‘Point Break’ remake has found its Bodhi (Patrick Swayze)!

"Point Break" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Point Break" Korean Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Ericson Core is set to to remake Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 heist action film Point Break. Mostly known for his 2006 debut feature Invincible (with Mark Wahlberg), Core started his career as a cinematographer for films such as The Fast and the Furious, Daredevil and Payback. The remake – which starts shooting at the end of 2014/early 2015 – will be about an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates an extreme sports-lovin’ criminal gang.

The original, which starred Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey, was a box office success and has gathered a worldwide cult following. It has been referenced in numerous action films, most notably Johnnie To’s Fulltime Killer. Check back with us for more information regarding the Point Break remake.

Update: According to THR, the Point Break reboot has become the biggest success story of the 2013 American Film Market after selling out to foreign distributors around the globe. | According to Collider, Gerard Butler (London Has Fallen) is in negotiations to star in the Point Break remake. Wonder if this movie gave the studios the idea. | Butler has accepted. | AICN reports that Luke Bracey (November Man) will be playing Johnny Utah (previously played by Keanu Reeves). | According to Collider, Gerard Butler has exited the Point Break remake. Luke Bracey is still on board.

BREAKING NEWS: Collider reports that Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) will be playing Bodhi (previously played by Patrick Swayze). Also, production starts on June 26th!

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‘Hwayi: A Monster Boy’ is getting a ‘quality’ U.S. remake

"Hwayi: A Monster Boy" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Hwayi: A Monster Boy" Korean Theatrical Poster

According to THR, 2013′s Hwayi: A Monster Boy is getting an English-language, U.S. remake. The original South Korean film, directed by Jang Joon-Hwan (Save the Green Planet), is about a 16-year-old boy of the same name who is raised by five criminal fathers to become the perfect assassin. It starred Yeo Jin-goo (Sad Movie) and Kim Yun-Seok (The Chaser, The Thieves).

Creators of the original will be collaborating with the U.S. crew to avoid another Old Boy remake fiasco: “We have decided to take part in the production as a collaborator in order to ensure the quality of the remake, rather than simply handing over the storyline,” said Lee Jun-dong, head of the original movie’s production company Now Film.

Cityonfire.com will keep you updated on this project.

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Deal on Fire! Planet of the Apes 5-Film Collection | Blu-ray | Only $19.99 – Expires soon!

"Planet of the Apes 5-Film" Blu-ray Set Cover

"Planet of the Apes 5-Film" Blu-ray Set Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is for the 5-Film Planet of the Apes Blu-ray set, which contains 1968′s Planet of the Apes, 1970′s Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1971′s Escape from the Planet of the Apes, 1972′s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and 1973′s Battle for the Planet of the Apes. At $4 bucks per ape flick, it’s a banana of a deal!

It’s a perfect (and cheap) way to get prepared for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opens in theaters everywhere on July 11, 2014.

Order the Planet of the Apes 5-Film Blu-ray Collection today!

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‘Die Hard 2′ filmmaker to direct Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’

"Shinjuku Incident" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Shinjuku Incident" Japanese Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: In Skiptrace, a detective from Hong Kong (Jackie Chan) teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal. The film also stars Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3).

The internationally-set film will feature stops in Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and Mainland China. Jay Longino has been tapped to pen the screenplay.

Jackie will star, co-write and produce. Sam Fell (ParaNorman) is directing, and additional screenwriters are Jay Longino (Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation), Brian Gatewood (Animal Practice) and Alessandro Tanaka (The Sitter).

Update: Asian Movie Pulse features some recent quotes from Jackie Chan. He says that Skiptrace will be very location-driven and he hopes to set the sequences of action/comedy in settings that his fans haven’t seen him to do yet. | According to Dark Horizons, Seann William Scott (American Pie) has joined the cast.

BREAKING NEWS: According to Film Combat Syndicate, Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) will be helming Skiptrace. Production is expected to start in August 11, 2014.

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Legend of the Bat | aka Clans of Intrigue 2 (1978) Review

"Legend of the Bat" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Legend of the Bat" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Chor Yuen
Writer: Chor Yuen
Producer: Mona Fong Yat Wah, Yueh Hua, Cheng Li, Candice Yu On On, Derek Yee, Wang Chung,
Cast: Ti Lung, Ling Yun, Cheng Miu, Yuen Wah, Norman Chu
Running Time: 101 min.

