"Welcome to the Jungle" Sales Art
THE MOVIE: Directed by Rob Meltzer, Welcome to the Jungle is a Lord of the Flies-style comedy/thriller starring Jean Claude Van Damme with Adam Brody (Lovelace), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) and Rob Huebel (The Descendants). Also briefly appearing are Van Damme’s kids, Kristopher Van Varenberg (6 Bullets) and Bianca Bree (Assassination Games).
Welcome to the Jungle is about employees at a design firm who end up stranded on a remote island after a corporate retreat gone wrong. It doesn’t take long for a hierarchy to form and pit the survivors at each other’s throats. Van Damme as a corporate raider? Could be interesting.
Updates: Vandammefan.net linked a Jimmy Kimmel interview with Kristen Schaal, comedian and Van Damme’s co-star in Welcome to the Jungle. : Part 1 | Part 2 | Check out two new comedic clips from the film featuring Van Damme. | First Welcome to the Jungle trailer.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch the 2nd trailer. Also, the film will be available for Blu-ray/DVD on March 25th. - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate
Switch | Blu-ray & DVD (Funimation)
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2014
Funimation presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Switch, starring Andy Lau (Shaolin) as a James Bond-like hero. This highly anticipated Mandarin-language film was shot in Dubai, the same location as Tom Cruise’s now famous hotel-climbing stunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, on a budget of about $20 million US dollars, it’s basically Hong Kong’s answer to the Mission: Impossible franchise. Watch the trailer.
"Seven Swords" Blu-ray Cover
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Seven Swords, directed by Tsui Hark (The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) and starring Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Leon Lai (A Hero Never Dies), Charlie Yeung (New Police Story). Seven Swords is the tale of seven master swordsmen who band together to prevent the slaughter of innocent villagers by an evil warlord.
"Martial Arts of Shaolin" Chinese Theatrical Poster
Deadline reports that Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious franchise) will be directing a remake of Chang Hsin Yen‘s The Shaolin Temple, a 1982 Chinese martial arts film known for launching the film career of Jet Li. Troy Craig Poon, CEO of Perfect Storm Entertainment – and Lin’s business affiliate – says the plan is to hire “an A+ list Hollywood writer to tackle the story.” He adds “The aim is to make an unprecedented Chinese-based tentpole with story, style and scope that will resonate with global audiences as well.”
Deadline says that the film being “planned as a Mandarin-language effort, although an alternative-language version may be explored as well.” There are currently no cast details or target release date, but pre-production for the film may begin after Lin’s Bourne V feature, which is due for an April 2015 release. We’ll keep you posted.
"The White Storm" Chinese Theatrical Poster
Benny Chan, the Hong Kong director renown for kinetic action films like Big Bullet and New Police Story, is prepping his next slice of blockbuster entertainment. This new film, titled The White Storm (aka The Cartel War) boasts an impress cast including Louis Koo (Flash Point), Lau Ching Wan (A Hero Never Dies), and Nick Cheung (The Beast Stalker). Louis Koo stars as a narcotics detective hot on the trail of a new drug kingpin (played by Cheung), who may or may not be a former cop that everyone believes is dead.
Updates: The early footage promised a blind of high-stakes intrigue and big action beats. | Promotional artwork for the film. | First trailer and this new poster. | The film is now titled The White Storm. | New poster for The White Storm. This one brings back the good old days of Hong Kong action cinema! | Making-of featurette.
BREAKING NEWS: DDDhouse.com has the Region A Blu-ray available for a Jan 29th pre-order.
"Vor" Promotional Poster
A Hong Kong-based independent studio that calls themselves Drifting Pictures is prepping up a film called Vor, a movie Film Combat Syndicate decribes as “an epic martial arts gangster tale that explores the honor codes and rules of the Russian and Chinese criminal underworlds.”
Vor marks the directorial debut feature of actor, fight choreographer and writer Philippe Joly (who appears in the upcoming Chow Yun-fat film, From Vegas To Macau). Joly also co-stars alongside Kirt Kishita, Andrew Ng, Tom Caserto and action director Temur Mamisashvili, with Jai Day, Beck Artikov, Lorea Solabarrieta, Nathalie Ng, Alan Wai and Nathan Kan.
