Deal on Fire! Police Story 1 & 2 | Blu-ray | Only $12.49 – Expires soon!

"Police Story 1 & 2" Blu-ray Cover

"Police Story 1 & 2" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray Double Feature for Jackie Chan’s Police Story 1 & 2. 1985′s Police Story set new standards, not only for Jackie Chan himself, but for Hong Kong action cinema in general. The movie is so influential and ahead of its time, that Sylvester Stallone and Michael Bay have “borrowed” action scenes for both Tango & Cash and Bad Boys II, respectively. Be sure to take advantage of other Jackie Chan Double Features at their current special price!

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Monkey King, The (2014) Review

"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Cheang Pou-soi
Writer: Edmond Wong, Lola Huo Xin
Cast: Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat, Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen, Peter Ho, Kelly Chen, Zhang Zilin, Gigi Leung, Xia Zitong, Louis Fan
Running Time: 120 min.

By DiP

First things first, I’m not familiar with the Journey To The West novel nor am a fan of the screen adaptations. So whether the movie is faithful to the novel or not, I can’t comment on unfortunately. But as a standalone movie, The Monkey King is very entertaining. Adapting novels and what not onscreen is something I no longer take for granted because the whole point from filmmakers’ views is that you loosely create a base around the original material and then intentionally mixing in your own ideas and thoughts to put together something different. This is what I got from watching the movie as well; being a loose adaptation that is not intended to be matched to its’ original source material step-by-step.

I think when filmmakers made this movie, they already knew to aim the movie for a specific audience: families. Imagine a sci-fi movie with all kinds of talking animals (including bears, turtles, giant killer fish, proboscis monkeys etc) and creatures all in G-rating vibe and aiding CGI in the mix, and you’ll get my point. While I’m not usually fond of family-oriented versions of movies of opposite nature, I was honestly appreciating what I saw all the way through.

Now, people have not only criticized the unfaithfulness of the overall content but also pointed out how bad the filmmakers used CGI for characters and background. Sure, it may pale in comparison to Hollywood productions. But all in all it’s actually pretty good for Hong Kong standards, especially when there’s cheap CGI-filled Hong Kong movies existing like The Storm Riders and The Legend of Zu. Something I also found remarkable was how well the Hollywood team did a great job mashing up the CGI with the actors’ in motion, which I can’t say about many 3D Hong Kong/Chinese movies made today. However, I still think CGI is one area China/Hong Kong can greatly improve on considering how much finance they have to invest on. I would love to see how they change this in the future, and how this can make them compete with Hollywood as a whole.

The cast includes many Hong Kong as well as Mainland talents. Despite this, the movie centers mainly around Sun Wukong (played by Donnie Yen) as well as Jade Warlord (Chow Yun-Fat), Bull Demon King (Aaron Kwok), Puti (Hai Yitian), and Erlangshen (Peter Ho). Chow Yun-Fat carries his version of Jade Warlord with calm coolness and channels charisma by not even seemingly trying (not a bad thing I’d say). Likewise for Aaron Kwok, who plays his role with great menace and to great effect and leaving out everything that he used to be synonymous with in the past. If anything though, this is Donnie Yen’s show as it’s his interpretation of Sun Wukong that simply makes the whole movie.

Donnie throws in all kinds of expressions and emotions that will have you marveled at his dedication and efforts in breathing new life to the classic Sun Wukong character, something apparently very demanding and tough for him. I now regard this movie as one of his best achievements in terms of acting. I’m also aware that comparisons have been made between Donnie and previous actors portraying Sun Wukong after its’ initial release. Again, this is something I can’t comment on because I have only seen Stephen Chow and Jet Li’s take on Sun Wukong. But I will say this: If most people highly praise Donnie’s acting performance then it must mean something significant. Regardless, this shows that Donnie has now become part in the big league of great Hong Kong acting leads and continues to improve greatly.

What about the action scenes? Since this is a Donnie Yen vehicle, people surely expect great action scenes from him as well. Knowing Donnie’s choreography style and his strive to put new and different stuff in each of his movies, I think this is once again a successful attempt for him; this time he mixes up an unusual empty-handed fighting (or should I say unconventional monkey kung fu) style, traditional staff techniques with 3D technology and wirework. While I really enjoy all the action scenes (ranging from one-on-one duels and magical gimmick duels to large-scale war battles), I don’t think this will sit well with those that hate CGI/wirework only wanting the authentic/real physical aspect of action choreography. This is a fantasy movie after all so these fictional elements are required anyway.

Verdict: Some things (like most reviews have pointed out) needed alot of work because they were unpolished and amateurish. But overall, I’m very impressed with how the movie was put together and wouldn’t mind seeing Donnie Yen return as Sun Wukong for the sequel (begins production this fall).