By JJ Hatfield

This breathtakingly beautiful film is a rather unusual mix of martial arts, sword fighting, mystery and intrigue from the Shaw Brothers. Set in the Martial World, two longtime friends return from a journey only to discover something terrible has happened in their absence. They immediately set out to find those responsible and set things right once again. During the investigation the duo encounters the first of an ever increasing host of strange characters one more enigmatic than the last. All have different motivations and tales to tell, but they come to share one thing in common.

In order to obtain what they seek, they must make the journey to Bat Island.

The voyage across the sea is long and fraught with hidden risk. Twists and turns take place among the people and on-board the ship. One by one it is revealed that the passengers are not who they pretend to be. Each of them tries to discern the intentions of the others while giving few clues as to the real reason they have for making such a hazardous venture. Some passengers speak little, one does not speak at all. Suspicion snakes its way through the group as strange and unexplained occurrences increase. The island was rumored to be the secret dominion of the mysterious Bat, his opulent abode the place of exclusive auctions where it was said that anything may be bought any wish may be granted but only for his particular price. The Bat’s fortress, it was said, was an enormous luxurious palace of sumptuous comforts and delights, filled with exquisite finery. But there were also dark whispers about the evil that lies in wait for any who dare trespass.

Legend of the Bat is a sequel to Clans of Intrigue and though there are some slight differences, it does not interfere with the story. Chor Yuen helmed both films and wrote the screenplay, working from the popular wuxia novels by Gu Long. Both movies have the same cast, however not every actor returns as the same character. The story line is not a continuation, but continues the wuxia theme with heroic deeds, dazzling sword fights, deception and deceit, the baffling and the bizarre. It isn’t necessary to see Clans of Intrigue beforehand to be thoroughly entertained by this movie.

The Martial World is a wondrous place where anything can happen. It would not exist if not for the heroes and heroines who are always busy keeping peace or restoring the natural order. Heroic characters fight for honor, justice and to help those less able to defend themselves. There are certain characteristics a hero must possess – a belief in treating everyone the same, honesty, courage and a die hard loyalty to friends, family and country. No one could fill that description better than Ti Lung (A Better Tomorrow) as Chu Lui-hsiang, the dashing young martial artist, expert swordsman and hero of the series of wuxia novels written by the prolific and well loved Chinese writer Gu Long. Lui-hsiang is a righteous warrior never hesitating to put himself in harms way for the sake of justice. He is perfect as the charismatic, intelligent, fearless vanquisher of villains. Without him in the title role, the movie would lose its center and some damned impressive sword fights.

Not only is Lui-hsiang a highly skilled fighter, he is also quite clever and uses reasoning to unwrap the tangle of puzzles that spring up around every chamber and and corner. Ti Lung is a powerful presence in nearly all his roles and Legend of the Bat is no exception. He is a delight to watch as he does battle with evil -doers, never hesitating, cool as ice. Lui-hsiang looks fantastic whether gently waving his fan or wielding his flashing sword. The men admire him or they want to kill him or both. Women want him or they want to kill him or both. Ti Lung also has some fun playing Lui-hsiang as confident to the point of being cocky at times with a bit of a swagger and a slight smirk.

Yi Tien-hung who also returns from Clans of Intrigue, is played by Yun Ling (Six Assassins). Not even in this fantasy world would anyone consider Tien-hung righteous, although he does help Lui-hsiang, he often has his own motivations, or more accurately his employment. His piercing gaze can freeze an opponent in their tracks. He always seems to be standing, still, always on alert. The darkness of his clothing mirrors his demeanor.

Also of note is Yuen Wah (Iceman Cometh) who has a substantial role considering how many people are in this movie, but has no lines as he plays a mute. To his credit he makes his presence felt in a very different role than he has played previously. It’s refreshing to see him outside the typical bad guy/gang member or minor character he often played. Wah is far more often in the stunt and fight unit onscreen or directing the action.

