New poster for Dolph Lundgren’s Nazi-killing ‘War Pigs’

"War Pigs" Theatrical PosterSince there can never be enough movies about good ol’ Nazi killers, get ready for War Pigs, an upcoming action-war flick directed by Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers series), about a rag tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs, who must go behind enemy lines to exterminate Nazis by any means necessary.

War Pigs stars Expendable cast members Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. Joining them are Luke Goss (Tekken), Ryan Kelley (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Noah Segan (Django Lives!), Chuck Liddell (Cradle 2 the Grave), Jake Stormoen (Cyborg X) and Steven Luke (Dust of War).

Updates: First images ( Photo 1 | Photo 2) from War Pigs, courtesy of the movie’s official Facebook page and Luke Goss’ Twitter. | Three character posters, featuring Dolph Lundgren, Luke Goss and Mickey Rourke, courtesy of dolph-ultimate.com.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the film’s newest poster.

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Lust of the Dead 4 | DVD (Tokyo Shock)

"Lust of the Dead 4" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Lust of the Dead 4" Japanese Theatrical Poster

RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2015

Tokyo Shock presents the DVD for Lust of the Dead 4 (aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 4), directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl).

Sexy babes vs. lustful zombies hungry for human flesh… what else is there to say? Lust of the Dead 4 stars Yui Aikawa (Lust of the Dead 1-3), Asami (Prison Girl), Megu Fujiura (Tokyo Train Girls: Private Lessons), Aya Kisaki, An Koshi, Momoha, Takeshi Nakazawa, Yûya Takayama and Miho Wakabayashi. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Lust of the Dead 4 from Amazon.com today!

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City War (1989) Review

"City War" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"City War" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Sun Chung
Producer: Catherine Lau, Dean Shek
Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Ti Lung, Norman Chu, Tien Niu, Lee Ka Ting, Lo Lieh, Teresa Carpio, Michael Chow, Ricky Yi, Mary Hon Lut Lee, John Ladalski, Robin Shou
Running Time: 92 min.

By HKFanatic

City War will likely always hold a fascination for Hong Kong movie buffs, as it’s a vintage heroic bloodshed films featuring the fan favorite pairing of Chow Yun Fat and Ti Lung, reunited just two years after A Better Tomorrow II. If only City War could live up the hype and expectation that will no doubt surround it upon first viewing. But the truth is that the movie is just not very good.

Like many Hong Kong films of its era, the tone of City War is wildly uneven. The first hour or so of the movie bounces back and forth from frivolous comedy to steamy romance, as Chow Yun Fat grins and dances his way through the script as a young but high ranking cop with a thing for the ladies. Ti Ling merely smolders with rage in the background, hissing through clenched teeth about injustice in the system and how Hong Kong has gone to the dogs, AKA the Triads.

Their somewhat happy co-existence is shattered when a top Triad gangster (played by a scene-stealing Norman Chu) gets out of prison after a 10 year stint and sets his sights on our heroes. From there, the script dovetails out of nowhere into pitch-black tragedy.

By the end nobody’s smiling for the camera and City War wants us to take it very seriously. The story predictably builds to a climactic shoot-out in a warehouse-like location, which would be all well and good except that the action choreography ends up being a disappointment. City War was directed by Shaw Brothers veteran Chung Sun (The Avenging Eagle). This was Sun’s one attempt at making a more contemporary kind of Hong Kong film towards the end of his career but unfortunately he doesn’t seem particularly adept at handling blood-spurting action.

Plenty of bad guys are riddled with bullet holes but the staging lacks the style and ‘oomph’ of a filmmaker like John Woo. The ending battle would have benefited from the kinetic flair, judicious use of slow motion, and respect for spacial choreography that Woo displays in his finest works. In comparison, the action in City War comes across as choppy and overly edited. Another Chow Yun Fat film - Tiger on Beat – at least went for broke with its ending by embracing madcap, chainsaw-swinging physicality.

A limp ending might not be such a disappointment if the rest of City War gave us a reason to care. But the script seems written on the fly, Ti Lung is sadly underutilized, and Chow Yun Fat’s natural charisma is almost wasted in a role where he has nothing much to do but romance a gangster’s girl until it’s time to get revenge. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been eager to view this film just to witness an ’89 pistol opera pairing of Chow Yun Fat and Ti Lung. Sadly, the movie I pictured in my mind was a lot more entertaining than this. There are plenty of similar titles I can recommend viewing over this (Tragic Hero, Dragon Family, even Flaming Brothers). I’d only suggest making time for City War once you reach the bottom of your ‘heroic bloodshed’ checklist. Come on, I know you’ve got one.

HKFanatic’s Rating: 6/10

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Transporter: Series Season 1 | DVD (Fox)

Transporter: Series Season 1 | DVD (Fox)

Transporter: Series Season 1 | DVD (Fox)

RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2015

Fox  presents the DVD for Transporter: Series Season 1, based on the popular Jason Statham franchise of the same name. The series stars Chris Vance, Andrea Osvárt and François Berléand.

Frank (Vance) is the Transporter. He transports anything, anywhere, for anyone. A former British SAS operative, he is trained in driving, combat and survival skills. A man of determination and integrity, he always completes using three specific rules: Never change the deal. No Names. Never open the package. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Transporter: Series Season 1 from Amazon.com today!

