Deal on Fire! Replicant | Blu-ray | Only $5 – Expires soon!

"Replicant" Blu-ray Cover

"Replicant" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Replicant, directed by Ringo Lam (Full Contact). During a murder spree, precious DNA is left behind that allows a secret government agency to render a killer’s perfect duplicate. Jean-Claude Van Damme squares off against his deadliest opponent yet – himself! Also starring Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead).

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People who need to appear in ‘The Expendables’

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"The Expendables" Japanese Theatrical Poster

The third installment of the highly popular Expendables film series is due to open on August 15th. With Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas added to the cast, there aren’t many action heroes left in Hollywood yet to appear in the franchise. If there is to be a fourth, which there most likely will be, here are some names we’d like to appear in it:

Floyd Mayweather: The undefeated pound-for-pound king Mayweather would be a perfect adversary for the Expendables. Once he’s fought Marcos Maidana (which shouldn’t be too difficult since he’s 1/16 favorite with Titan Bet to win the fight), he should make a foray into films. He’d be the perfect opponent for Toll Road, played by UFC fighter Randy Couture. If those two were to throw it down, it would be insane. The king of boxing versus one of the true greats of mixed martial arts is something we all want to see.

Jackie Chan: We all love Jackie Chan. He’s one of the true action legends, not just in Hollywood, but around the globe. However, we’d like to see him play a villainous role. The reason being is that we desperately want to see him and Jet Li square off. We have only seen the duo in one film thus far (the 2008 epic The Forbidden Kingdom). Now that film was great but the pair were on the same side; we are still waiting for them to battle one another. A bad guy role in the Expendables would saturate this desire. Who wouldn’t want to see the two greatest living martial arts actors go at each other?!

Steven Seagal: Alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seagal was the greatest action movie actor of the 1980s/1990s. He is the one name that everyone wants to see added to the cast. It’s not for want of trying on Stallone’s part; he’s offered Seagal a role in all three films but has thus far been turned down. Nonetheless, with acting work starting to dry up for Seagal he surely cannot continue to turn down a role of this magnitude. If a fourth film does materialise and he is offered a part hopefully he will jump at the offer. We want to see Sly take on Steve.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: Currently the highest earner in Hollywood, Johnson is without doubt the modern day action hero. At 6’5 in height and weighing 260lb, Johnson is a monster personified and the perfect opponent for Arnie. A former WWE champion against a former Mr Olympia has every fan boy salivating at the mouth. It would also be great to see the old guard taking on the new players.

Manny Pacquiao: Our next choice is Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao. Professional boxer. Politician. The only eight-division world champion ever. He’s been hailed as both the “Most Exciting Boxer” and “Fighter of the Decade” by the public and worldwide media. If Pacquiao vs. Mayweather never happens, the two dueling it out in an Expendables movie would be the next best thing. Unlike Mayeather, Pacquiao has the acting experience – not only has he appeared in a San Miguel Beer commercial with Expendables’ own Jet Li, but he also starred in a string of films in the Philippines – the guy was made for cameras!

Don “The Dragon” Wilson: Sure, this 11-time World Kickboxing Champion /Martial Arts Hall of Famer may not be a Blockbuster name like Schwarzenegger or Stallone, but there’s no doubt in our minds that he is just as qualified. Besides, if fellow low budget action star Gary Daniels had his time in Expendables, why not Wilson? After all, his 30+ films – including Bloodfist and Ring of Fire – were profit-making “Blockbusters” in their own right. The inclusion of Wilson definitely makes more sense than Liam Hemsworth, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, come on, Wilson is the real deal. Period!

Donnie Yen: Dubbed in the Hong Kong media as “The strongest man in the Universe,” Donnie Yen is another martial arts star that everyone is dying to see in an Expendables flick. Like Seagal and Chan, Yen’s name has always been linked to the franchise. Judging from his busy schedule ahead – and the fact that he’s practically fine with being a living legend on his own stomping grounds – we doubt he’ll give in. Part of us can’t blame him, the other part of us is saying, “Just do the darn film, will you?”