Water, water everywhere, but precious little in this ‘sea’. When telling a visual tale involving sea faring vessels, water is usually necessary to complete the illusion but dry ice and smoke take its place for Chor Yuen. As a director with a very specific and spectacular style, he never allows the camera to wander or roam, instead, he frames each and every shot as if it were a single carefully staged photograph. Filming on water doesn’t allow for that kind of direct control, especially considering the technology available when this movie was shot in 1977.  Yuen used a stage at the Shaw Brothers studios to shoot not only Legend of the Bat, but virtually all of his films. Using the indoor stage allowed for far greater control, but it was also considerably cheaper than shooting on location.

Chor Yuen’s wuxia fantasies are always layered in beauty of all forms, but with Legend of the Bat, he surpasses many of his previous films in creating this luscious feast for the eyes. The sets are elaborate, steeped in rich vibrant visuals so detailed it seems you could reach out and feel the warm touch of the sun or the icy cold of an unsheathed blade.

Chor Yuen surrounds every single scene with finishing touches worthy of a precious painting. Everything is meticulously planned. Nothing is left to chance. The sets are bright with artwork, flowers, swathed in soft flowing silk, gardens, statues, trees, fountains anything of a pleasing nature. Cheap stock sets and props are few and far between. Costumes, furnishings, hair, clothes; it does not matter if the scene is in an enchanting palatial manor or a desolate old farm house; attention to detail and skilled use of color are always present in Yuen’s works. As with many of his films, Chor Yuen has included a values message that is fitting for the Martial World.

The sword fights with Ti Lung are excellent, especially when he is up against a number of enemies. There are several extended scenes that involve complicated and dangerous maneuvers. Some of the most impressive include sparkling mountains and rivers made of pure gleaming ice and a lake of leaping flames. The Bat’s throne room is a magnificent piece of art all by itself. Fantastic creations cover every wall, doorway, ceiling, hallway and floor. Secret rooms hold brilliant adorned baskets and jars and many other treasures. The special effects are standard for the time, but they are certainly not annoying or distracting.

Some people may not appreciate the mystery aspect of Legend of the Bat. There are places in the story where it seems the Shaw Brothers version of Hercule Poirot is about to make an appearance. Lui-hsiang does spend a fair amount of time investigating and tracking down clues as well as red herrings. It doesn’t make the movie bad, but it does mean a bit less action in favor of intrigue.

Of course there is more to a movie than looking good no matter how good Chor Yuen can make it look. The biggest problem is the sheer number of characters who come at you at such a rapid pace, it’s difficult to keep track without a cast list in order of appearance. I appreciate Chor Yuen trying to be faithful to Gu Long’s story, but there is too much story with too many people stuffed into too little time. Nor can you easily follow the byzantine story machinations, subplots, sub-subplots, side-plots, or the sudden changes in allegiances, identities, behaviors and ulterior motives.

Some of the costumes and effects almost get out of control. There are funky colored lights in ice caves that kind of look like those lights used on retro aluminum Christmas trees. Some of the Bat’s minions wear ‘bat’ suits (no, not “Batman” suits) with tiny little ‘bat’ ears. People appear and disappear, then sometimes reappear with disturbing frequency with no explanation. This is not a serious type of film, it is purely for entertainment. Oh sure, some serious things happen… people get killed, and then some more people die – well actually there are a lot less people by the end of the movie than when it begins. But it really is a fun time. A movie with sword fights, a mysterious villain and Ti Lung? How can you go wrong with that?

JJ Hatfield’s Rating: 7.5/10

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Deal on Fire! Die Hard 25th Anniversary 5-Disc Set | Blu-ray | Only $19.99 – Expires soon!

Die Hard 25th Anniversary 5-Disc Blu-ray Collection (Fox)

Die Hard 25th Anniversary 5-Disc Blu-ray Collection (Fox)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for the Die Hard 25th Anniversary 5-Disc Set. Celebrate 25 years of John McClane with this collection featuring the first four Die Hard films and an all-new bonus disc, “Decoding Die Hard.” It’s the ultimate tribute to the tough-as-nails cop with a wry sense of humor and a knack for explosive action. Wrong place. Wrong time. Right man. Yippee ki yay!

