Soon reports that Stallone’s Rambo V will be titled Rambo: Last Blood, a full circle nod to 1982′s First Blood.

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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 started on a Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick titled Pound of Flesh. The film will re-team 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), is 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. Until then, Van Damme’s other film, Swelter, should be getting a release date soon. In addition, Barbarash’s Codename Falcon 1 (aka Favela), with Michael Jai White, is also just around the corner.

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), Charlotte Peters and Kris Van Varenberg (Welcome to the Jungle) have joined Pound of Flesh.

According to Impact, Darren Shahlavi (Ip Man 2, Bloodmoon) has joined the film as the lead villain. 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.

Darren Shahlavi has posted a new set photo. Also, according to his Facebook page, Pound of Flesh has wrapped up filming in China. In case you missed it, here’s an extremely short fight clip of Van Damme vs. Darren Shahlavi!

BREAKING NEWS: Here are a pack of some of the newest set/still photos from Pound of Flesh, courtesy of the folks at vandammefan.net.

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Deal on Fire! Sorcerer and the White Snake | Blu-ray | Only $9.91 – Expires soon!

"Sorcerer and the White Snake" Blu-ray Cover

"Sorcerer and the White Snake" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Sorcerer and the White Snake, directed by the legendary Ching Siu-tung (Duel to the Death) and starring martial arts superstar Jet Li (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate).

The story centers around a man who falls in love with a 1000 year old white snake disguised as a woman. Discovering the white snake’s true identity, the sorcerer goes to battle believing that in so doing, he is restoring balance and order between man and the supernatural.

Order Sorcerer and the White Snake from Amazon.com today!

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Trailer for John Woo’s romantic war film ‘The Crossing’

"The Crossing" Teaser Poster

"The Crossing" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: John Woo’s long-in-development movie The Crossing (aka Love and Let Love) is a lush period romance set during the Sino-Japanese War and was previously known under the title 1949. The film stars Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Masami Nagasawa, and Song Hye-kyo.

The Crossing may not be the action epic that many of John Woo’s fans were hoping he would do next, but it’s still encouraging to have the acclaimed director back in good health and ready to work.

Updates: The movie has so far been billed as a Romeo and Juliet-esque love story, Chang promises that the historical setting means John Woo will be recreating battles from World War II and the Chinese Civil War. Good thing the film has a budget of $30 million, then!

According to THR, The Crossing is being dubbed the “Chinese Titanic,” in which it “celebrates the power of love” during a difficult period in Chinese history.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new trailer. If you were looking for more bloody violence, don’t lose faith.

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Keanu Reeves is out for blood in the 1st trailer for ‘John Wick’

"John Wick" Theatrical Poster

"John Wick" 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.

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4 Film Favorites: Blades & Battles | Blu-ray (Warner)

4 Film Favorites: Blades & Battles | Blu-ray (Warner)

4 Film Favorites: Blades & Battles | Blu-ray (Warner)

RELEASE DATE: 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.

Pre-order 4 Film Favorites: Blades & Battles from Amazon.com today!

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

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

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

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Andy Lau’s Firestorm to three lucky Cityonfire visitors.

To enter, simply add a comment to this post with your answer to the following question: What’s your favorite movie with the word “fire” or “storm” in its title? 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 Firestorm will be officially released on September 23, 2014, so we will announce the 3 winners on September 24, 2014 and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by September 22, 2014 to qualify. U.S. residents only please. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Winners must respond with their mailing address within 48 hours, otherwise you will automatically be disqualified. No exceptions. Contest is subject to change without notice.

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First cast photo from McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Audiences around the world enjoyed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, to the tune of some $680 million dollars. That makes a sequel pretty much a given at this point. Although Paramount had been grooming Jeremy Renner to take the reins to the series, general response has been that Tom Cruise (and Tom Cruise doing ridiculous aerial stunts) remains the big reason why people go see these movies.

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

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

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

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

Looks like Ving Rhames will be back for Mission: Impossible 5. Director Christopher McQuarrie has tweeted: “Welcome Back, Mr. Rhames”

BREAKING NEWS: Enjoy the first cast photo from MI:5, courtesy of Collider.

