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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Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux (2010) Review

"Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux" Theatrical Poster

"Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux" Theatrical Poster

AKA: The True Story of JCVD Bloodsport
Director: Jesse Barrett-Mills, Daniel Gallai
Producer: Jesse Barrett-Mills, Daniel Gallai
Cast: Frank Dux, Joe Fiorentino, Jeff Langton, Sheldon Lettich, Brian Thompson, Vic Moore, Jean-Claude Van Damme (archive)
Running Time: 70 min.

By Mighty Peking Man

If you’re a fan of 1988’s Bloodsport, then you might be familiar with the name Frank Dux. If not – or if you’ve forgotten – here’s a refresher: In Bloodsport, the name of the character Jean-Claude Van Damme portrays is a guy named Frank Dux, a real life American martial artist who supposedly lived though the events portrayed in Bloodsport, hence the “Based on on a true story” tag that was slapped on the film’s initial VHS release. The main focal point of Bloodsport’s plot is Dux’ participation in a deadly, underground fight tournament known as the Kumite.

In most cases, when the name “Frank Dux” is brought up to a reputable martial artist, they’ll reply back by calling Dux a fraud, liar or con artist. Then you have that other small percentage of people, including four-time world karate champion Vic Moore, who says that Dux is “one of the top fighters today because of what he went through…” The next thing you know, you hear a rumor that Dux bought his martial arts trophies at a local trophy store.

In a series of archival footage and interviews – mostly from Dux himself - Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux examines the highly debatable Dux story, and by the end of its 70-minute duration, it’s up to the audience to decide whether Dux’ life is fact or fantasy.

First and foremost, there’s no evidence of the Kumite ever existing. Many people, especially those in the martial arts community, believe that Dux made it up to sell a screenplay – but that’s just the tip of the ice berg. There’s a lot more to Dux than his supposed Kumite competition…

The controversial martial artist is also known for breaking bullet proof glass with his bare hands, as well as being a master of the “death touch,” (the ability to bare-handedly strike through layered thin bricks, only to break the bottom thick brick, leaving the first layer of thin bricks intact) which can obviously be a fatal technique if used against an opponent. Although there is no actual “film” of the Kumite, there is footage of Dux breaking glass and performing the “death touch.” However, skeptics dismiss the footage as being fake or staged.

Things get really strange when the documentary goes into Dux’ life as an undercover CIA operative, complete with propagana-like “home video” footage of Dux walking the Ukraine streets in a James Bond-like suit, as well as questionable interviews with anonymous Russian agents (via voice changer to hide their identities) who authenticate Dux as a legit secret agent. During these scenes, Dux clearly states that he was on a mission to recover biological weapons from terrorist organizations. In fact, he has even written his own book titled The Secret Man: An American Warrior’s Uncensored Story, which is described as “a true-life espionage account chronicles the exploits of a former CIA hitman who performed highly classified missions and who masked his covert operations under his international reputation as a martial arts black belt.”

Regardless if Dux’ life is fact or fantasy, Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux is both an interesting documentary and a solid character study. One minute, it feels like a mockumentary; the next minute, you actually feel bad for the guy. For instance, during an autograph session at a martial arts convention in the 90s, Dux was knocked out by MMA fighter Zane Frazier (who was supposedly wearing brass knuckles). After the incident, Dux checked into a hospital to treat the injuries caused by Frazier, only to discover a massive tumor in his brain. As a result, Dux lost the use of one side of his body (including one of his eyes), which eventually led to memory loss. It was around this time that his wife aborted their child and divorced him. Additionally, he had to shut down many of his dojos due to his disability.

What really makes Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux shine is the rare archival footage: Dux’ appearances on shows like That’s Incredible (circa 70s), obscure tabloid talk shows (circa 90s), news interviews, and even an HBO special that aired around the time of Bloodsport’s cable premier. Also featured are snippets from the “Dux vs. Van Damme” Court TV footage (In 1998, Dux filed a lawsuit against Van Damme, claiming that 1997’s The Quest was based off a 1991 screenplay he co-wrote with Van Damme which was then-called The Kumite: Enter the New Dragon).

Adding to its pacing are interviews with various acquaintances and friends, such as filmmaker Sheldon Lettich, who worked with Dux on Bloodsport, Lionheart, Double Impact and Only the Strong. At one point, Lettich explains that Dux “started becoming an embarrassment” on various film sets.

I was shocked to find out Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux was panned by audiences. The negative response definitely has something to do with how it was marketed. In most countries, Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux was changed to the totally misleading title The True Story of JCVD Bloodsport (click here to view artwork). To make things even more bizarre, the Blu-ray was released in 3D, which makes no sense at all. With a title like The True Story of JCVD Bloodsport, anyone would be disappointed if it wasn’t solely about Van Damme and the film Bloodsport. They should have called it Bloodsport: The Frank Dux Story – not only does this title make sense, it’s also highly marketable.

Put Up Your Dux: The Story of Frank Dux may not have the budget or slickness of a PBS documentary, so it has its production/editing hiccups here and there. Other than that very minor flaw, this film is highly recommended. Cheers to filmmakers Jesse Barrett-Mills and Daniel Gallai for making it!

Mighty Peking Man’s Rating: 8/10

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Justin Lin to direct Chris Hemsworth in ‘Lethal Weapon’ reboot?

"Lethal Weapon 3" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Lethal Weapon 3" Korean Theatrical Poster

According to The Tracking Board (via Film Combat Syndicate), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) and Chris Hemsworth (Cyber) are in negotiations to direct and star, respectively, a reboot/sequel of Lethal Weapon, under the working title Lionhunters. TTB reports that recent versions of the script – penned by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) – centers on Martin Riggs’ son and his desire to be a cop, which may pave way for a supporting role by Mel Gibson, who played Riggs in the previous films. Joel Silver is attached to produce, just as he did with the original.