Update: Watch the new teaser trailer!
Welcome to the Jungle | Blu-ray & DVD (Universal)
RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2014
Universal presents the Blu-ray & DVD Welcome to the Jungle, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. 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! Also starring Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert, and Megan Boone. Watch the trailer.
"Special Identity" Chinese Theatrical Poster
THE MOVIE: A cop and his team of comrades go undercover in one of China’s most ruthless underworld organizations to stop a gang leader, only to put themselves in great danger after being exposed one by one.
Special Identity is directed by Clarence Fok, who directed the original The Iceman Cometh that Donnie Yen happens to be remaking. He also helmed the classic Category III flick Naked Killer and the underrated 1998 film Cheap Killers.
Updates: Mtime.com reports that Flash Point’s Collin Chou has joined the Special Identity cast. | HKtop10 reports that Mainland director Tan Bing (who was originally going to direct Special Identity back when it was still known as The Ultimate Codebreak) held a press conference and made several accusations against Donnie Yen. | Asian Movie Pulse has more on the issue, with claims that Donnie Yen may be taking Vincent Zhao to court.
Via Twitch, Donnie Yen’s official website has a gallery of pictures, including many behind-the-scenes photos and action shots from Special Identity. | Andy On speaks! In a new interview, the veteran martial artist/actor stays pretty quiet about the Donnie/Vincent feud but lets it slip that he and Donnie share a 10 minute fight scene in the film. In fact, Andy makes it sound like he and Donnie went ‘full contact’ for their fight – and we believe him! Thanks to Martial Arts Action Cinema for the story. | New English-subtitled trailer. | New behind-the-scenes featurette.
New TV spot. | Behind-the-scenes footage by action choreographer John Salvitti. | Another behind-the-scenes feature. | International promo. | Trailer #3. | 2-minute fight scene! | New poster art to be had (more here), featuring Donnie Yen, Andy On and others. | Behind-the-scenes clip involving car stunts. | Donnie Yen vs. Andy On action clip. | Donnie Yen vs. Ken Lo action clip, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate. | Impressive “Donnie Yen vs. Bruce Lee” clip.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch the new North American trailer. Well Go USA’s release is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
"Ip Man 2" Blu-ray Cover
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 2 starring Donnie Yen. Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu Grandmaster Ip Man, widely known as the man who brought Wing Chun to the world with the help of his star pupil, Bruce Lee. Just as he did with Ip Man, Sammo Hung delivers some of the best martial arts choreography of his career (and he also co-stars!). Psst… the Ip Man 1 is also on sale for $7.50!
"Trail of the Broken Blade" Chinese Theatrical Poster
Good news for old school martial arts fans! In addition to 1978′s Legend of the Bat and 1977′s Death Duel – both being released on DVD in two weeks – Well Go USA has announced two more additions to their Sword Masters series (Well Go’s own line of classic Shaw Brothers titles):
The first is 1979′s Shadow Boxing (aka The Spiritual Boxer 2), not to be confused with 1974′s The Shadow Boxer, which was also released by Well Go USA in 2009. Directed by Lau Kar Leung, this kung fu “comedy” stars Wong Yu, Gordon Liu Chia Hui and Lau Kar Wing; The second is Chang Cheh’s Trail of the Broken Blade. This 1967 classic stars Jimmy Wang Yu, Chin Ping and Jimmy Wang Yu.
Both are due for release in 2014. We’ll keep you posted on the actual release dates. – Thanks to kevenz!
Countdown | DVD (Action Slate)
RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2014
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! Starring Pachara Chirathivat, Jarinporn Joonkiat and Pattarasaya Kreuasuwansri. Watch the trailer.
Interview with Don "The Dragon" Wilson
Cityonfire.com is proud to present our exclusive interview with the legendary Don “The Dragon” Wilson. The 11-time World Kickboxing Champion talks about his prolific action movie career (30 titles and counting!), his mentor, his personal favorite titles, his thoughts on remakes, and much more!
