Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles (2013) Review

"Bushido Man" International DVD Cover

"Bushido Man" International DVD Cover

Director: Takanori Tsujimoto
Writer: Takanori Tsujimoto
Cast: Mitsuki Koga, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Masanori Mimoto, Kentaro Shimazu, Kazuki Tsujimoto, Ema, Kensuke Sonomura, Masaki Suzumura, Naohiro Kawamoto, Marc Walkow, Yasutaka Yuuki, Takashi Tanimoto
Running Time: 88 min.

By Kyle Warner

Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles kind of surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much from the film — the average ratings are weak, the title is silly, and the plot description is somewhat generic. However, less than five minutes in we’re introduced to a martial arts master with the most cartoonish mustache imaginable – and the master’s key advice to his pupil is that to know his enemy, he must eat like his enemy. It’s pretty obvious from the get-go that the next 90 minutes are about to get weird and that the movie is something far stranger than its title, plot description, and cover art could ever hope to suggest.

Our hero Toramaru (Mitsuki Koga) is something of a modern-day samurai. He travels all over Japan to fight the greatest warriors of multiple fighting styles so that he may take their mysterious, priceless scrolls back to his master Gensai (Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi). As the movie begins, Toramaru has returned to Gensai and tells each fight story to his master. Before each bout, Toramaru followed his master’s advice and pigged out on whatever food best represented his opponent’s spirit. It’s silly, but that’s just what kind of movie this is. Toramaru is essentially a copycat fighter: he comes to know his opponents so completely that he adopts their strengths, styles, and favorite foods in order to vanquish them.

We see Toramaru’s fights, travels, and dining experiences through flashback. On his journey he must match up with many diverse opponents, including a blind swordsman, a yakuza knife fighter, a kung fu master, and a gunslinger that loves all things American. Some of the fights are played for laughs, but the others are rather impressive, showing off athletic skill and frenetic energy.

To some extent, the film is little more than a highlight reel of various fighting styles. Beyond Toramaru and Gensai, no other character receives more than a couple lines of character development. Certain actors make the best of their limited screen time – most notably Kazuki Tsujimoto as the blind swordsman – but when their fights are done, the characters are almost immediately forgotten. There’s very little substance to the film and those looking for plot or purpose should look elsewhere. However, if you come in with the right expectations, I think you can potentially find something to enjoy here.

What’s interesting is how director Takanori Tsujimoto (Hard Revenge Milly) plays things somewhat straight at the beginning, then lets his creation gradually go crazy as it passes the halfway point. Understand when I say that Gensai’s cartoon mustache and Toramaru’s all-you-can-eat training are comparatively ‘normal’ to the action we get in the final act. Leading up to the finale, Toramaru must travel to post-apocalyptic Yokohama. It’s not clear what happened to Yokohama, though endless earthquakes are mentioned and the air isn’t safe to breathe. Tanks patrol the highways, the skyscrapers are crumbling, and all gun laws have been revoked. While the locations at the beginning of the film were prettier, one almost wishes more of the movie had this strange, unexplained sci-fi feel to it. At the very least, the Yokohama segments prepare us for the finale, when the director allows his movie to truly go wild. The ending and the action that lead up to it are absolutely batshit and often hilarious. To say that the film went out on a high note would be an understatement. If the whole film shared the same kind of madness as the finale, Bushido Man might’ve been something of a new cult classic.

I wish that the director’s vision was more consistent and that his cast looked more into the production. The film has its share of goofy ideas and well done fights, but too often it feels strangely half-hearted. So while I liked it overall, I was still left wanting more from the film. The performances are one-note, plot is largely non-existent, and many scenes feel flat like they require a jolt of energy. It’s as though they bottled up that energy for the finale, when they would have been better off spreading it around a bit. If only.

There’s not a whole lot to Bushido Man, but it’s fast-paced and entertaining in a silly, cartoonish sort of way. There’s enough originality to the movie that I’m sure it’s going to win over some fans here and there. The film is definitely different and some days maybe that’s enough.

Kyle Warner’s Rating: 6/10

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Watch a new featurette for Van Damme’s ‘Pound of Flesh’

"Pound of Flesh" Teaser Poster

"Pound of Flesh" Teaser 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.

Pound of Flesh will be getting a North American release date on May 20, 2015.

Updates: 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.

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.” | 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!

Shahlavi has posted a new set photo. | An extremely short fight clip of Van Damme vs. Shahlavi. | Photos from Pound of Flesh| Pack new stills/photos. | Van Damme is known for doing the splits in nearly all of his movies. In a new official still (click here) from Pound of Flesh, he continues this tradition. | First “real” trailer re-edited with some extra footage not seen in the first “leaked” teaser. | 2nd trailer for Pound of Flesh.

After a series of trailers consisting of broken links, unofficial leaks (and other unexplained uploads), here’s the film’s first official full trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch a 10-minute featurette for Van Damme’s Pound of Flesh, thanks to FCS.