Tony Jaa: Tony Jaa, martial arts star of Ong Bak, is quite possibly the most physically amazing guy living today. We’re talking near-super human abilities. The possibility of Jaa appearing in the Expendables franchise are pretty decent. Considering he has a part in Fast and the Furious 7, he’s obviously not shying away from being part of an ensemble cast in a Hollywood movie. In addition, he’s currently working with Dolph Lundgren in an upcoming film, so he’s already made one strong connection to the franchise. No pun intended.

Iko Uwais: All the other action stars better watch out! There’s a new Sheriff in town, and his name is Iko Uwais. This Silat (Southeast Asian fighting method) martial arts expert took the world by storm in the critically-acclaimed, ultra violent martial arts action film, The Raid. With The Raid 2 just around the corner, Uwais has proved himself to be up there with the Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Sylvester Stallone himself is even an admirer of The Raid, a film he personally set out to top with Expendables 3! True story.

Runners up…

We obviously can go on and on, but here’s a list of other names that we would love to see in future Expendables movies: Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport, Enter the Dragon), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Richard Norton (City Hunter), Chow Yun Fat (The Killer), Carl Weathers (Predator), Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional), Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China), Mr. T (Rocky 3, The A-Team), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), Benny “The Jet” Urquidez (Dragons Forever), Philip Rhee (Best of the Best) and Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja).

There is no doubt that The Expendables 3 is going to be an action packed thrill ride and a box office success, so if there is to be a fourth, we can expect a whole host of action names attached. We’ll see what happens…

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Deal on Fire! The Raid | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

The Raid: Redemption Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

The Raid: Redemption Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Raid: Redemption (aka The Raid) It’s a rookie member (Iko Uwais) and a special forces team vs. every killer, gangster and thief in a fifteen-story apartment block building. This groundbreaking martial arts spectacular is considered one of the best action movies of our time. The perfect way to get ready for The Raid 2: Berandal, which releases on March 28th 2014!

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Prophecy of Eve | DVD (Shami Media)

Prophecy of Eve | DVD (Shami Media)

Prophecy of Eve | DVD (Shami Media)

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2014

Shami Media presents the DVD for Ron Santiano’s Prophecy of Eve (aka Eve: Beauty and the Blade), a low budget, supernatural martial arts movie. Eve’s (Ia Villatuya) life is forever altered when her parents vanish without a trace after being attacked by supernatural agents. When she runs into the members of the same organization to which her parents bore allegiance, several unanswered questions from Eve’s childhood reemerge. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Prophecy of Eve from Amazon.com today!

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Firestorm (2013) Review

"Firestorm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Firestorm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Alan Yuen
Writer: Alan Yuen
Producer: Andy Lau, William Kong
Cast: Andy Lau, Yao Chen, Gordon Lam, Hu Jun, Ray Lui, Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Michael Tong Man Lung, Terence Yin
Running Time: 109 min.

By Sapo

Wow. Did I have high hopes for this one. Andy “Infernal Affairs” Lau in a rock ‘em, sock ‘em thriller. I’m there. This was one I HAD to see. This was the one that would take the recent sour taste of Blind Detective and Special ID out of my mouth. So why am I am so speechless right now. Was it that good? Not exactly. But let me say this. There is an action scene that arrives at the 30-minute mark that almost saves the entire movie. Almost.

So Andy plays an obsessed cop on the trail of some pretty suave bank robbers. But before you can say “Al Pacino in Heat,” the filmmakers sprinkle in some Infernal Affairs to spice things up. And just for the record, I still believe IA was a better flick than The Departed. Sorry. I love saying that every chance I get. Now back to business. Let me talk about that action sequence which involves an exploding building, two men fighting in the air, but before that, cop and criminal exchange blows on a gate barely supported. Believe you me; I am NOT doing the sequence any justice. It has to be seen. Then after you see it, rewind the damn thing and watch it again.

