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Sony to release the Blu-ray for Lee Byung-hun’s thriller ‘Master’

On September 5, 2017, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing the Blu-ray & DVD for Jo Eui-seok’s Master (read our review), a South Korean thriller starring Lee Byung-hun (The Age of Shadows), Gang Dong-won (The Priests) and Kim Woo-bin (Friend 2). … Continue reading

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Lionsgate developing a female ‘John Wick’ spin-off

We’re not sure why John Wick is the poster boy for action movies these days (to quote Paul Bramhall: “Hong Kong cinema has been doing it for ages”), but it certainly deserves the credit for re-igniting that over-the-top, intricately choreographed shoot ’em up action trend … Continue reading

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Kung fu actioner ‘Son of Shaolin’ to get a ‘Dope’ director?

Director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) is in talks to helm Son of Shaolin, a martial arts film based on the graphic novel of the same name created and written by Caanan Whit and Jay Longino (who also penned Jackie Chan’s Skiptrace). Son of Shaolin … Continue reading

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Deal on Fire! The Complete Lady Snowblood | Blu-ray | Only $22.97 – Expires soon!

Today’s Deal on Fire is for Criterion Collection’s The Complete Lady Snowblood collection, which includes Lady Snowblood (1973) and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974). A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for her … Continue reading

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Takeshi Kitano’s crime classic ‘Hana-Bi’ arriving on Blu-ray

On September 19, 2017, Film Movement Classics is releasing the Blu-ray & DVD for Takeshi Kitano’s crime drama, Hana-Bi (aka Fireworks). For the first time in America, this acclaimed classic – directed, written by and starring Kitano (Outrage, Beyond Outrage) – has been … Continue reading

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‘Versus’ helmer and ‘Triple Threat’ writer head ‘Downrange’

When director Ryuhei Kitamura hit the scene in 2000 with his low budget zombie kung fu hybrid, Versus, critics were quick to announce the arrival of a new talent on the Japanese movie scene, and it was easy to see why. Versus had … Continue reading

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Newest Trailer for the Louis Koo, Tony Jaa actioner ‘Paradox’

In addition to Jesse V. Johnson’s Triple Threat, which is being described as a martial arts Expendables-type flick starring Tony Jaa (Skin Trade), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi) and Iko Uwais (The Raid 2), there’s another high profile Jaa film on the verge of … Continue reading

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Special Edition for Albert Pyun’s JCVD flick ‘Cyborg’ coming…

U.S. label Scream Factory (subsidiary to Shout! Factory) has announced that they’re working on a Special Edition Blu-ray release for Cyborg, a 1989 actioner from cult director Albert Pyun (The Sword and Sorcerer, Nemesis) that stars martial arts sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme (Death Warrant). Cyborg … Continue reading

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Release date is set, but is Craig back as 007 for Bond 25?

Ever since the release of 2015’s Spectre, the state of the James Bond franchise – as well as its current leading man – has been more or less in limbo (seems to happen constantly with the series every few years or so… … Continue reading

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Asura: The City of Madness | DVD (Sony)

RELEASE DATE: August 29, 2017 On August 29, 2017, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing the DVD for Asura: The City of Madness, directed by Kim Sung-Su (The Flu, Musa: The Warrior). Detective Han (Jung Woo-Sung of The Divine Move), … Continue reading

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‘Transporter Refueled’ helmer shows Mark Dacascos ‘The Way’

French filmmaker Camille Delamarre – best known for directing Brick Mansions (a remake of District 13) and The Transporter Refueled (a reboot of The Transporter) – has teamed up with martial arts star Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Drive) … Continue reading

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Deal on Fire! Kung Fu Killer | Blu-ray | Only $9.10 – Expires soon!

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Donnie Yen’s Kung Fu Killer (aka Kung Fu Jungle). Kung Fu Killer (read our review) follows a top-notch kung fu instructor (Yen) who is imprisoned for accidentally killing a man. But when a deranged … Continue reading

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First Teaser Trailer for the martial arts actioner ‘Triple Threat’

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Triple Threat (aka Makeshift Squad), an upcoming action film by Jessie V. Johnson (Savage Dog) that’s best described as a martial arts-themed Expendables (via Deadline). The anticipated movie features an ensemble cast of international action stars that … Continue reading

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Director Jesse V. Johnson wants Scott Adkins to ‘Pay Up’

As fellow COF writer Paul Bramhall points out in his recent review for Savage Dog, action filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson (The Last Sentinel) seems to have found a new muse in the form of martial arts sensation Scott Adkins (Eliminators). The … Continue reading

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Enter the New ‘Birth of the Dragon’ making-of Featurette

A new Hollywood film revolving around Bruce Lee titled Birth of the Dragon will finally be making its way to theaters on August 25th. The fable-based movie will take a look at the life of legendary martial artist, using disputed bout with … Continue reading

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Triple Threat: Chuck Norris | DVD (Shout! Factory)

RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017 Who needs Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen and Iko Uwais when you’ve got Chuck Norris? Shout! Factory presents the DVD for Chuck Norris: Triple Threat, which contains Missing in Action (1984), directed by Joseph Zito (Invasion … Continue reading

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New Red Band Trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman 2’

Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) is back with more super spy action with Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. When their headquarters are … Continue reading

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Ip Man: Season 1 | Blu-ray & DVD (Cinedigm)

On October 10, 2017, North American entertainment company Cinedigm will be releasing the Blu-ray & DVD set for Ip Man: Season 1, a 2013 Chinese television series starring Kevin Cheng (The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake) as the the legendary grandmaster of Wing Chun. … Continue reading

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Juju Chan and Antony Szeto to spice things up with ‘Pepper’?

Australian-born, Hong Kong-based filmmaker Antony Szeto (Wushu), who worked with Juju Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) on both Palace of the Damned and Fist of the Dragon, may be teaming up with the female action star for a third time … Continue reading

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JCVD returns in the New Trailer for ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’

In Kickboxer: Retaliation, the follow up to Kickboxer: Vengeance, Alain Moussi is back as Kurt Sloane. One year after the events of the first film, Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds … Continue reading

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