"Crows Explode" Theatrical Poster
Back in 2007, director Takashi Miike continued his successful streak of adapting violent manga into live-action films with Crows Zero. The movie told the story of warring factions at an all-boys school and their brawling ways. Although the film was considered a very ‘loose’ adaptation of its source material, Miike’s mix of over-the-top humor and rawdy fisticuffs earned the film a strong cult following. A follow-up came with Crows Zero 2 (2009), but fans should be pleased to hear that a third movie, titled Crows Explode, is on its way next year.
This time around, Takashi Miike has been replaced in the director’s chair by Toshiaki Toyoda. Toyoda is no stranger to angst-ridden teenagers, however: his 2001 film Blue Spring is still highly regarded as a bleak portrait of disaffected youth in Tokyo. The third film movie in the Crows series, titled Crows Explode, is also a direct adaptation of manga source material.
This new teaser trailer suggests that the film should have plenty of action and boyhood posturing to offer Crows fans.
Updates: Watch the newest trailer.
Special ID | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Donnie Yen’s Special Identity, available at a special $9.96 pre-order price! 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. Also starring Jing Tian, Andy On, Zhang Hanyu, Ronald Cheng and Collin Chou. Watch the trailer.
"Jeet Kune Do" Theatrical Poster
Legendary Hong Kong actor Wu Ma, who starred in and directed a number of Hong Kong classics, has died of cancer at the age of 71.
From kungfucinema.com: Born Feng Hongyuan on August 18, 1942, Wu started out as a machinist before leaving the mainland for Hong Kong at the age of 18. In 1962, Wu decided to become an actor and enrolled in the Shaw Brothers Acting School. After graduating a year later, he made his film debut in Lady General Hua Mulan (1964) as Hua Mu Di. He was a regular in many early Shaw Brothers films.
Wu would later appear regularly in a number of Golden Harvest films, opposite stars like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. He also directed many films, including Showdown at the Cotton Mill (1978) and Circus Kids (1994).
Our condolences go out to Wu Ma’s family and friends.
"Infernal Affairs" Blu-ray Cover
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Infernal Affairs, directed by Andrew Lau (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen) and starring Tony Leung, Andy Lau, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang. You’ve seen The Departed, now see the original - Infernal Affairs is a critically acclaimed crime-thriller that is praised for its gritty action and strong character development. There’s a reason Martin Scorsese remade it!
"Manny" Theatrical Poster
The first trailer for Manny, an upcoming Manny Pacquiao documentary, which features interviews by Manny Pacquiao, Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Jimmy Kimmel, Freddie Roach, Alex Ariza, Buboy Fernandez, Evander Holyfield and is narrated by Liam Neeson. It will be premiering at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
Official plot: From a starving teenager who fought to feed his family, to a Congressman working tirelessly to improve the lives of his people, Manny is a hard hitting feature length documentary film that explores the many triumphs and tribulations of Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.
Watch the the trailer. – Thanks to DiP!
Cyborg Blu-ray (20th Century Fox)
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Albert Pyun’s Cyborg, starring (Jean-Claude Van Damme. 21st Century America has descended into a seething, barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half-human/half-robot, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. Leading her way is a martial arts fighting hero (Van Damme).
"You Can't Hear Me, You Can't See Me" Promotional
Investors and producers should take note of a new concept trailer for an Indonesian-based action comedy titled You Can’t Hear Me, You Can’t See Me. According to KFC, the film tells the story of two guys – one deaf and one blind – who must take on an evil cult who targets a blind folk singer they both have feelings for.
Directed by Andrew Suleiman, You Can’t Hear Me, You Can’t See Me definitely has the potential to be an interesting feature film, especially with its stylized filmmaking techniques and martial arts choreography, courtesy of the ZeroGravity stunt team.
Help support this project by watching the trailer and spreading the word!
"Batman Vs. Superman" Fan Poster
Variety reports that Warner Bros. took to Comic-Con to announce a Batman and Superman team-up movie as the follow up to Man of Steel. Zach Snyder (Man of Steel) is set to direct and co-write along with David S. Goyer. Henry Cavill will return as Superman, but no word on who will play Batman (Christian Bale has openly said he wouldn’t return to the role).
Production is expected to begin in 2014, with a possibly release date in 2015. This team-up movie will obviously be another stepping stone to the upcoming Justice League movie. | According to scottadkinsfanz.co.uk, Scott Adkins has auditioned for the role of Batman.
Updates: From a recent press release from Warner (via Collider): “Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.
Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in Man of Steel.“
Updates: Varying reports indicate that TV’s Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is attached to play Lex Luthor in the Batman vs. Superman movie. | Variety reports that Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) has signed on to play Wonder Woman. Additionally, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) is being eyed for a villain.
BREAKING NEWS: EW reports that Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) has signed on to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman.
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Tsui Hark’s Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, a prequel to his successful film Detective Dee. The captivating tale of Dee Renjie’s (Mark Chao) beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal. Watch the trailer.
"Undisputed II: Last Man Standing" Japanese DVD Poster
Action filmmaker Isaac Florentine (Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear) and martial arts star Scott Adkins will team up for the eighth time in Close Range.
According to Film Combat Syndicate (via Impact), Adkins will be starring as Colton MacReady, a man left vulnerable by a corrupt sheriff and his men while cornered in his own ranch and forced to protect his family from a blood-thirsty drug cartel after rescuing his niece from their capture.
The pair is also expected to make Undisputed 4, where Adkins will reprise his Yuri Boyka character. There are currently no other casting details for either projects, but we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more. Stay tuned.
"Three Days to Kill" Teaser Poster
THE MOVIE: Secret Service Agent, Ethan Runner (Kevin Costner), discovers he is dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). When another Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission, and the drug’s hallucinatory side-effects.
Directed by Terminator Salvation’s McG, Three Days to Kill will be produced and written by Luc Besson. The screenplay is co-written by From Paris With Love’s Adi Hasak. No word on when the film will begin shooting.
Updates: Empire reports that Machete Kills’ Amber Heard has joined the cast and will play the woman who dangles the offer of the miracle drug in front of our hero. | New photos of Kevin Costner and Amber Heard in Three Days to Kill. Courtesy of Collider. | First trailer!
BREAKING NEWS: Here’s the newest trailer, courtesy of the The Playlist.
"Godzilla vs Gigan" Japanese Theatrical Poster
RELEASE DATE: 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. Starring Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi and Minoru Takashima. Watch the trailer.
Puncture Wounds| DVD (Lionsgate)
THE MOVIE: After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John (Cung Le) finds himself rescuing a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of them in the process, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis, the ruthless criminal leader of the group.
The director of Puncture Wounds (aka A Certain Justice or Justice) is James Coyne, an up-and-coming filmmaker whose major credit thus far is a short film titled Vanished and serving as a co-producer on the live-action Tekken movie. The film stars Cung Le (Dragon Eyes), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch).
Updates: Cung Le shared a picture of himself with Dolph. | Puncture Wounds is a bit of a passion project for Cung Le, as he discussed the screenplay four years ago before starring in 2009′s Pandorum. Cung describes Justice as an ‘amazing’ cross between First Blood and No Country For Old Men. | Photos from Puncture Wounds on IMDB reveal that the film may be heavily influenced by The Raid!
Looks like Lionsgate has changed the title from A Certain Justice to Puncture Wounds for the film’s DVD release.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch the newest trailer. Puncture Wounds is now available for a March 11, 2014 pre-order at Amazon.com.
Girls, Gangsters & Zombies | DVD (Switchblade Pictures)
RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2014
Switchblade Pictures presents the DVD for Masahiro Assou’s Girls, Gangsters & Zombies (not to be confused with the similarly titled Gangsters, Guns & Zombies). It would have been the perfect crime except for those darn meddling zombies! We’ll, with that said, the title says it all in this Japanese splatter fest. Starring AV superstar Laura Aoyama, Ichiro Nishikoshi, Yu Minami, Ryuhei Kawana and Ken-ichi Takada.
"Godzilla vs the Sea Monster" Japanese Theatrical Poster
RELEASE DATE: 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. Starring Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chotaro Togin and Hideo Sunazuka. Watch the trailer.
"Bloodsport" German Theatrical Poster
Bey Logan’s A&E Productions and the LA-based Voltage Pictures (the company that produced Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker), are teaming up to make an upcoming female martial arts flick titled Lady Bloodsport.
Lady Bloodsport is set to shoot in China, Hong Kong and Japan and tells the story of two rival martial arts masters who each train a student to compete in a secret underground tournament. Casting is still underway, but the stars will include fan favourite Selina Lo (Scorpion King 3, The Prince And Me 2) and rising Australia action ace Jet Tranter.
Although Lady Bloodsport sports the Bloodsport title and explores the similar “deadly tournament” theme, it bares no connection to Bloodsport or any of its Van Damme-less sequels.