We’ll keep you updated on this Lethal Weapon project as we hear more. Until then, Mel Gibson fans have a lot to look forward to: Dragon Blade with Jackie Chan, Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, and of course, the fourthcoming Expendables 3. Hemsworth has just completed filming for Cyber, Heart of the Sea and is currently shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Legendary | DVD (Lionsgate)

Legendary | DVD (Lionsgate)

Legendary | DVD (Lionsgate)

RELEASE DATE: July 29, 2014

Lionsgate presents the DVD for Legendary (aka Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon). Travis Preston (Scott Adkins) assembles his team for an expedition to a remote region in China’s hinterland, where a wild animal that the locals believe to be a primeval monster they call the “Shocate” is said to roam free. Travis’s nemesis Jim Harker (Dolph Lundgren), a merciless trophy hunter, has already set up camp. A race against time ensues, and Travis and his team will have to pool all their resources if they want to capture this legendary creature alive. Note: Even though Adkins stars, be aware that this is not a martial arts movie. Watch the trailer.

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Rigor Mortis | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Rigor Mortis | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Rigor Mortis | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Rigor Mortis, directed by Juno Mak (Dream Home). This atmospheric horror film from Hong Kong revolves around a public housing tenement that’s plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos. Rigor Mortis is a nod to the Mr. Vampire series. In fact, it features many actors from that classic title: Chin Siu-ho, Anthony Chan, Billy Lau and Richard Ng. The film also stars Chin Siu-ho, Anthony Chan, Kara Hui, Lo Hoi-pang and Paw Hee-ching. Watch the trailer.

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Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2 | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2 | DVD (Shout! Factory)

Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2 | DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2014

Shout! Factory presents the DVD for the Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2, which contains four classic Golden Harvest movies on two discs. This set includes 1973′s The Fate of Lee Khan with Li Hua Li, Roy Chiao, Feng Hsu, Ying Bai, Feng Tien and Angela Mao; 1974′s The Shaolin Boxers with James Yien; 1977′s The Shaolin Plot with Chan Sing, Cheung Ging Boh and Sammo Hung Kam Bo; and 1975′s The Young Dragons with Cheng Lui, Chiang Nan and Chin Yuet Sang – directed by John Woo! Also available is the Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 1.

Pre-order Martial Arts Movie Marathon Vol. 2 from Amazon.com today!

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The latest on Tsui Hark’s ‘The Taking of Tiger Mountain’

"The Taking of Tiger Mountain" Promotional Poster

"The Taking of Tiger Mountain" Promotional Poster

Tsui Hark’s latest action film The Taking of Tiger Mountain will be premiering at this year’s Marché du Film Cannes Festival. According to Film Combat Syndicate, “the film is based on late author Qu Bo’s first book, the 1957 novel publication titled Tracks In The Snowy Mountain, which centers on the true story of Yang Ziron, a communist soldier who infiltrates a gang of bandits.”

The Taking of Tiger Mountain stars Zhang Hanyu (Bodyguards and Assassins), Zhou Dongyu (My Old Classmate), Gao Hu (The Man From Macau), Tong Liya (Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons), Kenny Lin (Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon) and newcomer Han Geng.

Update: Here’s a promotional photo from The Taking of Tiger Mountain, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate.

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Cityonfire.com’s ‘Special ID’ Blu-ray Giveaway! – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Special ID | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Special ID | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Cityonfire.com and Well Go USA are giving away 3 Blu-ray copies of Special ID to three lucky Cityonfire visitors. To enter, simply add a comment to this post telling us what your favorite action movie is (from any country), along with a brief explanation of why it’s your favorite. We will be selecting three winners at random. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you for your home address. Additionally, you must ‘Like Us‘ on cityonfire.com’s Facebook by clicking here.

The Blu-ray & DVD for Special ID will be officially released on May 13, 2014, so we will announce the 3 winners on this date and ship out the prizes immediately. Please read the disclaimer below.

CONTEST DISCLAIMER: You must enter by May 12th to qualify. Also, because Well Go USA holds the film’s U.S. rights, only U.S. residents may enter the contest. We sincerely apologize to our non-U.S. visitors. 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 Justin B., Sito and Emanuel H. You have all been notified via email.

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The month of May brings monsters, mayhem and martial arts!

Journey to the West | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

Journey to the West | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

For those of you looking to add a number of exciting Blu-ray & DVD titles to your collection, get ready for one hell of a list! The month of May is packed with monsters, mayhem and martial arts action!

If you’re a fan of the Godzilla franchise, a total of 11 films are releasing – many of them for the first time on Blu-ray!

Asian and Martial arts highlights include Donnie Yen’s Special ID, Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West, Shout! Factory’s Martial Arts Movie Marathon, Zoe Bell’s Raze, as well as a creepy Vietnamese horror film called House in the Alley (it’s rated 8.1/10 on imdb.com) – be sure to skim the full list, because there’s a lot more titles we didn’t mention.

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

Predator Trilogy: May 6, 2014
20th Century Fox presents the Predator Trilogy on Blu-ray. This 3-disc set includes 1987′s Predator, 1990′s Predator 2 and 2010′s Predators (aka Predator 3). Not included are the AVP spin-off titles (let’s face it, those were pretty lame anyways).

Double Feature: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah & Godzilla vs. Megaguirus: May 6, 2014
Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1995′s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah and 2000′s Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, the aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown. In Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla is back! This time, Japan has a new weapon: Megaguirus! Now a 3-way battle begins between Godzilla, Megaguirus and the humans beings!