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Hungry Ghost Ritual (2014) Review

"Hungry Ghost Ritual" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Hungry Ghost Ritual" Chinese Theatrical Poster

AKA: The Ghost Festival
Director: Nick Cheung
Writer: Nick Cheung, Adrian Teh
Cast: Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Annie Liu, Carrie Ng Ka-Lai, Cathryn Lee, Lin Wei, Eric Chen, Karena Teo
Running Time: 82 min.

By oneleaf

One of the most recognized names in Hong Kong cinema today is Nick Cheung (That Demon Within), an award winning actor with a chameleon-like ability that’s applied to any role thrown at him. It’s not surprising that one day Cheung would step behind the camera and direct a movie himself, which brings us to his directorial debut, Hungry Ghost Ritual, a film that he co-write with Adrian Teh.

While promoting Hungry Ghost Ritual, Cheung revealed that the film was sort of an accident: when a group of investors approached him with a detective project, to which he “jokingly” told them “maybe I’ll star in a horror film instead.” To his surprise, and perhaps dismay, the investors reworked the project into a horror film and approached him again. This time, out of respect for the investors – as well as not going back on his word – Cheung reluctantly agreed to not only star, but also direct the film. The project eventually materialized into Hungry Ghost Ritual.

The title of the film alludes to an ancient Chinese rite, still practiced in certain parts of the world today, called “The Hungry Ghost Festival.” Ancient Chinese folklore has it that July is the month where the gates of hell open up and hungry ghosts roam the earth in search of food. Lanterns are lined on roadsides to illuminate their paths and food offerings are placed to placate these ghosts’ hunger.

Hungry Ghost Ritual opens with an old woman squatting in front of her house burning incense – with food offering neatly piled in front – while her grandchild watches in astonishment as little hungry ghouls roam the street looking for food. This promising introduction sequence was an interesting concept, but unfortunately, the rest of the film is a floundering mess.

Cheung plays Zhong Hua, an entrepreneur returning home from Malaysia after a failed venture with his wife. Zhong is trying to reconnect with his estranged father, Xiaotian (Lam Wai), and his hostile half-sister, Jing Jing (Cathryn Lee), after a lengthy absence. When Xiaotian is hospitalized, Zhong is reluctantly forced into the spotlight to take over his father’s Cantonese Opera troupe.

The introduction of Zhong into the world of Cantonese opera would normally serve as a perfect vehicle for the script writers to introduce the audience to all kinds of ghostly manifestations and back story. There is, of course, the occasional apparition that appears from time to time, such as ghoulish possessed characters able to perform ridiculous contortions (almost laughable at times); objects suspended in mid-air and falling for no apparent reason; and an opera performer hoist in the air and flailing around aimlessly. While amusing to watch, the aforementioned sequences add nothing to the flow of the poorly scripted film. Even sleuthing footage of phantasm from Zhong’s cameras placed outside his sleeping quarter, failed to provide a good “scare” or add more clarity to the confusing plot.

Cheung’s directing leaves the audience wondering what direction (no pun intended) the film is taking. Is Hungry Ghost Ritual a horror movie or a drama with ghostly elements? The relationship between Zhong and his father is a thematic element that was touched on but never explored in depth. This arc would have provided more depth to the sparsely thought out script. Moreover, the back story of Xiaotian’s past – which would help explain the strange occurrences at the opera troupe – wasn’t properly depicted and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Normally an accomplished actor, here Cheung seems unsure and at times totally befuddled by his surroundings. I’m wondering if he’s acting in character as Zhong or is it the real-life Cheung seeping through as he is clearly having difficulty making this film. Life imitating art?

Cheung’s directing appears out of focus, poorly paced and everything seems choppy and unstructured. During press conferences, Cheung modestly acknowledged that his direction for Hungry Ghost Ritual was just “OK,” and in later directing projects, he would not act, so he can solely focus directing.

The only bright spot in the Hungry Ghost Ritual is the splendid performance by the seasoned Carrie Ng (City on Fire), as a lead veteran opera performer from Xiaotian’s past. Additionally, it’s a shame there wasn’t more screen time for Annie Liu (Shamo) – Zhong’s love interest – which no doubt would have made the film a bit more interesting.

At the end of the of the day, “directing” and “starring” is clearly something Cheung is unable to deal with.

Not recommended.

oneleaf’s Rating: 4/10

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Hector Echavarria ‘Enters the Dragon’ in ‘Duel of Legends’

"Duel of Legends" Theatrical Poster

"Duel of Legends" Theatrical Poster

Argentina’s Hector Echavarria (Chavez Cage of Glory) is back with Duel of Legends, an Enter the Dragon-esque tournament flick that has the 90s written all over it. The film also stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge) and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (The A-Team remake).

Duel of Legends revolves around Dax (Echavarria), a martial arts expert who was brought up by Shaolin monks. His deadly kung fu skills are put to the test when he gets himself involved in a Kumite-like tournament that’s connected with human trafficking.

Duel of Legends has an expected release date sometime this year. Until then, here’s the trailer.

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Vengeance of an Assassin | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Vengeance of an Assassin | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Vengeance of an Assassin | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2015

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Vengeance of an Assassin from the late Panna Rittikrai, the director behind fan favorites like Born to Fight and BKO: Bangkok Knockout.

This time around, Rittikrai is teaming back up with his Born to Fight leading man Dan Chupong. It’s surprising to note that 9 years have passed since Born to Fight was originally released, but in the meantime Chupong has carved a name for himself via movies like Dynamite Warrior and Ong-Bak 3. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Vengeance of an Assassin from Amazon.com today!