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WWE’s Eve Torres joins Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’

"Shinjuku Incident" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Shinjuku Incident" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), Skiptrace is about a detective from Hong Kong (Jackie Chan) who teams up with an American gambler (Knoxville) to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal. The film also stars Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3).

Jackie will star, co-write and produce. Sam Fell (ParaNorman) is directing, and additional screenwriters are Jay Longino (Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation), Brian Gatewood (Animal Practice) and Alessandro Tanaka (The Sitter).

Update: Asian Movie Pulse features some recent quotes from Jackie Chan. He says that Skiptrace will be very location-driven and he hopes to set the sequences of action/comedy in settings that his fans haven’t seen him to do yet.

According to Film Combat Syndicate (via Deadline), Johnny Knoxville has replaced Sean William Scott. It’s also said that Skiptrace will have a tone similar Martin Brest’s Midnight Run.

BREAKING NEWS: According to EveTorres.com (via Martial Arts Film Junkie), WWE’s Eve Torres is joining Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville in Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace.

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Exclusive North American trailer for ‘Friend 2: The Legacy’

Friend 2: The Legacy | DVD (Inception Media)

Friend 2: The Legacy | DVD (Inception Media)

Filmmaker Kwak Kyung-taek, the acclaimed director of the original Friend, is back with Friend 2 (aka Chingu 2), a South Korean crime/drama about three generations of gangsters.

Friend 2 begins 17 years after the events of the first movie. Yoo Oh-Sung (Champion) reprises his role as Joon-seok, who has just been released from prison. He now faces a world that is unfamiliar to him as the leader of a criminal organization.

Friend 2 also stars Joo Jin-mo (A Better Tomorrow) and Kim Woo-bin (Runway Cop). Watch the Korean trailer.

Updates: Watch our exclusive North American trailer for CJ Entertainment’s Friend 2 DVD release, which will be available to purchase on September 16th, so pre-order today!

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Ringo Lam’s upcoming action flick is now titled ‘Wild City’

"Hustle" Chinese Promotional Poster

"Hustle" Chinese Promotional Poster

Hong Kong legend Ringo Lam, the action director behind gritty classics like City on Fire, Full Contact and Full Alert, is set to make his first film since 2007′s Triangle, which was a collaboration with Tsui Hark and Johnnie To.

The upcoming project is called Intoxicated City of Mazes, which will begin production in June, following a Summer 2015 release. Nothing is known of the plot, but it is an “action film” starring Daniel Wu (Shinjuku Incident) and Shawn Yue (The Guillotines). “I’ve always wanted to work with Lam, so I’m very happy that he asked me to be in his film. I hope we can start filming soon so I can learn from him,” Yue told Apple Daily.

Updates: Ringo Lam’s Wild Secrets of the Past (aka Intoxicated City of Mazes?) has recently started production in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The cast (see on-set photos) includes Shawn Yue (From Vegas To Macau II), Taiwanese singer Joseph Chang (Missing), and veteran actor Jack Kao (Full Alert). It was previously reported that Daniel Wu would be a part of the cast, but now it looks like that may not be the case. - Thanks to DiP, hktop10 and Film Combat Syndicate

Wild Secrets of the Past has a new international title: Hustle (view poster). Also, Louis Koo (Flash Point) and Mainland TV actress Tong Liya have been added to the cast.\

BREAKING NEWS: Film Comment has an interview with Ringo Lam, where he talks about Hustle, which is now titled Wild City. – Thanks to DiP.

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Second 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.

BREAKING NEWS: Second trailer is now available, thanks to Takuma.

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September delivers Yen, Lau, Leone, Sakaguchi, Walker, Mothra, Godzilla, Gangsters, Psychos and more!

Warrior Princess | aka Queen Ahno | DVD (Lionsgate)

Warrior Princess | aka Queen Ahno | DVD (Lionsgate)

It’s the tail end of the summer and it’s time to cool off and catch up on some must-see movies! So, get ready for the latest roll of new Blu-ray & DVD releases handpicked by cityonfire.com!