But a great scene does not make a great movie. Hell, three great scenes do not make a great movie. And that is the best way to describe Firestorm, which is a pretty cool title by the way. The final 20 minutes becomes a “Heat on crack” action bonanza. But it reaches the point where it is almost too much. There are no real characters to root for. You want to cheer for Lau but his performance makes it oh-so difficult. We have the usual mole within the bad guys with a woman dying for him to go straight. Watching Firestorm, one cannot help thinking that we seen this too many times before.

There also comes a point where a movie becomes too flashy or tries to be “too stylish.” I’m afraid Firestorm falls into this category. The action scenes are top notch but once they’re over, the movie slows down and becomes the typical “Oh no. I think we have another informant in the crew,” followed by “let’s all point our guns at each other.” But there is another cool scene in which a flock of pigeons are used as a distraction on a crowded street. I have not seen birds used so effectively since John Woo brought the doves to America in Face/Off.

Overall, you can do a lot worse than Firestorm. You can also do better. Just don’t expect anything new on the acting front and wait for those 2-3 kick ass action scenes to wake you up.

Sapo’s Rating: 6/10

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The new trailer for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ might just give you chills

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: In Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. The film hits theaters July 18th, 2013.

Appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past are Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

Updates: Singer  says he had a two hour conversation with James Cameron to help wrap his head around this film’s time travel plot. Singer also revealed the film at least opens in the the year 1973. Fan speculation suggests that the kids from First Class will then travel to a a dark alternate future where the characters from Singer’s first two X-Men films are being hunted down by Sentinels.

Red-hot Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (Flash Point), who will also be seen in this summer’s Iron Man 3, has signed on to play the popular teleporting mutant Blink. In addition, fans can look forward to Daniel Cudmore reprising his role of Colossus. | Bryan Singer reveals possible new Beast concept art. | Collider has a brand new set photo of President Nixon. | Check out the first trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Don’t miss the brand new trailer for the film, which manages to be both visually spectacular and emotionally-stirring!

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Here’s your first look at the world of ‘Jurassic World’

"Jurassic World" Promotional Poster

"Jurassic World" Promotional Poster

THE MOVIE: The fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise is titled Jurassic World. Directing the film will be Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). There are no plot details, but the film has a release date for June 12, 2015. So far, the cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins and Irrfan Khan.

Chances are his script will bear no resemblance to an earlier one from The Departed‘s Willian Monahan that floated around the web back in 2007. That draft had a soldier of fortune returning to Jurassic Park with the help of some genetically engineered mini-T-Rexes who obeyed his commands like domesticated dogs. We’re not even making this up!

Updates: Nothing ground-breaking but Spielberg has confirmed he will be producing JPIV rather than directing it. He also says it’s too soon to discuss the project. | HitFix relays word that Universal has assigned Rise of the Planet Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to work on the screenplay.

Universal has announced June 12, 2015 as the official release for Jurassic Park 4, which is officially titled Jurassic World. Also, be sure and watch the “pitch” video. | Deadline reports that Universal is in negotiations with Josh Brolin (Oldboy) to join Jurassic World. | Deadline reports that Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) will be the film’s main villain.

BREAKING NEWS: AICN has some concept art for what the brand new and fully operational Jurassic Park may look like. Sorry – no more cool jeeps, JP fans!

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Deal on Fire! Jet Li 3-Disc Collection | Blu-ray | Only $9.54 – Expires soon!

"Jet Li Collection" Blu-ray Cover

"Jet Li Collection" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is for the 3-Disc Jet Li Collection Blu-ray set. The set includes three of Jet’s best movies: Corey Yuen’s The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk, Gordon Chan’s Fist of Legend and Yuen Woo-ping’s Tai Chi Master with Michelle Yeoh. For about $3 a disc, this is definitely a deal on fire!

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Steven Seagal’s next action flick ‘Absolution’ starts filming

"True Justice 4" Japanese DVD Cover

"True Justice 4" Japanese DVD Cover

Last month, we reported the news of an upcoming Steven Seagal film titled A Good Man. Even though that film hasn’t even been released yet, Seagal has already started shooting its sequel, The Mercenary: Absolution (aka Absolution). This will officially mark the 6th time Seagal is working with director/producer Keoni Waxman (Force of Execution).

