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Tak Sakaguchi Will Be RE:BORN In 2015 For His Final Movie
Well, it has been more than a year now since the news stirred the web, and not much of anything has been said about Versus 2. So, unless you are an insider and you can divulge some verifiable knowledge about it, myself and the public will be more than pleased to hear of it. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine. But, any rate though, for now, things are about to get a little more exciting for Sakaguchi's empassioned fanbase, with the release of a new viral video announcing the forthcoming production of a new Sakaguchi action vehicle titled Re:Born, reuniting the actor with longtime collaborator, stuntman, action director and filmmaker Yuji Shimomura.
As of yet, there are no early plot details available to describe the new film, but Sakaguchi and Shimomura will be overseeing the audition process somewhere between this July and August, with stunt talent agency, Worsal and Shimomura's stunt training team U'den Flame Works. And considering the body of work that the action pair share between Versus and Death Trance, as well as films like Alive and Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, along with Yudai Yamaguchi's Yakuza Weapon and Deadball, the project could shape up to be a stellar final foray into action for Sakaguchi, who rose from his heydays as an underground brawler, to a nearly fifteen-year career winning the hearts and minds of the film festival circuit and action cinephiles alike.
I fully respect Sakaguchi's decision as much I will miss him, and stand with the fans who graciously await what Sakaguchi will deliver in his last hoorah for Japanese action in Re:Born, which will release next year. Meanwhile, Sakaguchi will soon be seen in Sono Sion's latest film fest fave, Why Don't You Play In Hell?, in North American theaters and on DVD later this year, courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
The past year or so have lended an ample opportunity to familiarize myself with the work of actor and producer Alexander Nevsky in lieu of his upcoming April 28 U.S. release, Black Rose. The film marks his directorial debut wherein he also stars in a formula slightly different from his usually known action star persona from his film career in Russia, and joined by none other than actress Kristanna Loken.
With the film a little over a week away from its limited theatrical release courtesy of ITN, we've already had the pleasure of sharing questions with one of the film's guest stars, actor Matthias Hues in which he delves deeply into his career history, progression and plans for the future. The same goes for Loken who now takes center stage in this week's interview following Hues which also briefly highlights something interesting about the new movie, as well as a little about herself in the years since making strides as the formidable cybernetic supervillain in Terminator …
It wasn't made clear just to what capacity actress Jeeja Yanin's role in Jesse Johnson's new movie, Triple Threat, would extend at the time when we broke the exclusive back in March. Needless to say that mystery now comes to an end with the Raging Phoenix and Chocolate star donning some serious tactical gear in a new promo photo featuring herself among the antagonists for the new Asian action movie currently in production in Thailand.
Yanin's cohorts as seen below include Ron Smoorenburg and Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping and Michael Jai White outlining the murderous cartel from which leading action stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen must protect a billionaire's daughter, played by none other than Celina Jade. SC Films International's own Mike Selby is producing along with Mike Gabrawy and Gary Hamilton of Arclight Films. Actor Chen is also producing the film as will Elliot Tong and Ying Ye with Seng Stunt comprising the stunt team and Tim Man serving as …
The hardcore fanbase cheering on martial arts action star Scott Adkins were vociferous in support of him obtaining a role in the months leading to the seventh installment of the Fast franchise, Furious Seven. Ultimately it never came to fruition, nor did the attempts to cheer him on for the role of Batman as it stands with Ben Affleck having earned his appeal with most fans now in lieu of Justice League and The Batman.
I guess one other question remains now: Could Adkins snag a role this time in the forthcoming ninth installment following the pivot taken in The Fate Of The Furious this month? Well, I guess that will depend on what the studio plans for it first, although to be frank, there's no reason why they shouldn't, and there's plenty of potential to go on. Gray's film still leaves you wanting to learn more about Charlize Theron's role as Cypher, as well as what remains to be seen with the current handling of Statham's portrayal of Decard Shaw next to the …