Judging from the interview, we have a lot more to look forward to from the Martial Arts Hall of Famer, including upcoming titles like White Tiger, The Whole World At Our Feet, The Martial Arts Kid (a Mr. & Mrs. Smith-type film, opposite Cynthia Rothrock) and even one called Blood Raid, which may be his answer to The Expendables.
Click here to read the interview.
"Blood Heat" Theatrical Poster
According to his official blog (via Kungfucinema.com), Kane Kosugi (Choy Lee Fut, Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear) has landed a starring role in Tekken: A Man Called X, which will serve as a prequel to 2010′s Tekken. The film, which is based on the popular Namco fighting game of the same name, will be Kosugi’s first lead role in a Hollywood feature.
Back in 2012, when Tekken: A Man Called X had the working title Tekken: Rise of the Tournament, THR reported that Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak) was attached to direct. Currently, it remains unknown if Pinkaew is still attached.
Kosugi is known for 2002′s Muscle Heat (aka Blood Heat), but he’s perhaps best known to North American audiences for being the son of Sho Kosugi, who had a string of successful ninja films for The Cannon Group, including 1983′s Revenge of the Ninja and 1984′s Ninja III: The Domination.
Tekken: A Man Called X is scheduled to begin shooting this month. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more!
Updates: Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate, we have reports (from Kane’s official blog), that Tekken: A Man Called X is NOT a Tekken prequel; it’s actually a standalone film (nothing to do with Tekken) titled Agent X. Of course, Kosugi is still in the lead.
Puncture Wounds| DVD (Lionsgate)
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014
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 rescuing a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of them in the process, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis, the ruthless criminal leader of the group. Also starring Dolph Lundgren, Sean O’Bryan and Vinnie Jones. Watch the trailer.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" American Theatrical Poster
Acclaimed director Hou Hsiao-Hsien remains one of the leading filmmakers of Taiwan’s New Wave cinema movement. He is perhaps most famous for his 1989 effort A City of Sadness, which starred Tony Leung Chiu Wai.
For years, Hsiao-Hsien has been developing a wuxia project based on a Tang Dynasty tale. The movie, titled Nie Yin Niang (or The Assassin in English), has officially wrapped.
Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, known for Hong Kong films like Jackie Chan’s Gorgeous and So Close, stars in the lead role. Her character was taken away by a Taoist nun as a young girl, trained in the martial arts, and later commissioned as a deadly assassin.
The film is said to bear some resemblance to Ang Lee’s landmark Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but Asian cinema buffs who grow tired of extensive CGI in wuxia films can take heart. Hou has promised The Assassin will be more realistic, telling reporters “Special effects won’t often be seen in the film.”
Updates: According to filmbiz.asia, Hsiao-Hsien’s martial arts film The Assassin has wrapped its 15-month shoot in Taiwan. The film is scheduled to make its debut at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in May. Expect a trailer soon!
"Django" Japanese Theatrical Poster
According to the official press release at Twitch, Point Blank Pictures has secured sequel rights to 1966′s Django, the original Spaghetti Western that made Franco Nero (Enter the Ninja, Die Hard 2) an international star. Nero is reprising the role of Django in the upcoming film.
Django Lives is being directed by Joe D’Augustine (One Night with You), who is best known for being Quentin Tarantino’s co-editor for films like Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards. On board as producer is Carolyn Pfeiffer (Cool as Ice) and David Hollander (Heartland). Louis Black, SXSW co-founder, will executive produce.
Stay tuned for more updates about this project!
Fists of Legend | Blu-ray & DVD (Inception Media Group)
RELEASE DATE: February 18, 2014
Inception Media Group presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Fists of Legend (not to be confused with the similarly-titled Jet Li flick). Directed by Kang Woo-suk (Public Enemy), Fists of Legend follows three old friends and rivals who face off on a TV program billed as “The Greatest Fight Show on Earth”. The film stars Hwang Jung-min, Yoo Jun-sang, Yoon Je-moon, Lee Yo-won and Jung Woong-in. Watch the trailer.
"Windtalkers" Japanese Theatrical Poster
THE MOVIE: John Woo’s long-in-development movie The Crossing (aka Love and Let Love) is a lush period romance set during the Sino-Japanese War and was previously known under the title 1949. The film stars Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Masami Nagasawa, and Song Hye-kyo.