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Loren Avedon and Jalal Merhi are back with ‘Risk Factor’!

"Risk Factor" Promotional Poster

"Risk Factor" Promotional Poster

Martial arts stars Loren Avedon (No Retreat No Surrender 2) and Jalal Merhi (TC 2000) are back in Frank A. Caruso’s Risk Factor, an ultra low-budget film that was shot in 2011 and edited in 2013.

Risk Factor follows Alex (Merhi), a retired CIA operative who is lured back into the game by a femme fatale (Elise Muller). Things get complicated when Alex’s former partner (Avedon) gets involved.

In the 90s, Avedon and Merhi – along with stars like Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock – dominated the straight-to-video scene with films like King of the Kickboxers, Ring of Fire and Tiger Claws. Their titles were hit or miss, but it was always exciting to see their faces on VHS box covers.

Updates: According to carusofilms.comRick Factor will soon be released on iTunes. Until then, be sure to catch the film’s latest trailer.

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Cityonfire.com is ‘Raiding the Rock Vault Charity Concert!’

Cityonfire.com and Frank and Beanz Doggie Apparel are proud to be sponsors of the Raiding the Rock Vault Charity Rock Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Raiding the Rock Vault is joining the One Billion Rising global campaign to end violence against women, rise for justice and promote gender equality with an exclusive Raiding the Rock Vault show on Feb. 13, 2015. Proceeds from this one-night-only performance will benefit the Cultural Arts Training Foundation of Las Vegas.

For tickets and information, click here!

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Dave Bautista to play a barbaric badass in ‘Highlander’ reboot

"Highlander" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Highlander" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: A remake of the 1986 action-fantasy flick Highlander is currently in the works. The original film revolved around an immortal Scottish swordsman who must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize”.

Updates: Melissa Rosenberg of Twilight fame has been hired to work on the script. Looks like Justin Lin has dropped out as director, and is just serving as producer on the project. Dark Horizons via Deadline added that 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now up for the part of director. | Deadline reports that 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is exiting the Highlander remake.

After losing Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Deadline reports that the Highlander reboot has a new director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. The reboot will serve as his directorial debut. Nicolas-Troyan’s previous credits include visual effects supervisor and second unit director for Snow White and the Huntsman.

The Wrap reports that Tom Cruise is being pursued by the studio to play the mentor role that Sean Connery portrayed in the 1986 film.

BREAKING NEWS: LR reports that Dave Bautista (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Spectre) is going to play the bad ass barbarian role of “The Kurgan.”

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Graveyard of Honor (2002) Review

"Graveyard of Honor" DVD Cover

"Graveyard of Honor" DVD Cover

AKA: New Graveyard of Honor
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Goro Fujita, Shigenori Takechi
Cast: Narumi Arimori, Yoshiyuki Daichi, Hirotaro Honda, Harumi Inoue, Renji Ishibashi, Goro Kishitani, Takashi Miike, Ryosuke Miki, Yasukaze Motomiya, Mikio Osawa, Daisuke Ryu, Harumi Sone, Shun Sugata
Running Time: 131 min.

By HKFanatic

“A Yakuza without honor isn’t worth sh*t.” So says a Yakuza Godfather towards the end of Graveyard of Honor, and the entire movie puts this notion to the test against a terrifying new breed of gangster that is without honor or any recognizably human emotion, portrayed by lead actor Goro Kishitani (The Returner) in a terrifying performance.

The story begins when a lowly dishwasher (Goro Kishitani) saves the life of a Yakuza Godfather in the middle of a gangland-style hit. Almost overnight, Goro find himself inducted into the Yakuza and appointed to a top position in the Godfather’s crime family. Only too late does the Sawada Family realize they’ve placed a mad dog at the head of their table – Goro doesn’t care about Yakuza tradition or rules, and he’ll kill anyone who so much as rubs him the wrong way. While Goro has a few allies among his gangster brethren (a superb Ryosuke Miki), it isn’t long before he’s pitted himself against the entire Yakuza.

The film itself is a remake of a 1975 film from Kinji Fukasaku, the director of Battle Royale, but Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) takes to the material as if it were own. Despite working on a low budget, Miike delivers a visually interesting film via superb camera placement and some gloriously long takes even when a lot of action is unfolding onscreen. Graveyard features the kind of over-the-top violence that has become something of a signature for Miike, although it’s not taken to the manga-esque levels of movies like Ichi the Killer.

AnimEigo offers the film in a 2-Disc DVD set, lavishing the film with the kind of respect and care you wish all distributors would lend their top class Asian films. Subtitles are well-translated and easy to read, and come in an optional two different colors. The second disc is reserved for Special Features, such as interviews and footage from the premiere, for those interested in exploring supplemental content. Fans of Graveyard of Honor couldn’t ask for a better release than what AnimEigo has given us here.

With Graveyard of Honor, Takashi Miike is able to meld the traditional Yakuza film – featuring plenty of brutal stabbings and gunfights – with the kind of decadent, heroin-fueled downward spiral you’d associate with a rock star. It’s a grim journey as our lead character lacks anything you’d call empathy, but the result is one of the most satisfying and memorable films of the director’s prolific career. Even if you feel like you’ve seen most of what the Yakuza genre has to offer, Graveyard of Honor is well worth seeking out.