For the month of September, we have an amazing list of action, sci fi, gangster, cult, horror, martial arts, kaiju flicks, Asian shoot ‘em ups and even one of the most important Anime series of all time!

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.

14 Blades: September 2, 2014

Anchor Bay presents the Blu-ray and DVD for 2010′s 14 Blades, starring Donnie Yen and directed by Daniel Lee (White Vengeance). 14 Blades is a kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Yen) in the emperor’s court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Baby Blues: September 2, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Baby Blues, directed by Leong Po Chih (Hong Kong 1941). When a young couple moves into a home, they find a doll that changes their lives forever (and not in a good way). Originally released in 3D during its 2013 theatrical release, Baby Blues is bound to please The Ring and The Conjuring fans.

Space Raiders: September 2, 2014

Scorpion Releasing presents the DVD for 1983′s Space Raiders, directed by Howard R. Cohen (Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans). If you need something to hold you down while waiting for Star Wars: Episode VII, I have two words for you: Space Raiders! This entertaining cult/sci fi flick features recycled footage, special effects from music from 1980′s Battle Beyond the Stars. Hey, at least they were being resourceful, right?

Tomio: September 9, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for 2011′s Tomio, a Japanese horror film directed by Junji Ito (writer of Uzumaki). Based on Ito’s manga franchise, Tomie, Yuki Furukawa plays a young man named Tomio who visits a fortune teller with his girlfriend. While there, he meets a sexy and mysterious older woman (Aya Kiguchi) who clouds his mind. Tomio features creature effects and make up supervised by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police).

Brick Mansions: September 9, 2014

Fox presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Brick Mansions, a remake Pierre Morel’s Parkour-based action film District B13 (aka Banlieue 13). It stars the late Paul Walker, RZA and Parkour co-founder David Belle (who is reprising District 13 role), and like the original, the plot is as follows: An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang.

Horror Mansion: The Blind: September 9, 2014

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for Ochazukenori’s Horror Mansion: The Blind, a 2011 Japanese horror flick. One night, Sakura (Aizawa Rina) witnesses a murder through the blinds of her apartment. However, she is unable to identify the killer because he’s masked. The more Sakura thinks about it, she begins to suspect her older sister’s boyfriend as the murderer! Horror Mansion: The Blind features creature effects and make up supervised by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police).

Mothra Triple Feature: September 9, 2014

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

Godzilla Double Feature: September 9, 2014

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

Godzilla 2000 –  US & Japanese Cuts: September 9, 2014

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

Friend 2: The Legacy: September 16, 2014

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

Evil Feed: September 16, 2014

Screen Media presents the DVD for Kimani Ray Smith’s Evil Feed. A group of young martial artists infiltrate an underground pit fighting ring where the loser is chopped up and served in a Chinese restaurant called The Long Pig… two men enter, one course leaves! If you tap out, you’re take out!

Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Edition: September 16, 2014

MPI Media Group presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Tobe Hooper’s 1974 cult horror film Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In this new 40th Anniversary Edition, the classic film has undergone a new 4K restoration by NOLO Digital Film.

Warrior Princess: September 16, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Shuudertsetseg Baatarsuren’s Warrior Princess (aka Queen Ahno), Mongolia’s highest-grossing film to date! In a time when honor was everything, discover how one woman’s (Otgonjargal Davaasuren) sacrifice inspired the courage of a nation’s army in their fight for freedom! Based on the true story of Queen Ahno of Mongolia, who gave her life to save her husband and sons in battle.

Godzilla (2014): September 16, 2014

Warner presents the Blu-ray + Blu-ray 3D & DVD for 2014′s Godzilla. In this 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.

Firestorm: September 23, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Firestorm, starring Andy Lau. 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.

Found: September 23, 2014

Xlrator presents the DVD for Scott Schirmer’s Found. Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over his life. Classmates won’t stop picking on him, his parents don’t understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer!  Found is known of its gore and disturbing subject matter. Nevertheless, it’s critically acclaimed for being a work of cinematic art!

