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Check Out A Third Trailer And A BTS Featurette For BADGES OF FURY

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Jet Li's upcoming action thriller from director Wang Tzu Ming, Badges Of Fury, has me a bit perplexed at times. With the most recent trailer, I gotta say I am convinced that action won't be the film's biggest selling point, especially if it is loaded with high jinks and comedic gags. But I take it that when Well Go USA releases it, that will all change and suddenly Jet Li will be front and center once again, even if it seems we will spend a good amount of it watching Wen Zhang chase women and be goofy.

Actresses Michelle Chen, Liu Shi Shi, Liu Yan, Collin Chou, Wu Jing, Raymond Lam, Kevin Cheng, and Leung Siu Lung star in the film, which will premiere in China on June 28, 2013. In the meantime, Enlight has a new featurette that has been up for a while, which gives you some more insight into the production, in addition to a third trailer for the film.

SYNOPSIS:

When a spate of eerie murders erupts across Hong Kong two troublemaking cops are assigned to the case. Young maver…

The Official Trailer For LEGENDARY Is Online. Officially!

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You may remember a while back in early May, prior to its 3D premiere in Cannes that an unofficial short teaser for the upcoming Eric Styles film, Legendary, made it's way to the internet on a VERY low key. Well, that footage was since removed from that same YouTube channel until a proper trailer was made public. That day is today. And it's certainly an improvement from the previous spot.

Scott Adkins stars in the film along with Dolph Lundgren, Huang Yi, Nathan Lee, James Lance, Lydia Leonard and Geng Le. The film is set to get its theatrical release in China this August, so stay tuned for further release news of the film.
SYNOPSIS:
Travis, our heroic cryptozoologist, wants to prove that a prehistoric beast killing construction workers is more than just a myth. But at the same time his ruthless competitor, Harker, wants to prove he is the best in the business and outdo Travis in any way he can.
Travis finds himself in a race against time to preserve the rare but deadly creature be…

DIVERGENCE Returns This Summer

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After nearly a year-long hiatus, Popular Uprising returns in less than two weeks with the hit action sci-fi webseries, Divergence. Leading man, martial arts action star and series action director Dan Southworth reprises his role as a former soldier whose mistaken case of PTSD turns into a life or death struggle to uncover a larger conspiracy.

Southworth is best known for his roles in several TV and film roles which include Power Rangers: Time Force, the Thousand Pounds Action Company short film hit, Street Fighter X Tekken, U.S. Seals 2: The Ultimate Force and the martial arts powerhouse action thriller, Broken Path. Southworth is also slated to appear in the long, awaited upcoming second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which is set to premiere a little later this summer.

SYNOPSIS:
DIVERGENCE is an action/sci-fi series starring Dan Southworth, Damion Poitier, Marta McGonagle, and Courtney Munch. The series follows former U.S. Army Intel officer Mark Leonard who struggles with paranoi…

The New MACHETE KILLS Trailer Is Officially Online

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Director Robert Rodriguez's latest film, Machete Kills is back in the headlines with a new international trailer prior to the film's September 13, 2013 release, featuring Danny Trejo reprising his role as a rogue ex-federale. Trejo's portrayal in a what was once released as a brilliant trailer for the 2007 Grindhouse Double Feature: Planet Terror and Death Proof, became an instant contemporary cult-classic among comic-con attendees and film buffs, accompanied by a major consensus for a feature film to be made.

Hot off the worldwide success of Fast And Furious 6 is Michelle Rodriguez, returning for her role as the one-eyed rebel Luz, a.k.a. Shè, along with Jessica Alba as Santana Rivera, the immigration officer who aligns herself with Machetè in the first film.

Rounding off the cast are Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, music sensation Lady Gaga, actor Antonio Banderas, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Chilèan martial arts performer …

Jay Chou Set To Light Up The Retro Scene In THE RooFToP

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Actor, music sensation and martial arts star Jay Chou is on his way with a new film he scored and directed called The RooFToP, which is also being described as a colorful martial arts musical spectacle set in the 1970's, and was shot in Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai. The film is Chou's acting/directorial follow-up to a film he did in 2007 called Secret, and is said to be closing act of this year's New York Asian Film Festival.