HKFanatic’s Rating: 8.5/10

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Jason Statham meets ‘Captain Phillips’ in ‘High Value Target’

"Homefront" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Homefront" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Jason Statham (The Expendables) is set to star in High Value Target, an upcoming action flick that sounds like a cross between The Expendables and Captain Phillips.

According to TB: The high-intensity action/thriller follows an international squad of private military contractors who infiltrate a cargo ship overrun by pirates in order to capture and extract a seemingly impossible High-Value Target — the pirate warlord.

There are currently no directors or stars attached. At one point, newcomer Spencer Cohen – who wrote the film’s screenplay – was attached to helm the project.

Update: According to FCS, closer sources claim Statham isn’t officially signed. Also, the TB report is supposedly based on an old script.

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Travolta has a ‘Death Wish’ to make ‘I Am Wrath’ his ‘Taken’

"Face/Off" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Face/Off" Japanese Theatrical Poster

John Travolta (Face/Off) is currently in talks to star in I Am Wrath, a Death Wish-type thriller that also marks filmmaker Chuck Russell’s (Eraser, The Mask) return to the action genre. According to The Wrap, the film is about a man out for vigilante justice after a group of corrupt cops are unable to catch his wife’s killer.

Travolta hasn’t even signed, but media outlets are already tagging I Am Wrath his answer to Liam Neeson’s Taken. At one point, Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) and William Friedkin (Killer Joe) were attached to the project, but plans fell through for unspecified reasons.

We’ll keep you updated on this story as we hear more!

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Pre-order ‘Rise of the Legend’ at DDDhouse.com today!

"Rise of the Legend" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Rise of the Legend" Chinese Theatrical Poster

DDDHouse.com now has Rise of the Legend on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD available for pre-order. This 2014 kung fu blockbuster is directed by Roy Chow (Nightfall) and stars Sammo Hung (14 Blades), Eddie Peng (Tai Chi 0), Jing Boran (The Bullet Vanishes), Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster) and Wong Cho-lam (Firestorm).

Rise of the Legend centers on a younger rendition of real-life folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, played by Peng. It also features fight choreography by the legendary Corey Yuen Kwai (No Retreat, No Surrender II).

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

Why wait months for Rise of the Legend’s North American release, when you can get it now!

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First trailer for Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E" Theatrical Poster

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E" Theatrical Poster

Due for release on August 14, 2015 is Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. remake, which is based on the hugely popular 1960s television series of the same name.

Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Illya Kuryakin. The film also stars Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander and Jared Harris.

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.

The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Updates: Watch the first trailer.

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Duel | Blu-ray (Universal)

Duel | Blu-ray (Universal)

Duel | Blu-ray (Universal)

RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2015

Universal presents the Blu-ray for Steven Spielberg’s 1971 debut feature, Duel. Dennis Weaver (Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction) stars as a traveling salesman waging a desperate battle for survival after he is mysteriously singled out.

Praised for its deft use of relentlessly mounting psychological tension, Duel features one of the most uniquely terrifying “characters” in movie history: a massive, roaring, 40-ton truck with sheer menace. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order Duel from Amazon.com today!

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Kazuaki Kiriya strikes Hollywood with ‘The Last Knights’

"The Last Knights" Theatrical Poster

"The Last Knights" Theatrical Poster

Japanese filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon) makes his Hollywood directorial debut with The Last Knights, a period actioner that centers around a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored maste.

The Last Knights stars Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Cliff Curtis, Aksel Hennie, Dave Legeno, Ayelet Zurer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Giorgio Caputo, James Babson and Peyman Moaadi. It also features a string of well-known Asian actors/actresses that include Ahn Sung-ki (Musa), Tsuyoshi Ihara (Ninja) and Park Si-yeon (Marine Boy).

Lionsgate is releasing The Last Knights on April 3, 2015. Until then, here’s the trailer (via FCS).

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Deal on Fire! Legend of the Fist | Blu-ray | Only $9.49 – Expires soon!

"Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" Blu-ray Cover

"Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Donnie Yen’s Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs).

In Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Donnie Yen plays Chen Zhen, a role made famous by Bruce Lee in the 1972 film Fist of Fury. It’s set in Shanghai International Settlement, seven years after the events of the Bruce Lee classic!

Legend of the Fist also stars Shu Qi (Storm Riders), Anthony Wong (Punished) and Shawn Yue (Motorway).

Order Legend of the Fist from Amazon.com today!

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Scott Adkins goes on a ‘Raid’ in a fight clip from ‘Close Range’!

"Close Range" Teaser PosterAction filmmaker Isaac Florentine (Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear) and martial arts star Scott Adkins team up for the eighth time in Close Range.

Adkins (Assassination Games) stars as Colton MacReady, a man left vulnerable by a corrupt sheriff and his men while cornered in his own ranch and forced to protect his family from a blood-thirsty drug cartel after rescuing his niece from their capture.

The pair is also expected to make Undisputed 4, where Adkins will reprise his Yuri Boyka character. There are currently no other casting details for either projects, but we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more.

Updates: According to FCS, Close Range, which just wrapped up production last week, will be getting its US distribution handled by XLrator Media (Dead Mine, Found). Stay tuned for the film’s release date!

BREAKING NEWS: Watch a teaser (fight clip) from Close Range, courtesy of Ed Bailey.

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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007) Review

"Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Director: Shinichiro Sawai
Writer: Takehiro Nakajima, Shoichi Maruyama
Cast: Takashi Sorimachi, Rei Kikukawa, Mayumi Wakamura, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Eugene Nomura, Go Ara, Takahiro Araki, Kachiwo Endo, Yusuke Hirayama, Naoki Hosaka, Sosuke Ikematsu, Satoshi Jinbo
Running Time: 136 min.

