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  1. Andy Lau will be joining the likes of Stephen Chow, Donnie Yen, Eddie Peng, Elliot Yueh, and fellow Heavenly King Aaron Kwok to play the role of The Monkey King, Sun Wukong, in a new film entitled Chuk Sing (Seven Saints), which may have the English name, The Sacred Seven. Lau will also serve as producer on the film. The film will have the likes of Wukong, Ox Demon, and Ne Zha amongst the characters and the plan is to make this a superhero-like franchise. Lau will have two roles in the film. Jingle Ma will be directing the film. https://www.jaynestars.com/news/andy-lau-to-star-as-monkey-king-in-new-film-sacred-seven/ https://hktopten.blogspot.com/2020/01/20200119-andy-lau-plays-different-type.html
  2. With two of her lead roles, Lady Bloodfight and Female Fight Club (Squad) released and soon to be released (depending on where you are), it is time to appreciate the lovely Amy Johnston! Martial arts is in her blood as her father is former kickboxing champion David Johnston. She's worked primarily as a stunt performer, doubling at times for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in the Marvel Universe and even played Harley Quinn on an episode of "Super Power Beat Down". Amy is well versed in various forms of martial arts, beginning with her father's "progessive" style, a meshing of kenpo, taekwondo, kung fu, kickboxing and arnis. She's also studied wushu, Wing Chun, and Jiu-Jitsu. Amy as Android 18 in Dragon Ball Z: The Light of Hope
  3. Hey everyone, As most of you may know, Japan's Super Sentai Series has been the foundation for well, let's face it, The Power Ranger series since its inception in 1993 when "Zyuranger" became "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I actually got to see the actual Japanese series of some of these and found it to be much better than their Americanized versions. Here are two of my favorites: 1994's Ninja Sentai Kakuranger - Kane Kosugi appears in the series as the Black Ninja Ranger, Japanese-American ninja Jiraiya. In a highlight episode, he takes on real dad Sho Kosugi. Kane's Ranger double was Tsutomu Kitagawa, who is perhaps best known for playing Godzilla from 1999-2004. The American version would be Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, when the Power Rangers were under a spell and became kids and their friends from another planet became the Rangers. 2007's Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger - Chinese kung fu becomes the art of the Rangers in the latest adaptation of the Super Sentai. There's GekiRed (Tiger Fist), GekiBlue (Jaguar Fist), and GekiYellow (Cheetah Fist). They added two more Rangers, GekiViolet (Wolf Fist) and GekiChopper (Rhino Fist). Those who watch Jetix will know that this is the new Power Rangers: Jungle Fury. Just for the record, both have kick ass theme songs..the Japanese versions IMO.
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    Super Sentai Series/Power Rangers Thread