I'm not really huge on it per say, considering I don't follow the Taiwanese music scene enough to really be keen to the fanfare surrounding the musical hype, but time will tell what further reviews suggest after its release on China on July 11. Although however, aside from his craft as a musician, I can see why some fans would love him anyway. :-P

Beyond all this, I like what I have seen from Chou based on some of his work. There are a few other films that I hate myself for not seeing, like Kung Fu Dunk and The Viral Factor, so those are al…

LBP Stunts Chicago Features French Noir Action In IL Y A TOUJOURS UNE SOLUTION (There Is Always A Way)

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One of my favorite stunt teams working today are the guys over at LBP Stunts Chicago, who are responsible for some of the most memorable independent action short film hits of the last several years. Some of these include the unfinished four-segmented noir action series, Those Who Go To Hell, Yo Soy Un Hombre Loco, and their latest internet success, Dogfight.

Today, they've unveiled their latest new shortfilm titled Il Y A Toujours Une Solution (There Is Always A Way), featuring LBP martial arts performer, actor and industry stuntman Shawn Bernal (pictured right), and comedian Anthony Pho (left) who flew in all the way from France to visit the stunt team. And not for nothing, seeing as how Anthony himself is also a stunt performer who has been training since 2008 and 2009, working with the likes of Olivier Schneider (Taken, Fast & Furious 6), and currently with French martial arts actors and stuntmen Patrick Vo (Safe House, Fast And Furious 6) and Manu Lanzi (The Transporter, …

Covert Urban Ninja Warfare Rules The Streets Of Liverpool In The New Trailer For SHINOBI CODE

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The Action Elite posted a new trailer today for an upcoming film that features an ensemble cast listing of award-winning, competitive freerunning athletes and martial arts performers called Shinobi Code from Airborn Entertainment. The film was an independent production and team effort led by prodigal student filmmaker, screenwriter and cinematographer Terry Cheung who directed the film a couple of years ago with no budget and a three man crew. With production now complete, only time will tell when the film will see an official release.

The film stars Liverpool-native Ryan Doyle, a veteran traceur and an international champion martial artist and freerunner who served as the film's co-editor, as well as the stunt/fight coordinator. Co-starring is Anthony Doyle and Jean-Paul Jesstiece who also co-wrote the screenplay and served as executive producers. Craig McGrath, Jack Lowry, Mark Slater, Del Ronan, Kevin Stokes, Gareth Taylor, Kingsley Ngenda and production designer Michael Purcel…

Frank Castle Returns In The New Shortfilm Trailer For THE PUNISHER: NO MERCY

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In less than a year, FOX Television cancelled its previously-reported plans to bring Marvel's The Punisher to the small screen. And there isn't much news yet to deliver on anymore major productions involving the character, particularly since everyone is pretty much moving into superhero territory at this point.

Fortunately, the character is still pretty popular from a live action perspective, especially among cult fans of comic book movies and people who are familar with all three films that have been made since director Mark Goldblatt's theatrical rendition of the Marvel character in 1989, along with Punisher '04 star, actor, Thomas Jane's most recent reprisal in his shortfilm follow-up, Dirty Laundry. If you want proof, then you need not look further than the most recent trailer for the summer's upcoming shortfilm release, The Punisher: No Mercy, the latest labor of love from the fellas over at the Montreal-based independent film company, The Kombat Krew.

Jas…

TWITTER SOUNDOFF: The Case For Adkins, Johnson And Statham In Fast 7

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LOL! Well, I plan on seeing Fast And Furious on the evening of Saturday, June 1, since I had other plans this past weekend. But a lot of us just came across something that redefined the word "awesome" for the remainder of the hype around this bit of news.
Now, we are well into the month of May going into June, and Justin Lin's directorial finale of the franchise, Fast And Furious 6, is pretty much obliterating weekend box office records this week after its successful start in the U.K. as Universal gets its continuance into the third trilogy with Fast And Furious 7, to be directed by James Wan. Furthermore, everyone who has been paying attention is pretty much aware of how prevelant Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has become in the franchise since his role in Fast Five as "D.S.S. Agent Luke Hobbs". No argument here, for there is no doubt that The Rock has come a VERY long way from being a wrestler to his breakout roles in The Mummy 2, The Scorpion King and …

Breaking Down Barriers: An Interview With Argentinian Action Star JUAN MANUEL OLMEDO

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The first teaser trailer for JUSTICIA PROPIA has to be one of the most badass trailers I have ever seen for any action movie. Being an action fan myself in today's era, the prominence of Hong Kong cinema and the evolution of the internet, I love that we now get to expand our range of film production markets and see what other studios are coming up with.