Shooting for The Mercenary: Absolution began on March 17th and will continue until the 7th of April. Joining the Seagal this time around is Byron Mann (The Corrupter) and Vinnie Jones (Escape Plan).

Thanks to expendablespremiere.com for providing the press release from Castle Film Studios. We’ll keep you updated on this project as we hear more.

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Upcoming Ringo Lam action film gets an ‘Intoxicated’ title!

"Full Alert" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Full Alert" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Updated: 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.

We’ll keep up updated on Intoxicated City of Mazes as we hear more! Stay tuned! - Thanks to DiP!

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Deal on Fire! The Delta Force | Blu-ray | Only $7.24 – Expires soon!

"The Delta Force" Blu-ray Cover

"The Delta Force" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for the 1986 Cannon Films classic The Delta Force. It’s a little bit of everything: Action, martial arts, motorcycles with missiles, and even some intense drama that may surprise you! Joining Norris is Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen), Steve James (American Ninja) and an unrecognizable Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), who gives an Oscar-worthy performance as an Iranian hijacker! No joke!

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Expect Donnie Yen’s ‘Ip Man 3′ in late 2015

"Ip Man" International Poster

"Ip Man" International Poster

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

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

Update: It’s long been thought that Ip Man 3D was dead in the water, but a new report suggests that Donnie Yen is having preliminary meetings with producer Raymond Wong about the film. The casting search for an actor to play a teenage Bruce Lee may already be happening.

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

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

Jaynestars reports that shooting for Ip Man 3 is expected to begin next year, with Donnie and Wilson Yip still attached to star and direct respectively.

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

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Enemies Closer (2013) Review

"Enemies Closer" Theatrical Poster

"Enemies Closer" Theatrical Poster

Director: Peter Hyams
Writer: Eric Bromberg, James Bromberg
Producer: Joel Silver, Courtney Solomon
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott, Orlando Jones, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Linzey Cocker, Zahari Baharov
Running Time: 95 min.

By Mighty Peking Man

It’s been nearly 20 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Peter Hyams (2010: The Year We Make Contact) made a film together. Hyams first directed Van Damme during the action star’s career-peak in 1994’s Timecop, then again in 1995’s Sudden Death. The duo’s collaboration gave Van Damme’s resume a much-needed cinematic boost, making him a prime contender in the “action star” race, nearly equaling the magnitude of an Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone blockbuster.

Now, 20 years later, after a life filled with ups, downs – as well as a subtle career comeback with films like JCVD and The Expendables 2 – Van Damme teams up with Hyams once again for Enemies Closer.

Despite being a Hyams film, it should be no surprise that Enemies Closer isn’t a big budget film like Timecop or Sudden Death. After all, it is a straight-to-DVD film with a lead who hasn’t had his own theatrical release since 1999′s Universal Soldier: The Return. Even if you’re expecting 1/8th the scope of any of the movies just mentioned, expect to be let down. Enemies Closer may have the stroke of a veteran director making the most out of a low budget, but from the gitgo, it’s apparent it’s a small film. Even Van Damme’s 6 Bullets and Assassinations Games felt more like a “movie” than this.

Enemies Closer is definitely one of the most bizarre titles in Van Damme’s filmography, mainly for the cast itself: Starring alongside Van Damme are Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!) and Orlando Jones (MADtv), two actors who are mostly known for playing light-hearted or comedic characters. Here, they play a couple of Ex-Navy SEAL badasses who take on an evil Van Damme and his gang of criminals. The two pull it off for the most part, but it’s still a solid case of miscasting, no matter how you look at it.

The action pieces and fight choreography are decent. They would have been better if I could see what the heck was going on. Most of the action takes place at night, which is cool and all, but the way they’re filmed leaves little regard for the audience. We’ve all seen enough movies that take place at night and most filmmakers – despite a dark setting – are able to capture a fight scene that’s perfectly visible to the audience. Come to think of it, maybe this is why I thought the action was decent?