Double Feature: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II & Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla: May 6, 2014
Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1993′s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and 1994′s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, the United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island. In 1994′s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, Godzilla is threatened by both Mogera – another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla, a beast spawned from Godzilla’s particles in space.

Double Feature: Godzilla: Final Wars & Godzilla: Tokyo SOS: May 6, 2014
Sony presents the Blu-ray for 2004′s Godzilla: Final Wars and 2003′s Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X. In Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, one year after the fight between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, the two monsters along with Mothra face off in a conclusive battle royal.

Double Feature: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra: May 6, 2014
Sony presents the Blu-ray for 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and 1992′s Godzilla vs. Mothra. In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country’s future economic reign. In Godzilla vs. Mothra in the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.

Godzilla vs Gigan: Godzilla on Monster Island: May 6, 2014
Section 23 presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1972’s Godzilla vs Gigan: Godzilla on Monster Island (aka Earth Destruction Directive: Godzilla vs. Gigan), directed by Jun Fukuda (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla). A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

Ebirah – Horror of the Deep: Godzilla vs the Sea Monster: May 6, 2014
Section 23 presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1966’s Ebirah – Horror of the Deep: Godzilla vs the Sea Monster (aka Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas), directed by Jun Fukuda (Son of Godzilla). A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.

Godzilla vs Hedorah: Godzilla vs the Smog Monster: May 6, 2014
Section 23 presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 1971’s Godzilla vs Hedorah: Godzilla vs the Smog Monster, directed by Yoshimitsu Banno (Ninja, the Wonder Boy). From Earth’s pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Jackie Chan: 8 Film 2-Disc Collection: May 6, 2014
Shout! Factory presents the DVD for the Jackie Chan: 8 Film 2-Disc Collection, which includes 1978′s Dragon Fist, 1978′s Magnificent Bodyguards, 1980′s Battle Creek Brawl, 1985′s The Protector, 1985′s Police Story, 1988′s Police Story 2, 1993′s Crime Story and 1993′s City Hunter.

Special ID: May 13, 2014
Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Clarence Fok’s Special Identity, which stars Donnie Yen. A cop (Yen) and his team of comrades go undercover in one of China’s most ruthless underworld organizations to stop a gang leader, only to put themselves in great danger after being exposed one by one.

Mortal Kombat: 3-Disc Collection: May 13, 2014
Warners presents the Mortal Kombat 3-Disc Collection on Blu-ray. This set includes 1995′s Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation and 2011′s Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Martial Arts Movie Marathon: May 20, 2014
Shout! Factory presents the DVD for the Martial Arts Movie Marathon, which contains four classic Golden Harvest movies on two discs. This set includes 1974’s The Skyhawk with Kwan Tak Hing, Sammo Hung, Carter Wong and Nora Miao; 1974’s The Manchu Boxer with Anthony Lau Wing, Sammo Hung and Wilson Tong; 1975’s The Dragon Tamers (aka Belles of Taekwondo) with Carter Wong, James Tien and Ji Han Jae – directed by John Woo! And last, but not least, 1975’s The Association with Byong Yu, Tien Nei, Angela Mao Ying and Carter Wong.

Raze: May 20, 2014
MPI Home Video presents the DVD for Josh C. Waller’s Raze, a horror/action film, that focuses on a bunch of women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands. The film stars Zoe Bell (Death Proof), Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Sherilyn Fenn (Fist of the Warrior) Rosario Dawson (Death Proof) and Tracie Thoms (Death Proof).

Eastern Bandits: May 27, 2014
Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Eastern Bandits (aka An Inaccurate Memoir) directed by Leon Yang Shu Peng (The Robbers). A group of bandits led by Fang (Huang Xiaoming) and his sister (Zhang Xinyi) sets out to kidnap a rich groom (Zhang Yi) who has a secret identity.

House in the Alley: May 27, 2014
Shout! Factory presents the DVD for House in the Alley (aka Ngoi Nha Trong Hem), a Vietnamese horror film directed by Le-Van Kiet. Until they lose their baby to a miscarriage, a young couple was happily settling into their new home. After the tragedy, normal life eludes them as terrifying visions undermine their sanity. Think Insidious with a spice of Asian horror!

Journey to the West: May 27, 2014
Magnolia presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Stephen Chow’s (Kung Fu HustleJourney to the West, a story centered on Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist trying to protect a village from three demons, his emerging feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who helps him repeatedly, and Sanzang’s transformative encounter with the Monkey King.

If you’re looking for a new import release, please visit DDDhouse.com. The trusted retailer carries new and upcoming releases that are not available in North America, such as The Four II, Hwayi and Jackie Chan’s latest, Police Story 2013!

Also, be sure to enter our current Blu-ray and DVD contests!

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

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

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

RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2014

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

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

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Deadful Melody (1994) Review

"Deadful Melody" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Deadful Melody" Chinese Theatrical Poster

AKA: Deadly Melody
Director: Ng Min Kan
Writer: Johnny Lee Gwing Gaai
Producer: Ng Min Kan
Cast: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia, Yuen Biao, Carina Lau Kar Ling, Elvis Tsui Kam Kong, Wu Ma, David Lam Wai, Peter Chan Lung, Chung Fat, Cheng Song
Running Time: 93 min.