    The official cast of Mashin Sentai Kirameiger has been revealed: Rio Komiya is playing Juru Atuta aka KiramaRed Rui Kihara is playing Tametomo Imizu aka KiramaYellow Yume Shinjo will be the 3rd female Green Ranger in the franchise series, as Sena Hayami aka Kirama Green. She follows Ninningers' Luna Kokonoe (who was possessed by Kyuemon in the V-Cinema film Ninnin Girls vs. Boys Final Wars) and Kyuuranger's Hammie. Atomu Mizuishi is playing Shigura Oshikiri aka Kirama Blue Mio Kudo is playing Sayo Ooharu aka Kirama Pink
  5. Andy Lau and Herman Yau are back as production is set to begin on Shock Wave 2. Joining the actor-director duo are Sean Lau (who reunites with Lau after 17 years - the two worked together on mahjong comedy Fat Choi Spirit), Ni Ni, Philip Keung, Tse Kwan Ho, Philip Keung, Kenny Wong, Ron Ng and Zhang Yang. The two Laus (no relation) play bomb disposal officers from different teams within the HKPD. Tse Kwan-Ho, sporting the white hair, will play the film's villain this time around. http://hktopten.blogspot.com/2019/03/20190329-sean-lau-and-andy-lau-feel.html
  6. First, Jordan Peele told us to Get Out. Then Danny McBride co-wrote the successful Halloween "re-quel", now Chris Rock is giving horror a shot as he is set to produce a spin-off of the Saw franchise with franchise helmer Darren Lynn Bousman directing. https://deadline.com/2019/05/chris-rock-to-reboot-saw-franchise-with-lionsgate-twisted-pictures-1202616185/
  7. Born on July 2, 1988, Ian Ignacio is a second-generation martial artist and actor, the son of Filipino actor and karate expert Levy Ignacio. After growing up in San Francisco, Ignacio went to the Philippines and decided to take up Tae Kwon Do under the country's ambassador of the martial art, Monsour Del Rosario. Ignacio refused a spot on the national TKD team to return to the United States to pursue an education. He earned a degree in foreign services from the Dominican University of California. In 2014, he returned to the Philippines where he began following in his father's footsteps to become an actor. His film debut came in the action thriller New Blood in 2014, in a supporting role. The film also featured Del Rosario, who had returned to acting after an 8-year hiatus; and Ian's father Levy Ignacio. He had a brief role as a bodyguard in Mark Dacascos's directorial debut, Showdown in Manila, and had appeared in the South Korean film Master as well. However, his breakout looks to be the lead role in Vincent Soberano's The Trigonal: Fight for Justice. As lead character Jacob Casa, a MMA fighter who gives it up when his wife is pregnant only to find her comatose when he refuses to join a drug dealer's underground tournament, Ignacio showcases both his acting chops and martial arts skills. Ignacio looks to be a rising star in the world of Filipino action cinema, with a role in the upcoming Soberano horror-martial arts hybrids Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids and Circle of Bones. https://ianitgnacio.wordpress.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6448856/
  8. After getting their kicks in The Art of Self Defense, Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots are reuniting for this sci-fi dark comedy about a couple who think they've found their dream home in an area called Yonder and soon find themselves in an endless loop that brings them back to their home and all sorts of chaos begins to happen. The film is coming out March 27.
  9. One of the most hilarious death scenes ever...AHHHHH!!! AHHHHH!!!!!! That scene was actually spoofed in Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece.
  10. A24 Films is re-teaming with the directors of the indie hit Swiss Army Man, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert on a new sci-fi adventure comedy film called Everything Everywhere All At Once. Filming begins this week and the cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, and in his first film appearance in 18 years, former Goonies stars Jonathan Ke Quan (his last film appearance was in the 2002 Hong Kong film Second Time Around with Ekin Cheng and Cecilia Cheung). Stephanie Hsu and James Hong are co-starring in the film, which is being produced by Joe and Anthony Russo under their AGBO banner. https://deadline.com/2020/01/a24-reunites-dan-kwan-daniel-scheinert-agbo-everything-everywhere-all-at-once-swiss-army-man-1202838566/
  11. If that's the case, I hope I get to see Jonathan Ke Quan unleash some kicking again. Granted I know it's been almost a few decades but after working as Corey Yuen's assistant on X-Men and The One, I would love to see him unleash those skills again.
  12. According to the Canadian distributor of the film, it looks like the title of the new film has changed from the rumored Organ Donor to now Spiral: From the Book of Saw. http://www.mongrelmedia.com/index.php/filmlink?id=66364d59-dfc5-e911-a98f-0edcbcd33718
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    Pro Wrestling Thread (2020)

    As a father of kids with autism, this made me smile but here's what happened. A kid with autism is a fan of Bray Wyatt. He was beaten up and the bully cut him with scissors, tearing his Bray Wyatt shirt in the process. The kid's mother took to Twitter to tell her story. Well, needless to say, Bray Wyatt himself told the kid's mother to DM her the size of the shirt and that he would send her a new short and to tell her son he has her back. https://twitter.com/WWEBrayWyatt/status/1220196342724792321 Blue Demon Jr. is set to star in his own Disney Channel series, Ultra Violet and Blue Demon. The series will center on 13-year-old Violet, who is stunned when a magical luchador mask “chooses” her to be the successor to her uncle, the famed luchador Blue Demon Jr. (Demon Jr., playing a version of himself) who is actually a secret superhero. Violet will now begin her own secret superhero training, all while having to navigate the universal ups and downs of coming-of-age while keeping her new alter-ego a secret.
  14. Kwon Young-Moon (Master with Cracked Fingers, The Heroic One, Blood Child, The Loot, Fearless Hyena 2, Fighting Ace)
  15. AlbertV