As for Bey, the action doesn’t stop with Lady Bloodsport. Bey is getting ready to prep The Borderland with Seydina Balde (Danny the Dog) and he’s working on an Indonesian film titled Garuda 7, which will feature cult martial arts stars Barry Prima (The Devil’s Sword) and Billy Chong (Crystal Fist).
BREAKING NEWS: According to Film Combat Syndicate, Amy Johnston (Raze) has landed a lead role. Chris Nahon (Kiss of the Dragon) is attached to direct. In addition, the title has been changed from Lady Bloodsport to Lady Bloodfight.
"Godzilla vs Hedorah" Japanese Theatrical Poster
RELEASE DATE: 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. Starring Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase and Keiko Mari. Watch the trailer.
"From Dusk Till Dawn" Japanese Theatrical Poster
El Rey Network in association with FactoryMade Ventures, today announced the production start of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the first scripted original to air on Robert Rodriguez’s new cable network set to debut this December. Based on his cult classic film of the same name, the supernatural crime saga began filming in Austin this week with Rodriguez set to direct the first two installments. Rodriguez said: “If the movie’s the short story, the series is the novel.”
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centers around a bank robber, Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on an escape route to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family who they take hostage. Using the family RV to make a run for the Mexican border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is unknowingly populated by vampires, and forces them to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
Dusk Till Dawn: The Series premieres March 11 on El Rey.
Update: Watch the full trailer.
"King Kong vs. Godzilla" Japanese Theatrical Poster
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014
Universal presents the Blu-ray for 1962′s King Kong vs. Godzilla, directed by Inoshiro Honda (Godzilla). A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla. Starring Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yu Fujiki and Ichirō Arishim. Watch the trailer.
"King Kong Escapes" Japanese Theatrical Poster
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2014
Universal presents the Blu-ray for 1967′s King Kong Escapes, directed by Inoshiro Honda (Godzilla). King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan. Starring Akira Takarada, Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller and Eisei Amamoto. Watch the trailer.
Dog Soldiers | Blu-ray & DVD (Shout Factory)
RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2014
Shout! Factory presents the Blu-ray & DVD for 2002′s Dog Soldiers, directed by Neil Marshall (Centurion, The Descent). A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd and Emma Cleasby. You can expect a load of supplemental features that will be included in this cult action/thriller! Watch the trailer.
Stay tuned for pre-order information.
"Unlucky Stars" Promotional Poster
Decades later, the iconic films of Hong Kong legends Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan continue to inspire a new generation of stuntmen and filmmakers. Case in point: Unlucky Stars, an in-production independent martial arts comedy directed by and starring Dennis Ruel. As you can tell from the title, the film takes particular inspiration from the Lucky Stars series of films that Sammo popularized in the Eighties. Expect tongue-in-cheek humor and bone-crunching fight choreography.
You can scope out the teaser trailer for the film on YouTube. The cast includes Dennis Ruel, Ken Quitugua, Sari Sabella, Jose Montesinos, Giovannie Espiritu, and Vladislav Rimburg. Unlucky Stars is still seeking funding so the project is looking for fan support. You can donate here, as well as ‘Like’ them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. | 2nd teaser trailer!
BREAKING NEWS: Watch a new behind-the-scenes feature, which contains new footage. - Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate
Space Battleship Yamato | Blu-ray & DVD (Funimation)
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Takashi Yamazaki’s Space Battleship Yamato, a live adaptation of the Space Battleship Yamato anime TV series by Yoshinobu Nishizaki. The crew of the space battleship Yamato set out on a journey to the planet Iscandar to acquire a device that can heal the ravaged Earth. Starring Takuya Kimura, Meisa Kuroki, Toshirō Yanagiba, Naoto Ogata and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. Watch the trailer.
"Inglourious Basterds" Japanese Theatrical Poster
Following the release of 2012′s Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino spoke of doing another Western or a “Pretty Boy Floyd”-type 1930′s gangster flick as his follow up. Then, news broke out that Tarantino wanted to complete his “Historical Trilogy” with sort of a spin-off of Inglourious Basterds, involving black troops that have been screwed over by the American military.
On a recent November 26th taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Quentin Tarantino mentioned that his next film will be another western (watch the clip), but not a sequel to Django Unchained. He also promotes a new Django Unchained graphic novel by Vertigo/DC Comics, which is currently for sale at Amazon.
Update: According to Deadline, the next Quentin Tarantino movie is definitely a western titled The Hateful Eight. Apparently, Tarantino has finished a draft and is ready to distribute it to actors. So far, Christoph Waltz and Bruce Dern are attached. | Deadline reports that Tarantino has shelved The Hateful Eight, due to script leakage. “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino said. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
BREAKING NEWS: Allegedly, The Hateful Eight script was hosted and distributed by a website called Gawker. Deadline reports that Tarantino has filed a legal complaint against Gawker, charging the website copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Apparently, Gawker is now blaming Tarantino for making his script a ‘frenzy.’
"Ghost in the Shell" Anime Theatrical Poster
DreamWorks has hitched Rupert Sanders (White and the Huntsman) to direct a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, based on Masamune Shirow’s manga/and anime by Mamoru Oshii of the same name. According to Deadline: Fueled by the personal passion of Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks acquired the project several years ago with ambitious plans to shoot it in 3D.
Ghost in the Shell follows the exploits a female cyborg cop who hunts a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
Ghost in the Shell – along with Robotech and Akira – is one of the many live-action anime/manga projects in development by Hollywood studios. Later this year, Kite, a live-action version of Yasuomi Umetsu’s anime, will be released in theaters.
Bad Bunch | DVD (VCI Entertainment)
RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2014
VCI Entertainment presents the DVD for 1973′s Bad Bunch (aka N-gger Lover). This is the story of a black gang who run the streets of Watts and of Jim, a white man, who tries to befriend them. Prejudice stands in the way of any friendship and turns black against white in a bloody act of vengeance. Starring Greydon Clark (who also directed), Tom Johnigarn and Jacqueline Cole. Watch the trailer.
"The Transporter 2" Japanese Theatrical Poster
THE SERIES: A television show centered on an ex-Special Forces operator now making a living as a no-questions-asked transporter of goods. Starring Chris Vance, Andrea Osvárt and François Berléand.
Here’s the official description: Frank Martin (Vance) is the Transporter. He transports anything, anywhere, for anyone. A former British SAS operative, he is highly trained in driving, combat and survival skills. A man of determination and integrity, he always completes his missions and abides by three very specific rules: Never change the deal. No Names. Never open the package.
Updates: First trailer has been released.
BREAKING NEWS: Film Combat Syndicate reports that the Transporter TV series will air on TNT this fall.
"Flash Point" Blu-ray Cover
Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Flash Point, directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen – the talented duo who brought us the legendary Ip Man and Kill Zone. Also starring Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Lui Leung-Wai and Xing Yu. Read our review.
"13 Assassins" Japanese Theatrical Poster
THE MOVIE: Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) is set to star in Takashi Miike’s (13 Assassins) English-language debut, The Outsider. According to Deadline, the film is set in post-World War II Japan, chronicling the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Japanese yakuza.
The Outsider is based on an original idea by John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), who will also serve as producer, along with Joel Silver (Dragon Eyes), Andrew Rona (Non-Stop) and Steve Richards (Ninja Assassin).
Hardy isn’t the only English actor with Yakuza connections. Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe will play a reporter who has to protect himself and his family from Japanese gangsters in Tokyo Vice.
Updates: The Wrap reports that principal photography for The Outsider will start in Japan in early 2014. “The Outsider is an action-packed, hard-hitting thriller with huge commercial potential,” says Christopher Woodrow of Worldview Entertainment, the company that is financing and producing the film. - Thanks to Tony F.
BREAKING NEWS: Twitch reports that Tom Hardy has backed out of The Outsider. Hardy’s drop out has also forced director Takashi Miike to exit, since he can’t stick around while producers search for a new lead.
"The Monkey King" Chinese Theatrical Poster
Accident and Motorway director Cheang Pou-soi has been developing a big screen, special FX-infused adaptation of the famous Monkey King tale for almost three years now. Production began way back in October of 2010 but we haven’t heard much since then, besides the fact that the film’s high budget means it will have to make at least $88 million at the Chinese box office to break even.
The star-studded cast includes Donnie Yen as the Monkey King, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Cecilia Cheung. The Monkey Kong was shot in IMAX 3D and employed visual effects talent from Hollywood personel who had worked on films like I Am Legend and Spider-Man 3.
Updates: Teaser poster and 1st teaser trailer for The Monkey King are online today. | Yen says the film proved to one of his most challenging roles ever, due to the fact that he had to endure 5 hours of make-up to turn into the Monkey King each day. | Newest trailer. | The movie hits theaters in China/Hong Kong on January 31, 2014. | JayneStars has a whole slew of character posters for the film, including this one of Donnie Yen as the Monkey King. Also look for Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok among the star-studded cast!
Our first extended glimpse of movie footage is here with this teaser trailer, although unfortunately it’s dubbed in English. You can also check out a behind the scenes video. | New trailer.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch a new trailer. – Thanks to Film Combat Syndicate