If there’s one thing that’s great about Enemies Closer, it’s Van Damme. This is not the first time he has played a bad guy, but it is the first time he plays an impressive one. He’s no Alan Rickman from Die Hard, but his portrayal is natural, humorous and full of character. Minor spoiler: The last thing Van Damme’s character says before we say goodbye to him is one of the best moments in the movie (by the way, look for the nod to Die Hard 2).

There are basically three types of people who should make it a point to watch Enemies Closer: 1) Die hard Jean-Claude Van Damme fanatics; 2) Those who have wet dreams about Tom Everett Scott being an action hero; and 3) Those who have wet dreams about Orlando Jones being an action hero.

Overall, Enemies Closer is a disappointment. Maybe I’m guilty of high expectations knowing that the Timecop duo were back. Regardless, I stand behind my opinion. But if Hyams and Van Damme make another film together, I’m there.

Mighty Peking Man’s Rating: 6/10

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Andrew Lau’s Scorsese-produced ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’ wraps up filming

"Year of the Dragon" Theatrical Poster

"Year of the Dragon" Theatrical Poster

Hong Kong filmmakers Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo (It Had To Be You!) have finished filming their first Hollywood film together titled Revenge of the Green Dragons, an upcoming action-drama about Chinese gangs in New York.

It should be noted that Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is the film’s producer, which is most likely a returned favor from Scorsese to Lau, which goes back to Lau’s 2002′s Infernal Affairs being remade into Scorsese’s 2006′s The Departed.

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

Revenge of the Green Dragons takes place in the 1980s/early 1990s and follows two immigrant brothers who join the Green Dragons gang and quickly rise up the ranks, becoming notorious to the city’s police. When an ill-fated love affair pits one of the brothers against the gang leader, he sets out for revenge on the group. The film is based on a true story, as chronicled by the New Yorker in 1992.

The film is currently in post production with a 2014 target release date. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a full trailer soon; until then, here’s some set photos as well as a press conference, featuring the directors, actors and other crew members. At the 18:00 mark, there’s a nice little teaser trailer- Thanks to to AlbertV for keeping up with this story

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Deal on Fire! Jet Li’s Fearless | Blu-ray | Only $7.50 – Expires soon!

"Jet Li's Fearless" Blu-ray Cover

"Jet Li's Fearless" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Jet Li’s Fearless. Jet Li stated in an interview that this film would be his last wushu epic, so it makes sense he ended his “wushu” career with a bang; hence teaming up with choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix) and one of Hong Kong’s best filmmakers, Ronny Yu (The Bride with White Hair). Even Gareth Evans, director of The Raid, calls Fearless one of the best martial arts films of recent times.

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New teaser for Tony Jaa and Lundgren’s ‘Skin Trade’!

"Skin Trade" Promotional Poster

"Skin Trade" Promotional Poster

THE MOVIE: When a tough-as-nails New York cop finds his family murdered by a drug kingpin, he swears revenge and hops on a plane to pursue their killer to Bangkok. Once in the seedy Thai underworld, he teams up with a local detective to bust heads and right what has been wronged.

While this may sound like a familiar set-up for a buddy/cop movie, action buffs should be pleased to hear that this movie will unite Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) as the NYC cop with Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) as the Thai detective!

You may recall that Dolph and Tony made something of a deal: Dolph would star in a Thai movie with Tony – the currently filming A Man Will Riseand then Tony would make the trip to America to shoot a movie with Dolph. Now we know that American film is Skin Trade.

Update: Twitch relays news from Dolph’s Instagram account – Beautiful Boxer director Ekachai Uekrongtham will helm Skin Trade. The film is based on a screenplay written by Dolph Lundgren, with another draft from Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning filmmaker John Hyams. | Promotional poster. | Film Combat Syndicate has an interview with Tony Jaa, where he talks about Skin Trade, Tom Yum Goong 2, Fast and Furious 7 and much more! | Michael Jai White (Never Back Down) and Ron Pearlman (Drive) have joined the cast.