    IN MEMORIAM

    That makes sense :) Just making sure
  16. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is gearing up to finally bring Shang Chi: Master of Kung Fu to its cinematic universe. As mentioned prior to his death, Stan Lee had wanted to do a movie adaptation with Brandon Lee. Now, it has been reported that Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla 2014) has been hired to write the film and that Marvel is looking at either an Asian or Asian-American director to take on the project. https://deadline.com/2018/12/shang-chi-marvel-studios-first-asian-film-superhero-dave-callaham-kevin-feige-black-panther-1202512660/ https://variety.com/2018/film/news/marvel-studios-shang-chi-movie-dave-callaham-writing-1203078923/
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    IN MEMORIAM

    Actually, if we're talking director Tyrone Hsu and Hsu Hsia from Drunken Master, according to the Hong Kong Movie Database, they are two different people: (This was Tyrone in 1975's The Gangster Match-Maker) Tyrone Hsu Tien-Yung (has the birth date of 1923) http://hkmdb.com/db/people/view.mhtml?id=3855&display_set=eng (Hsu Hsia in 1975's The Young Rebels) Hsu Hsia http://hkmdb.com/db/people/att_images.mhtml?id=4317&display_set=eng
  18. Coming to Los Angeles this Friday and then a limited nationwide release next week, this comedy revolves around a lawyer whose been tasked with bringing an abandoned zoo back to life but with one little problem: there are no animals available, so he does the impossible and unthinkable...hire his friends to become the animals.
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    Kung Fu (reboot)