Cityonfire.com is pleased to announce that this set does NOT include 2013′s A Good Day to Die Hard. ;)

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The Raid 2: Berandal | Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

The Raid 2: Berandal | Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

The Raid 2: Berandal | Blu-ray & DVD (Sony Pictures)

RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2014

Sony Pictures presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 (read our review). This action-packed martial arts epic will include the following bonus features: “Gang War” Deleted Scene, Ready for a Fight: On Location; Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography; English dub and original language version of the film, director commentary with Gareth Huw Evans; The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel; Cinefamily Foundation Q&A with Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais and Joe Trapanese.

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Vengeance Is Mine | Blu-ray (Criterion)

Vengeance Is Mine | Blu-ray & DVD (Criterion)

Vengeance Is Mine | Blu-ray & DVD (Criterion)

RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2014

Criterion Collection presents the Blu-ray for 1979′s Vengeance Is Mine, directed by Shohei Imamura (Black Rain). A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family—into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, Vengeance Is Mine bares humanity’s snarling id. Watch the trailer.

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Donnie Yen’s ‘Ip Man 3′ to start shooting early 2015

"Ip Man" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Ip Man" Japanese Theatrical Poster

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

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

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

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

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

In addition to Ip Man 3, here’s a list of titles Yen is currently working on: Iceman 2 (post-production), Kung Fu Jungle (post-production), The Master (pre-production), Dragon City (pre-production) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 (pre-production).

BREAKING NEWS: According to Screen Daily, Well Go USA has already picked up U.S. rights for Ip Man 3, which begins shooting early 2015. “This film focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee… it also portrays Ip Man at a stage when he is searching for the real meaning in life,” says Ip Man 3 writer, Edmond Wong. - Thanks to Dip!

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Well Go USA picks up Louis Koo’s crime-thriller ‘Z Storm’

"Z Storm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Z Storm" Chinese Theatrical Poster

This summer, Chinese audiences are bundling up for a big budget, crime-thriller titled Z Storm, which stars Louis Koo (Accident), Lo Hoi-pang (Dream Home), Michael Wong (Nightfall), Gordon Lam (Triad Election) and Liu Kai-chi (The Stool Pigeon).

According to Variety, Z Storm involves the ICAC, Hong Kong’s 40-year-old anti-corruption body, in a three-way conflict among the police and the government. Producer John Chong compares the film to Fox’s TV series 24, while others are comparing it to Infernal Affairs.

Z Storm also marks the return of veteran Hong Kong filmmaker David Lam, who hasn’t made a movie since 1998′s Magnificent Team. Watch the first for trailer for Z Storm. | Theatrical poster for Z Storm.

BREAKING NEWS: According to Screen Daily, Well Go USA has picked up Louis Koo’s crime-thriller Z Storm, which opens in Hong Kong on June 19th. - Thanks to Dip!

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Deal on Fire! Ip Man 2 | Blu-ray | Only $7.50 – Expires soon!

"Ip Man 2" Blu-ray Cover

"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 in this semi-biographical account of Ip Man. Ip Man 2 centers on Ip Man’s migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts. 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!). The original Ip Man Blu-ray is also available at a sale price!

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Will ‘Black and White’ be Edison Chen’s comeback film?

"Black and White" Promotional Poster

"Black and White" Promotional Poster

Jonathan Li, assistant director of Infernal Affairs III and Overheard 2, will be making his directorial debut with an action-thriller titled Black and White. Edison Chen (Infernal Affairs) will star alongside Baby John Choi (The Way We Dance). Film Business Asia describes Black and White as “an action film about two wronged undercover cops who become friends.”

The big question is: Will Black and White be Chen’s comeback film? Chen was once one of biggest names in the Hong Kong Entertainment industry, but following a sex scandal in 2008, his popularity diminished. Studios even went as far as trimming down his screen time in 2009′s Sniper.

Since then, Chen has only appeared in 2011′s Almost Perfect, an Asian-American indie flick which co-starred Kelly Hu. That same year, Chen announced he would be appearing in a sequel to 2005′s Initial D, but production was delayed and remains in development hell.

Here’s hoping Black and White will be Chen’s comeback film. We’ll keep you posted!