By Paul Bramhall

Reading reviews for Deadful Melody is somewhat of a fun exercise in itself. Depending on if the reviewer thinks it’s a good or bad movie tends to depend of their expectations of it. On the one hand, you have the Yuen Biao fanatics. One of the Three Dragons, the other two being Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, Biao was easily the most physically gifted of the three, seemingly capable of performing the most amazing acrobatic feats without breaking a sweat. Throw in the fact he had an ability to pull of some jaw dropping fight choreography, and it’s somewhat understandable that these skills are what his fan base pretty much expected from every movie he was in.

On the other hand, you have the fans of the 90’s Hong Kong new wave wuxia movies. Wuxia movies take place in the ‘martial arts world’, and if any comparison must be made, you could say they’re like macho versions of the western worlds fairy tales. Full of noble swordsman, treacherous villains, and exotic weaponry, everything in the world of wuxia is highly exaggerated and dramatic, to the point were you shouldn’t bat an eyelid when people start to fly. The Shaw Brothers movies of the 60s and 70s were filled with entries into the wuxia genre, before it slowly died out during the 80s. However the likes of directors Tsui Hark and Ting Chiu Sung brought it back with a bang in the 90s, with a series of highly stylized movies which were heavily reliant on mind boggling wire-work and explosive set pieces.

Deadful Melody will only satisfy one of these two fan bases, and it’s the latter. To this day there seems to be no other genre that divides kung-fu movie fans as there does the wuxia movie. It’s perfectly normal to see complaints demanding to know why people are flying and twirling about in the air, however these complaints are the equivalent of complaining about magic being used in a Harry Potter movie, or fantastical beasts showing up in the Lord of the Rings. Wuxia movies are usually based on traditional Chinese swordsplay novels, and have a poetic quality to their visual style, as was often found in the Shaw Brothers movies of the past. Fluttering reams of silk in slow motion, whimsical musings on what it means to be the best swordsman in the land, and yes, said swordsman defying gravity at every given moment are all part of the deal.

By the time the 90’s had rolled around, the directors of the new wave took these tales, and gave them a forcible injection of adrenaline. This led to the creation of a plethora of movies with a distinctive visual style, somewhat madcap plotting, and highly exaggerated and energetic action sequences which often involved whole trees being uprooted and thrown at each other, bodies exploding into puffs of dust, and buildings being obliterated with single sword strokes. 1992 gave us Swordsman 2, 1993 gave us Butterfly and Sword, and in 1994, we had Deadful Melody.

The iconic actress Brigitte Lin plays a mysterious woman who, clearly channeling the character she played in the hugely popular The Bridge with White Hair movies made a year earlier, entrusts Yuen Biao as the head of a security company to deliver a lyre, a type of Chinese musical instrument, to a clan headquarters. The lyre in question also happens to be one of the most powerful martial arts weapons in the world which, if played correctly, can render anyone in its melodies path to die within a few steps. It’s worth pointing out that when I say ‘die’, I specifically mean start pouring blood from every orifice before exploding into a whirl of dust and silk.

Of course Biao doesn’t have it easy on his journey to make the delivery, as he regularly finds himself being tracked down by various scoundrels attempting to steal the lyre and use it to gain dominance over the martial arts world. Amongst them are the late great Wu Ma, playing a clan leader called Fire, who sports a skin tone which looks like he spent the year before production on a sunbed, and Elvis Tsui as Ghost, another clan leader who hilariously declares upon hearing of his sons death that he couldn’t care less, as long as he manages to get his hands on the lyre his son doesn’t matter! These details should give you some indication as to the zaniness of the plot, and true to how it sounds the movie speeds along at a break neck pace barely stopping for breath.

The action comes thick and fast as well, choreographed with an equal level of wild abandon as the plot. In the hands of action director Meng Hoi people twirl through the air and spin through trees at a hundred miles an hour, heads are kicked off bodies, characters have drums the size of trucks hurled at them, bodies explode in splashes of multicolored dust, and a single punch can send you flying like a human cannonball. What’s truly joyful to watch in Deadful Melody so many years later is to appreciate just how much skill must have gone into creating the action scenes. Recently Tsui Hark has recaptured the zany tone of the new wave movies with his Detective Dee series, and as effective as the CGI is in these efforts, to witness the level of chaos on screen in Deadful Melody and appreciate that it’s all taking place exactly how you see it, using practical effects and highly complex wire-work, is a wonder to behold.

It is of course these exact reasons why for fans of Yuen Biao this movie is a disappointment. Although it’s great to see him sharing the screen with Brigitte Lin, it’s worth noting that Biao’s career was already in a bit of a slump in 1994. Deadful Melody was made in the middle of such lesser efforts as The Sword Stained with Royal Blood and Tough Beauty and the Sloppy Slop (probably the worst English misspelling of any HK movie out there). Biao is a performer who seemed to need his fellow opera school brothers Sammo and Jackie to bring out the best in him, as can be seen in any of their collaborations together, but out on his own he never fared as strongly. While Biao does perform some acrobatics and displays his trademark nimbleness at some points in Deadful Melody, the movie is by no means a showcase for his talents. But as I mentioned, during the 90’s, not much was.

All in all Deadful Melody is an entertaining ride, but it’s for those of us who love The Bride with White Hair and Swordsman II, rather than those of us who love Above the Law and Knockabout. Well worth a watch for some wild and wacky wuxia insanity.

Paul Bramhall Rating: 7/10

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First poster for Donnie Yen’s ‘Iceman 2’

"Ice Man 2" Teaser Poster

"Ice Man 2" Teaser Poster

THE MOVIE: Donnie Yen is stepping into a role made famous by Yuen Biao with a 3D remake of the 1989 Hong Kong martial arts film The Iceman Cometh. Iceman is directed by Law Wing-cheung (Punished). Donnie Yen stars alongside Wang Baoqiang (Fire of Conscience), Simon Yam (Ip Man), and Eva Huang (The Sorcerer and the White Snake).