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Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf | Blu-ray (Synapse Films)

Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf | Blu-ray (Synapse Films)

Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf | Blu-ray (Synapse Films)

RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2015

Synapse Films presents the Blu-ray for 2009′s Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, directed by Kurando Mitsutake (Gun Woman).

After losing his eyesight, his wife, and his daughter at the hands of a psychopath, a man is transformed into a killing machine hellbent on revenge! Eight years after the massacre of his family, the “Blind Wolf” has returned as a highly trained swordsman ready for revenge.

The film stars Kurando Mitsutake, Jeffrey James Lippold and Domiziano Arcangeli. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order from Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf Amazon.com today!

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New Bruce Lee biopic to focus on philosophies and artistry?

"Enter the Dragon" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Enter the Dragon" Japanese Theatrical Poster

A new Hollywood film about Bruce Lee titled Birth of the Dragon is in the works. The movie will take a look at the life of legendary martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee, using Lee’s disputed bout with Master Wong Jack-Man as the centerpiece of the story.

There’s some speculation that this could lead to a Rashomon-like structure to Birth of the Dragon since there are so many varying accounts of how the fight between Bruce Lee and Master Wong went down.

This isn’t the first time Hollywood has explored the legend of Bruce Lee. Perhaps the most well known example is 1993′s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, a heavily dramatized biopic from The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen that featured Jason Scott Lee (Time Cop 2) in the lead role.

If you’re worried about Hollywood once again playing fast and loose with the facts of Bruce Lee’s life, you can at least be assured that Birth of the Dragon has some decent pedigree behind it: screenwriters Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele previously wrote Nixon and Ali.

Updates: Variety reports that filmmaker George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) will be directing Birth of the Dragon. The next big question is: Who will be playing Bruce Lee?

BREAKING NEWS: According to Deadline.com, Shannon, daughter Bruce Lee, is teaming up with producer Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club), Lawrence Grey (Last Vegas) and Ben Everard (Walt Before Mickey) to make the definitive biopic on Lee. “There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” Lee said. And according to Grey: “We will bring on a world class filmmaker and writer, who’ll work with Shannon and myself and then we will talk to American and foreign partners.” So does this mean director George Nolfi has dropped out? Stay tuned!

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Ace Attorney (2012) Review

"Ace Attorney" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Ace Attorney" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Yukiko Ohguchi, Takeharu Sakurai
Cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saito, Mirei Kiritani, Akiyoshi Nakao, Shunsuke Daito, Akira Emoto, Rei Dan, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takehiro Hira, Eisuke Sasai, Makoto Ayukawa, Kimiko Yo, Ryo Ishibashi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Minami Hamabe
Running Time: 135 min.

By Paul Bramhall

Anyone with even a passing interest in Asian cinema will most likely be familiar with the name of director Takashi Miike. From the early-90’s, all the way up to the mid-2000’s, Miike was responsible for some of the most insanely creative, often grotesque, completely out there cinema to come out of Japan. Working almost exclusively within the DTV (direct-to-video) industry, titles like Audition, Visitor Q, and Ichi the Killer, combined with his ability to crank out several titles in one year, saw him quickly develop a devoted following in the west.

Then in 2007 the seemingly unthinkable happened, it was announced that Miike was going to be directing a big screen adaptation of the popular manga, Crows Zero – a tale of high school gangs fighting for supremacy – in what was a decidedly unexpected venture into mainstream filmmaking. Thankfully, it turned out that he was just as adept at working within the Japanese studio system as he was within the DTV arena, and the movie was a resounding success both with critics and fans, so much so that he’d return to direct the sequel 2 years later.

Miike has remained in the mainstream since then – be it turning his hand to anime adaptations such as Yatterman, remaking samurai movies from the golden age like 13 Assassins, taking a crack at children’s movies with Ninja Kids, or even straight laced blockbuster thrillers like Shield of Straw. One of my personal favorite Miike movies is his 2007 adaptation of the Sega video game of the same name – Yakuza: Like a Dragon. While it seems like an almost impossible task to make a successful movie from a video game, somehow Miike managed to do it, so when I heard he was going to be adapting another, the popular Capcom franchise Ace Attorney, I was curious to check it out.

For the purposes of full disclosure, I’m not a gamer, and never have been. I’ll be reviewing Ace Attorney purely as a movie, with no connection to how closely it depicts the gaming world, so if you’re a fan of the game, you may want to stop reading here. That being said, I’ve never played Yakuza: Like a Dragon either. The fact is if you’re a good director, even someone who has no familiarity with the source material shouldn’t have any trouble enjoying what’s onscreen.