Game of Assassins: September 23, 2014

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

Danger Dolls: September 23, 2014

Millennium Entertainment presents the DVD for Danger Dolls, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, creator of the 1990s Gamera series, the manga-inspired Death Note films and Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, which many consider to be the best entry in the entire Godzilla film series. Danger Dolls follows a quartet of cute idol singers who moonlight as butt-kicking action heroines.

Robotech: The Classic Collection Vol. 1: September 23, 2014

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

Samurai Cop: September 30, 2014

Cinema Epoch presents the Blu-ray for 1991′s Samurai Cop. Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazer) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) team up to take on the Yakuza in this 1991 cult classic. Directed by the late Amir Shervan (Killing American Style), Samurai Cop found a whole new audience during its midnight theatrical circuit and film festival re-release.

Krull: September 30, 2014

Mill Creek Entertainment presents the Blu-ray for 1983′s Krull, directed by Peter Yates (Bullitt). This British-American, fantasy-science fiction film follows a prince and a fellowship of companions who set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet. When I was a kid, I used to think this movie was about an oversized ninja star!

Osaka Badass: September 30, 2014

Pathfinder Home Entertainment presents the DVD for Takahiro Ishihara’s Osaka Badass (aka Snake of Violence). This crime-filled epic revolves around three troubled youth and their intense history with the Yakuza. Elitsi calls Osaka Badass “A higher class of cinema.” Osaka Badass stars Tak Sakaguchi (Versus), Takashi Nishina, Kanade Matsuzaki, Takaya Yamaki, Arata Yamanaka and Nanako Kodama.

Osaka Violence: September 30, 2014

Pathfinder Home Entertainment presents the DVD for Takahiro Ishihara’s Osaka Violence. After witnessing a gang murder, 12 year old Masashi asks his father what he’d do if he were killed by a Yakuza. Exact vengeance his father promptly replies. The next day, in an unfortunate turn of fate, Masashi’s father is hospitalized with serious injuries, leaving Masashi on his own. Osaka Violence stars Ryosuke Kimura, Shouji Oomiya, Yuusuke Mizuno, Taro Saba and Hisashi Ueno.

Stunt Squad: September 30, 2014

Raro Video USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1977′s Stunt Squad, directed by Domenico Paolella (Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon). Also known as Elimination Force or La polizia è sconfitta, this poliziottesco film stars Marcel Bozzuffi, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Riccardo Salvino and Claudia Giannotti. The character of Mezzogiorno is described as “perhaps the most gruesome and ruthless villain of the Italian crime cinema.”

American Muscle: September 30, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Rafvi Dhar’s American Muscle. Falcon (Nick Principe) did 10 years of hard time in prison, now he’s got 24 hours to get revenge on every person who sent him there. It isn’t exactly a post-apocalyptic flick, but judging from the trailer, it has enough road action, sex and brutal violence to keep up us pre-occupied until Mad Max: Fury Road finally gets released.

Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut: September 30, 2014

Warner presents the Blu-ray & DVD combo for 1984′s Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut, directed by Sergio Leone (Dollars Trilogy). The Extended Director’s Cut (251 minutes) contains the Extended Director’s Cut, the 1984 theatrical edition, Digital HD with UltraViolet, plus the 32-page book with rare photos and chronicles of the movie’s production,

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Park Chan-wook’s next film to explore female thieves?

"Thirst" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Thirst" Korean Theatrical Poster

Visionary director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) will soon be starting production on a film adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel, Fingersmith. The yet-to-be-titled movie will be Park’s first full length South Korean production since 2009′s Thirst.

According to Film Business Asia, Fingersmith revolves around a group of female thieves and their plan to swindle a heiress in early 20th century London. Park’s version will take place in Korea.

There are currently no stars attached, but shooting for the film begins in the first half of 2015. As always, we’ll keep you posted!

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Deal on Fire! Black Dynamite | Blu-ray | Only $7.99 – Expires soon!

"Black Dynamite" Blu-ray Cover

"Black Dynamite" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Black Dynamite, starring Michael Jai White (Blood and Bone), Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson and featuring martial arts choreography by Roger (Once Upon a Time in Vietnam) and Ron Yuan (The Girl from the Naked Eye).