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

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

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

RELEASE DATE: July 29, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Dragonwolf, directed by Raimund Huber (Bangkok Adrenaline). The Devil’s Cauldron, a city where violence has forged a society in which only the lethal and can survive, two young men who possess the intellect and ferocity to flourish, carve a name for themselves as unstoppable hit men. But when a woman mysteriously enters their lives, she turns them against each other, resulting in a battle that threatens to bring the city to the brink of destruction. The film stars Kazu Patrick Tang, Johan Kirsten and Macha Polivka. Watch the trailer.

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Pre-order Donnie Yen’s ‘Monkey King’ at DDDhouse.com

"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster

DDDHouse.com now has Donnie Yen’s Monkey King on Blu-ray & DVD for a May 22nd pre-order. 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 version is coded for region A, so it’s good to go on your current North American Blu-ray hardware.

Directed by Cheang Pou-soi (Accident), The Monkey King had the highest-grossing opening day in China, even surpassing Iron Man 3. In addition to Yen, the star-studded cast includes Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Cecilia Cheung. Watch the trailer!

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Deal on Fire! Toho Godzilla Collections | Blu-ray | Only $10.99 – Expires soon!

"Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah / Godzilla Vs. Mothra" Blu-ray Cover

"Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah / Godzilla Vs. Mothra" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire are the Blu-ray compilations for The Toho Godzilla Collections. For a limited time, four double features will be available for $10.99.

Twofer titles include 1993′s Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II & 1994′s Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla; 2004′s Godzilla: Final Wars and 2003′s Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.; 1991′s Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah and 1992′s Godzilla Vs. Mothra; and 1995′s Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah and 2000′s Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus: The G Annihilation Strategy.

Pre-order one of the Toho Godzilla Collections from Amazon.com today!

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New Bruce Lee gameplay footage for ‘UFC 2014′

"Fist of Fury" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Fist of Fury" Chinese Theatrical Poster

EA (via IGN) has announced that Bruce Lee will be featured in EA’s upcoming UFC 2014 for PS4 and Xbox One. The martial arts legend – and star of Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury - is widely considered the “father of mixed martial arts.” In the 1960s, Lee developed Jeet Kune Do, a non-classical combination of multiple martial arts styles rolled into one. Lee’s concept practically became the basis for the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) phenomenon.

Click here to view a promotional footage for UFC 2014, narrated by Lee’s daughter and Chairperson of the Bruce Lee Foundation, Shannon Lee.

Update: Here’s some all new gameplay footage of Bruce lee in UFC 2014. Pre-ordering the game for PS4 and Xbox One will unlock Lee from the moment you boot up the game, but he’ll otherwise be available to anyone that successfully completes the game’s career mode on Pro difficulty, at which point he’ll be unlocked for use in four different weight classes.

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Jackie Chan dies hard in Peter Segal’s ‘Civilian’

"Armour of God III: CZ12" Japanese DVD Cover

"Armour of God III: CZ12" Japanese DVD Cover

In addition to Dragon Blade (which is currently filming), Skiptrace, and the possibility of The Karate Kid 2 and Rush Hour 4, Jackie Chan (Armour of God III: CZ12) has added an English-language thriller titled Civilian, to his to-do list.

According to Variety, Civilian “follows a salesman who finds himself in the middle of a terror attack at an arms convention.” Chances are, the film will be a light-hearted action flick, considering it’s being helmed by Peter Segal (Get Smart, Grudge Match), a director known for his family-friendly output.

Civilian will start filming in Johannesburg, South Africa early 2015. - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate

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Guns, talks and a ‘Man on High Heels’… new trailer!

"Man on High Heels" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Man on High Heels" Korean Theatrical Poster

Director Jang Jin (Guns & Talks) is back with an action film called Man on High Heels (aka High Heels). Despite its kooky title, Man on High Heels is not a comedy. It’s in fact an violent action-thriller with a gender-bending twist. The film stars Cha Seung-won (Libra Me), Esom (Hindsight) and Oh Jung-Se (The Unjust).

Here’s the plot: Ji-wook is a cold-blooded detective who will stop at nothing to catch criminals. However, despite his masculine appearance, Ji-wook struggles with a secret desire to be a woman. At last, Ji-wook decides to get a sex change. However, a gang Ji-wook brutally arrested by force plots revenge against him.

Man on High Heels will be released domestically in June 2014. For now, here’s a couple of trailers.

Updates: Check out the new trailer, plus a new poster, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate.