One aspect of the adaptation I am aware of though, is that it’s based on the second and fourth cases from the video game series. This in itself is an interesting move, as with it being a courtroom drama, the whole element of mystery and not knowing who did it is perhaps the single biggest factor in enjoying a movies initial viewing. While fans of the game will no doubt be delighted to hear it’s a direct adaptation of the source material, rather than a re-imagining of it, it does mean that they’ll also know exactly how it’s going to end. For a 135 minute movie that hinges on guessing who did the deed, you’d think this might be a small oversight on behalf of everyone involved.

Sadly though, after sitting through the full 135 minutes, I can safely say that it’s not just the enjoyment of the fans which is in danger, but also the wider audience as well. Putting aside both the fact that it’s a Miike Takashi movie and that it’s a video game adaptation, judged purely on its merits as popcorn entertainment, Ace Attorney is painfully dull. There are plenty of quirky touches from Miike and elements which are no doubt pulled from the game, however they all seem to barely register under the weight of the lifeless story. It’s kind of like when you stay out too late after you’ve had one too many, and you watch the sun rise when a hangover has already set in. You know it’s pretty, but it doesn’t register because of the dull thumping in your head. The story of Ace Attorney is that dull thumping.

Hiroki Narimiya plays the title character, whose appearance seems to be defined by the way he has his hair gelled back, so it looks like he’s permanently wearing the helmet that cyclists use in Olympic track events. It’s the near future, and all trials are decided within 3 days, which ironically felt like how long the movie went on for. During the trials giant holographic screens pop up in the middle of the courtroom (obviously a feature from the game) to display evidence and explain vital points, and if things get particularly heated, sometimes the two opposing attorneys will throw the holographic screens at each other.

Elements like this sound cool, but unfortunately it gets tiring very quickly, as the screens just get lost in the background of reams and reams of exposition from the characters explaining stuff to each other. Sometimes they’ll explain something, then after they’ve explained it the movie will flashback and show what they were explaining. Other times it’ll show a scene, and in the next we’re back in the courtroom and the characters will explain to each other what we’ve just watched. It’s torturous. The seriousness and heavy handed nature of all this exposition ultimately makes the quirky elements that Miike likes to throw into his movies seem out of place and stupid rather than entertaining.

At one point a parrot is called to the witness stand, in what drags on as a painfully unfunny scene, in another a witness starts speaking with a megaphone, and the list goes on. If things had been kept fast paced and light, all of these elements would have probably resulted in a movie which successfully captures the charm and essence of the game, but instead they only serve to do the opposite. Miike does manage to wring a couple of laughs with some inspired sight gags, but stretched over such a long runtime, the few bright points are quickly forgotten.

It pains me to say it but the movies problems don’t stop there, with the constant repetition of certain elements only confounding what a misguided effort this adaptation is. I lost count of the number of times Narimiya is about to give up in the court room, only for him to discover a piece of paper / put his hand on a page in a book / suddenly be hit by an inspired thought, and realize that he has a crucial piece of information right in front of him to continue the case. If not for this review I honestly would have turned it off long before the end. Perhaps most clumsy of all though, is the fact that both of the major cases that make up the plot, hinge on if a gun has been fired twice or not. Why on earth would you repeat the same plot device for the two most important decisions in the movie!?

Miike had a busy year in 2012, also making the romantic musical For Love’s Sake, and the psychotic high school thriller Lesson of the Evil, so for fans of his work like myself, there’ll always be other options to watch. With that in mind, perhaps the audience who’ll be most disappointed with Ace Attorney, are fans of the game itself. But then again, what do I know? I’m not a gamer.

Paul Bramhall’s Rating: 3/10

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Official: Harrison Ford returning in ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

"Blade Runner" Japanese Promotional Poster

"Blade Runner" Japanese Promotional Poster

THE MOVIE: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic.

The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.

Updates: The Playlist reports that Ridley Scott says Harrison Ford will likely appear in the Blade Runner sequel, but won’t be the focus. Ridley Scott describes a scene from the Blade Runner sequel at Collider.

Rope of Silicon reports that the upcoming Blu-ray for Prometheus clearly shows (screen shot at link, originally from Reddit) that there is a connection between the Blade Runner and Prometheus (which technically means the Alien franchise is also connected). The connection is a dictated message by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) that implies an obvious reference to Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel) from Blade Runner and his creation of Replicants. Of course, this may have an effect on the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner. | THR reports that Michael Green, writer of 2011′s Green Lantern, is in negotiations to work on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel.

In a recent interview, Empire asked Ridley Scott about Blade Runner 2, and this is what he had to say: “Yeah, we’re working on [Blade Runner 2] right now – that will happen sooner or later.”

During an AMA (Me Anything) on Reddit (via Collider), when Harrison Ford was asked about the possibility of appearing in a Blade Runner sequel, this is what he had to say: I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character. | Harrison Ford has been officially approached to reprise his role for Blade Runner 2. It’s getting closer…

According to Variety (via MTV), Ridley Scott says the screenplay is not only “written and ready to go,” but that Harrison Ford loves it: “I sent him this (script) and he said, ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve ever read,’ so it’s very relevant to what happened (in) the first one,” Scott told MTV News. “I’m not just doing a sequel with lots of action and see how far we can go with the special effects because you can’t really. ‘Blade Runner’ kind of landed on a somehow very credible future. And it’s very difficult to change that because it’s been so influential with everything else.”