By Kyle Warner

Thirty minutes into Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea I came to realize that I was not watching a historical epic. Instead, this movie is a biopic about a man who lived a historically epic life. And all in all, that’s not such a bad thing. We’ve seen plenty of historical epics over the years, and we’ve seen a couple about Khan, so maybe a different approach to the subject should be welcomed. The film’s shortcomings as a historical epic could be forgiven… except that it’s not a very good biopic either.

So often I found myself trying to reason with the movie. I’m not asking for much, oh great Khan, just give me something to make the next two hours feel like they are worth my time. Thing is, I don’t think Genghis Khan cares much for the audience. The film plays out like a history lesson that’s being told by a professor who’d rather be anywhere else but here. There’s a distinct feeling of disinterest to the production.

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (AKA The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea) is a Japanese/Mongolian co-production. Though filmed on location in Mongolia and featuring thousands of Mongolian extras, the primary cast and crew is made up of Japanese talent and Japanese is the spoken language. The film tells the life story of Genghis Khan from birth to old age. We see him grow into a warrior, take on his rivals and deal with betrayal, and eventually try to unite the Mongols against China. (I cannot claim to know enough about Genghis Khan to tell you with any authority whether the movie is more fact or fiction, but it often feels overly dramatized.)

One of the first rules that any aspiring screenwriter is taught is to never use voiceover to narrate their story. Like most writing tips, there are a whole lot of ‘buts’ to this rule. It’s hard to imagine Fight Club, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Taxi Driver (among others) without their voiceover narration, which serves to elevate the films. However, too often voiceover is used as a crutch for bad writing. Instead of taking the weight off the story and letting things operate more smoothly, the crutch only brings more attention to the weaknesses of your screenplay. Such is the case here. Genghis Khan’s mother narrates much of the film. It would’ve been much better without this added component. At one point she tells the audience how her son gave no mercy to traitors… just minutes after Khan kills a traitor without mercy. Thanks, Mom. There’s even a moment where we see two armies ready for battle, and then the narration tells us that the battle lasted for days but things worked out in the end. Umm, I personally would rather see the battle instead of just being given the summary afterwards. Whatever.

I thought at first that maybe the movie wasn’t going to be too bad. It didn’t bring anything new to the table — almost every scene had been done better in other movies — but at least the story had some kind of flow to it. However, it quickly became apparent that not only was it repeating material seen in other similar films, but it was repeating scenes from earlier in this film. There’s an awful feeling of sameness to the movie as we move into the second half. Director Shinichiro Sawai wisely sets much of the film in the outdoors on Mongolia’s green hills, but he never manages to do much with the location. It’s a beautiful place, but everything begins to look the same after a while, and no images really grab you. In addition to a boring visual style, the drama often feels like it is on repeat. Even though the confrontations and the dialogue changes, every scene unfolds more or less the same. The characters speak overly dramatic dialogue, turn their back on each other, say something else, and then continue staring off into nothingness. It’s boring staging and terribly repetitive. Stepping into the role of Genghis Khan is Takashi Sorimachi (Fulltime Killer). Sadly, like much the rest of the cast, I can’t say many good things about Sorimachi’s performance here. Everyone is overacting. I don’t put too much blame on the actors, though, as I feel this is something the director should’ve tempered. Sorimachi, like basically everybody else in the cast (which includes Gantz’s Kenichi Matsuyama and Godzilla: Final Wars’ Rie Kikukawa), has been much better in other films.

After all the dull character drama, it comes as a relief when we finally get to a big action sequence. However, things don’t really get much better here. There are a lot of men and horses on screen, but the action is aimless, the music doesn’t fit, and the film features some of the most violent, relentless horse tripping I’ve ever seen. The action is so poorly staged and uninvolving that I was more than ready to get back to the tents for more moody dialogue-heavy scenes.

There’s a decent film in here somewhere, I think. Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea obviously wasn’t a cheap production. The thousands of extras, the armor and weapons, a half-way decent cast, and a legendary character should’ve created a better film than the one we got. Actually, if you step back and strip away the individual scenes, you come away with a decent story. It’s a film about a warrior who became a legend… and though he was good to his people, he was often cruel to his family. In the film’s most striking scene we see a young Genghis murder his own brother because he refused to fall in line. Later in the film, when Genghis is old, he repeatedly sends his bastard son into dangerous lands, and we can only assume it’s because he hopes the boy will not return. However, when you consider the dull dialogue, the repetitive staging, and the formless action, you come away with a film that’s uninteresting and feels four hours long.

If you’re looking for a good film about Genghis Khan, my advice is to check out Sergey Bodrov’s Mongol and leave Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea on the shelf.

Kyle Warner’s Rating: 3.5/10

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The Muthers | DVD (Vinegar Syndrome)

The Muthers | DVD (Vinegar Syndrome)

The Muthers | DVD (Vinegar Syndrome)

RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2015

Vinegar Syndrome presents the DVD for 1976′s The Muthers, directed by the master of Filipino sleaze, Cirio H. Santiago (Future Hunters).

Climb aboard with The Muthers – The meanest, toughest and most action packed pirate crew in the pacific. Join Jayne Kennedy (Ms .45), Rosanne Katon (She Devils in Chains), Jeannie Bell (TNT Jackson) and their crew on a daring rescue mission to save one of their own from the clutches of vicious white slavers. The Muthers blasts onto DVD newly restored from its 35mm negative.