There are some circulating reports that Peter Weller (RoboCop) and possibly Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa (Mortal Kombat) have joined the cast. Also, check out a photo of Lundgren and Jaa, during a traditional blessing ceremony. | Film Combat Syndicate has a few set action-oriented set photos. | Action shots from the set, which hints that there will be a duel between Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren. | More shots from the movie, featuring Michael Jai White.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch an new teaser montage. It’s not exactly a trailer, but close enough! - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for the heads up!

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Deal on Fire! Conan the Barbarian | Blu-ray | Only $7.50 – Expires soon!

"Conan the Barbarian" Blu-ray Cover

"Conan the Barbarian" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 1982′s Conan the Barbarian. Robert E. Howard’s short stories come to life with the help of John Milius (Dillinger) and Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers). Folks, it seriously doesn’t get any more savage than this: Excessive bloody violence, enormous snakes and one of the best soundtracks ever put on film! Heck, even Darth Vader is practically in this movie. If you do not listen, then to HELL with you!

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‘Ip Man’ director team ups with Jet Li for supernatural epic

Jet Li Conceptual Art

After a 2-year hiatus, Wilson Yip, the director of Donnie Yen’s Ip Man and Ip Man 2, (and hopefully Ip Man 3) is teaming up with Jet Li for a supernatural action epic. The upcoming film, which is also co-directed by Koan Hui (Snow Blossom) will be based on the 16th-century Chinese novel by Xu Zhonglin titled Fengshen Yanyi (or Fengshen Bang, translated to The Investiture of the Gods).

According to Wikipedia, Fengshen Yanyi is set in the era of the declining Shang Dynasty (1600 BC–1046 BC) and the rise of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC–256 BC). It intertwines numerous elements of Chinese mythology, including deities, immortals and spirits.

Also starring in Fengshen Yanyi is Shu Qi (Legend of the Fist), Louis Koo (Flash Point), Huang Xiaoming (Ip Man 2), AngelaBaby (Tai Chi 0) and Tony Leung Ka-Fai (A Better Tomorrow III).

Special thanks to DiP and LoveHKfilm for the news. We’ll keep you updated on this project as we hear more!

Update: JayneStars has some more information and some concept art.

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Newest action packed trailer for Collin Chou’s ‘Ameera’

"Ameera" Chinese theatrical Poster

"Ameera" Chinese theatrical Poster

Film Smash has the scoop on the latest action flick  by Xu Hong Hui’s (Crazy in Love) titled Ameera, which stars Collin Chou (Special ID), Patricia Hu (Angel Warriors), Ambrose Hsu (Fulltime Killer), Andrew Lin (The Man with the Iron Fists), Bryan Leung (Badges of Fury) and Paul Chun (Shinjuku Incident).

Here’s the basic plot according to Film Smash: Following the titular government agent who, after failing her latest mission, must go on the offensive and prevent a terrorist attack. Head over to Film Smash for the trailer.

According to Film Combat Syndicate, Ameera hits Chinese theaters on April 4, 2014.

Update: Watch the new trailer.

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Teaser trailers for ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ sequels

"Rurouni Kenshin 2" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Rurouni Kenshin 2" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate, we have word that the new sequel trailers for Keishi Otomo’s Rurouni Kenshin 2 and 3 are now online. If you’re not familiar with 2012′s Rurouni Kenshin, it’s an adaptation of the popular 90′s samurai action manga/anime series (known as Samurai X in America) by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story revolves around a former assassin who resorts to using the dull end of his blade to subdue his enemies.

New and returning cast members include Takeru Satoh, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Emi Takei, Yusuke Iseya, Munetaka Aoki and Yuu Aoi and Yosuke Eguchi, with Min Tanaka, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Kaito Oyagi, Maryjun Takahashi, Ryosuke Miura and Lisa Ulliel.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc and Rurouni Kenshin: The End of A Legend Arc will be released in Japan on August 1, 2014 and September 13, 2014, respectively. Watch the trailer, which covers both films.