During production, it was decided that Iceman would be split into two films (ala Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2). Iceman was release on April 2014, while Iceman 2 will be released in December 2014. | Watch the Teaser trailer.

Updates: A new Iceman trailer has been released. | Watch music video for Iceman. | Newest trailer. | 2nd music video, this time in Cantonese with extended footage. | Three new behind-the-scenes featurettes. | New trailer for Iceman. | Final Iceman trailer has landed online! | Newest theatrical poster.

BREAKING NEWS: The first poster for Iceman 2 has been released. We should be seeing a trailer soon. - Thanks to DiP and Filmmash.

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Steven Seagal plays it safe in ‘Gutshot Straight’

"Gutshot Straight" Theatrical Poster

"Gutshot Straight" Theatrical Poster

Steven Seagal is back in Gutshot Straight, a crime thriller directed by Justin Steele (Death and Cremation). Don’t let the misleading poster fool you: Seagal is only a co-star of an entourage cast that includes George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), AnnaLynne McCord (Scorned), Stephen Lang (In the Blood), Ted Levine (A Single Shot), Vinnie Jones (Midnight Meat Train) and Tia Carrere (Showdown in Little Tokyo).

Also, if you’re expecting Seagal to snap necks and break bones, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Judging from the trailer, Seagal’s role looks like it’s dialogue-based. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. – Thanks to Expendables Premiere for the heads up!

Gutshot Straight has a North American release date set for September 1st, 2014.

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‘Tell Me Something’ director returns with ‘The Peaceful Island’

"Tell Me Something" Korean Theatrical Poster

"Tell Me Something" Korean Theatrical Poster

Filmmaker Chang Yoon-hyun, director of 1999′s Tell Me Something, is prepping an upcoming survivor horror film titled The Peaceful Island. According to THR, the movie is about ocean surveyors who survive an emergency landing on a bizarre desert island and their struggles to escape (photo from the film).

The Peaceful Island – a Korean/Chinese co-production – stars Stanley Huang (Dear Enemy), Leon Dai (Control) and Jiao Yun Yan. If you haven’t seen Chang Yoon-hyun’s Tell Me Something, definitely check it out. It’s along the lines of David Fincher’s Seven, only with more body parts floating around.

The Peaceful Island will be released domestically later this year. Check back with us for the trailer!

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Eddie Murphy gets into ‘Rush Hour’ with ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4′

"Beverly Hills Cop 3" Theatrical Poster

"Beverly Hills Cop 3" Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: Beverly Hills Cop 4 is currently being developed. Eddie Murphy is expected to reprise is role as a reckless, but charismatic Beverly Hills police detective. The original 1984 film, which made Murphy and international star, was directed by Martin Brest. It was followed by two sequels, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 3, which were directed by Tony Scott and John Landis, respectively.

Updates: AICN reports that the Eddie Murphy quashed any talks of a fourquel which was supposed to be directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour series), but that he is looking into a TV spin-off featuring lead character Axel Foley’s son. | THR via MTV got word from director Brett Ratner that he’s still determined to make the movie eventually.

Now that Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer are back in business, their first project together is Beverly Hills Cop 4 (which will be followed by a Top Gun 2). Both Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) are on board. Deadline reports that Foley (Eddie Murphy) will be returning to his Detroit roots for the fourth movie.

BREAKING NEWS: Beverly Hills Cop 4 has a target release date for March 25, 2016. The heat is on!

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition | Blu-ray (Palisades Tartan)

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition | Blu-ray (Palisades Tartan)

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition | Blu-ray (Palisades Tartan)

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2014

Palisades Tartan presents the Blu-ray for Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition. Directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is not an easy film to watch, but it’s well-crafted masterpiece! The film follows a recently laid off factory worker (Shin Ha-kyun) who kidnaps his former boss’ daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister’s kidney transplant. His plan goes haywire and unleashes a series of savage events. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance also stars Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer) and Bae Doona (Cloud Atlas).

Pre-order Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Ultimate Revenge Edition from Amazon.com today!

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New posters for ‘The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom’

"The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director Jacob Cheung (A Battle of Wits) is back with a wuxia-fantasy 3D film titled The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom. Penned by Liang Yusheng (The Bride with White Hair, Seven Swords), the film revolves around a pair of star-crossed lovers – a devilish outlaw (Fan Bingbing) and the righteous Taoist leader (Huang Xiaoming), and their love that could change the fate of the nation.

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom also stars Vincent Zhao, Wang Xuebing, Yan Kuan, Li Ruxin, Du Yiheng and Nicholas Tse.

Given Fan Bingbing’s rising popularity around the globe, we’re sure that a company like Well Go USA has already acquired the film’s North American rights. Until then, feast on the trailer.

Update: Scope out the newest poster. | Newer poster, as well as an English-subtitled trailer. | The release date  for The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom has been moved from April to early August of 2014, due to the its competitive time slot.

BREAKING NEWS: Here’s a couple of new posters, featuring Wang Xuebing and Fan Bingbing.

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Revenge is a dish best served with ‘Asian School Girls’

"Asian School Girls" Promotional Poster

"Asian School Girls" Promotional Poster

Asylum Home Entertainment is at it again! With a catalogue that features knockoff titles like Titanic II, The Terminators and American Warships – not to mention outrageous thrillers such as Airplane vs. Volcano, Sharknado and 2-Headed Shark Attack – it was only a matter of time before this exploitive, low-budget film company ventured into the martial arts genre with Asian School Girls.