DiP’s Rating: 8/10

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New IMAX poster for ‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’

"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" IMAX Poster

"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" IMAX Poster

THE MOVIE: In Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction (aka Transformers 4), a mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons – and a paranoid government official – on them. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammar, Sophia Myles and Stanley Tucci. Tentative release date set for June 27, 2014.

Updates: Collider reports (via Huffington Post) on why Michael Bay decided to return to the series. | Beyond Hollywood speculates that Hugo Weaving will not return to voice the villainous Megatron.

In a TMZ interview (via Collider), Michael Bay states: “The movie will continue four years from the Attack on Chicago; which is in the last movie. So it’s going to still have the same lineage.” | Collider reports that Paramount is apparently hoping to set Transformers 4 in mainland China.

The Michigan Film Office, of all places, has details on Transformers 4‘s plot since Michael Bay will be shooting part of the film in Detroit. The synopsis: “…Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.”

Much like Iron Man 3 before it, Michael Bay’s latest sequel Transformers 4 will be a Chinese co-production. This will involve adding Chinese actors to the cast as well as select location shooting in China.

Deadline reports that Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution, Triple Tap) has been added to the Transformers 4 cast. | AICN has your first look at a redesigned Optimus Prime and two of his Autubot friends in car form. | The teaser poster. | Super Bowl trailer. | New poster. | Newest trailer. | New poster.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the IMAX poster.

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On The Job (2013) Review

"On The Job" Theatrical Poster

"On The Job" Theatrical Poster

Director: Erik Matti
Writer: Michiko Yamamoto, Erik Matti
Cast: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez, Michael de Mesa, Leo Martinez, Angel Aquino and Vivian Velez
Running Time: 121 min.

By Mighty Peking Man

When I think of Filipino films, two things come to mind: goofy comedies and melodramas with overacting. My opinion comes from what I’ve seen on TV while vacationing in the Philippines and what I’ve witnessed while at my Aunt’s house (back in the day, she used to rent Tagalog films on a regular basis).

In case you haven’t already guessed, I’m Filipino myself. With that said, I’ve never seen a Filipino movie – or TV show – that was anywhere near having some kind of artistic merit or solid entertainment value.

That is until now…

I’m not going to beat around the bush. On The Job is one hell of a movie. The reviews I’ve read are accurate. My expectations were met. Seriously, how often does that happen? To put it even more simple: director Erik Matti (Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles) hit the nail right on its head with this one.

The plot is interesting, fresh and unfortunately, based on actual events. In a nut shell, the film centers on prison inmates who work secretly as hired assassins for corrupt politicians. It’s a story of a killer and his pupil, a good cop versus the system, and the blood that flows when all parties collide.

Don’t be fooled into thinking On The Job is an action movie filmed with a bunch of Hong Kong-style firefights. It does have a nice chunk of energetic action pieces (accompanied by some great, heart-racing music), but let’s just say that it’s more Ringo Lam (Full Alert) than it is John Woo (The Killer). If you know your Asian cinema, then you’re aware of the compliment I just made.

Even though the actors are obviously unknown to American audiences, On The Job features a strong, well-known Filipino cast that includes Piolo Pascual (Don’t Give Up on Us), Gerald Anderson (24/7 in Love), Joel Torre (Kabisera), Joey Marquez (Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles) and Michael de Mesa (10,000 Hours).

Despite knocking Filipino films, I’m sure there are more titles out there that are decent. Nevertheless, I’ll be damned if there was another that’s as all-round solid and refreshing as On The Job. Maybe my best bet is to check out some of Matti’s prior films…

Until then, if there’s one Filipino film that is guaranteed to be worth your time, it’s On The Job.

Mighty Peking Man’s Rating: 8/10

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The Attorney | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

"The Attorney" Korean Theatrical Poster

"The Attorney" Korean Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-rayDVD for The Attorney. An attorney (Song Kang-Ho from The Host and The Good, the Bad, the Weird) moves from being a very successful lawyer just out to make money to one who cares about the civil liberties of an activist high-school student (Im Siwan) he defends. The story is based off a web-toon by Yang Woo-seok, who also is a first time director of The Attorney. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order The Attorney from Amazon.com today!

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See Ray ‘Darth Maul’ Park in action in the new ‘Jinn’ trailer

"Jinn" Teaser Poster

"Jinn" Teaser Poster

Watch the newest trailer for Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s Jinn, an upcoming sci-fi action thriller that stars Ray Park (martial artist known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace), Dominic Rains, Serinda Swan Faran Tahir and William Atherton.

Here’s a partial film synopsis: Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine until it is interrupted a cryptic message. The message warns of imminent danger and a curse that has afflicted his family for generations. Having lost his parents as a child, Shawn doesn’t believe this unsettling revelation of his past… until strange things start to happen.

Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for breaking the news.

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Deal on Fire! Ichi | Blu-ray | Only $8.20 – Expires soon!

"Ichi" Blu-ray Cover

"Ichi" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Fumihiko Sori’s Ichi, the “female version”of Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman. Beautiful Ichi (Haruka Ayase) wanders blindly from village to village, searching for the sightless swordsman who long ago taught her to kill. Her technique is exquisite and explosive, her defenses as impenetrable as the darkness in which she moves.


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Cityonfire and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of ‘Commitment’ – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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

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

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Commitment to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what your favorite Korean action film is, along with a brief explanation of why it’s your favorite. We will be selecting three winners 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 Commitment will be officially released on March 11, 2014. We will announce the 3 lucky winners on March 11th and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by March 10th to qualify. Also, because Well Go USA holds the film’s U.S. rights, only U.S. residents may enter the contest. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Congratulations to Alan T, Isaac and Mo. You have all been notified via email.

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Korean revenge cinema gives birth to a ‘Monster’

"Monster" Korean Theatrical Poster

After the ultra-violent, ultra-bleak bloodbath that was 2010′s I Saw the Devil, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Korean revenge movie has seen and done it all. Well, at least one movie is out to prove that the genre still has a few tricks up its sleeve: opening this Friday, March 13th, in South Korea is a twisted new thriller titled Monster.

The movie follows a somewhat developmentally disabled girl whose younger sister is brutally murdered by a serial killer. Quite naturally, this causes the woman to go a bit crazy and she soon ensues on a quest for retribution against her sibling’s killer. Be sure to check out the trailer (with English subtitles!) for the film, online now. Thanks to Far East Films for the story.

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Mortal Kombat: 3-Disc Collection | Blu-ray (Warner)

Mortal Kombat: 3-Disc Collection | Blu-ray (Warner)

Mortal Kombat: 3-Disc Collection | Blu-ray (Warner)

RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2014

Warners presents the Mortal Kombat 3-Disc Collection on Blu-ray. This set includes 1995′s Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation and 2011′s Mortal Kombat: Legacy. The three films star Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Keith Cooke, Talisa Soto, James Remar, Casper Van Dien, Darren Shahlavi, Mark Dacascos and Michael Jai White. We’re not sure what’s going on with the Blu-ray art, but it definitely looks like it’s missing something.


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Korean star Kim Soo Hyun joins ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

"The Avengers" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"The Avengers" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Joss Whedon is writing and directing The Avengers: Age of Ultron (aka Avengers 2). In this highly anticipated sequel, The Avengers reassemble to battle the sentient robot known as Ultron. Cast members include: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader.

Update: The Playlist notes that The Avengers 2 will be in theaters May 1, 2015. | AICN says those rumors about the end of Avengers 2 setting up a Hulk movie based on the comic book storyline “Planet Hulk” are totally bunk. This is due at least in part to the fact that Bruce Banner doesn’t feature at all in the Planet Hulk storyline and Marvel Studios is keen to keep Mark Ruffalo front and center as Bruce Banner for at least five more films.

Jean-Claude Van Damme commented on his official Facebook page: “I read that Chris Hemsworth would like me to costar in The Avengers 2 movie! Well, it would be fun to play one of these types of amazing comic book characters again. By the way, I am a big fan of Marvel’s superhero Silver Surfer (see our latest on the Fantastic Four reboot) and also another heroic fictional character known as Doc Savage – the Man of Bronze!”

Actor Morris Chestnut (Under Siege 2: Dark Territory) has fueled internet rumors that he may be auditioning for the role of the popular Marvel superhero Black Panther for Avengers 2.

BREAKING NEWS: According to dramafever.com, Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun (7th Grade Civil Servant) has joined the cast. An official of the film said, “It would be a spoiler, so we can’t tell you which character Kim Soo Hyung will play,” during a telephone call with OSEN. The official also added, “Marvel always prohibits telling too much about the story. Her character is already decided and the scene is already written so we cast Kim Soo Hyun, but we can’t let you know about her character. We only can say that her character is a substantial supporting role.” – Thanks to Tony F. for the news.

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John Woo and Tsui Hark to team up for a new action flick?

"A Better Tomorrow 2" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"A Better Tomorrow 2" Japanese Theatrical Poster

In the late 1980s, director John Woo and producer Tsui Hark dominated the heroic bloodshed scene with the classics A Better Tomorrow and A Better Tomorrow 2. Unfortunately, the success of these films led to creative differences between the two. The duo ultimately clashed and went separate ways. Hark took over directing duties for A Better Tomorrow 3 and Woo went on to do The Killer. Their partnership was over.