BREAKING NEWS: According to Collider, Harrison Ford is officially returning as Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is in talks to direct.

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Revenge of the Ninja | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Revenge of the Ninja | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Revenge of the Ninja | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015

Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray for 1983′s Revenge the Ninja, the second in a series of unrelated Ninja films produced by Cannon Films (other titles in the trilogy are 1981′s Enter the Ninja and 1984′s Ninja III: The Domination). The Blu-ray will feature an audio commentary by director Sam Firstenberg (American Ninja).

Revenge of the Ninja stars Sho Kosugi (9 Deaths of the Ninja), Keith Vitali (Wheels on Meals) and Kane Kosugi (Coweb). Watch the trailer.

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

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Watch the 2nd Behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘SPECTRE’!

"Spectre" Teaser Poster

"Spectre" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Agent 007′s latest adventure, Skyfall, has gone on to become the most successful James Bond film of all time. With a final gross of over $1 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that the Bond producers have asked Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return to helm Daniel Craig’s next outing as the super spy.

Bond 24 is officially titled SPECTRE (which stands for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”). Returning cast members include Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear. New cast members are as followed: Christoph Waltz (who is playing Oberhauser, not Blofeld, as previously rumored), Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Monica Bellucci.

Also returning is Jesper Christensen, who played the Mr. White in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. SPECTRE hits theaters in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Updates: Latino Review reported that John Logan (Gladiator), one of four credited writers on Skyfall, has already been hired to write the next two films in the franchise.

During a Charlie Rose interview (via Collider), director Sam Mendes explains why he finally decided to return to the director’s chair for Bond 24: “I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner… I felt there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.” The director also states that it will feel like a continuation of Skyfall.

Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar) is taking over duties for Roger Deakins (Skyfall). In addition, Mendes will be shooting Bond 24 on film, as opposed to digital. | New Bond car (Aston Martin DB10) and the teaser poster. | Candid footage of Craig riding in a boat along the River Thames, courtesy of Collider. | First set photo of Craig, Seydoux and Bautista. | 1st Behind-the-scenes featurette for SPECTRE. Also, here’s the first official image of Bond himself.

BREAKING NEWS: 2nd Behind-the-scenes featurette, featuring director Sam Mendes.

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom’ Blu-ray Giveaway!

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Jacob Cheung’s wuxia-fantasy film The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post and describe, in your own words, this sequence from Mad Max.

We will be selecting a winner at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom will be officially released on March 10, 2015. We will announce the 3 winners on March 11, 2015 and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by March 10, 2015 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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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ will be a sequel to 1986′s ‘Aliens’

"Alien" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Alien" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie) took to Instagram to confirm that his next movie will be an Alien (aka Alien 5) film.

This exciting news comes weeks after Blomkamp shared some “personal” concept art for an Alien movie that had been running around his mind. The artwork – featuring the return of both Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn) – was a warm welcome to fans of the franchise, especially given the acclaim Blomkamp has received for his influential work.

Updates: According to sources, Blomkamp’s Alien sequel will basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection: “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s AlienAliens and then this film,” said the director.

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Well Go USA unleashes Donnie Yen’s ‘Kung Fu Killer’!

"Kung Fu Killer" International Poster

"Kung Fu Killer" International Poster

Well Go USA is bringing Donnie Yen’s latest action blockbuster, Kung Fu Killer (aka Kung Fu Jungle), to U.S. theaters this April. This high-octane, martial arts thriller reunites Yen with director Teddy Chen (Bodyguards & Assassins), as well as Wang Baoqiang (Iceman Cometh 3D).

Kung Fu Killer (read our review) follows a top-notch kung fu instructor (Yen) who is imprisoned for accidentally killing a man. But when a deranged killer (Baoqiang) begins targeting the best martial artists in Hong Kong, it’s up to Yen to stop him!

Be sure to check back for the actual release day. Until then, don’t miss the film’s original Hong Kong trailer.

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Enter the Ninja | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Enter the Ninja | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Enter the Ninja | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015

Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray for 1981′s Enter the Ninja, directed by Menahem Golan (The Delta Force). Enter the Ninja is the first in a series of unrelated Ninja films produced by Cannon Films (read our review for Electric Boogaloo, a documentary about the Golan-Globus film empire). The film was followed by 1983′s Revenge of the Ninja and 1984′s Ninja III: The Domination).

Enter the Ninja stars Franco Nero (Street Law, Django), Susan George (Straw Dogs) and Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja). Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Enter the Ninja from Amazon.com today!

