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87 Eleven And LBP Stunts Chicago Present: TRAINING DAY
From L to R: Jeremy Marinas, Jimmy Chhiu and Brendon Huor
If there's anything that virtually anyone can ask at this point, it is that actor, stuntman, filmmaker and longstanding online action frontiersman Emmanuel Manzanares keeps on doing what he's doing. He's one of the best content creators working today humbly walking the line between Hollywood stuntwork, and directing his own independent projects, whilst networking and collaborating with some of the most talented professionals in his field. And this week, Manzanares continues to exemplifies this in his newest collaboration with 87 Eleven Action Design for Monday's test fight short release, Training Day.
The awesome people you see are three amazing performers, all who have left an impressive mark in the online history of the martial arts action genre at one point or another. Brendon Huor, Jimmy Chhiu and Jeremy Marinas are their names, and if you don't know who they are, they're worth looking into. More importantly though, if you're a filmmaker looking for a proper fight choreographer Mazanares would be a guy to bookmark. His craft is ever-evolving, but his delivery remains as consistent as ever. Don't believe me? Watch the video below, and feel free to subscribe to click any of the tags below for more examples proving me right!
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…