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Phillip Rhee’s ‘Underdogs Kids 3D’ gets a promo reel!

"Underdog Kids" Theatrical Poster

"Underdog Kids" Theatrical Poster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BREAKING NEWS: Better late than never! In case you missed it, check out this promo reel for Underdog Kids 3D. The film should be seeing some type of release on July 7th!

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘No Tears for the Dead’ Blu-ray Giveaway! – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

No Tears for the Dead | Blu-ray & DVD (CJ Entertainment)

No Tears for the Dead | Blu-ray & DVD (CJ Entertainment)

Cityonfire.com and CJ Entertainment are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of No Tears for the Dead to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post and describe, in your own words, the beginning of this credit sequence from the 1975 Jimmy Wang Yu classic, The Man from Hong Kong.

We will be selecting a winner at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can conta6ect you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for No Tears for the Dead will be officially released on February 17, 2015. We will announce the 3 winners on that day and ship out the prizes immediately.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by February 16, 2015 to qualify. U.S. residents only please. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. Winners must respond with their mailing address within 48 hours, otherwise you will automatically be disqualified. No exceptions. Contest is subject to change without notice.

WINNERS: Congratulations to Cheh Chieh Huang, Fabian and Evan. You have all been notified via email!

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Two new TV Spots for Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’!

"Chappie" International Poster

"Chappie" International Poster

After teaming up for District 9 and Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp and actor Copley are putting their muscle together for a third time in yet another sci-fi film called Chappie, which hits theaters March 27, 2015.

Official plot: Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot.

Chappie also stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver.

Update: First trailer for Chappie. Don’t let the first trailer fool you… I’m sure this film is R-rated for a reason. | Second trailer. We told ya it would be R-rated for a reason! | International poster brings the action!

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Deal on Fire! Once Upon a Time in Shanghai | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

Once Upon A Time in Shanghai | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Once Upon A Time in Shanghai | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, a martial arts film directed by Wong Ching Po (Let’s Go!) with action choreography from the legendary Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix).

The plot involves a laborer who moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich, but ends up using his kung fu skills to survive. The cast includes Phillip Ng (Bodyguards & Assassins), Andy On (Special Identity), Luxia Jiang (True Legend) and Sammo Hung (Kill Zone). Watch the trailer.

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Slaughter in Xian (1989) Review

"Slaughter in Xian" Chinese Poster

"Slaughter in Xian" Chinese Poster

AKA: Xian Massacre
Director: Chang Cheh
Writer: Chang Cheh
Cast: Tung Chi Hwa, Cecilia Wong Hang Sau, Tu Yu Ming, Jia Kang Xi, Ku Wing Chuen, Wong Heung Wai
Running Time: 100 min.

By Paul Bramhall

Director Chang Cheh is commonly referred to as ‘the Godfather of Hong Kong action cinema’, and it’s a title well deserved. In 1967 he cast Jimmy Wang Yu in The-One Armed Swordsman at a time when most Hong Kong action movies featured female leads, and almost overnight an era of bare chested manly heroes was born. Cheh’s movies came to be defined by their machismo – usually featuring shirtless heroes who frequently declare their unbreakable bonds of brotherhood to each other, who take on legions of morally repugnant villains even when the odds are stacked against them, and who die in a hail of heroic slow motion arm flailing and fake blood.

For a long time Cheh was the go-to-director at the Shaw Brothers studio, often churning out close to 10 movies per year in his prime. However as time went by, it also changed, and by the time Cheh made his final movie for the studio in 1983, the classical tales of heroism that defined his early work had turned into rather camp tales of ninjas and trap riddled houses. While his later work had arguably lost the epic scope of his 60’s and 70’s movies, becoming almost entirely studio bound rather than being filmed outside, the movies were still a lot of fun to watch. The heroic deaths had become more and more exaggerated, to the point that our heroes were having their chests sliced open and tripping up on their own intestines, and his obsession with manly bonding had reached a point were some of his movies didn’t feature a single female cast member.

Cheh was once quoted as having a goal of directing 100 movies, so as the Shaw Brothers studio turned their attention more to TV rather than film making, he packed up shop and headed over to continue directing in Mainland China. At the age of 60, Cheh gathered together a new set of performers, and kicked off his Mainland productions in 1983 with Nine Demons. While there, Cheh had a total of 3 movies made with the sole purpose of providing him with enough money to retire – Death Ring in 1984, Shanghai 13 in 1985, and Just Heroes in 1989. However every time, somewhere inside himself he found the will to direct again, and ended up using the money raised to make more movies. In 1993 he’d direct his final feature, Ninja in Ancient China, which would also be his 93rd. He may not have made it to 100, but he certainly can’t be faulted for trying.

Slaughter in Xian was Cheh’s third to last movie, and is a curious work. Made in 1989, its production values give it a look which could easily make it pass for a movie made a decade earlier. The budget was clearly at a minimum, rooms are sparsely decorated with just a chair and table, perhaps with a phone or vase of flowers on it, and everything looks rather cheap. However, it is great to see Cheh working in the great outdoors again, so we’re treated to scenes such as a motorbike chase through the countryside, and a finale which looks to take place in a temple complex and mansion gardens.