It’s Black Belt Jones, Shaft and Enter the Dragon rolled into one hell of a parody. And don’t let the word “parody” fool you… this is a solid movie filled with quality action, outrageous comedy and grind house goodness. Director Scott Sanders (Thick as Thieves) definitely did his homework.

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14 Blades (2010) Review

"14 Blades" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"14 Blades" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Director: Daniel Lee
Writer: Abe Kwong, Daniel Lee
Cast: Donnie Yen, Vicky Zhao Wei, Wu Chun, Qi Yu Wu, Kate Tsui, Chen Kuan Tai, Wu Ma, Sammo Hung, Xu Xiang Dong, Chen Zhi Hui, An Ruiyun, Ding Xiao Lung, Fung Hak On, Lam Chi Tai, Damian Lau, Law Kar Ying, Sun Wenting
Running Time: 114 min.

By Kyle Warner

Donnie Yen’s 14 Blades was first released internationally back in 2010. The film took its time making its way to the US, finally debuting here in 2014. Was it worth the wait? Well… no. But it’s not without its charms, however familiar they may be.

Taking place during the time of the Ming Dynasty, the film focuses on the Jinyiwei, the military police/super assassins who served the Emperor. As depicted in the film, the Jinyiwei were made up almost entirely of orphans, and were trained from an early age in ways of combat and assassination. Stripped of their names and their humanity, the new inductees were trained until there was nothing left but obedient killing machines. The story begins when the Jinyiwei leader Qinglong (Donnie Yen) is tasked with assassinating an official and retrieving a sacred treasure in his possession… but not all is at it seems. The mission is a lie, just the first part of a detailed conspiracy to overthrow the Emperor. During his mission, Qinglong learns that the sacred treasure is in fact the Emperor’s Seal. Before he can figure out what it all means, the Seal is stolen, Qinglong’s men are slaughtered, and he is made to look like a traitor and a thief.

The beginning of the film is shot on dark sets with drab colors and oppressive shadows. It’s like kung fu noir and I found it to be an interesting choice of style. However, when Qinglong goes on the run, he escapes to sunny desert locales and the entire visual scheme of the film changes. The film’s visual style is cut in two and it’s the first sign of writer/director Daniel Lee’s uncertainty about what to do with the movie he’s making.

Some have criticized the film’s overuse of CGI and wirework in its fight scenes—as is their right—however, I believe that the use of technology fits with the kind of film Lee was trying to make here. Reading the description, it sounds like just another historical action movie, but I’m almost convinced that 14 Blades was trying to be a Ming Dynasty superhero epic. Donnie Yen’s hero runs around with a box of fourteen special blades, most of which pop out with a mechanical whir, like some kind of giant, automated Swiss Army knife. The film’s most prominent villain, Tuo Tuo (Kate Tsui), jumps around with a metal whip and some serious dreadlocks, always accompanied by the sound of rattlesnakes. Tuo Tuo also has the ability to disappear and reappear during fights (always losing one layer of clothing in the process). On top of that we also get Sammo Hung as a conniving Prince who walks around on crutches and peg legs, Chun Wu as a Jack Sparrow-like bandit of the desert, and some random assassin who jumps out of a coffin on the side of the road (played by an almost unrecognizable Chen Kuan Tai). Oh, and at one point Donnie Yen beats up a couple guys with a chicken dinner. It’s an odd little film, and I personally liked these moments of strangeness and all the colorful characters.

… So it’s a shame that Donnie Yen’s character is so flat by comparison. Yen plays the part of the stoic hero well, grimacing and glaring at all those who share a scene with him, but there’s simply not much to the role. Zhao Wei plays the female lead, a character who helps Qinglong in his quest, alternating back and forth between willing ally and unwilling hostage for most of the film’s runtime. Her primary role in the film is to constantly remind Qinglong that the world is in need of heroes—which is about as obvious as sitting down across from Bruce Wayne and talking about how much Gotham needs Batman. Still, despite a rather bland role, I think the film needed her. Zhao Wei effortlessly brings humor and warmth to the film almost singlehandedly, which helps in the moments when Donnie Yen is not kicking ass.