Now, 25 years later, an article hints that the two have patched things up and may join forces for a new action film. According to kungfucinema’s mark187, who translated the story, this may be a two picture deal between them (i.e. one directed by Woo and produced by Hark; the other directed by Hark and produced by Woo).

The thought of Woo going back to his A Better Tomorrow roots is an action fan’s wet dream. And the fact that Hark is involved makes it even wetter. With Woo, Hark and Ringo Lam (see Lam’s comeback) helming a string of shoot ‘em ups, Hong Kong action cinema will explode in 2014/2015, just as it did 25 years ago. And who knows… maybe Chow Yun-Fat is more than likely to reunite with the guys that made him an international superstar.

Note: This news isn’t in stone, so don’t go dusting off your trench coats and Alain Delon sunglasses just yet. Whatever the outcome, we’ll keep you updated!

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Deal on Fire! The Killer: Ultimate Edition | Blu-ray | Only $9.34 – Expires soon!

"The Killer: Ultimate Edition" Blu-ray Cover

"The Killer: Ultimate Edition" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for John Woo’s The Killer, starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. The Killer is one of the most acclaimed and influential Hong Kong action films ever made. Dragon Dynasty’s release may not have the pristine Blu-ray quality you hoped for, but it’s still the best the film has ever looked. For $9, it’s a killer deal!

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Will American audiences see the director’s cut of ‘Snowpiercer’ after all?

"Snowpiercer" International Theatrical Poster

"Snowpiercer" International Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder) presents Snowpiercer, his first English-language film, an adaptation of the French comic Le Transperceneige (Snow Piercer). The story follows the last survivors of a new ice age as they travel aboard a train. A high profile international cast includes Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger), Song Kang-ho (The Host), Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin), John Hurt (The Immortals), and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin).

Updates: Production company CJ Entertainment, the largest movie studio in Korea, has pumped another $40 million into Snow Piercer‘s budget. Considering that the director of The Host is behind the camera, working with international talent like Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans, our guess is that Snow Piercer will be worth the investment.

Teaser poster. | Sample of the soundtrack, by Marco Beltrami (2011′s The Thing). | Snowpiercer posters at impawards.com. | A 1-minute ‘behind the scenes’ featurette is online. | Character posters. | First trailer. | Second trailer. | Third trailer. | French trailer.

After reports that the Weinstein Company planned to cut a solid twenty minutes from Snowpiercer‘s runtime before its North American release, director Bong Joon-ho recently told fans to ‘have faith!’ that the original director’s cut of the film will hit US movie screens.

BREAKING NEWS: It looks like our faith has been rewarded! The Weinstein Company has announced a June 27th release date for the director’s cut of Snowpiercer. The film will arrive on Video on Demand services and in theaters on the same date, in a release strategy similar to the last Ryan Gosling/Nicolas Winding Refn collaboration Only God Forgives.

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Angela Mao Ying 5-Film Collection | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Angela Mao Ying 5-Film Collection | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Angela Mao Ying 5-Film Collection | DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the DVD set for The Angela Mao Ying 5-Film Collection. This 6 film, 3 disc set includes 1973′s When Taekwondo Strikes, 1974′s The Tournament, 1974′s Stoner, 1976′s The Himalayan, 1976′s A Queen’s Ransom and 1977′s Broken Oath. Other actors who star alongside Mao are 007′s George Lazenby, Bolo Yueng (Enter the Dragon), Sammo Hung (Ip Man 2), Yuen Biao (Dragons Forever) and Carter Huang (Big Trouble in Little China). Update: A Queen’s Ransom and Stoner will be the extended cuts, which run longer than the their U.S. releases.

Pre-order The Angela Mao Ying 5-Film Collection today from Amazon.com!

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New teaser poster for Jiang Wen’s ‘Gone with the Bullets 3D’

"Gone with the Bullets" Teaser Poster

"Gone with the Bullets" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Actor/writer/director Jiang Wen is prepping a ‘spiritual sequel’ to his breakout 2010 hit, Let the Bullets Fly. The next film, titled Gone With the Bullets, is the second installment of a proposed trilogy. This time around the story will be set in a large town in Eastern China during the Warlord period of the 1920′s. Zhou Xun, Zhou Yun, Shu Qi and Wen Zhang will be appearing in the sequel.

Updates: Let the Bullets Fly was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America by Well Go USA. The film proved to be a massive success in its home country, breaking box office records to become the highest grossing Chinese film of all time – at least until Zhang Yimou’s Flowers of War came along. Due to the first film’s popularity, Gone With the Bullets will have a considerably larger budget than its $20 million predecessor.