The plot of Slaughter in Xian concerns the friendship between a thief turned Chinese opera performer, played by Chow Lung, and an incorruptible police officer, played by Tung Chi Wa. When a delivery of machine guns is hijacked and stolen by a group of not so incorruptible police officers, led by Ku Wing Chuen, who are in collaboration with a pair of gangsters played by Chin Siu Kin and Do Yuk Ming, they try to get rid of Chi Wa so that they can pin the crime on Lung.

If anything, there’s almost a little too much plotting in Slaughter in Xian for its own good, and there are moments when proceedings threaten to start dragging amongst all the scheming and conniving. However there is enough vintage Cheh here to ensure that some action is never too far away. In many ways the various stages of the director’s career are all on show in some form or another. The movie opens to a title sequence that plays over our main character gunning down several assailants. It’s a highly choreographed sequence that takes place on what almost looks like a theatrical stage, with all of the surroundings and props colored white, recalling the similarly theatrical sequence with Fu Sheng in Heaven and Hell. There’s a dagger throwing character that recalls the likes of Lo Lieh in The Flying Dagger, and there’s an extended opera sequence which could well have been lifted from Vengeance!, both movies which were made close to 20 years earlier.

However there’s little doubting that certain elements in Cheh’s later works are just pure bizarre. The level of manly bonding in his movies sometimes saw critics and fans, even at the time of his movies release, questioning his sexual inclination. The scene in Magnificent Ruffians, in which the main characters enter a bathing area to find a bevy of beauties waiting for them, only for our heroes to chase them away and begin grabbing each others posteriors, is often sited as being overtly homosexual in its nature. However this scene pales in comparison to what can be found in Slaughter in Xian.

In one scene, the two main characters arrive back home drunk. As one tries to help the other to stand up, they fall down on top of each other, at which point rather dreamy music kicks in, and they proceed to roll around on the floor embracing each other in slow motion. In another, an imprisoned character, shirtless and wearing white pants, is subjected to sitting on a chair with a 2-foot long spike in the middle of it. The guards lift him into the air and spread his legs, and once again in slow motion, he’s lowered onto the spike while geysers of blood erupt from between his legs. This isn’t the first time Cheh has had a character die by anal penetration, as anyone will know who’s seen his movies which have Fu Sheng portraying folk hero Fong Sai Yuk. However I don’t think I’ve ever seen it carried out quite as cruel and graphically as it’s done here. Ironically, the scene is juxtaposed with a scene from the opera performance, in a technique which was also used during Ti Lung’s death scene in Vengeance!.

Despite these absurdities, when the action does come it’s satisfying. The Mainland style of choreography has always been a little different from Hong Kong, and it’s evident in Chi Wa’s fight scenes. They’re a little more acrobatic and showy, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It seems that Cheh was looking to make his own heroic bloodshed movie with Slaughter in Xian, as there’s also a lot of gunplay in the action. Cheh’s own student, John Woo, had popularized the gun heavy action movie a couple of years prior with A Better Tomorrow 2, and in many ways it seems to be a case here of the teacher copying the student. What’s refreshing about Slaughter in Xian though, is how the two styles of traditional kung fu fighting, and new wave gunplay, come together.

The finale has a shirtless Chi Wa (the bad guys tear it off him of course) ploughing through several adversaries, which include a series of brief and intense one-on-ones, with just his fists, feet, and blade, culminating in a great knife fight against Wing Chuen and Siu Kin. However, it’s once he stumbles across the stolen machine gun stash that things get entertainingly violent, as wave after wave of bad guys are mowed down in a hail of bullets and blood. If Chang Cheh really was looking to make his own heroic bloodshed movie, then he came pretty close.

All in all Slaughter in Xian is far from perfect. It’s sloppy in ways like both the previously mentioned motorbike chase and the finale begin at night, then switch to broad daylight with no explanation whatsoever. The look is cheap and some of the scenes are just plain strange. However despite all this, there are enough glimpses of what once made Cheh so great to keep you watching, and when the finale does come, it doesn’t disappoint. If you haven’t seen a Chang Cheh movie before, then his 91st feature shouldn’t be number 1 on your list to check out. But if you’re familiar with his style and like your action served straight faced and bloody, this effort from his twilight years should definitely be worth a watch.

Paul Bramhall’s Rating: 7/10

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Mad Max: Collector’s Edition | Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Mad Max: Collector's Edition | Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

Mad Max: Collector's Edition | Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2015

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray for the Mad Max: Collector’s Edition. In George Miller’s Mad Max, a vengeful policeman (Mel Gibson) sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son.

Features: New interviews with Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and director of Photography David Eggby; commentary by art director Jon Dowding; director of photography David Eggby; FX artist Chris Murray and Tim Ridge; Mel Gibson: The Birth of A Superstar; Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon; Trailers; Gallery; Australian English and U.S. English dubbed audio tracks

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COF’s Blu-ray & DVD Release Highlights for February 2015

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the titles, we’re hoping you’ll click on our Amazon.com links to support cityonfire.com!

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story: February 3, 2015

Universal presents the Blu-ray for 1993′s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious). Jason Scott Lee stars in this unforgettable glimpse into the life of the legendary Bruce Lee. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Features include: Commentary with Rob Cohen, Archival Introduction, The Making of Featurette, Behind-the-Scenes Reel, Jason Scott Lee Screen Test, Bruce Lee Interview/Photographs, Storyboards, Production Photographs and Theatrical Trailers.