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Bruceploitation star ‘Bruce Le’ to return to kung fu movies?

"Enter the Game of Death" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Enter the Game of Death" Korean Theatrical Poster

According to Impact (via Film Combat Syndicate), Huang Kin Long (better known as Bruce Le or Huang Kin Long) – star of the Bruceploitation classics Enter the Game of Death and Clones of Bruce Leehas just wrapped up a redux of a movie he directed in 1992 called Comfort Women. The upcoming film stars Cheng Pei-pei (Golden Swallow, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and her daughter Marsha Yuen.

In even better news, while Le visited the set of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Pound of Flesh, Le told Impact’s Mike Leeder that he has plans to return to the international arena with a new action martial arts project. If this is true, then old school kung fu cinema fans will have one hell of a field day! So what does Le look like today? Well, here’s a photo of him with Mike Leeder, Darren Shahlavi and Mike Moller on the set of Pound of Flesh. Simply amazing!

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Deal on Fire! Kill Zone | Blu-ray | Only $8.99 – Expires soon!

"Kill Zone" Blu-ray Cover

"Kill Zone" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Kill Zone (aka Sha Po Lang), directed by Wilson Yip (Ip Man 1 & 2) and starring Donnie Yen (Ip Man 1 & 2). Co-starring is Sammo Hung (The Man From Hong Kong) and Simon Yam (Bullet in the Head). Read our review, which describes Kill Zone as “one of the most bloodiest and violent films that I’ve seen in quite some time.”

And next year, look for Kill Zone 2 (aka Sha Po Lang), which will star Tony Jaa (Tom Yum Goong 2) and Wu Jing (Fatal Move).

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Protector 2 | aka Tom Yum Goong 2 | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

Protector 2 | aka Tom Yum Goong 2 | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

Protector 2 | aka Tom Yum Goong 2 | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

RELEASE DATE: July 29, 2014

Magnolia presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Prachya Pinkaew’s Protector 2 (aka Tom Yum Goong). Once again, Kham’s pet elephant (Tony Jaa) has been abducted and he must fight anyone in his way to find him. Protector 2 features amazing choreography by Panna Rittikrai (Ong Bak). Also starring is RZA (Man with the Iron Fists), Mum Jokmok (Ong Bak), Yanin Vismitananda (Chocolate), Petchtai Wongkamlao (The Protector), Marrese Crump (G.I. Joe: Battle for the Serpent Stone). Watch the trailer. You can also watch the film now on Amazon’s Instant Video service!

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Harrison Ford officially approached for ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

"Blade Runner" Japanese Promotional Poster

"Blade Runner" Japanese Promotional Poster

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

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

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

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

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

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

BREAKING NEWS: According to Variety, Harrison Ford has been officially approached to reprise his role for Blade Runner 2. It’s getting closer…

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Escape to Athena | DVD (Henstooth Video)

Escape to Athena | DVD (Henstooth Video)

Escape to Athena | DVD (Henstooth Video)

RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2014

Henstooth Video presents the DVD for 1979′s Escape to Athena, directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II). Roger Moore took a break from the James Bond franchise (between 1977′s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979′s Moonraker) to film this action gem about a group of World War II POWs who plan to escape from their Nazi captors and retrieve valuable stolen art at the same time. Escape to Athena also stars Telly Savalas, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree, Sonny Bono and Elliott Gould. Still not sold? Then watch the trailer!

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Deal on Fire! Gojira | Blu-ray | Only $9.49 – Expires soon!

"Gojira" Blu-ray Cover

"Gojira" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 1954′s Gojira (aka Godzilla), Ishiro Honda’s original and uncut Japanese-language version. Critically acclaimed as a bold anti-nuclear allegory and one of the greatest monster movies of all time. Also included is Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956), the popular “Americanized” version starring Raymond Burr as a reporter covering Godzilla’s rampage. Gojira stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata and Takashi Shimura. Before you see the remake, see the original!

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James Clavell’s Shogun | Blu-ray (Paramount)

James Clavell’s Shogun | Blu-ray (Paramount)

James Clavell’s Shogun | Blu-ray (Paramount)

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2014

Paramount Pictures presents the Blu-ray for James Clavell’s Shogun. This 1980 mini-series (on 6 Blu-ray discs) focuses on John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain), an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 17th century. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga (Toshiro Mifune) and Ishido (Nobuo Kaneko), who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it. By no means is Shogun a martial arts adventure, but it does have snippets of chanbara bloodshed within its beautiful plot structure!