Coming across the trailer through another mutual friend on Facebook, it was a great opportunity to help introduce another filmmaker to a bigger audience. Hailing all the way from Argentina, Juan Manuel Olmedo aims to thrill and excite action fans with his latest new film, directed by Sergio Mastroberti. It took a long time for us to connect, particularly because of his busy schedule. But I am very happy to finally get to share some of his words and opinions to you all from him in the following interview.

Film Combat Syndicate: How long have you been a martial artist?

Juan Manuel Olmedo:
I've practiced martial arts since I was 11 ye…

FILM OF THE WEEK-5/27/13: THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS (1998)

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SYNOPSIS:

John Lee is a hired gun who must pay a debt to Asian crime boss Terence Wei. His final mission is to travel to Manhattan to kill the 7-year-old son of the cop responsible for the death of Wei's son during a drug buy. However, Lee develops a conscious and cannot pull the trigger on the child. He knows this will make him a target and that his mother and sister in Shanghai are living on borrowed time. Trying to return to China, Lee enlists the aid of master forger Meg Coburn to construct a phony passport. But before the job is done, Wei's trigger men attack and Lee and Coburn begin their long flight, pursued through New York City.
A little over a week ago, actor Chow Yun-Fat celebrated his 58th birthday. And looking back on his career, like many American film fans at the time as other Asian stars like Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li were crossing over, I never heard of Chow until the release of the 1998 action film from Columbia Pictures, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS. A…

Five Friends Reliving Their Past Will Fight For Mankind's Future In Edgar Wright's THE WORLD'S END

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I've been a bit lagged at sharing the trailer for Edgar Wright's latest film, THE WORLD'S END, but I love the stuff Wright has to offer on film. Actors Nick Frost and Simon Pegg have always made for one of the most memorable comedic film pairings in cinema history, and I think it's fantastic that they are constantly upping the antee with every film they are in together.

As such, I would definitely see this film on a night out with friends...followed by drinking, of course. Because the last thing anyone wants is a loud hysterical drunk in a movie theater. ;-)

SYNOPSIS:
Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for a third film following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary…

Poetic Justice Is King In The New Short Film From ENSO Productions, TRANSCENDING FEAR

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I had the good fortune of coming across a short film early this year called Del Oppresso Libre, from the Florida based martial arts film and stunt action team, ENSO Productions. Headed by founder, actor, stuntman, martial artist, coordinator and independent filmmaker Walter Garcia, their work is proven to be some of the most raw, gritty, high voltage, envelope-pushing visions of independent online action filmmaking I have ever seen in my days as a writer and indie action fan. And if anything, their latest shortfilm release, Transcending Fear, is proof of that.

Garcia directed wrote, edited, choreographed and shot the fifteen minute action drama featuring performers Jenn Harris and Taryn Terrell as two of a trio of anti-heroic assassins known as the notorious "ABC's Of Death", assassins who lead an eccentric, evil lifestyle of murder, death and bloodshed, founded on a code that establishes their own philosophical order and dogma.

The beautiful part here is that as the sto…

Jun Kaname Uncovers The Dangers Of Time Travel In The New Trailer For TIME SCOOP HUNTER

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Nippon Cinema has a new trailer available for the August 31, 2013 Japan theatrical release of director Hiroyuki Nakao's time-travel action adventure film, TIME SCOOP HUNTER. The film is based on the 2009 NHK television series of the same name starring Jun Kaname who plays Yuichi Sawajima, a time travel journalist who investigates history for the Time Scoop Company. The film also stars actresses Anne Watanabe reprising her role from the series as Minami Furuhashi and fashion model Kaho as rookie reporter Hikari Hosono. Ken Utsui and Saburo Tokito round out the listed cast.
SYNOPSIS: "Space-time journalist” Yuichi Sawajima (Jun Kaname) is sent back through time to unravel the mystery of Azuchi Castle, which was built by famous shogun Oda Nobunaga and burned down within 3 years of its completion. When he time-warps to the year 1582, he crosses paths with a warrior monk wielding a gun that shouldn’t exist in that time period and discovers that history has been altered. He then trav…

Criminal Politics Set The Stage For All-Out War In The New Trailer For CALL ME KING

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Husband and wife, and Shadow Motion Pictues filmmaking and production duo R.L. Scott and Monyque Thompson Scott have been busy in the past couple of years working on new webseries projects like Touye Pwen, and their latest, Fixer, which currently has the first and second episodes available on YouTube for viewing. The new series showcases a combination of espionage, intrigue and screen fighting, the latter which is R.L.'s specialty considering he has studied martial arts since the age of 7, and began shooting and directing his own short action clips at the age of 16.