Variety reports that Columbia is co-producing Gone with the Bullets, which is currently being shot in 3D. The film will be released in December of 2014. Sony has secured international rights.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the new poster for Jiang Wen’s Gone with the Bullets. The film has a Chinese release date for December 18th!

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Deal on Fire! Legend of the Drunken Master | Blu-ray | Only $7.50 – Expires soon!

"Legend of the Drunken Master" Blu-ray Cover

"Legend of the Drunken Master" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Legend of the Drunken Master. Sure, it’s the slightly cut, English-dubbed (by Jackie himself!) Miramax’d version of Legend Drunken Master 2, but there’s no denying this masterpiece no matter what version it is – definitely solid proof that Jackie can’t be copied or duplicated! If you forgot how good he was, revisit this classic!

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Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles | DVD & Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles | DVD & Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles | DVD & Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Takanori Tsujimoto’s Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles. Upon returning from a pilgrimage across Japan, the warrior Toramaru arrives with tales of seven epic battles against Japan’s most legendary fighters. As Toramaru’s philosophy dictates that he “know the enemy by eating his food,” each masterfully-choreographed fight is preceded by a helping of his prey’s favorite dish. Starring Mitsuki Koga (Shinobi: Heart Under Blade), Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi and Masanori Mimoto. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles from Amazon.com today!

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New trailer for the Indonesian action thriller ‘Guardian’

"Guardian" Theatrical Poster

"Guardian" Theatrical Poster

Film Combat Syndicate has the latest scoop on the upcoming Indonesian action thriller, Guardian. Written and directed by Helfi Kardit (Suster Keramas), Guardian stars Sarah Carter (DOA: Dead or Alive), Dominique Diyose (Love for Share), Belinda Camesi (Laskar Cilia) and Tio Pakusadewo (The Raid 2: Berandal).

Here’s the “official” plot: After Wisnu gets killed in his own house, his wife Sarah urges their daughter to train in martial arts. When a gang comes to hunt them, Sarah enlists the help of her husband’s best friend, Captain Roy. Action ensues…

Head over to Film Combat Syndicate for a set of character posters and the latest trailer. Expect Guardian to be released in 2014.

Update: The newest trailer is now available, thanks to Film Combat Syndicate.

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So is Paul Verhoeven directing ‘Legend of Conan’ or not?

"Conan the Barbarian" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Conan the Barbarian" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: As soon as Arnold Schwarzenegger reached the end of his governorship and announced a return to movies, fans began speculating about the possibility of King Conan – the proposed ‘true’ sequel to Conan the Barbarian, which would pick up where the first movie tantalizing left off. That is, with an aged and wise Conan seated on his throne of power.

Well, 20 years after the original Conan, fans are going to get exactly what they want. ComingSoon reports that Universal is developing The Legend of Conan, a new sequel that ignores both 1984′s Conan the Destroyer and the recent Conan reboot starring Jason Momoa.

The story begins exactly where John Milius’ movie ended, focusing on an older Conan who has survived countless wars and bedded even more women as he searches for his life’s final battle. Expect a 2015 release.

Updates: LA Times reports: Legend of Conan producer and screenwriter Chris Morgan, whose credits include Wanted and Fast Five, says: “We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven” – referring to Clint Eastwood’s 1992 return to the genre which made him famous. If you’re not pumped up for Legend of Conan, watch this. | LA Times has interviewed screenwriter-producer Chris Morgan, who had met with Arnold Schwarzenegger to pitch him a proposed sequel to Conan the Barbarian.

Total Film reports that during a Q&A screening of The Last Stand, Arnie explained that Universal admitted ‘the previous regime has missed the boat’ and they wanted to produce a serious action movie with a top director and top writers: “[Universal] finally came forward and said, ‘You’re absolutely right. The previous regime has missed the boat here. We want to pick it up. We’re going to buy the rights and we’re going to be serious about it and make a quality film with an A-director and with A-writers and so on. And we want you to participate in this. We want you to star and you to play Conan. We’re going to take a story where Conan is at that age so it’s totally believable and you’re not looking like a 30-year old action guy.”

Collider reports (via Arnold Fans) that Paradox Entertainment President and CEO Frederik Malmberg recently spoke about Legend of Conan. Malmberg says that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the title role and the movie is “100% happening.” | According to Latino Review, Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall) is interested in directing. | Deadline reports that Andrea Berloff is scribing The Legend of Conan (World Trade Center).

Updates: IGN has a great interview with Chris Morgan, one of Legend of Conan’s producers. In this interesting interview, Morgan speaks highly of the pre-production work. Definitely a must-read if you’ve been following this highly anticipated project. – Thanks to expendablespremiere.com

BREAKING NEWS: Paul Verhoeven has expressed his love for 1982’s Conan and he has openly stated that he’s interested in directing the upcoming sequel if given the chance. According to the film’s imdb.com page, Verhoeven is rumored as the director. In our opinion, he would be the next best thing, after John Milius himself. Our fingers are crossed!