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Adjust your tracking for the ‘V/H/S: VIRAL’ (aka VHS-3) trailer!

"V/H/S: VIRAL" Theatrical Poster

"V/H/S: VIRAL" Theatrical Poster

Are you ready for another bloody wave of found-footage madness from some of the most talented directors working today? For the upcoming V/H/S: VIRAL (aka VHS-3), here’s the names of the filmmakers doing their thing: Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Todd Lincoln (The Apparition), Marcel Sarmiento (ABC’s of Death: D), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), Justin Benson (Resolution) and Aaron Moorhead (A Glaring Emission).

Here’s the official plot: Fame-obsessed teens hell-bent on capturing the next viral video discover they are the stars of the latest internet sensation. V/H/S VIRAL is the third and most intense installment in the groundbreaking horror franchise from the world’s top genre filmmakers.

And of course, don’t forget about trailer!

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Seven Warriors (1989) Review

"Seven Warriors" DVD Cover

"Seven Warriors" DVD Cover

Director: Terry Tong
Writer: Tsang Kan Cheung
Producer: John Sham
Cast: Chen Jing, Adam Cheng, Jacky Cheung, Lisa Chiao Chiao, Elaine Kam, Benz Kong, Philip Kwok, Ben Lam, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lo Lieh, Teresa Mo, Max Mok Siu Chung, Shing Fui On, Wu Ma, Sammo Hung
Running Time: 94 min.

By Paul Bramhall

The sterling team over at Well Go USA recently released the little known Hong Kong movie Seven Warriors on both DVD and Blu-ray format, and I got around to watching it this week. First up, I think it’s important to point out that specifically for this release, the back of the sleeve proudly declares – “Legendary actor, stuntman, fight choreographer and pioneer of Hong Kong’s New Wave Movement, Sammo Hung directs (and appears in) a rousing retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI.” Ok, let’s just get this out of the way, Sammo doesn’t direct it, in fact the same sleeve features the movie credits just a few inches below, which clearly state ‘Directed by Terry Tong’! As for his appearance, it clocks in at less than two minutes, and those two minutes take place before the opening credits have even finished rolling, so this is not a movie to purchase based on the Sammo Hung factor.

That being said, it’s hard to get mad at the Well Go guys, as apparently even at the time of its release it used Sammo’s name to appeal to a wider audience, so a quarter of a century later not a whole lot has changed. The claim that he is the director though is just a brazen lie, he has no connection to the production in any way with the exception of his few seconds of screen time. So, what does that leave us with? Hollywood gave us its own take on Akira Kurosawa’s classic 1954 movie, The Seven Samurai, with the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven, and a whole 35 years after the original, Hong Kong decided to try its hand at retelling the tale with Seven Warriors.

In place of feudal Japan and the wild west of American, Seven Warriors transports the tale to 1920’s China, when warlords were ruling the land. When a rural village that relies on its annual harvest to get by becomes the target of a group of marauding bandits, they decide the only way to survive is to head into the city and try to enlist some soldiers to help them put up a fight against their attackers.

I would hazard a guess that part of the reason Seven Warriors has become a largely forgotten production is its failure to live up to the promise such an all-start cast bring to the table. Director Tong enlists Shaw Brothers legend Lo Lieh as the villainous head bandit (you know he’s bad because half his face is covered by a mole, complete protruding hairs), the star of the Venoms crew Philip Kwok plays the villager on a mission to enlist help to defend his village, and then you have the titular seven themselves. Lead by Adam Cheng, he’s backed up by Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Max Mok, Wu Ma, Jacky Cheung, Shing Fui On, and Ben Lam.

Expectations should be duly set for a showdown which involves plenty of heroic bloodshed and kung-fu, but these expectations are only partly met. For an hour of its run time Seven Warriors plays out focusing on the plight of the village and the formation of the seven warriors, while minor conflicts are developed between certain characters which frankly, do little to generate interest or hold attention. Thankfully, actors like Tony Leung Chiu-wai, even at this early stage of his career, have enough charisma and charm to make proceedings watchable, and events move along towards the big showdown at an acceptable pace.