John Wick: February 3, 2015

Lionsgate presents the Blu-ray & DVD for David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. Reeves plays John Wick, an infamous, retired assassin who now leads a peaceful lifestyle. But when a series of unfortunate events distort his daily routine, Wick has no choice but to revisit his sinister past and go on one hell of a kill crazy rampage. The Blu-ray for John Wick includes the follow extras: Audio Commentary, Featurettes: Don’t F^#% with John Wick, Calling in the Calvalry, Destiny of A Collective, Assassin’s Code, Red Circle and NYC Noir. Read our review.

Brotherhood of Blades: February 10, 2015

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Lu Yang’s Brotherhood of Blades, which stars Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Cecilia Liu (Badges of Fury). Brotherhood of Blades tells of three friends (Chen, Wang Qianyuan, and Li Dongxue) who serve as Jinyiwei guards. They are dispatched by a palace eunuch (Nie Yuan) to hunt down a eunuch politician (Jin Shijie) who had been forced to resign from his influential post and exiled from Beijing. The Jinyiwei brothers return successfully from their quest, only to find that their task was but the beginning of a strange conspiracy. Read our review.


Super Sentai Zyuranger: The Complete Series
: February 17, 2015

Shout! Factory presents the Super Sentai Zyuranger: The Complete Series. Produced by Toei and Bandai, Super Sentai Zyuranger aired in Japan on February 21, 1992 to February 12, 1993, with a total of 50 episodes. It was the first Sentai series to be adapted into an American TV show; in this case, the extremely popular Power Rangers series! For the first time, Shout! Factory is delivering the entire Super Sentai Zyuranger series in its original Japanese language, uncut and subtitled, in this 10-disc DVD set! The series stars Yūta Mochizuki, Aohisa Takayasu, Hideki Fujiwara, Takumi Hashimoto, Reiko Chiba and Shiro Izumi.

No Tears for the Dead: February 17, 2015

CJ Entertainment presents the Blu-ray & DVD for No Tears for the Dead (read our review) directed by Lee Jeong-beom (Man from Nowhere). A hit man (Jang Dong-Gun from The Warrior’s Way) traumatized from accidentally killing a young girl during a job is given the mission to eliminate her mother, and begins the ultimate fight to save her life. The film also stars Kim Min-hee (Helpless), Brian Tee (The Wolverine), Kim Hee-won (Man from Nowhere) and Kim Joon-seong (Innocent Blood). Read our review.

Kung Fu Grindhouse Theatre: February 17, 2015

World Wide Multi Media presents the DVD for Kung Fu Grindhouse Theatre, which includes two untitled films. In the 1st, an escaped convict is out to claim the Sword of Destiny for his own, in order to wield its power, he must defeat the 3 Blind Mice and the beautiful sirens: Dynamite and Butterfly! In the 2nd, a female Ninja is banished when she opposes the execution of an innocent Ninja. She seeks revenge, but must first battle her way through the ninja’s hierarchy of assassins!

The Master: February 24, 2015

Lionsgate presents the DVD for 2011′s The Master (aka Choi Lei Fut or True Master), directed by Zhou Ke. It stars Hongbo Shi, Ni Cheng, Tianlong Shi and Jintong Mai. In 19th-century China, the population is suffering at the hands of greedy landlords, corrupt officials, and unwelcome invaders. Hoping to unite his people, master Chen Xiang opens a martial arts school. But after Chen refuses to join the armies of the Qing Prince, his mother and his students are seized. To save them, Chen has only one path: all-out war.

Green Street Hooligans: Underground: February 24, 2015

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Green Street Hooligans: Underground (aka Green Street 3: Never Back Down), starring Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) and directed by James Nunn, the filmmaker behind Fantastic Fest ’12′s breakout hit Tower Block. In Green Street Hooligans: Underground, an old firm leader returns to Green Street for revenge after receiving a call that his little brother was killed.

Dangerously Close: February 24, 2015

Olive Films presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1986′s Dangerously Close, directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg). A group of high school students who call themselves “The Sentinels” begin terrorizing classmates. Soon, one of their targets ends up brutally murdered. An editor of the school paper begins to investigate and “The Sentinels” become even more ruthless! This cult favorite stars John Stockwell (director of the upcoming Kickboxer reboot), J. Eddie Peck (Blind Heat), Carey Lowell (License to Kill).

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‘John Wick’ filmmakers: ‘John Wick 2’ will outdo the original!

"John Wick" International Theatrical Poster

"John Wick" International Theatrical Poster

In addition to their planned John Rain TV series – based on Barry Eisler’s espionage novels about a half-Japanese, half-American assassin (to be played by Keanu Reeves) – David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, the duo behind last year’s action-packed sleeper hit, John Wick, are developing John Wick 2.

Here’s what Stahelski had to say in a recent interview with Movies.com: “We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original.”

John Wick opened to both commercial and critical success and was noted for its amazingly staged action sequences, which makes perfect sense, since the two were known for staging stunt work and fight choreography in films like 300 (2006), Tron: Legacy (2010) and Safe (2012) long before their directorial debut feature.

We’ll keep you updated regarding the John Wick sequel. Until then, be sure to enter our current John Wick contest for a chance to win the film on Blu-ray!

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Gun Woman | Blu-ray & DVD (Shout! Factory)

Gun Woman | Blu-ray & DVD (Shout! Factory)

Gun Woman | Blu-ray & DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015

Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Kurando Mitsutake’s Gun Woman, starring former AV model Asami (Prison Girl)

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. Watch the trailer.

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