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More Golden Harvest martial arts action from Shout! Factory!

"Stoner" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Stoner" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Fans of classic kung fu films have every reason to be happy. With the reemergence of news regarding the Weinstein’s and their plans to remake two Shaw Brothers classics (1966′s Come Drink With Me and 1978′s Avenging Eagle), it seems that kung fu movies are slowly finding their way back on the market.

Just recently, Apple’s iTunes Store has added 23 Shaw Brothers titles to their digital download library where you can choose to rent or purchase them in high definition at $3.99 and $7.99, respectively. Many of the titles are either hard to find or currently out of print (see current available titles in the comments section below).

Additionally, Well Go USA has announced two new additions to their Sword Masters series (Well Go’s own line of classic Shaw Brothers titles) that include 1978′s Legend of the Bat and 1977′s Death Duel. After a two year hiatus, this marks the first time Well Go USA has released a Sword Masters title.

It’s not only Shaw Brothers martial arts classics that are finding their way back on the market. In addition to their old school Jackie Chan catalogue, Shout! Factory has released The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection, which introduces all four of Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong movies on the high definition Blu-ray format for the first time (along with 3 documentaries and endless amount of extras).

Also, just a few months ago, Warner released a newly-expanded Blu-ray set of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, which marks the iconic film’s 40th Anniversary.

Even smaller production companies are getting in on the action. MVD Visual has just released a Bruce Lee Double Feature that includes A Warrior’s Journey (previously out of print) and the fantastic Pursuit of the Dragon, which is a 90 minute documentary that follows the chronology of Lee’s four films and their filming locations.

Updates: Shout! also has more Golden Harvest classics coming, including a Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido Angela Mao double feature, a Martial Arts Movie Marathon set, featuring The Skyhawk, The Manchu Boxer, The Dragon Tamers (aka Belles of Taekwondo) and The Association – and we’re sure there’s more to come!

During a chat with Screen Daily (via Film Combat Syndicate), Robert Rodriguez revealed that his El Ray Network will be teaming up with Celestial Pictures to release classic Shaw Brothers titles: “We are thrilled to partner with Celestial Pictures on this collection as it is a perfect addition to our existing line-up of renegade programming,” said Rodriguez.

BREAKING NEWS: Today, Shout! Factory announced another batch of Golden Harvest classics, in the form of The Angela Mao Ying 5-Film Collection. This 6 film, 3 disc set includes 1973′s When Taekwondo Strikes, 1974′s The Tournament, 1974′s Stoner, 1976′s The Himalayan, 1976′s A Queen’s Ransom and 1977′s Broken Oath. Other actors who star alongside Mao are 007′s George Lazenby, Bolo Yueng (Enter the Dragon), Sammo Hung (Ip Man 2), Yuen Biao (Dragons Forever) and Carter Huang (Big Trouble in Little China).

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

"Black Mask" Blu-ray Cover

"Black Mask" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 1996′s Black Mask, starring Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok and Anthony Wong. Keep in mind that this is the Lionsgate, english-dubbed, theatrically released version. At $5, it’s worth watching Jet Li kick butt no matter what language is dubbed in!

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‘The Raid 2′s’ Julie Estelle joins ‘The Night Comes For Us’

"The Night Comes For Us" Teaser Poster

"The Night Comes For Us" Teaser Poster

In addition to The Raid 2: Berandal, British filmmaker Gareth Evans and his Indonesian-based Merantau Films production company has another action project in the works called The Night Comes For Us.

Currently in pre-production, not much is known about The Night Comes For Us, other than it will be “a neo-noir hitman thriller.” Timo Tjahjanto (of the “Mo Brothers” directing duo) is directing, while Evans is co-writing the story. Rising action star Joe Taslim (The Raid, Dead Mine) has landed the lead role of the hitman.

Tjahjanto – whose other directing credits include segments from The ABCs of DeathV/H/S/2 and the upcoming Killers – has released an illustrated promotional poster for the film. The Night Comes For Us is scheduled to start production in the fall. Thanks to Twitch for breaking the story.

Update: Exciting news for those anticipating Joe Taslim’s next big movie. North American distribution rights for the film were recently purchased by Sony Pictures Classic and it was announced that The Raid director Gareth Evans will serve as action director on the project as soon as The Raid 2 wraps shooting. | New teaser poster, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate. We’ve also learned that Iko Uwais (The Raid) will be handling the fight choreography.

Film Combat Syndicate reports that fight choreography has begun. Additionally, it has been sold for worldwide distribution at the American Film Market event. Click here for the full story.