Having helmed and choreographed the 2007 martial arts action tournament drama, Champion Road, followed by its sequel, Champion Road: Arena, R.L. is back with a new trailer this month for the upcoming theatrical release of his latest feature martial arts action crime thriller titled, Call Me King, in collaboration with SMP, Dark Energy Pictures and David Fisher of Fisherthought Productions. The film stars Amin Joseph, …

Crackle's Fall Slate: What I Learned About CLEANERS And EXTRACTION

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I try to follow a lot of people who work in the entertainment field, namely stunt professionals. I primarily do this on Facebook where I ultimately end up subscribing to a lot of them since their friend lists are full to the hilt. In this case, I vaguely remember-it had to have been sometime between late April or May when I noticed actor, stunt performer and stunt coordinator James Lew posted an interesting set photo of himself and actress Emmanuelle Chriqui (pic below) while filming something called "Cleaners".

Apparently, in the early part of May, there was a major announcement involving Sony's online entertainment medium, Crackle. Reports from various sources cited a NewFronts conference in New York City attended by a plethora of stars, representatives and investors. The announcements illustrate a Fall slate of digital content through film and webseries formats, spanning several genres.

One of these includes a series of six half-hour episodes from Full Clip Productio…

TIMECOP Gets A Reboot, No Van Damme

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Looks like LADY BLOODSPORTwon't be the only re-imagining of a Jean-Claude Van Damme classic.
According to the latest developments over at The Hollywood Reporter, the 1994 science fiction blockbuster, TIMECOP is being observed as a reboot with producers Mark Shmuger and Tom McNulty under the Global Produce banner at Universal. The subsequent success of the first film, based on a Dark Horse Comics publication, led to a sequel starring actor Jason Scott Lee, followed by a video game adaptation and a short-lived television series.

THR also states that the project will not involve Jean-Claude Van Damme, but there is no word yet on who will star in the film or direct it. It is also not the first time the "Muscle From Brussels" has been snubbed by the people re-envisioning one of the most successful films of his career as the actor was most recently snubbed by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, who was then developing a script for Phillip Noyce's reboot of the tournament act…

Evans' Next, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US, Gets Distribution

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In a forwarded article from Screen Daily, Digital Spy reports that director Gareth Evans will be on board his next film, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US after BERANDAL (a.k.a. THE RAID: REDEMPTION) wraps filming this month. The articles state that Evans, most known for push-kicking action fans into a new era of martial arts cinema with Indonesian action vehicles, MERANTAU and the recent success of THE RAID: REDEMPTION, will serve as action director for the U.K.-based production.
In the film, Joe Taslim will star as a mob enforcer who struggles to seek atonement after inadvertantly causing a massacre. The film was previously reported as being neither a martial arts film nor a horror of any kind, with the former being a little difficult to comprehend considering Indonesian action favorite Yayan Ruhian is going to be in it as well, unless Ruhian himself is looking to evolve and stand out more dramatically as an actor, which I think is a brillant idea considering the love he has earned from action …

Scott Adkins To Play A King In HERCULES 3D

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Sad screenfighting fans of martial arts action star Scott Adkins who have been hoping for the fourth installment of the continuing saga of the boxing-turned-kickboxing/MMA prison tournament drama franchise, UNDISPUTED, have something much bigger to look forward to in the year to come thanks to an announcement forwarded by Martial Arts Movie Junkie. The recent news involves the 3D release of Renny Harlin's fantasy action adventure, HERCULES 3D starring rising new action hero Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, Arena, Java Heat, Tarzan).





From SCOTT ADKINS FANZ:
Some fantastic news regarding Scott's new film, which will be "Hercules 3D" directed by Renny Harlin who did Cliffhanger & Die Hard 2. It will be one of many lead roles and Scott will play King Amphitryon. Myths are that During Amphitryon’s absence, Alcmene (Hercule's mother) became pregnant by Zeus, who disguised himself as Amphitryon, when he visited her; she then became pregnant again by her real husband u…

The New Man Of Steel Trailer. O-M-G.

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Director Zack Snyder (300, WATCHMEN, SUCKER PUNCH) may very well be on the verge of becoming the next director to make the billion dollar mark when Warner Bros releases the latest superhero action adventure thriller, MAN OF STEEL on June 14, 2013. Several teaser trailers and posters have gone viral in recent months promoting the upcoming re-envisioning of the classic DC Comics character that tells the story of a Kryptonian newborn who survives the extinction of his planet and crash lands onto Earth, and is raised on a small farm by a human couple, only to grow up discovering superhuman abilities that show signs of a greater destiny he was meant for when he reaches manhood.