The big showdown of course, without kidding ourselves, it what we’re all here for. Sammo Hung may be nowhere to be seen, but Jacky Cheung has just spent a good portion of the run time teaching the villagers how to fight, one of which is Kwok, and Ben Lam has been introduced as being deadly accurate with a throwing knife, and not too shabby with his feet either. It’s time to see them let loose. Unfortunately, that time never really comes. Yes a lot of bullets are exchanged, and a mounted machine gun is even thrown into the mix, which evokes thoughts of both The Wild Bunch and Boxer Rebellion, but somehow all of the action comes across as rather perfunctory. Those looking for their martial arts fix will be left most disappointed of all, as Kwok doesn’t get to do anything, and Lam’s skills are used for a mere few seconds.

Seven Warriors isn’t a bad movie per se, it just lacks any stand out moments to elevate it above being anything other than average. None of the actors put in particularly poor performances, they just all have movies were they’ve done much better. If you want to check out Tong Leung Chiu-wai playing the naive do-gooder there’s My Heart is That Eternal Rose, if you want to see Ben Lam fully let loose there’s Angry Ranger, and if you want to see Max Mok busting out the moves there’s Night Life Hero. A director like Terry Tong was never going to mistaken as being in the same league as Akira Kurosawa, and indeed he only sat in the directors chair for a total of 7 movies, the most famous of which is 1982’s Coolie Killer. Here he has all the ingredients for what could be a fantastic adventure romp, but it never really seems to get past the simmering stage, when what we all want to see is things boiling over.

Paul Bramhall’s Rating: 7/10

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Deal on Fire! Rocky: Heavyweight Collection | Blu-ray | Only $22.99 – Expires soon!

"Rocky: Heavyweight Collection" Blu-ray Cover

"Rocky: Heavyweight Collection" Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Rocky: Heavyweight Collection Blu-ray set, which contains 1976′s Rocky, 1979′s Rocky II, 1982′s Rocky III, 1985′s Rocky IV, 1990′s Rocky V, and 2006′s Rocky Balboa. That’s ALL the Rocky films on 6 Blu-ray discs. In addition, \Rocky: Heavyweight Collection contains over three hours of bonus features including a new featurette “8mm Home Movies of Rocky” narrated by Director John Avildsen. At about $3.83 a movie, this is deal is definitely a knockout!

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Extended trailer for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

"Edge of Tomorrow" Theatrical Poster

"Edge of Tomorrow" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: A soldier (Tom Cruise) fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way. Edge of Tomorrow, formerly All You Need Is Kill, is directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and also stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Lara Pulver and Jeremy Piven.

The movie is based on 2004′s All You Need Is Kill, a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The screenplay is written by Joby Harold (The Key Man), Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens) and Roberto Orci (Mission: Impossible III).

Updates: Tom Cruise has proven he can do many things. But can he outrun a wall of fire? Find out in the first official photo from All You Need is Kill. | Collider has pack of set photos. | More photos, courtesy of People. | Digitalspy.com has new photos.

First teaser poster. | Two new teaser posters are now available. One featuring Tom Cruise and the other, featuring Emily Blunt. | Gritty war photos (source unknown). Also, Collider has two new images of Tom Cruise and Cityonfire’s favorite female, Emily Blunt. | First trailer is here. | 2nd trailer. | New TV spot. | Newest poster. | Japanese theatrical trailer. Also check out two new billboard-style posters. | Two new posters, featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are now available. | Another new poster.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch a the new extended trailer.

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Deal on Fire! Running Scared | Blu-ray | Only $9.78 – Expires soon!

Running Scared Blu-ray (New Line Cinema)

Running Scared Blu-ray (New Line Cinema)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for 2006′s Running Scared, written and directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler), and starring the late Paul Walker (Fast and Furious 7). The ultra-stylish Running Scared is quite possibly the darkest, most violent, and highly original action-thriller of the last 10 years. It’s a damn shame that this is the least watched of Walker’s filmography. Now’s your chance! Also starring Chazz Palminteri and Vera Farmiga. Watch the trailer.

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