BREAKING NEWS: According to Film Combat Syndicate, Julie Estelle (The Raid 2) has joined the cast of The Night Comes For Us.

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Double Feature: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra | Blu-ray (Sony)

"Godzilla vs. Mothra" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Godzilla vs. Mothra" Japanese Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and 1992′s Godzilla vs. Mothra. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country’s future economic reign. In Godzilla vs. Mothra in the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra. Watch the trailers.


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Double Feature: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah & Godzilla vs. Megaguirus | Blu-ray (Sony)

"Godzilla vs. Destoroyah" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Godzilla vs. Destoroyah" Japanese Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1995′s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah and 2000′s Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (trailer), the aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown. In Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (trailer), Godzilla is back! This time, Japan has a new weapon: Megaguirus! Now a 3-way battle begins between Godzilla, Megaguirus and the humans beings!


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Double Feature: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II & Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla | Blu-ray (Sony)

"Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla" Japanese Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1993′s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and 1994′s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (trailer), the United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island. In 1994′s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (trailer), Godzilla is threatened by both Mogera – another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla, a beast spawned from Godzilla’s particles in space.


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The latest on the Cannon Films documentary ‘Electric Boogaloo’

"Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films" Teaser Poster

"Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: From cult film documentarian Mark Hartley (Machete Maidens Unleashed!) comes Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, an upcoming documentary that focuses on Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the two head honchos of The Cannon Film Group.

These two Israeli-born, movie-obsessed cousins launched an indie studio that would produce over 120 exploitation films (from Breakin’ to Kickboxer) from 1979-1989. Their passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed. Unfortunately, that same passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is expected to be released in July 2014. Until then, if you haven’t seen Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! or Machete Maidens Unleashed!, cityonfire.com urges you to do so!

Updates: Movies.com notes that Drafthouse Films obtained the U.S. rights. | Post production for Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films started in 2013, so hopefully we’ll see a trailer soon!

BREAKING NEWS: The documentary’s official Facebook page teases new interviews with Franco Nero (Enter the Ninja), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), Albert Pyun (Cyborg), Sheldon Lettich (writer of Rambo III and Bloodsport), Robert Forster (Delta Force), Lucinda Dickey (Ninja III: The Domination, Breakin’), Michael Chambers (Turbo from Breakin’), Alex Winter (Death Wish 3) and many, many more. Stay tuned!

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Double Feature: Godzilla: Final Wars & Godzilla: Tokyo SOS | Blu-ray (Sony)

"Godzilla: Tokyo SOS" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Godzilla: Tokyo SOS" Japanese Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

Sony presents the Blu-ray for 2004′s Godzilla: Final Wars and 2003′s Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. In Godzilla: Final Wars (trailer), Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X. In Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (trailer), one year after the fight between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, the two monsters along with Mothra face off in a conclusive battle royal.


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March is an EXTREMELY HOT month for new martial arts and Asian Blu-ray/DVD releases – don’t miss our quick list!

March is one hot month for Asian and Martial Arts movie releases!

March is one hot month for Asian and Martial Arts movie releases!

For those of you looking to beef up your Asian cinema or martial arts Blu-ray/DVD collection, it’s going to be one hell of a month!

Since March is filled with so many high profile releases, we decided to put together a list of movies that every cityonfire.com visitor should know about: Wong Kar Wai, Van Damme, Korean remakes/originals, Jackie Chan, Akira Kurosawa, Cung Le, Dolph Lundgren, Takeshi Kitano, Exploitation, B-movies, Indie martial arts films and much, much more!

For your convenience, we listed them by day of release. If you’re interested in purchasing the titles, we’re hoping you’ll click on our links to show your support towards cityonfire.com. As always, we’ll appreciate it!

The Grandmaster: March 4th
Anchor Bay presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary Kung Fu master, Ip Man, who mentored Bruce Lee. The Grandmaster stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Ziyi.

Spike Lee’s Old Boy: March 4th
Sony presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Spike Lee’s Oldboy. Obsessed with vengeance, a man (Josh Brolin) sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason. It’s not the most loved remake, but hey, someone out there likes it!

Kingdom of Conquerors: March 8th
Lionsgate presents the DVD for Wang Ping’s Kingdom of Conquerors (aka An End to Killing). In the early 13th century, when all the nomadic clans of Mongolia were at war, one man was able to conquer them all and unite them under one banner: his own. Genghis Khan, known for his ruthlessness and barbarism, built an empire that covered nearly all of Asia and cemented his place as one of history’s greatest emperors.

Death Grip: March 11th
Osiris Entertainment presents the DVD for Death Grip. This 2012 martial arts picture stars Johnny Yong Bosch, a former star of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as Contour director Eric Jacobus and various Stunt People members. Indie martial arts flicks don’t get better than this!