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Scott Adkins role in Ariel Vromen’s action flick is ‘Criminal’

"Green Street Hooligans: Underground" Japanese DVD Cover

"Green Street Hooligans: Underground" Japanese DVD Cover

Martial arts star Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) is appearing alongside Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman in Criminal, an upcoming action-thriller directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman).

Criminal involves a dangerous convict who is implanted with a deceased CIA agent’s memories to finish a deadly mission. There’s no word on the amount of screen time Adkins will be receiving, but we’ll be damned if he’s not on board for his on-screen fighting skills.

Criminal is currently in post-production with a release date set for August 21, 2015. We expect trailer to be hitting soon, so stay tuned!

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River of Death | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

River of Death | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

River of Death | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015

Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray for 1989′s River of Death, directed by Steve Carver (Lone Wolf McQuade) and starring Michael Dudikoff, Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence and L.Q. Jones.

It’s American Ninja meets Indiana Jones! In the nightmarish days of the Third Reich, a Nazi scientist escapes to the impenetrable jungles of the Amazon. Years later, a mysterious incurable disease breaks out among the natives and an adventurer (Dudikoff) is hired to search for the cause. The Blu-ray will feature audio commentary by Dudikoff and Steve Carver. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order River of Death from Amazon.com today!

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Rise of the Legend (2014) Review

"Rise of the Legend" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Rise of the Legend" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Roy Chow
Writer: Christine To
Producer: Ivy Ho, Bill Kong
Cast: Eddie Peng, May Wang, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Sammo Hung, Jing Boran, Wong Cho Lam, Simon Yam, Max Zhang Jin, AngelaBaby, Feng Jia Yi, Byron Mann
Running Time: 131 min.

By oneleaf

19th Century China was a time of turmoil. The majority of the populace suffered from extreme poverty and Western imperialist pressure was slowly rearing its ugly head in major cities all over the country. Local feudal-like gangs engaging in turf wars have become a commonplace along with the proliferation of opium dens. An undercurrent of discontent from the masses was about to boil over…

This is the backdrop of Rise of the Legend in the port city of Guangzhou, China revolving around its main wharf controlled by two factions, the Black Tiger Clan and the Northern Sea Clan.

Rise of the Legend stars Eddie Peng (Unbeatable) as Wong Fei Hung and Sammo Hung (Once Upon a Time in Shanghai) as Lei Gong of the Black Tiger Clan. The film is a re-imagining of the life and times of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung. Martial arts movie fans will no doubt remember the character made famous by Jet Li (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) and Tsui Hark in the Once upon a Time in China film series. This new glossy interpretation chronicles Wong’s meteoric rise from street urchin to folk hero.

Rise of the Legend opens with a drenched Wong – obviously in distress – running amidst a heavy downpour, fighting for his life as axe and sword wielding goons rush at him from every direction. The Corey Yuen-choreographed clash is beautiful to look at. The slow motion pan and scan, the CGI and even some ‘wire-fu’ makes Peng (a non-martial artist in real life) look believable with his “shadowless kick” Wong is famous for. The almost-endless rhythmic ballet of punches and kicks – packed with a cacophony of sound – left me affixed to the screen. Heightening the life-and-death action in progress is the outstanding score by Shigeru Umebayashi (The Grandmaster).

Yuen finally redeems himself from the debacle that was Badges of FuryRise of the Legend is vintage Yuen. He’s truly in fine form here with his visual flair for summersaults, aerial wireworks and a variety of connecting kicks and punches. One particular inventive sequence made me want more: During a sword battle between Wong and his opponent, Wong’s sword flies out of his hand and impales onto a pillar on the opposite side of the room. After leaping atop his enemy – landing a near-fatal, closed fist knuckle blow to the head – Wong continues to strike him repeatedly. Stumbling backwards from the attack, his opponent basically decapitates himself, falling back onto the aforementioned sword. This clever scene has to be seen to be believed.

Peng’s casting as Wong was a good choice. His charismatic presence is well-balanced by his nonchalant, under-the-surface seething. Hung is excellent as s Boss Lei Gong, the cruel, tyrannical leader of the Black Tiger Clan. He’s ruthless, yet in his own way, benevolent to those he deemed loyal and worthy.

Peng reportedly buffed up and trained for almost an entire year in Nanquan (Southern fist) to prepare for the role. His dedication paid off: His moves are no mere mimicry; they appear powerful, effective and real (take this from someone who actually practices martial arts). He’s also quite adept at using the broadsword, which is no small feat for someone with a year’s training.

Rebooting the much beloved folk tale of Wong into Rise of the Legend was a gamble. Some detractors would label the film sacrilegious, compared to the Once Upon a Time in China series. However, even the Once Upon a Time in China series is a fictionalized rendition; not a biopic. The gamble, in my opinion, did pay off and this new tale of Wong stands on its own.

Rise of the Legend is not without drawbacks. Clocking in at over 2 hours long, the script borders on information overload: too many thematic elements are explored, but none are fully developed. As a result, Roy Chow’s (Nightfall) directing and pacing isn’t as smooth as it should be. It constantly transitions from one theme to the next with flashbacks. These transitions left very little room for character development for two main characters in the film.