My main issue with the film is that the plot is so bland and features so many borrowed parts. The stolen Seal of the Emperor is about as dull a McGuffin that you could come up with, comparable only with the spy genre’s missing microfilm. And of course there’s also an evil eunuch in the film, because you always need one of those.

These borrowed ideas and uninspired plot twists wouldn’t matter so much if the colorful nature if the film had more depth to it. Sammo Hung with peg legs sounds like an interesting character, but he only has one scene of note. Chun Wu’s bandit leader is actually kind of fun, but he comes from out of nowhere. There is a scene where Yen and Wu meet for the first time, then fight, then end the scene by agreeing to help each other with a heist. Um, okay? Who is this guy and why do you trust him? Most puzzling of all are the 14 blades. It’s an interesting device with some cool weapons tucked away inside it, but we never really get a good look at the blades themselves. In the end, the device and its blades never amounted to much.

Watching Daniel Lee’s films, I can’t decide if he’s lacking talent as a writer, a director, or both. Lee’s 2011 film White Vengeance was well written and featured a few decent performances. However, the historical epic also featured awful action sequences, poor editing, and a dull visual style. 14 Blades feels like the opposite side of the coin, where the action is the best part of the film, and the writing is its weak point. Daniel Lee’s career has been marked by inconsistency and indecision about what kind of filmmaker he wants to be. This trend continues with 14 Blades.

Fellow contributor Paul Bramhall notes that 14 Blades is a remake of the Shaw Bros. film Secret Service of the Imperial Court (aka Police Pool of Blood). I have not seen the original, so I cannot comment on the differences in plot or quality between the 1984 film and Daniel Lee’s adaptation.

Donnie Yen is one of the busiest movie stars in the world. With a seemingly constant output of new films, some productions are bound to fall shorter than others. 14 Blades is not the next Ip Man, Dragon (aka Wu Xia), or Iceman… but I’d put it a notch higher than Special ID and The Legend of the Fist. I think in time, 14 Blades will be remembered more as a curiosity. It’s a film with unfulfilled potential and some half-baked ideas, but it’s not devoid of entertainment value. Watch it for the action and you might have an okay time.

Kyle Warner’s Rating: 5/10

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International trailer for Nazi-killin’ tank flick ‘Fury’ with Brad Pitt

"Fury" Theatrical Poster

"Fury" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: David Ayer – the award-winning writer/director of End of Watch and the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger flick Sabatoge, is back with another action-thriller, this time it’s tank vs. Nazi film called Fury, which he also wrote. The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs and Scott Eastwood. Fury is set to be released on November 14, 2014.

According to Deadline, Fury will take place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army.

Ayer says he wants to “bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.”

Updates: First promotional photo from Fury, featuring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal. | First footage of Fury, courtesy of IGN. | Film’s first poster. | Second trailer for Fury. | Second trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new International trailer.

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‘Grotesque’ director is back with ‘A Record of Sweet Murder’

"A Record of Sweet Murder" Korean Theatrical Poster

"A Record of Sweet Murder" Korean Theatrical Poster

Japanese filmmaker Koji Shiraishi, mostly known for The Curse (2005) and Grotesque (2009), is back with yet another horrific, “found footage” film titled A Record of Sweet Murder, a Korean-Japanese co-production, which will be released domestically on September 6, 2014.

Here’s the plot, according to Han Cinema: Soyeon (Kim Kkobbi) is an active journalist on a mission for social justice. One day, she receives a call from a serial killer. Revealing himself as Soyeon’s childhood friend Sangjoon (Yeon Je-wook), he is a fugitive on the run after escaping from a mental institute and killing 18 people. His request is, surprisingly, a personal interview.

Warning: The trailer is some pretty rough stuff.

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Jun Ji-Hyun to take on the evil Japanese in ‘Assassination’

"The Thieves" Korean Theatrical Poster

"The Thieves" Korean Theatrical Poster

South Korean megastar Jun Ji-Hyun (My Sassy Girl, Blood: The Last Vampire) will be reuniting writer/director Choi Dong-hun (The Thieves) for Assassination, an upcoming action film that’s reminiscent of the “vs. Japanese Occupation” themed titles like Bruce Lee’s Fists of Fury, Jet Li’s Fist of Legend and Donnie Yen’s Legend of the Fist.