Directed by Lawrence Silverstein (Freerunner), Asian School Girls is about a group of Asian girls (Minnie Scarlet, Sam Aotaki, Andray Johnson and Alan Pietruzewski) who must fight and seduce their way to vengeance!

Without further ado, here’s the trailer. Asian School Girls is currently available on DVD… just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Al Leong and George Cheung are ‘Awesome Asian Bad Guys’

"Awesome Asian Bad Guys" Theatrical Poster

"Awesome Asian Bad Guys" Theatrical Poster

Get ready to get reacquainted with Awesome Asian Bad Guys from films of the 80s and 90s! This upcoming action/comedy series is about two offbeat filmmakers (Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino) who reunite iconic Asian bad guys – from  action films such as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Rambo: First Blood Part II – to carry off one impossible mission.

Awesome Asian Bad Guys, which will be making its debut at the CAAMFest 2014, stars Dante Basco (Blood and Bone), Al Leong (Big Trouble in Little China, Rapid Fire), Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid II, Red Sun Rising), Tamlyn Tomita (The Karate Kid II), George Cheung (Big Trouble in Little China, Lethal Weapon 4), Randall Park, (The Five-Year Engagement) and Aaron Takahashi (Welcome to the Jungle).

For more information on how you can attend the premier of Awesome Asian Bad Guys, visit CAAMFest’s official website. And be sure to watch the trailer. Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate for sharing this info.

BREAKING NEWS: Check out the new poster.

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John McTiernan for ‘Die Hard 6: Die Hardest’?

"A Good Day To Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"A Good Day To Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

A website called The Action Elite was contacted by producer Jacqueline Swift with new information on what could become Die Hard 6 (aka Die Hardest). Before anyone gets excited, this isn’t a rock solid rumor (Jacqueline Swift’s name isn’t anywhere to be found on imdb.com) and should be taken with a grain of salt. Whatever the case, here’s what The Action Elite has to say:

“We were contacted by Jacqueline Swift who said there’s a rumour going around that British screenwriter and author Ben Trebilcook, who penned a couple of Die Hard 4 drafts a few years back, has done a treatment for a sixth. It is set in Japan and involves the Nakatomi Corporation having a commendation for John McClane on the 25th anniversary of the Nakatomi siege, which apparently some parties involved like. Seeing as one Good Day producer is producing Trebilcook’s martial arts movie Knockout, it looks like he could actually be involved in Die Hard 6.”

For those unfamiliar with the original Die Hard (how dare you!), it revolves around John McClane (Bruce Willis), officer of the NYPD, who saves his wife and several others, taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. With that said, considering 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the events in Die Hard, producers better get cookin’.

Updates: Screenwriter Ben Trebilcook has spilled his guts regarding Die Hard 6 in a new interview. It turns out that the film will have a slight Rising Sun or Black Rain vibe as Bruce Willis finds himself a ‘fish out of water’ in Japan. In addition, Trebilcook references such cult movies as Ichi the Killer and A Better Tomorrow 2 in how he is trying to capture the chaotic and often hyper-violent nature of the Asian crime underworld. Fans can also look forward to the return of a certain supporting character from Die Hard With a Vengeance.

BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to manlymovie.net, we have this info about original Die Hard/Predator director John McTiernan: Empire asked him if he’d be willing to direct another Die Hard movie and/or an Expendables movie. His answer? Yes! “Though in theory he’d be up for doing another Die Hard movie, or an Expendables movie, he hasn’t got time for another dud: DEA versus drug lords actioner Red Squad, which is being reported as his comeback movie, has stalled because he views the current draft as offensive. Also, according to diehard.wikia, McTiernan is actually rumored to be in talks to direct Die hard 6 (also known as Die Hardest and Old Habits Die Hard).

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Can Olivier Gruner survive ‘Sector 4: Extraction’?

"Sector 4: Extraction" DVD Cover

"Sector 4: Extraction" DVD Cover

Martial arts star Olivier Gruner, who is best known for 1989′s Angel Town and 1992′s Nemesis, is back in Lionsgate’s Sector 4: Extraction. In addition to being the star, Gruner is also the director and co-writer. This upcoming action thriller also stars Salman Bokhari (Hawaii Five-0), Steven Dell (Re-Generator) and Eric Roberts (Best of the Best).

Sector 4: Extraction is more of a low budget version of 2013′s Lone Survivor, so expect hand-to-hand combat sequences to be very limited. However, this “war” themed film is more suitable for Gruner than you think, considering he’s real-life former Commando Marine.

Here’s the official plot: When an elite band of private military mercenaries known as Black Knight are caught behind enemy lines in the hellish combat zone Sector 4, their only hope for survival is their team leader, who managed to get away. But after escaping the clutches of Al-Qaeda, returning home and finding out that his men are still alive, he pledges to uphold the Black Knight motto: “No One Left Behind.”

Catch the DVD for Sector 4: Extraction on July 22, 2014. Until then, here’s the trailer.

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Sam Mendes’ ‘Bond 24′ will be a continuation of ‘Skyfall’

"Moonraker" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Moonraker" Japanese Theatrical Poster

Agent 007′s latest adventure, Skyfall, has gone on to become the most successful James Bond film of all time. With a final gross of over $1 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that the Bond producers have asked Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return to helm Daniel Craig’s next outing as the super spy.

Latino Review reported that John Logan (Gladiator), one of four credited writers on Skyfall, has already been hired to write the next two films in the franchise. And director Mendes even told Total Film that he has an idea for Bond 24.

Update: Various sources report that Sam Mendes has officially signed to direct Bond 24. In a statement Mendes said: “I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honor all my theater commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24.”