Nevertheless, the film’s excellent choreography, overall storytelling and inevitable duel between Wong and Lei Gong make up for its shortcomings. What a finale.

Rise of the Legend is definitely recommended.

oneleaf’s rating: 7/10

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2nd trailer for the Sean Penn action flick ‘The Gunman’

"The Gunman" Teaser Poster

"The Gunman" Teaser Poster

Looks like “serious actor” Sean Penn is following the footsteps of Liam Neeson by taking on an action flick. Penn’s The Gunman, which is being directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, District B13), hits theaters on March 20, 2015.

The Gunman, which is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman, is about a spy (Penn) who must clear his name in order to save himself from the organization that he used to work for.

This Joel Silver-produced film also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca. 1st trailer! | International trailer. | New character posters: 1 | 2 | 3

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the 2nd trailer!

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Retaliation | Blu-ray (Arrow Video)

Retaliation | Blu-ray (Arrow Video)

Retaliation | Blu-ray (Arrow Video)

RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2015

Arrow Video presents the Blu-ray for 1968′s Retaliation, a Nikkatsu gangster flick directed by Yasuharu Hasebe (Assault! Jack the Ripper).

A yakuza lieutenant (Akira Kobayashi) emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Meanwhile, a rival gangster (Joe Shishido from A Colt is My Passport) is waiting to kill him and a young woman (Meiko Kaji from Lady Snowblood) is caught in the crossfire. Watch the trailer.

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It’s a deadly game of ‘Poker Night’ for Beau Mirchoff, Ron Pearlman and Carlos Esposito

"Poker Night" Theatrical Poster

"Poker Night" Theatrical Poster

Wingman Productions brings the 2014 film Poker Night to Blu-ray and DVD this month. This riveting crime thriller revolves around a poker game between a bunch of cops who aim to help a rookie law enforcer named Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) out of a very sticky situation.

Don’t be fooled by the film’s title – although it centers around a poker game, it doesn’t get into the nitty gritty of poker, nor does it throw endless terminology at the audience. For the most part, the poker skits are used to educate Jeter about the morals of being a good police officer.

The educators come in the form of a slew of famous actors such as Sons of Anarchy duo Ron Pearlman and Titus Welliver, as well as Breaking Bad star Carlos Esposito – all playing veteran cops.

Things become interesting when Jeter is faced with his kidnapper and crazed psychopath, and as the plot thickens, writer and director Greg Francis throws endless twists into the proceedings to help keep the audience on their toes throughout. Ultimately, it’s a quite bold indie film that has been released in an effort to stimulate fans of a myriad of different genres.

Partly because in the last two years, Hollywood has seen a raft of casino-related films flop including the latest Paramount Pictures film starring Mark Wahlberg, The Gambler. But Francis knew this, and has created an interesting spin on the world’s favorite casino game, that saw its popularity reach unprecedented levels in the late 90s when online gaming saw its inception via the Malatese-based InterCasino. After that, many icons of the sport became household names like Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth resulting in filmmakers everywhere, tapping into the popularity of casino gaming. But as the genre has slowly died out, Francis has enthused the film with elements that will excite horror fanatics the world over.

Although it’s fair to say that we have seen the last of big budget poker films, Poker Night’s refreshing take on the game may encourage indie filmmakers to jump on the bandwagon and start exploring their options once more.

Be sure to catch the film’s trailer!

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Deal on Fire! Legendary Amazons | Blu-ray | Only $8.49 – Expires soon!

Legendary Amazons Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Legendary Amazons Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Legendary Amazons (read our review), directed by Frankie Chan (How To Meet Lucky Stars).

Legendary Amazons stars Cecilia Cheung (Shaolin Soccer), Richie Ren (Accident), Liu Xiaoqing (A Dream In Red Mansions), Cheng Pei-pei (Come Drink with Me) and Kathy Chow (Cheap Killers).

This update of the Shaw Brothers classic, 14 Amazons, takes place in the early 11th century China during the reign of Emperor Renzong of the Song Dynasty.

Order Legendary Amazons today from Amazon.com!

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New ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ Japanese trailer is pure insanity!

"Mad Max Fury Road" Teaser Poster

"Mad Max Fury Road" Teaser Poster

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, is Tom Hardy playing the same Mad Max, or is it a completely different and new Mad Max? Here’s what George Miller told Collider: “Yes and no. Yes, of course, it’s based on the same character that Mel [Gibson] played… But naturally, Tom brings his Tom Hardy-ness to it. He brings another quality. And the character is different, to some degree, because the story is different. So, it’s a yes and no answer. Yes, it’s different, but no, he’s essentially grown out of the same material.” | New photos reveal Charlize Theron as a one-armed warrior! In case you missed it (shame on you!), catch the latest trailer for Mad Max Fury Road.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new Japanese trailer!