The Crossing may not be the action epic that many of John Woo’s fans were hoping he would do next, but it’s still encouraging to have the acclaimed director back in good health and ready to work.
Updates: The movie has so far been billed as a Romeo and Juliet-esque love story, Chang promises that the historical setting means John Woo will be recreating battles from World War II and the Chinese Civil War. Good thing the film has a budget of $30 million, then!
BREAKING NEWS: According to THR, The Crossing is being dubbed the “Chinese Titanic,” in which it “celebrates the power of love” during a difficult period in Chinese history.
"Need for Speed" Theatrical Poster
THE MOVIE: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) directs this upcoming movie adaptation of Electronic Arts’ popular racing video game, Need for Speed. Written by George Gatins, John Gatins (Real Steel) and George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum). Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, Rami Malek and Michael Keaton.
Updates: Watch a behind-the-scenes video for Need for Speed, which will be released on March 14, 2014. | First trailer. | Newest trailer. | First poster.
BREAKING NEWS: Check out the film’s newest poster.
Mortal Enemies | aka Pirate Brothers DVD (Lionsgate)
RELEASE DATE: February 18, 2014
Lionsgate presents the DVD for the Indonesian martial arts flick, Mortal Enemies (aka Pirate Brothers). This action-packed tale of vengeance stars Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat), Capoeira practitioner (Brazilian art form of martial arts, sports, and music) Verdy Bhawanta and “Indonesia’s most hardworking model,” Marcio Fernando Da Silva. Mortal Enemies also features award-winning cinematographer Ardy Lam (Once Upon A Time In China). Watch the trailer.
"Rambo III" Japanese Theatrical Poster
In the time since 2008′s Rambo, there have been numerous ideas for the next Rambo film, most of which were generated by Sylvester Stallone himself. You may recall Rambo V: The Last Stand, which pitted Rambo against experimental Universal Soldier-like enemies; there was also Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, in which Rambo was out to rescue a kidnapped girl from sex traffickers and drug dealers near the Mexican border; and later still came the idea of adapting James Byron Huggin’s 1999 novel Hunter into Rambo V.
That plot involved the hunt for a killer beast born from an illegal genetic experiment gone wrong – fans were not entirely enthused about the idea of the Rambo franchise taking a sudden detour into sci-fi.
Now, word arrives that Entertainment One and producer Avi Lerner are conspiring to turn Rambo into a TV series. Even better, it appears likely that Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as John Rambo for television. While it’s difficult to imagine Stallone committing to a 22-episode season when he’s busy making movies like The Expendables 3, perhaps the Rambo show could be a mini-series or simply offer Stallone the occasional cameo appearance. What say you – are you excited about the idea of Rambo on the small screen or should Stallone stick to his chosen medium of film?
Updates: According to this interview with Jason Statham, the script for Homefront, which was written by Sylvester Stallone in 2008, was originally intended to be Rambo V.
BREAKING NEWS: During Sylvester Stallone’s live Q&A event in London’s Palladium, the subject of Rambo was briefly brought up. Stallone jokingly replied: “I’d love to do another Rambo, but maybe if he works in Las Vegas,” followed by “Maybe it’s run its course.” - Thanks to EP.com
Warrior Assassin | DVD (Lionsgate)
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014
Lionsgate presents the DVD for Dou Xiao’s Warrior Assassin. Two strangers set out on individual quests for revenge, and when they cross paths, they discover that revenge lies with the same man. Joining forces, it will take more than an army to keep them from unleashing the ultimate punishment, even if it means sacrificing their own lives. Starring Pan Yuanjia, Ji Chunhua and Bryan Leung (aka Leung Kar Yan or “Beardy”).
Sorcerer | aka Wages of Fear | Blu-ray & DVD (Paramount)
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2014
Paramount presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1977′s Sorcerer (aka Wages of Fear), directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and starring Roy Scheider (Jaws). Sorcerer involves a group of cons living in South America who drive two truckloads of deadly nitroglycerine across miles of rugged terrain. The film also features an eerie electronic score by Tangerine Dream (Thief). Also starring Bruno Cremer and Francisco Rabal. Watch the trailer.