BREAKING NEWS: Screenwriter John Logan told Empire (via Collider): “Right now the first draft is almost done. I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam [Mendes], and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”

Logan also mentions the possibility of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. making a presence: “There might be [a presence of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.]! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder. And when I’m working on the new Bond I’m constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies – what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances? One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that’s always been a part of my thinking about Bond.” | According to Collider, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Red Belt, 12 Years a Slave) is the top choice for the villain of Bond 24.

BREAKING NEWS: During a Charlie Rose interview (via Collider), director Sam Mendes explains why he finally decided to return to the director’s chair for Bond 24: “I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner… I felt there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.” The director also states that it will feel like a continuation of Skyfall. Bond 24 has a planned UK release date set for October 23, 2015 and for the U.S., November 6, 2015.

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Man of Tai Chi (2013) Review

"Man of Tai Chi" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Man of Tai Chi" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Director: Keanu Reeves
Writer: Michael G. Cooney
Producer: Lemore Syvan, Daxing Zhang
Cast: Tiger Chen, Keanu Reeves, Karen Mok, Simon Yam, Iko Uwais, Ye Qing, Michael Chan Chi Chun, Sam Lee, Yu Hai, Steve Yoo Seung Jun, Michael Tong Man Lung
Running Time: 105 min.

By Dirac

I was really curious about this film, given that it’s Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut. The lead character, Chen Lin-Hu is portrayed by Tiger Hu Chen, an accomplished martial artist and stuntman. Combine all this with the fact that the cast is rounded out by Simon Yam and Karen Mok (plus a very cool cameo by Iko Uwais!), and you’ve got a film that I’m interested in seeing.

The story revolves around Tiger Hu Chen, a practitioner of Tai Chi who works a thankless day job. As he is struggling to make ends meet, he competes in televised martial arts tournaments in Beijing. His success in showcasing the true power of Tai Chi in this setting gets the attention of Donaka Mark (played by Reeves himself), who then makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Sun Jingshi (Karen Mok) and Wong (Simon Yam) are police officers investigating Donaka Mark’s crime syndicate.

The skills of Tiger Hu Chen really make this one worth checking out; the fights (staged by the legendary Yuen Woo Ping) are well-choreographed and intricate, and I think that without him as the lead this movie would’ve been somewhat bland. Also, I’m not saying that Reeves does a bad job in the acting department, but his delivery always comes off as creepy. I don’t know if this was by design or what, but it just comes off as being really weird. There are some moments of the film when I wanted to use some of his facial expressions as animated GIFs to use as avatars in forums.

Another awesome highlight is the cameo made by Iko Uwais during a short fight scene with the protagonist near the end of the film. He’s a rising star in Asian action cinema, and lemme tell you: go see Raid 2: Berandal while it is still in theaters.

In terms of production quality I also have to give Reeves credit for the film’s slick delivery. Its $25 million budged was well-spent making the sets and environments look very cool and modern, and it made me want to visit Hong Kong in the same way that Flash Point did. Also, I really enjoy the thumpin’ soundtrack.

To summarize, Man of Tai Chi a solid directorial debut for Keanu Reeves, and I really hope to see more from Tiger Hu Chen. I recommend it.

Dirac’s Rating: 7/10

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New trailer for Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s ‘Overheard 3′

"Overheard 3" Chinese Theatrical Poster

"Overheard 3" Chinese Theatrical Poster

Are you ready for another dose of surveillance action from three of Hong Kong’s most popular actors? Louis Koo (Flash Point), Daniel Wu (Shinjuku Incident) and Lau Ching-Wan (The Bullet Vanishes) are back in Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s Overheard 3.

The forthcoming film, which is currently in post-production, will be released domestically in 2014. The thriller also stars Huang Yi (Ip Man – The Final Fight), Michelle Ye (Motorway), Alex Fong Chung-Sun (Last of the Best) and Zhou Xun (True Legend).

Updates: New banner poster. | First trailer. | New poster. | 2nd trailer.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the newest trailer. - Thanks to DiP!

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Matt Mullins, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock kick-ass in the first trailer for ‘White Tiger’

"White Tiger" International Theatrical Poster

"White Tiger" International Theatrical Poster

In White Tiger, Matt Mullins (Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Bloodfist 2050) leads an all-star cast that includes Cynthia Rothrock (Yes, Madam), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Martial Arts Kid), the legendary Joe Lewis and famous Thai actress Yui.

White Tiger is directed by Toby Russell (Death by Misadventure), produced by Karen Kaing and features fight choreography by Kazu Patrick Tang (BKO: Bangkok Knockout).

One of the expected highlights in White Tiger is a duel between Cynthia Rothrock and Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

According to Don “The Dragon” Wilson himself, White Tiger may be making its premier at the Cannes Festival in 2014. The film, which wrapped up filming back in 2012, was held back due to now-resolved lawsuits. Be sure to check out our upcoming interview with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, which will posted soon. In the interview, Wilson talks about a number of upcoming projects, including The B-Team (aka “B-movie Expendables“), Martial Arts Kid, The Whole World At Our Feet, the possibility of another Bloodfist flick and much more!

BREAKING NEWS: Introducing the trailer for White Tiger!Thanks to kingofkungfu2002

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

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

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

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2014

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for The Suspect. Directed by Won Shin-yun (Seven Days, A Bloody Aria), this high-octane Korean film follows a North Korean secret agent who is betrayed by his government. On a mission of revenge, he heads to the South and cuts a warpath through deadly assassins and rival agents, all the while trying to unravel the conspiracy he’s found himself in the middle of. The film stars Gong Yoo and Park Hee-soon. Watch the trailer.

Pre-order The Suspect from Amazon.com today!