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The New Barbarians | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

The New Barbarians | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

The New Barbarians | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2015

Blue Underground presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1983′s New Barbarians (aka Warriors of the Wasteland), directed by Enzo G. Castellari (1990: The Bronx Warriors).

In The New Barbarians, two mercenaries help wandering caravans fight off an evil and aimless band of white-clad bikers after the nuclear holocuast.

The film stars Fred Williamson (Vigilante), Anna Kanakis and Venantino Venantini. Watch the trailer.

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Buddha’s Palm and Dragon Fist | aka Roving Heroes (1980) Review

"Buddha’s Palm and Dragon Fist" DVD Cover

"Buddha’s Palm and Dragon Fist" DVD Cover

AKA: Roving Heroes
Director: Got Si Ho
Cast: Chi Kuan Chun, Lee I Min, Suen Shu Pau, Wong Chi Sang, Eva Lin Yi Wa, Ma Cheung, Ma Chin Ku, Shih Ting Ken, Ching Kuo Chung, Chiu Chung Hing, Woo Hon Cheung
Running Time:85 min.

By Martin Sandison

By the mid to late 70’s Taiwanese made kung fu films were exploding, with movies such as The Hot, The Cool and the Vicious leading the way. Buddha’s Palm and Dragon Fist is a welcome addition to the genre. Despite the extreme low budgets of Taiwanese flicks, they created some of the absolute classics of of the era including the aforementioned The Hot, the Cool and the Vicious (which Buddha’s Palm references in its opening scene) and the genius Green Jade Statuette.

The stars of Buddha’s Palm are two of the brightest in the genre at the time. Chi Kuan Chun starred in numerous Shaw Brothers classics including Disciples of Shaolin and Shaolin Temple in the early to mid 70’s, and went on to star in numerous Taiwanese productions, including directing The Big Rascal. Li Yi Min was one of the most versatile martial artists of the time, and he of course starred in the all time classic Seven Grandmasters, a movie that needs no introduction. Buddha’s Palm has a pretty perfunctory plot, that in the grand tradition is an excuse for lots of action.

Basically Chi and Li are sent by their master to try and find a killer in a small town, and they encounter lots of martial artists and the main villain, Suen Shu Pau. Li’s character is a pretty strange one; he is goofy and mischievous, but beats up and tortures a monk in a bizarrely violent scene. It’s a welcome change from the usual predictable character behaviour of old school movies. Chi’s character is much more archetypal, the strong silent type who talks with his fists. Both leads have good chemistry and the silly comedy is pretty entertaining. One amusing scene has Li trying to put Chi off training by throwing various things at him, eventually throwing a recently used chamber pot at him! In another scene the two leads have a drinking competition, with Li drinking from an insanely large pot of wine.

The fights are choreographed by the film’s villain, Suen Shu Pau, a veteran old school actor who also appeared in numerous Shaw Brothers films of the 70’s. It’s definitely a case of the fights get better as the film goes along, with some of the early ones lacking in bite and too dance like. Li’s acrobatics and kicking are put to the fore, and he comes out with some dizzying stuff. A mid film fight has some brilliant acrobatic kicking in slow motion, despite the rest of the fight being pretty pedestrian. Chi’s handwork is as intricate and powerful as always, and he proves his real ability throughout.

The end fight is where the action really hots up as our two heroes take on Suen. This sends the shapes fan into pure heaven, with each element completely complimentary. Two uses of wire work really bring in some impact, and the sound effects enhance this greatly. I noticed a rip off from the masterpiece Drunken Master in one piece of choreography, wherein Suen rips off a shred of jacket and punches the same point immediately. It’s pulled off with almost the same gusto as Jackie.

Unfortunately the movie suffers from a lot of the same problems that dog the old school independent martial arts movie. Namely terrible sound editing, silly dubbing and bad editing. In one scene Chi throws a guy from a balcony on the street, and when he hits the ground Chi is miraculously beside him! As we all know the real fan looks past these to concentrate on the traits that make old school movies so great: the charm, atmosphere and great action.

Despite not being up there with the classics, Buddha’s Palm has its moments and is an entertaining watch.

Martin Sandison’s Rating: 6.5/10

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Firewalker | Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Firewalker | Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

Firewalker | Blu-ray & DVD (Olive Films)

RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2015

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1986′s Firewalker, directed by J. Lee Thompson (Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown).

After a long career of failures, archaeological adventurers Max and Leo (Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr.) are ready to call it quits until a blonde with an ancient treasure map hires them to guide her into Central America to find Aztec gold. But as they draw closer to the priceless bounty, they are unaware that a powerful spirit is tracking their every move! Watch the trailer.