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How ‘Walking Dead’ got its “Grove” back

"The Walking Dead" Japanese Blu-ray Set

"The Walking Dead" Japanese Blu-ray Set

For the past two weeks, AMC’s The Walking Dead has been heading into serious boredom territory. I did not think it was possible to make the character of Daryl seem dull. But the producers behind Dead pulled it off. Even my (once) favorite character Rick, who really needs to discover a razor and a new shirt, has become my least favorite character. This season seemed to be heading into post-Darabont Season Two territory. That is, until “The Grove.”

The opening scene of episode 14 was creepy as hell. Good sign. Then we realize that this is going to be another “let’s only follow these characters” episode. So no Rick again, which gives him more opportunity to shave. But enough of that. This episode presented something that I never saw coming. And I don’t mean the “burnt walkers” whom looked cool and scary at the same time. “The Grove” introduced us to a new kind of evil. An innocent evil. Lizzie saw this new world of the undead in a whole different light. At first I thought she was trying to become the typical annoying kid of the series. But her reasoning was different. When she is hovering over her sister, I thought to myself, “no way Mika is dead.” But she was and there was no doubt in my mind that Lizzie had to go. But then I thought, “no way they’re going to kill off TWO kids in the same episode. That is unheard of.” But Carol did the deed in true Godfather II style. The episode was intense, scary and brilliantly acted. Special shout out to Chad Coleman, who is just as great here as he was in The Wire.

But I save my biggest applause for how the producers chose to handle the confession. Far too many shows have stretched these predicaments for weeks. Smallville was great at that. I call it the “soap opera approach.” The perfect example of this technique is the film People Like Us. Chris Pine plays a man who discovers he has a sister. Of course instead of just telling her, he decides to get close to her and her kid and drag it out for what seems like a five hour running time. But if he did, I guess there wouldn’t be a terrible movie to torture us with. But getting back to Dead, Carol tells Tyrese the truth about the deaths in the prison and it is settled, even if only temporarily. Kudos for not dragging it out for another eighteen weeks.

With more episodes like this, The Walking Dead might be able to reclaim that Season One glory.

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Deal on Fire! Red Cliff | Blu-ray | Only $9.98 – Expires soon!

"Red Cliff" Blu-ray Cover

"Red Cliff" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray set for Red Cliff (Theatrical Version). Red Cliff centers on a battle fought in China’s Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). Many consider it to be John Woo’s (The Killer) most accomplished film to date. Red Cliff stars Tony Leung (Hard Boiled), Takeshi Kaneshiro (The Returner) and Fengyi Zhang (The Emperor and the Assassin). If you’re looking for the international version, click here.

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Fantasy, romance and brutality collide in ‘Fighting’

"Fighting" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Fighting" Chinese Theatrical Poster

An upcoming film by Jiang Ping (Looking for Jackie Chan) called Fighting - also known as A Better Tomorrow (no relation to the famous John Woo film of the same name) – mixes romance, fantasy, war and martial arts in one odd package.

Fighting stars Peter Ho (The Monkey King), Lu Yi, Wei Yi (Stool Pigeon), Lam Wai (Legendary Amazons), Hou Yong (Drug War) and Yvonne Yung (The Hero of Swallow). Fighting also marks one of the last appearances by the legendary Wu Ma, who passed away last February.

Film Smash (via Film Combat Syndicate) breaks the news of two new trailers: Trailer 1 | Trailer 2

Update: Check out the new poster.

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Deal on Fire! The Man From Nowhere | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

"The Man From Nowhere" Blu-ray Cover

"The Man From Nowhere" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Man From Nowhere. A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug- and organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. The Man From Nowhere makes a film like Taken look like Justin Bieber’s latest hair style. At this price, don’t just see it, own it!

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Deal on Fire! Ip Man: The Final Fight | Blu-ray | Only $7.99 – Expires soon!

Ip Man: The Final Fight | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Ip Man: The Final Fight | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for for Herman Yau’s Ip Man: The Final Fight. In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man (Anthony Wong) is reluctantly called into action once more. What began as simple challenges from rival kung fu schools soon finds him drawn into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, Ip Man has no choice but to fight – one last time.