Puncture Wounds: March 11th
Lionsgate presents the DVD for Puncture Wounds (aka A Certain Justice). After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John (Cung Le) finds himself at war with the criminals of the underworld. Also starring Dolph Lundgren, Sean O’Bryan and Vinnie Jones.

Enemies Closer: March 11th
Lionsgate presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Enemies Closer, directed by Peter Hyams (Timecop) and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, as a maniacal drug cartel lord. Two mortal enemies (Orlando Jones and Tom Everett Scott) must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of a ruthless gang (headed by Van Damme) who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo

Commitment: March 11
Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Park Hong-Soo’s Commitment. After his father’s botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-Hoon (Choi Seung-Hyun) and his young sister Hye-In (Han Ye-Ri) are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister’s life, Myung-Hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector.

Beyond Outrage: March 11th
Magnet presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Beyond Outrage, written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano. As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war!

The Hidden Fortress: March 18th
Criterion presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1958′s The Hidden Fortress. Akira Kurosawa directs this spirited period action-adventure in which two conniving peasants are tasked with smuggling a general, a princess and the remains of her family’s wealth through mountainous, hostile territory in feudal Japan. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars.

The Wrath of Vajra: March 18th
Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for The Wrath of Vajra, directed by Law Ching Cheong (The Iceman Cometh). In The Wrath of Vajra, a top Chinese martial artist (Yu Xing) sets his sights on a Japanese death cult after they abduct innocent Chinese children and train them to be assassins.

A Touch of Sin: March 18th
Kino Lorber presents the Blu-ray & DVD for A Touch of Sin. Both acclaimed and controversial, Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (a nod to King Hu’s 1969 action classic, A Touch of Zen) has been compared to the works of Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino. This ultra-violent film stars Wu Jiang (Dragon), Vivien Li (The Guillotines) and Lanshan Luo.

The Flu: March 18th
CJ Entertainment presents the DVD for The Flu (aka Flu), directed by Kim Sung-su (Musa the Warrior). This Korean blockbuster is about an outbreak of a deadly disease that throws a city into chaos. It stars Jang Hyuk (Volcano High) and Soo Ae (Athena, Goddess of War), as a couple who race against time as they try to save themselves and find a cure.

Chinese Zodiac: March 25th
Universal presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Chinese Zodiac. Jackie Chan returns as Asian Hawk (his character from Armour of God and Operation Condor), this time scouring the globe for the bronze head statues of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, which were sacked by the French and British armies!

Girls, Gangsters & Zombies: March 25th
Switchblade Pictures presents the DVD for Masahiro Assou’s Girls, Gangsters & Zombies. It would have been the perfect crime except for those darn meddling zombies! Well, with that said, the title says it all in this Japanese splatter fest. Starring AV superstar Laura Aoyama, Ichiro Nishikoshi, Yu Minami, Ryuhei Kawana and Ken-ichi Takada.

Welcome to the Jungle: March 25th
Universal presents the Blu-ray & DVD Welcome to the Jungle. A group of office workers find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat, led by unhinged former Marine (Jean-Claude Van Damme), goes horribly wrong. Now Chris (Adam Brody) and his co-workers must battle nature – and each other – to survive!

Countdown: March 25th
Action Slate presents the DVD for Countdown, a 2012 thriller from Thailand! Set in New York City on New Years Eve. At a time when most people start with a clean slate, three Thai roommates are at the mercy of a mysterious psychotic, house-crashing drug dealer, who forces them to face horrors from their past and to make amends, or die trying!

Killing American Style: March 25th
Cinema Epoch presents the DVD for 1990′s Killing American Style: Special Edition, directed by Amir Shervan (Samurai Cop). Looking for some cheesy action? This 1990s exploitation film will deliver. It stars Harold Diamond (stick fighter from Rambo III), Jim Brown (Three the Hard Way) and Robert Z’Dar (Maniac Cop).

If you’re looking for a new import release, please visit DDDhouse.com. The trusted retailer carries new and upcoming releases that are not available in North America, such as Firestorm, The White Storm, Out of Inferno or Unbeatable.

Also, be sure to enter our current Blu-ray and DVD contests! Your chances of winning are pretty darn good!

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Deal on Fire! The Legend Is Born: Ip Man | Blu-ray | Only $9.96 – Expires soon!

"The Legend Is Born: Ip Man" Blu-ray Cover

"The Legend Is Born: Ip Man" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Herman Yau’s The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, starring award-winning wushu martial artist, Dennis To. If you’ve seen all the Donnie Yen Ip Man films and you want more, then The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, may quench your thirst. Also starring Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, two living legends of Hong Kong cinema!

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