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Monstrous international trailer for the ‘Godzilla’ reboot

"Godzilla" IMAC Theatrical Poster

"Godzilla" IMAC Theatrical Poster

THE MOVIE: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and written by David Callaham (The Expendables), David S. Goyer (Dark Knight) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. Tentative release date is set for May 16, 2014.

Updates: Legendary Pictures has tweeted an on set photo of Akira Takarada and Gareth Edwards.| Comic Con Poster. | First poster.

Viral videos: 1 | 2. | First official images. | First trailer and check out the new poster. Also, be sure to watch the international trailer and TV spot, which contain slightly different footage. | New behind-the-scenes featurette, courtesy of Yahoo. | Don’t miss the spine-tingling new trailer! | Newest poster.

Check out Empire Magazine’s Godzilla cover, courtesy of Collider. And in case you missed it, here’s the latest trailer. | Want a clear image of what the new Godzilla looks like? Well, Collider has a peak by means of the toy. For those who have some extra bucks to throw away, it’s available right now at amazon.com. The toy is 24” tall, over 40” long and features a swinging tail. | New international trailer. | Latest poster. | Two new TV spots: Spot 1 | Spot 2. | New extended trailer! | All new featurette, featuring director Gareth Edwards. | Japanese trailer and check out the IMAX poster.

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the international trailer!

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‘Die Hard’ filmmaker says he’d direct an ‘Expendables’ movie

"Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

With The Expendables 3 exploding onto screen this August 15th 2014, we decided to get going on updates regarding talent (actors, directors, writers, etc.) that have reportedly been approached or have stated interest in being a part of The Expendables 4 or any future installment of the popular action franchise:

Updates: Jean-Claude Van Damme chatted with Expendables Premiere about The Expendables 4. Van Damme openly states that he’s interested, but that it’s ultimately up to Sylvester Stallone if it happens.

Here’s his exact words: “Dear Trevor and the Expendables Premiere fans, I had a great time shooting The Expendables 2 with Mr. Stallone and other big action stars. Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain. Some fans ask me if the next Vilain – if there’s next– is going to be a good or a bad guy. I would leave it to Mr. Stallone to decide, as I trust his way of imagination. Thank you. – JCVD”

Expendables Premiere notes (via sources from slyitalian.com) that Steven Seagal is close to signing on as the main antagonist. According to the article, Sylvester Stallone is trying to convinced producer Avi Lerner to let bygones be bygones (apparently, Seagal and Lerner had a business disagreement and they haven’t been in good terms ever since; hence, Seagal’s lack of participitation The Expendables 2 or 3). In Addition, Stallone and Lerner will try to convince Jackie Chan to participate in a minor role, hoping that the Chinese actor will put aside his big ego. This is all definitely rumor material, but you never know!

In a recent interview with Shortlist.com (via Expendables Premiere), Pierce Brosnan said: “The offer has come in for the next Expendables. I just worked over in Bulgaria with Avi Lerner who makes them. He said ‘Would you like to be in The Expendables? I’d love to have you’, and I said ‘Why not?’. So we’ll see.” The former James Bond actor added: ”I have no idea which one it would be, I just said ‘Yes’. It could be Expendables 7!”

According to a Collider interview with Stallone, both Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson were both considered: “Well, you know Clint is so involved with what he’s doing, so that’s kind of a pipe dream. I was going to go up to Jack Nicholson and we just got there a little too late cause actually he had said he might be interested in it, so there are still interesting avenues out there. I want to get, if possible, the most unique actors from the past and just put ‘em on there once and for all, if we can. It just seems like an interesting quest to do that, because I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen again; we’re certainly not getting any younger. So we’re very lucky and we’re going to keep going, and it doesn’t automatically mean you have to be an action guy.”

Expendables Premiere reports (via Bulgaria’s Blitz.bg) that Hulk Hogan has joined The Expendables 4. According to the article, Hogan is expected to visit Bulgaria in the autumn to start filming. Considering The Expendables 3 hasn’t even been released yet, we doubt that this news is official. However, it’s not exactly out of the question; after all, Hogan and Sylvester Stallone have remained close friends since 1982, where the two appeared alongside each other in Rocky III. Well, only time will tell…

BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to manlymovie.net, we have this info about original Die Hard/Predator director John McTiernan: Empire asked him if he’d be willing to direct another Die Hard movie and/or an Expendables movie. His answer? Yes! “Though in theory he’d be up for doing another Die Hard movie, or an Expendables movie, he hasn’t got time for another dud: DEA versus drug lords actioner Red Squad, which is being reported as his comeback movie, has stalled because he views the current draft as offensive.

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Lee Sun-kyun is having ‘A Hard Day’ in this trailer

"A Hard Day" Korean Theatrical Poster

"A Hard Day" Korean Theatrical Poster

If you’re looking for action, suspense and a dash of black comedy, then look no further than Kim Sung-Hyun’s (Your Time Is Up) new film A Hard Day, starring Lee Sun-kyun (R-Point) and Cho Jin-woong (The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do).

Official plot: On the way back from his mother’s funeral, detective Gun-su gets into an accident, killing a man instantly. In order to cover up his crime, he hides the body inside his mother’s coffin, with her inside. Days later, Gun-su’s crime pops up on the police database and his partner is heading up the case. Gun-su feels distressed as his partner slowly uncovers more details of the accident. To make things worse, a witness to the accident approaches Gun-su by threatening his life.

According to Film Combat Syndicate, A Hard Day opens in South Korean cinemas on May 29th. Expect this movie to be picked up by a North American distributor, if it already hasn’t been. Until then, here’s the trailer.

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