    Well, Fox is no longer doing the TV reboot and instead will go to the CW. I think this may be a case where one company is given the Film rights to reboot and another company has the rights to do a television reboot. Case in point, Child's Play. MGM only owns the original 1988 film, so they were allowed to reboot it (hence the 2019 reboot), but all sequel rights were given to Universal and thus, Universal will be continuing their series in the Chucky TV series.
  20. SP Releasing has the film already released on DVD as well. The SP Releasing version is the one available at Wal-Mart. Extras include deleted scenes from the film. I got a copy for my birthday yesterday. Enjoyed the film, had that 80's feel to it. I thought of it as a loose modern day reboot of Bloodfist II with a twist of course in the assault of wife and best friend. Sarah Chang was not only the co-star, she choreographed the film's fight scenes, which had that 80's-90's B-movie riff going.
  21. Got these for my birthday yesterday
  22. Scott Adkins is truly a definitive name in today's generation of martial arts action cinema. Aside from taekwondo, Scott is well versed in Kickboxing, Ninjitsu, Judo, Karate, Jujitsu, Wushu, Krav Maga, Capoeira, Jeet Kune Do, and Gymnastics. He started his film career in Hong Kong when he was discovered by Stephen Tung Wai, who cast him as a competitor in the action film Extreme Challenge. Then came a bit part as a bodyguard for the main villain in Jackie Chan's The Accidental Spy. Shortly after, Adkins accepted the role of lead villain Dr. Lang in Tsui Hark's very atrocious sequel Black Mask 2: City of Masks. His last Hong Kong film would be The Medallion, where he was one of the three core henchman to lead villain Julian Sands. (Reuben Langdon and Paul Andreovski were the other two). In 2003, he met the filmmaker he was destined to work with: Isaac Florentine, an Israeli-born filmmaker who was also a well known exponent of Shotokan Karate. Florentine had established himself with making low-budget yet quality martial arts action films plus he worked alongside Jeff Pruitt as a choreographer on the Power Rangers series. If anyone could boost up Adkins as a potential action star, it was Florentine. Florentine cast Adkins as SAS officer Talbot, who assists the titular Special Forces as well as holding a grudge against the number one henchman of the lead villain, who killed his partner. Adkins finally got to showcase what he can do under the choreography of Alpha Stunts co-founder Akihiro "Yuji" Noguchi and his climactic brawl against Lithuanian martial artist, stuntman, and circus performer Vladik Jakucevicius is a delight to watch. In 2006, Adkins gained a massive following with his breakout role of Russian powerhouse Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. Isaac Floretine directed the sequel to the 2002 prison boxing flick. However, knowing that martial arts are more exciting to see on screen, Florentine opted to use boxing vs. martial arts with Michael Jai White replacing Ving Rhames as former heavyweight champion George "Iceman" Chambers, who is set up in a Russian prison to face Boyka. Under J.J. Perry's master fight choreography, Adkins truly is the reason to see the film action-wise. Interestingly enough, the character of Boyka is truly religious and is shown not to be a truly bad guy as seen in a pivotal scene. He just wants to show that he is "the most complete fighter in the world". In 2008, Adkins was given the chance to work with one of his martial arts idols, Jean-Claude Van Damme, on The Shepherd: Border Patrol. Adkins played the villain here and the film was directed by Florentine. However, many felt it didn't really have the feel of a Florentine film and that is with good reason: Florentine was hired by another production company for this film and they took over editing. After the experience, Florentine seems to be more comfortable with the Bulgaria-based Nu Image, who show they completely trust Florentine and his vision of action. As for Adkins, he worked with Van Damme again on 2011's Assassination Games, 2012's Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and 2012's The Expendables 2. In 2009, Florentine and Adkins worked together on Ninja, in which Adkins played Casey Bowman, an American raised in Japan to learn Ninjitsu and is forced to become the protector of the armor of the last Koga Ninja from the hands of a vengeful former classmate. The following year, Adkins returned to his breakout character of Yuri Boyka in Undisputed III: Redemption, where he enters a prison tournament where the winner will earn his freedom. Adkins unleashed all sorts of fury against the likes of Lateef Crowder and Marko Zaror. In 2013, Scott reprised his role of Casey Bowman in the far superior sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, which pitted him against Kane Kosugi and in 2015, film the long awaited sequel Boyka: Undisputed IV. However, while he is more known for his martial arts films, he has proven to be a versatile actor. He had a straight acting performance in the action film Pit Fighter starring Dominique Vandenberg. He played a soccer player in the opening of the 2006 reboot of The Pink Panther. He's even starred in two horror films, 2008's Stag Night and 2015's Re: Kill (the latter was filmed in 2012 but is being released this month). In December, he will have two of his films released in the same week. December 1 will see the release of Zero Tolerance opposite Dustin Nguyen on DVD from Lionsgate while December 4 will see he and Isaac Florentine reunite for the action thriller Close Range in limited theaters and VOD. 2016 will see Adkins in the aforementioned Undisputed IV along with Jarhead 3: The Siege and Eliminators so far. But truly, Scott Adkins is truly one busy actor who just loves to do what he does...kick butt and take names. Here's video of a seminar Adkins did with Aaron Gassor, aka Ginger Ninja Trickster. The two worked together on the recently completed Eliminators, in which Adkins stars and Gassor doing stunts.
  23. From Variety HanWay Films has boarded sales on Takashi Miike’s “First Love,” which has been selected for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. HanWay has worldwide rights excluding Asia. “First Love” was announced in the Directors’ Fortnight lineup, but with little plot information available. The producers said Wednesday that the film is set during one night in Tokyo and follows Leo, a down-on-his-luck young boxer who meets his first love, Monica, a call girl and an addict but still an innocent. Monica unwittingly gets caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme, and the two are pursued through the night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, Leo’s nemesis and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company is re-teaming with Miike on the picture, which will have its world premiere in Cannes. The film marks the fourth collaboration between the prolific Japanese director and Thomas after they worked closely together on “Blade of the Immortal,” “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” and “13 Assassins.”
  24. AlbertV

    Netflix's The Witcher

    Henry Cavill is returning to a series format with the lead role in the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher, based on the successful video game franchise, itself based on the novel by Andrzej Sapkowski. The series will start with an 8-episode series that is set to debut in 2020. Geralt is a solitary monster hunter, struggling to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. When destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together. Shooting begins in Hungary shortly, where Cavill will be joined by Anna Shaffer as love interest Triss Merigold, Freya Allen as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Joey Batey as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Maciej Musiał as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Rebecca Benson as Marilka, Shane Attwooll as Nohorn, Luke Neal as Vyr, Matthew Neal as Nimir, Tobi Bamtefa as Danek, Sonny Serkis as Martin, Roderick Hill as Fletcher, Inge Beckmann as Aridea, Charlotte O’Leary as Tiffania, Natasha Culzac as Toruviel, Amit Shah as Torque, and Tom Canton as Filavandrel. http://www.darkhorizons.com/the-witcher-supporting-cast-revealed/ http://www.darkhorizons.com/first-look-henry-cavill-in-the-witcher/
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