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New trailer for Steven Seagal’s ‘Mercenary: Absolution’

"True Justice 4" Japanese DVD Cover

"True Justice 4" Japanese DVD Cover

Steven Seagal’s upcoming film, The Mercenary: Absolution (aka Absolution), will officially mark the 6th time Seagal is working with director/producer Keoni Waxman (Force of Execution). The film is a sequel to A Good Man (2014), which was recently released on DVDThe Mercenary: Absolution also stars Byron Mann (The Corrupter) and Vinnie Jones (Escape Plan).

Plot: When an ex-operative is recruited by his old boss to assassinate an Afghan drug dealer, he begins to suspect a link between a drug smuggling operation, a sex trafficking ring and the US Government. | Trailer for The Mercenary: Absolution. | Japanese trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the film’s newest trailer!

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1990: The Bronx Warriors | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

1990: The Bronx Warriors | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

1990: The Bronx Warriors | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2015

Blue Underground presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1982′s 1990: The Bronx Warriors (read our review), directed by Enzo G. Castellari (Street Law).

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.

1990: The Bronx Warriors stars Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, “Betty” Elisabetta Dessy and Stefania Girolami. Watch the trailer.

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Well Go USA to release Tianyu Zhao’s ‘Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal’ on February 27th!

"Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal" Theatrical Poster

"Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal" Theatrical Poster

Just around the corner is the 3-D action fantasy film titled Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, directed by Tianyu Zhao (Deadly Delicious) and starring Chen Kun (Young Detective Dee) and Li Bingbing (Detective Dee & the Mystery of the Phantom Flame).

The film also features the skill of Academy Award-winning director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist Peter Pau.

Here’s the plot (via THR): “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal tells the story of legendary Chinese anti-hero Zhong Kui, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.”

Additional cast members include Winston Chao (1911), Yang Zishan (So Young!), Bao Bei-er (The Four) and recording artist Jike Junyi (The Voice of China).

Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal is set for a domestic release on February 19th 2015, Chinese New Year. Until then, don’t miss the first trailer | 2nd trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Well Go USA has announced the acquisition of US and Canadian distribution rights to Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. The film also marks the company’s first 3D theatrical release aligned with Asia’s New Year. Catch it in theaters on February 27th, until then, here’s Well Go USA’s new trailer!

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Escape From the Bronx | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

Escape From the Bronx | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

Escape From the Bronx | Blu-ray & DVD (Blue Underground)

RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2015

Blue Underground presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1983′s Escape From the Bronx (aka The Bronx Warriors II), directed by Enzo G. Castellari (1990: Bronx Warriors).

In Escape From the Bronx, a rag-tag group of people must fight extermination squads amid their ruined city.

The film also stars Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D’Obici, Giancarlo Prete, Paolo Malco, Ennio Girolami and Antonio Sabato.

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Charlene Choi bares all for Herman Yau’s Cat III flick ‘Sara’

"Sara" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Sara" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Herman Yau (Taxi Hunter, Untold Story, The Legend Is Born: Ip Man) is returning to his Category III roots with a new psychological thriller titled Sara. In the film, Charlene Choi (Kung Fu Dunk) plays a woman whose dark past comes back to haunt her when she encounters an underage prostitute in Thailand.

According to Jaynestars, the film’s poster – which shows Choi’s nude body resting in a bathtub full of bloody water – was shot while the movie was being filmed: “The photographer snapped photos candidly, so it appeared more natural. We did not purposely do a photo shoot just for the movie poster. The results were good, as the mood of the photos really matched the sentiment of the movie,” said Choi.

Sara also stars Simon Yam (As the Light Goes Out) and is produced by Chaptan To (Infernal Affairs 2). The film will get its Chinese domestic release in April of 2015.

Updates: Watch the film’s trailer now.

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

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

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

RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2015

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Killers, a Japanese/Indonesian thriller directed by Timo Tjahjant and Kimo Stamboel (Macabre) – the duo also known as The Mo Brothers – and produced by Gareth Evans (The Raid 2).

Killers (read our review) follows a well-dressed serial killer who preys on women in Tokyo, as well as the ruthless Indonesian vigilante he begins engaging in a twisted ‘competition’ with – over the internet! The film stars Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya and Mei Kurokawa. Watch the trailer.

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New trailer for indie martial arts film ‘Unlucky Stars’

"Unlucky Stars" Movie Poster

"Unlucky Stars" Movie Poster

Decades later, the iconic films of Hong Kong legends Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan continue to inspire a new generation of stuntmen and filmmakers. Case in point: Unlucky Stars, an independent martial arts comedy directed by and starring Dennis Ruel. As you can tell from the title, the film takes particular inspiration from the Lucky Stars series of films that Sammo popularized in the Eighties. Expect tongue-in-cheek humor and bone-crunching fight choreography.

You can scope out the teaser trailer for the film on YouTube. The cast includes Dennis Ruel, Ken Quitugua, Sari Sabella, Jose Montesinos, Giovannie Espiritu, and Vladislav Rimburg. | 2nd teaser trailer! | BTS feature. | New trailer.

Updates: New “Story” trailer.

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