"Rocky 4" Japanese Theatrical Poster
Deadline reports that a Rocky spinoff called Creed is in the works. MGM is pursuing Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (portrayed by Carl Weathers in the Rocky films). Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as Rocky Balboa, who is now a retired fighter-turned-trainer. Ryan Coogler, the director of the critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station, intends Creed to be his next movie.
Creed will revolve around the grandson of Apollo Creed, who follows his grandfather’s footsteps when he learns he has the natural gift and potential that made his grandfather a heavyweight champion.
Updates: According to an interview with Badtaste (via ep.com), Sylvester Stallone revealed that Creed will begin filming in January. Here’s what he had to say about it: “…No Rocky VII, I’m done with that series. However, I will take part in Creed, the Ryan Coogler film about the son of Apollo. We start shooting in February. But it really is a completely different film, it’s dramatic.”
Seven Warriors | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2014
Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1989’s Seven Warriors, directed by Terry Tong (The Sentimental Swordsman). Seven kung fu fighters band together to protect a village from evil bandits. Seven Warriors is homage to Akira Kurosawas’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The film stars Adam Cheng, Jacky Cheung, Max Mok and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Sammo Hung. Watch the trailer.
Confession of Murder | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2014
Well Go USA presents the DVD & Blu-ray for Jeong Byeong-gil’s Confession of Murder. The film is about a police officer who is haunted for failing to capture a serial killer 15 years ago, and is back on the case after a novelist publishes the book “I am the Murderer,” claiming responsibility for the crimes. Starring Jung Jae-young and Park Si-hoo. Watch the trailer.
"True Lies" Japanese Theatrical Poster
According to The Digital Bits, Tom Arnold has confirmed that he and the rest of the cast shot interview material for James Cameron’s True Lies: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, which will be released this year.
In addition, Cameron’s The Abyss may also be getting a Blu-ray edition this year (perhaps, a 25th Anniversary Edition?). An official release date should be announced by the studios soon. We’ll keep you posted.
Speaking of Tom Arnold: We’re looking forward to seeing him in Philip Rhee’s upcoming martial arts movie The Underdogs, which is currently in post production phase.
Contract Killers | DVD (Vision Films)
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014
Vision Films presents the DVD for 2014′s Contract Killers, directed by Mathew John Pearson. An efficient, yet arrogant assassin has only one night to meticulously ambush and kill an entire team of vigilantes who are targeting the city’s drug dealers. All goes to plan until the assassin encounters Marshall, a naturally-skilled newcomer who survives the attack, and is now determined to stop him. Starring Renee Cataldo, Dallas Barnett and James Trevena-Brown. Watch the trailer.
"Gun Woman" Theatrical Poster
Former AV model Asami (The Machine Girl) is gearing up to promote her newest film, Gun Woman. The film, which is directed by Kurando Mitsutake (Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf), makes 1992′s Naked Killer look rated-G in comparison. According to Twitch, Gun Woman is making its premier at the Texas Frightmare on May 2nd-4th, 2014, with both Asami and the director in attendance.
Here’s the official plot: Gun Woman brings Asami to a new level of action film achievement. Starring as a mute girl who is transformed from a sex worker into a hard-as-steel assassin, Asami spends much of the film nude and covered in blood in her quest for revenge on behalf of her master, a psychopathic doctor whose family has been slaughtered.
In case you missed it, be sure to catch the trailer.
"Killers" Movie Poster
This year, The Raid director Gareth Evans made waves when he collaborated with Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto on the short horror film ‘Safe Haven.’ The ultra-violent segment about a death cult was easily the most memorable (and bloody) short in the indie horror anthology V/H/S 2. Now, Timo Tjahjanto is teaming back up with his usual partner Kimo Stamboel for a dark and disturbing Indo-Japanese film titled Killers.
Killers 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!
Not only does Gareth Evans serve as a co-producer on Killers, but The Raid 2‘s Kazuki Kitamura also has a starring role.
A new trailer is online; be warned, it definitely qualifies as a Red Band trailer and features plenty of blood and disturbing content. The film itself will see release in Japan in February of 2014. Stay tuned for more release info.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch the latest trailer, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate.