Andy Lau and Herman Yau return for ‘Shock Wave 2’

"Shock Wave 2" Teaser Poster

“Shock Wave 2” Teaser Poster

A sequel to the 2017 box office hit Shock Wave (read our review) is in-the-works. Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau (Switch) and Untold Story director Herman Yau will once again headline the project.

Lau will reprise his role as the most respected member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and his deadly adventures against fiery attacks escalating across the city.

Also known as Shock Wave Tunnel, the original film was recently released on Blu-ray & DVD from U.S.-based distributor Cinedigm Entertainment.

We’ll keep you updated on Shock Wave 2 as we learn more. For now, here’s the film’s New Teaser Poster (via AFS).

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Legend of the Mountain | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Legend of the Mountain | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Legend of the Mountain | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018

On May 1st, 2018, Kino Lorber will be releasing a 4K restoration Blu-ray of Legend of the Mountain, a 1979 wuxia thriller directed by King Hu (Come Drink with Me, A Touch of Zen).

In the film, a travelling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. Time and space collapse around him as he continues his journey, encountering ghostly visitations amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape.

Legend of the Mountain stars Shih Chun (A Touch of Zen), Hsu Feng (The Eight Escorts), Sylvia Chang (Office, Slaughter in San Francisco), Tien Feng (Monk’s Fight), Chan Wai Lau (The Fearless Hyena), Suen Yuet (City on Fire), Ng Ming-Choi (Thunderbolt Fist) and Jeon Shook (The Killer Meteors).

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Interview with film critic Tony Rayns
  • Video essay by film critic Travis Crawford
  • Trailer
  • Booklet essay by writer and programmer Grady Hendrix

Pre-order Legend of the Mountain from today!

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Nick Cheung directs himself as a gangster in ‘The Trough’

"The Trough" Chinese Teaser Poster

“The Trough” Chinese Teaser Poster

Hong Kong actor/filmmaker Nick Cheung (The White Storm) is stepping out of his comfort zone by making a gangster-themed movie called The Trough (aka Taste of Crime), which will serve as his 3rd directorial project. You may recall that his first two features – 2014’s Hungry Ghost Ritual and 2015’s Keeper of the Darkness – were both horror genre films.

Plot details on The Trough are thin, but judging from the film’s Trailer (below) audiences can expect stylish, bleak thriller with shades of explosive action. Also highlighted is a little girl that is apparently being protected by Cheung’s character, which makes one think Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional or Lee Jeong-beom’s The Man from Nowhere (or for you Bollywood fans, Rocky Handsome).

The Trough also stars Yu Nan (Operation Mekong), Xu Jinglei (Shinjuku Incident) and Jie Hong (The Sorcerer and the White Snake). The film releases domestically on April 4th 2018 (via AFS).

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Deal on Fire! The Monkey King 2 | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

The Monkey King 2 | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

The Monkey King 2 | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for The Monkey King 2, an action-fantasy directed by Cheang Pou-soi (SPL II: A Time for Consequences) and featuring martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Bodyguard).

Monkey King 2 stars Aaron Kwok (Monk Comes Down the Mountain), Gong Li (2046), Feng Shaofeng (Young Detective Dee), Xiao Shenyang (The Grandmaster), Kelly Chen (Infernal Affairs) and Him Law (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded).

The Monkey King 2 is the sequel to the 2014 box office sensation, The Monkey King. This time around, Kwok takes over the role of Sun Wukong, who was originally played by Donnie Yen.

Order The Monkey King 2 from today!

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‘Beyond Skyline’ helmer to do Silat martial art film ‘Last Savage’

"The Last Savage" Teaser Poster

“The Last Savage” Teaser Poster

Liam O’Donnell’s Beyond Skyline, the sequel to the Brothers Strause’ panned sci-fi flick Skyline, wasn’t supposed to be a good movie, but somehow, it ended up being good. We can only speculate if the film’s modest success was because of the buzz surrounding the addition of Indonesian martial arts stars (Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian) from The Raid and The Raid 2 –or if O’Donnell simply knows how to deliver the goods as a filmmaker.

Whatever the case, while filming Beyond Skyline, O’Donnell fell in love with everything about Indonesia, and now, he’s getting ready to tackle The Last Savage, which he describes as “a cinematic love letter to the pulp adventures of Tarzan, the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max, and the vicious beauty of the martial art Silat”.

In The Last Savage, a large-scale and violent event in the natural world leaves a boy stranded on a remote island where he’s raised by tigers. When hunters kill his adopted family, he is forced to fight in a deadly new arena.

The film is currently in development, but we expect to hear some updates soon (considering the director’s relationship with Uwais and Ruhian, expect one of these guys took part in the film). Until then, don’t miss our review for Beyond Skyline (via FCS).

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Outlaws, The (2017) Review

"The Outlaws" Korean Theatrical Poster

“The Outlaws” Korean Theatrical Poster

Director: Kang Yoon-Sung
Writer: Kang Yoon-Sung, Lee Seok-Geun
Cast: Ma Dong-Seok, Yoon Kye-Sang, Jo Jae-Yun, Choi Gwi-Hwa, rk Ji-Hwan, Ha-Joon, Hong Ki-Joon Heo Dong-Won, Jin Seon-Kyu, Kim Sung-Kyu, Heo Sung-Tae
Running Time: 121 min.

By Z Ravas

I walked away from 2016’s smash hit Train to Busan with a distinct impression that supporting actor Ma Dong-seok had stolen the movie – no small feat in a film about a train full of rabid zombies! Although I’d caught the actor in plenty of parts before, including Kundo: Age of the Rampant and The Unjust, it was his role as a proud papa-to-be defending his family against the zombie masses that forever endeared Ma Dong-seok to me. Only a year later, he’s back with a role that feels entirely tailored to Dong-seok and his onscreen persona, which is one that’s equal parts lovable teddy bear and hulking bruiser.

The Outlaws is based on the true story of a 2007-era police operation that saw a sweeping round-up of gangs in the Guro District of Seoul. One neighborhood there in particular, Garibong-dong, has long served as a home to many Chinese citizens who have emigrated to Korea seeking economic prosperity. Unfortunately, Seoul’s version of Chinatown is also plagued by criminals and lowlifes, some of whom smuggled themselves into the country to escape Chinese authorities. As the film opens, Ma Dong-seok’s seasoned detective is able to keep the peace on his beat by primarily serving as a mediator between gangs, most of whom are petty hoods just looking for a little extortion money – not drug dealers or murderers. Ma Dong-seok’s laconic style of police work, which occasionally sees him sitting down for tea or sharing a drink at a karaoke bar with organized crime for the sake of brokering a truce, is challenged by the emergence of a nihilistic criminal (played by Golden Slumber’s Yoon Kye-sang) and his duo of vicious enforcers.

I’m imagining the film’s storyline is “loosely” based on real life incidents, as the conflict in The Outlaws quickly boils over to the kind of street-level anarchy one might expect in a Takashi Miike Yakuza flick. In fact, part of pleasure of The Outlaws‘ opening half hour is watching the Guro District’s carefully maintained ecosystem utterly up-ended by Yoon Kye-sang, an almost Joker-like instigator who has no qualms about chopping off someone’s hand if he feels they’ve disrespected him. Ma Dong-seok’s scrappy police team and the other local hoods are all caught entirely unprepared for Yoon Kye-sang’s savage gangland takeover, and the pressure to capture the dangerous criminal mounts as the body count rises.

46 year-old writer/director Kang Yoon-sung appears to have arrived out of nowhere, but he actually spent a few years as an actor before realizing he felt more at home behind the camera. The Outlaws makes for an auspicious debut, and the movie not only made a splash at the box office but landed Kang Yoon-sung a well-deserved nomination for Best New Director at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Part of the reason the film is so successful is how vividly the filmmaker captures the texture and feel of the Guro District. The movie lands on the shortlist of Korean movies that really go out of their way to establish a sense of place beyond the neon glow of downtown Seoul, and the screenplay devotes time to depicting just how much local business owners and concerned citizens are suffering due to the turf warfare erupting around them. Kang Yoon-sung reportedly spent three years perfecting the script, and it shows; much like Asura: City of Madness, I would not be surprised if the director was in part inspired by HBO’s The Wire, as the film displays some of that show’s scope and ambition.

Despite plenty of humor, much of it derived from Ma Dong-seok’s pitch-perfect comic timing, The Outlaws doesn’t shy away from brutal violence or short bursts of choreographed action; Kang Yoon-sung even offers an impressive single camera take of Yoon Kye-sang slicing up the guests at a birthday party with a hatchet. One might say a flaw of the script is that it has to tie itself in knots to make sure Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang never end up in the same room together, lest the film be over long before its two hour runtime; but when the hard-nosed detective and amoral crime boss finally do come face to face, the wait is more than worth it. From True Lies to The Man From Nowhere, there’s something of an unwritten rule that fight scenes in bathrooms are always good, and – without spoiling anything – The Outlaws gives a titanic tussle in the Incheon International Airport bathroom that certainly lives up to the memorable action sequences that have come before.

Ever since Oldboy gained the attention of the international scene way back in 2003, South Korean has been firing on all cylinders with stellar genre fare; even so, it feels like the industry has been on a particular hot streak during the past few years, and for me The Outlaws easily ranks alongside the best the country has been offering as of late. The film offers a role that feels tailor made for charismatic tough guy Ma Dong-seok, and serves as the rare blend of action and comedy that doesn’t hold back when it comes to hard-hitting violence. No matter what project writer/director Kang Yoon-sung tackles next, I guarantee I’ll be buying a ticket.

Z Ravas’ Rating: 8.5/10

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New Trailer for Yu Nan and Simon Yam’s ‘Justice in Northwest’

"Justice in Northwest" Teaser Poster

“Justice in Northwest” Teaser Poster

Hong Kong legend Simon Yam (Operation Red Sea, Mrs K, The Midnight After) and Yu Nan (The Expendables 2, Wolf Warrior, Wolf Warrior II) partner up for Huang Huang’s Justice in Northwest.

This upcoming thriller tells the story of the female drug narcotics office and her personal war with cross-border smuggling and drug trafficking.

The film also stars Samuel Pang King-Chi (New Police Story) and Jack Kao Kuo-Hsin (The Assassin, Wild City).

Justice in Northwest releases domestically on April 13, 2018. Check out the Newest Trailer below:

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Seven: Uncut | Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)

Seven: Uncut | Blu-ray ((Kino Lorber)

Seven: Uncut | Blu-ray ((Kino Lorber)

RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2018

On May 8, 2018, Kino will be releasing the uncut Blu-ray for 1979’s Seven, by cult director Andy Sidaris. In Seven, a government agent discovers a plot by a cartel of seven gangsters to take over the state of Hawaii. He hires a team of seven hitmen to stop them.

The film stars William Smith (Any Which Way You Can), Barbara Leigh (Terminal Island), Guich Koock (American Ninja), Christopher Joy (Cleopatra Jones), Art Metrano (Breathless), Grandmaster Ed Parker (Kill the Golden Goose), Richard LePore (Stacey), Lenny Montana (The Godfather) and Martin Kove (Rambo: First Blood Part II).

Seven marks one of the earliest titles in Andy Sidaris’ Bullets, Bombs, and Babes or Bullets, Bombs, and Boobs (BBB for short) series of action B-movies, which featured Playboy Playmates and Penthouse “Pets”.

Pre-order Seven from today! 

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Hong Kong’s Andy Cheng leaps into ‘Qi : Spacetime Warriors’

"Qi : Spacetime Warriors" Teaser Poster

“Qi : Spacetime Warriors” Teaser Poster

Rising star Wesley Wong (Pacific Rim Uprising), son of legendary Hong Kong actors Angie Chiu (Private Eyes) and Melvin Wong (Aces Go Places V: The Terracotta Hit), will star in the GenFilms’ original production Qi : Spacetime Warriors, an upcoming sci-fi actioner directed by Jessie Kerry and renowned Hong Kong/Hollywood action director/stunt coordinator Andy Cheng (Red Line, End Game, Rush Hour).

The following information is from the film’s official press release:

Qi takes place in a technologically evolved society of a future China and tells the story of the Chinese Taoist (Wong), who is destined to become a Spacetime Warrior and save the universe from an ancient threat from another dimension determined to destroy the world.

Qi’s script, which won Silver for Best Original Screenplay at the 2017 Chinese Canada Golden Maple Film Festival, was written in English with sections in Chinese, Russian and an artificial language making it a unique concept in the Sino-foreign co-production landscape. Qi will include many Chinese actors and martial artists while also featuring about 36 foreign roles.

Other signed talent include Chinese actor Stefan Sun (Legend of Princess Lanling), New Zealand actor James Trevena-Brown (Shannara Chronicles) and Canadian-Chinese actor Kent S. Leung (John Apple Jack), with Australian actor Marcus Vanco (Shannara Chronicles) and Spanish actor Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth) in talks for major support roles, and mixed race Chinese talent Julia Lilly Sives has been cast in a special role that will bridge cultures.

Qi’s pre-production is scheduled for December 2018 at the renown Wanda Studios in Qingdao, China and will commence with Principal Photography in March 2019 with the World-Premiere set for May 2021 at Cannes International Film Festival.

We’ll keep you updated on this project as we hear more. Until then, here’s a look at what director Andy Cheng is capable of in the Trailer for 2007’s Redline:

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New Trailer for Renny Harlin’s ‘Witness’ starring Nick Cheung

"Bodies at Rest" Theatrical Poster

“Bodies at Rest” Theatrical Poster

Renny Harlin, noted Finnish Hollywood film director known for his 90’s blockbusters Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, is getting ready to unleash Bodies at Rest (aka Witness), an upcoming thriller starring Nick Cheung (Keeper of the Darkness, The White Storm), Richie Jen (Trivisa) and Yang Zi (Death and Glory in Changde).

Bodies at Rest sees a forensics expert and his intern assistant ready to call it a day in the morgue when a group of masked thugs break in. The thugs demand access to a body that contains evidence to a crime they recently committed (via Variety).

Following 2016’s Skiptrace (with Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville) and the soon-to-be-released Legend of the Ancient Sword (with Leehom Wang), Bodies at Rest marks the 3rd Chinese production for Harlin.

Bodies at Rest opens domestically this August. Check out the film’s New Trailer below (AFS):

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Today’s forecast hints that another ‘White Storm’ is brewing

"The White Storm 2: Drug Wars" Teaser Poster

“The White Storm 2: Drug Wars” Teaser Poster

In the mood for another storm? Just like the other crime trilogy of Storm films (Z-StormS-Storm and L-Storm) being pumped out, the other Storm franchise is branching out to sequel land. A Teaser Poster for the sequel to 2013’s The White Storm (aka The Cartel War) has been revealed, under the title The White Storm 2: Drug Wars.

The first film (read our review), which directed by Benny Chan (Call of Heroes), starred Louis Koo (Flash Point) as a narcotics detective hot on the trail of a new drug kingpin (played by Cheung), who may or may not be a former cop that everyone believes is dead. Lau Ching Wan (A Hero Never Dies) and Nick Cheung (The Beast Stalker) co-starred.

Details on The White Storm 2: Drug Wars are thin, but we’ll fill you in as more updates emerge.

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The ruthless baddies from ‘Headshot’ are now ‘Buffalo Boys’

"Buffalo Boys" Teaser Poster

“Buffalo Boys” Teaser Poster

Mike Wiluan – producer of Macabre, Headshot and Beyond Skyline – is taking a stab at directing with Buffalo Boys, an upcoming actioner he’s also writing. Very little is known about the project, but given the consistent output from Indonesian cinema (i.e. MerantauMacabre, The Raid, The Raid 2, Killers, The Golden Cane Warrior and Headshot), color us very excited.

Buffalo Boys will reunite Wiluan with Headshot cohorts Sunny Pang (The Night Comes for Us) and Zack Lee (The Raid 2). The film stars Ario Bayu (Macabre), Tio Pakusadewo (The Raid 2), Pevita Eileen Pearce (Single), Happy Salma (Capres), Donny Damara (2014), Mikha Tambayong (Fallin’ in Love) and El Manik (Carok), with action choreography by Kazu Patrick Tang (Hard Target 2).

Updates: Look out for Buffalo Boys later this year. For now, here’s the film’s Teaser Trailer:

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John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ makes its U.S. debut on Netflix in May

"Manhunt" Theatrical Poster

“Manhunt” Theatrical Poster

After years making Hollywood films and big budget Chinese epics like Red Cliff and the recent The Crossing, John Woo, the man behind action classics such as A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled, has finally made a return to the genre that made him an internationally acclaimed director with Manhunt (read our review).

Manhunt is a remake of the 1976 Japanese classic action thriller (starring the late Ken Takakura), which tells story of a man who is accused of multiple crimes and trying desperately to clear his name.

The remake, which obviously follows the same theme, is about a prosecutor, played by award-winning Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), who is framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders and sets out on a difficult solo mission to clear his name. Japanese heartthrob actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama (Suspect X) plays the detective chasing Zhang’s character (via Variety). Ha Ji-Won (Sector 7) and newcomer Qi Wei also star.

Updates: Manhunt will finally make its U.S. debut on Netflix’s streaming service this May – but if you can’t wait ’til May, it’s currently available on Blu-ray & DVD from our trusted online retailer, DDDHouse.

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JeeJa Yanin and Dan Chupong kick it in Africa for ‘Red Cargo’

"Chocolate" Japanese DVD Cover

“Chocolate” Japanese DVD Cover

Filmmakers Nonthakorn Thaweesuk (Muay Thai Giant, Monkey Twins) and Senzo Zindela (The Right) are sharing the director’s chair for Red Cargo, an upcoming Thai production starring martial arts stars JeeJa Yanin (Chocolate, Hard Target 2) and Dan Chupong (Vengeance of an Assassin, Dynamite Warrior).

According to Zindela, here’s what you can expect from this South African-set actioner: Zulu and Thailand cultures clash when the son of Lion slayer, Senzo, confronts a dangerous Thailand con man. Vitaya controls rhino poaching business and illegal diamond mines in the region, but everything goes wrong when a local boy steals one of his rhino horns…

Red Cargo also stars Osas Ighodaro Ajibade (Cadillac Records), Israel Makoe (Beyond the River), Zozeen Panyanut Jirarottanakasem (Monkey Twins), Sumret Muengput (BKO: Bangkok Knockout) and Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe (Human Cargo).

Shooting is expected to to start in June. Until then, be on the lookout for JeeJa Yanin’s appearance in the all-star martial arts spectacle Triple Threat, which opens later this year.

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Sandra Ng’s ‘Goldbuster’ goes digital in April from Well Go USA

"Gold Buster" Teaser Poster

“Gold Buster” Teaser Poster

Popular Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng (Jian Bing Man, In the Line of Duty 3) makes her directorial debut with a horror-comedy titled Yao Yao Ling (aka The Monsters’ Bell). The film will be available exclusively on Digital this April 3rd from Well Go USA under the title Goldbuster.

A quirky internet star, a pair of retired gangsters, and the black sheep of a prolific family of herbalists are a few of the oddball tenants that call the dilapidated apartments of Humble Grove home. Fearful of being locked out by a ruthless property developer with his eye on the building, they’ve stayed inside for years. So, when supernatural incidents befall them all on one night, instead of running, they turn to flamboyant ghost hunter Golden Ling to perform a most unusual exorcism.

With a little help from producer Peter Ho-Sun Chan (Wu Xia/Dragon) – as well as a colorful cast that includes Francis Ng (Too Many Ways to Be Number One), Alex Fong (Kung Fu Jungle), Zhang Yi (Golden Age), Yue Yunpeng (Jian Bing Man) and Shen Teng (Mission Milano) – expect a golden-good time!

Don’t miss the film’s U.S. Trailer below:

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