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Teaser trailer for Silat-style martial arts film ‘Yasmine’

"Yasmine" Teaser Poster

"Yasmine" Teaser Poster

So, you’ve seen Gareth Evans’ Merantau and The Raid and you’re still craving more Silat-style action. Well, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate, we have the latest news about an upcoming film called Yasmine that may fill your needs.

Yasmine is directed by Siti Kamaluddin and features a female lead named Liyana Yus, who has spent a whole year preparing for the physical demands of her role. According to FCS, “The film itself is four years in the making, and is reportedly the first commercial film of its kind in its current location of the sovereign state of Brunei in up to fifty years.”

Another reason to get excited about Yasmine is the fact that Chan Man Ching, a former Jackie Chan Stunt Team member who worked on Drunken Master 2 and Rumble in the Bronx, is working on the action choreography.

We’ll keep you updated on Yasmine, which is expected to hit theaters in 2014. Until then, here’s a teaser trailer.

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Brawl | aka Fighting Fish | DVD (Lionsgate)

Brawl | aka Fighting Fish | DVD (Lionsgate)

Brawl | aka Fighting Fish | DVD (Lionsgate)

RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Brawl (aka Fighting Fish). Mike moves to Thailand to start a new life when he is robbed and left with nothing… until he meets Yo, a skilled Thai boxer, and his beautiful (and handicapped) wife. The new friends soon enter an underground fight club called “Fighting Fish” in order to make the money they need to survive. Starring Jawed El Berni (Ninja 2), David Ismalone (Beautiful Boxer) and Suchao Pongwilai (Ong Bak). Watch the trailer.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ starts filming in May: Takes place 30 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’

"The Empire Strikes Back" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Empire Strikes Back" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Currently in development is the continuation of the Star Wars saga created by George Lucas. Episode VIII and IX are slated to arrive in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Every movie will be filmed in 3D.

Updates: Michael Arndt, who is responsible for writing Little Miss Sunshine, is officially on board as a writer. | THR reports that Lawrence Kasdan (who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand) have locked deals to write and produce upcoming Star Wars installments. | Collider reports that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg may be writing Star Wars spin-offs instead of sequels.

The Wrap report that J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek) is set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. | The latest news is that Disney has officially confirmed that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are not only writing Episode VII, they’ll also be writing content for possible spin-off’s (i.e. Yoda’s own movie, Han Solo’s own story, etc).

According to George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford “Pretty Much” signed on for Star Wars: Episode VII. | Disney is working on a number of spin-off “movies derived from that Star Wars universe.” | The Playlist reports that Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams have replaced Pixar scribe Michael Arndt for writing duties. | J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Deadline reports that R2-D2 is officially returning for Episode VII. Keep in mind that this is the first official announcement of any returning character (we’re certain numerous characters from Episodes IV-VI will be returning).

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

BREAKING NEWS: Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the sequel will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Filming for Episode VII starts in May!

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In The Blood | Blu-ray & DVD (Anchor Bay)

"In the Blood" Theatrical Poster

"In the Blood" Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2014

Anchor Bay presents the Blu-ray & DVD for In The Blood. When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman (Gina Carano) sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible. In the Blood is directed by John Stockwell (Into the Blue) and stars Gina Carano, Stephen Lang, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Treat Williams, Ismael Cruz Cordova and Yvette Yates. Watch the film’s first trailer!

Pre-order In The Blood from Amazon.com today!

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Marko Zaror gears up for the martial arts film ‘Redeemer’

"Mandrill" Japanese DVD Cover

"Mandrill" Japanese DVD Cover

Chilean martial arts star Marko Zaror (Kiltro, Machete Kills) is reuniting with director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (Kiltro) for the 4th time in a Spanish action film titled Redeemer. The upcoming movie, which begins principal photography on March 24th in Chile, is being produced by XYZ films (The Raid, The Night Comes For Us).

Here’s the official plot: Former hitman Nicky Pardo (Zaror) has made a deal with God. Pardo will begin every day by holding a gun to his own head and pulling the trigger. And every day he does not die he will take it as a sign that he is meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for.

Thanks to Twitch (via Film Combat Syndicate) for breaking the news.

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