According to Film Combat Syndicate (via MKC), Assassination will have the actress leading a group of assassins charged by the Korean resistance to target key supporters of the Japanaese occupation. Co-starring are Lee Jung-Jae (Il Mare), Oh Dal-su (Old Boy), Ha Jung-Woo (The Yellow Sea), Cho Jin-woong (Once Upon a Time in High School) and Lee Kyoung-young (A Better Tomorrow).

Assassination is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2015. We’ll keep you updated as we here more!

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Deal on Fire! Sword of the Assassin | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

"Sword of the Assassin" Blu-ray Cover

"Sword of the Assassin" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Sword of the Assassin (aka Blood Letter), written and directed by Vietnamese filmmaker Victor Vu. The film won a number of awards at the 2012 Golden Kite Awards (Vietnam’s equivalent to the Oscars, organized by the Vietnam Cinema Association). It also features fight scenes choreographed by Johnny Tri Nguyen (The Rebel).

Sword of the Assassin stars Huynh Dong, Midu, Van Trang, Khuong Ngoc and Khuong Ngoc.

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Eric Tsang’s ‘Seven Assassins’ now available at DDDhouse!

"7 Assassins" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"7 Assassins" Chinese Theatrical Poster

DDDHouse.com now has 7 Assassins on Blu-ray & DVD. Keep in mind that the DVD version is Region 3 coded, so you will need a multi-region DVD player to view the movie. Fortunately, the Blu-ray version is coded for region A, so it’s good to go on your current North American Blu-ray hardware.

Directed by both Eric Tsang (who also stars) and Hung Yan Yan (action director), 7 Assassins features an all-star cast of old school action stars such as: Felix Wong, Ray Lui, Guo Tao, Kara Hu, Well Lee, Michael Wong, Fung Hak On, Waise Lee, Leung Kar Yan, Ken Lo, Mars, Jason Pai Piao, Ti Lung, Dick Wei, Simon Yam, Yu Rong Guang and many others!

Be sure to check out the trailer!

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Donnie Yen’s ‘Iceman’ chills on Blu-ray & DVD on November 11!

"Iceman" Blu-ray Cover

"Iceman" Blu-ray Cover

International martial arts icon Donnie Yen (Special ID) brings his trademark action to Iceman, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Nov. 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 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.

Directed by Law Wing Cheong (Punished), Iceman also stars Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle), Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand), Simon Yam (The Thieves), Mark Wu (Due West: Our Sex Journey), Gregory Wong (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen) and Yu Kang (Special ID). Bonus materials include the seven-part featurette “The Making of Iceman,” which takes an in-depth look at the filming of the rooftop sequence and the disco scene, as well as interviews with Donnie Yen, Wang Baoqiang and Eva Huand.

Stay tuned for pre-order information. Until then, check out Well Go USA’s trailer. And don’t forget to read our review.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme and son to film ‘The Tower’?

"Enemies Closer" Japanese DVD Cover

"Enemies Closer" Japanese DVD Cover

Jean-Claude Van Damme and his son, Kris (Enemies Closer), are teaming up in an emotional MMA-type film titled The Tower, formerly known as Karate or The Pit Bull (see the original promotional poster).

The idea of Van Damme’s The Tower has been floating around since 2003, when it was once described as a metaphysical Game of Death-esque adventure, which revolved around Van Damme fighting his way up a tower, where opponents became more and more difficult to defeat with each passing floor.

Since then, the plot has drastically changed. According to Van Damme’s Facebook, The Tower is now “the story of a man who loses the feeling of fear, a man who will go from a new family as an adopted war machine and will have to face the ground door of Las Vegas (“Stage of the Warriors”), which will be a tournament to decide who will be the strongest fighter on earth!

According to the discussions at vandammefan.net, there’s a chance that Van Damme may be fighting his own son in the film’s finale. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more. Until then, Van Damme fans have Pound of Flesh and the long awaited Eagle Path (aka Full Love) to look forward to in 2015. Stay tuned!

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