MAN OF STEEL stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and Russell Crowe, with a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplay. You can view the whopping brand new trailer below the synopsis, which indicates pretty much a…

The New Teaser For PULSE Shows Signs Of Life

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Filmmaker Chris Crutchfield and his team over at Triple Click Productions have been busy at work in recent months with the post production process for their new sci-fi action series, PULSE. As you will see, there are some slick CGI shots, chase scenes and action scenes, along with some rhythmic editing between high and low-speed camera work that shows something unique and explosive about the story that will be told here when the series finally premieres.

In addition to Crutchfield's extensive background in film and in motion graphics design, Thousand Pounds Action Company's own Vonzell Carter directed the action you will see in this amazing new series. And trust and believe, as good as things are shaping out to be, they are itching to share what they have spend a good amount of their time working on all these months.

Things are still being talked over for the series to be given a good platform, so further details are being kept under wraps. In the meantime, they are now showca…

The New Trailer For THE LONE RANGER Is Online

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Actor Armie Hammer, best known for his dual appearance as the Winklevoss Twins in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, is starring in Walt Disney Pictures' latest western action adventure release of THE LONE RANGER. The film sees Hammer playing the Gore Verbinski-directed theatrical adaptation of the original WXYZ radio show character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker in 1933, ending its run 21 years later with serials and further TV and fiom adaptations that followed.

Hammer shares the screen with actor Johnny Depp who plays Tonto. The film is Depp's fourth collaboration with Verbinski who shares such film credits as the PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN TRILOGY and the CGI-animated feature, RANGO. The film also stars David Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, James Badge Dale, Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper and Ruth Wilson.

Hammer is also slated to star in the upcoming production of Guy Ritchie's latest film adaptation, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.with actor Tom Cruise and Alicia Vikander.

Check out …

Reeves Attends Cannes To Promote MAN OF TAI CHI

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Hot off the completion of post production for his latest martial arts film, MAN OF TAI CHI, Keanu Reeves made his directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival this week where he discussed the film, his inspirations for directing the film, and his hopes for the film's success. Reeves also stars in the film as the main villain opposite actor and martial arts stunt performer Chen Hu (a.k.a. Tiger Chen) who stars in the film in his first-ever gig as the lead.

Reeves says “About four or five years ago I started to think about directing. My dictum was I would only direct if I had a story to tell and, having developed the script over this length of time, it became a story I wanted to tell and one I didn’t want anybody else to tell,” notes The Inquisitr via Total Film.

Take a look at some footage from the festival below.

The film marks Reeves' latest endeavor with Chen and super-duper busy action directing legend Master Yuen Woo-Ping since their work on the Wachowski Brothers' sci-…

New Poster Art For FAVELA Starring Michael Jai White

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Bonafide martial arts action star Michael Jai White (Blood And Bone, Mortal Kombat Legacy: Season One) is taking 2013 by storm with the latest from director Ernie Barbarash (Assassination Games, 6 Bullets) titled FAVELA. White himself has recently stated his role in the film as one he has waited his entire career to play.
SYNOPSIS:
FAVELA - The first installment of our new FALCON action franchise. The franchise will revolve around former marine John "Falcon" Chapman, a dark anti-hero driven by guilt, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy - a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the foreign ministry. The first movie, FAVELA, sees Chapman traveling to Brazil to hunt down his sister's killers, in the process discovering an underground world of drugs, prostitution, and police corruption ruled by the Japanese mafia. Directed by Ernie Barbarash and starring Michael Jai White as Chapman, the franchise will produce 1-2 movies a year following Chapman as he …

Logan Battles Tragedy, Mortality And Steel In The New Trailer For THE WOLVERINE

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July 26, 2013 will see 20th Century Fox's release of director James Mangold's latest superhero installation, THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman reprising his since long-adopted role in the X-MEN film saga. Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee round out the cast.
The official Youtube channel for the film has unveiled the new trailer, which fans will also be able to catch in front of this week's release of Fast And Furious 6. Click HERE if the embed fails to load.
SYNOPSIS:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan where he falls in love with a woman whose hand is already promised to another. When he refuses to back down, her powerful crimelord father summons the Silver Samurai and other deadly threats in the X-Men universe to push Logan’s healing-factor to the limit in a deadly battle that will leave him forever changed.