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The First Official Trailer For RE:BORN Heralds The Triple Crown Of Japanese Action
Three years since his appearance in Sono Sion's spectacular romp, Why Don't You Play In Hell?, much has been ado over questions pertaining to cult action star Sakaguchi Tak's stay or leave from the film industry altogether. Personally, I'd say it's worth hoping he'll stay while all his efforts in the last sixteen years have not been for naught, as young as his career still feels and the potential that still lies there.
Thus, his most recent foray into action brings us his latest film, Re:Born, and along with it, a trio of talent to spearhead the vision of action that's been the major highlight of the film since its development last year through the inner workings of Japanese stunt and film companies, Worsal and U'den Flame Works. And to accomodate, a script by Benio Sakei that now sees our lead actor, otherwise rebranding himself as TAK∴, in the role of a store clerk whose violent past comes back to haunt his newfound small town life following a spate of gruesome murders at the hands of his former special ops commander.
The film is currently poised for an event screening with the cast in just over a few weeks at Kaga City Cultural Center marking the latest reuinion between TAK∴ and longtime friend and film cohort, action director Shimomura Yuji for his second take at the helm since the 2006 film, Death Trance. Both service the brutal, versatile, gorilla style of hand-to-hand and weapon-based commando fighting presented in the film as consulted through the expertise of CQC specialist, Inagawa Yoshitaka.
Rounding out the cast is young actress Kondo Yura, along with actresses Shinoda Mariko and Hasebe Hitomi, and actors Ishida Issei, Saitoh Takumi, Kato Masaya and Otsuka Akio. The first official trailer is finally online and you can check it out below, host to a haunting VO intro, and English-subtitles. And of course, full-on visual doses of TAK∴ taking on hordes of baddies armed to the fangs with knives galore, and it looks hella fun.
Here's to hoping TAK∴'s new signature signals his return. He's still in demand in my book.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent filmmaker James Lee is well on the way with the new martial arts redemtpion thriller, Kill-Fist. Hailing a reunion for the director and his lead actor, Singaporean action favorite, recurring Code Of Law star Sunny Pang, the film further etches a mutual creative partnership for the two who've known each other for more than a decade in cinema. "It was fun and great to work with him again after The Collector and Call If You Need Me." says Lee who cites that as both were different films that served the purpose Kill-Fist aims to do once more in challenging Pang as an actor. "Indeed he had to do some preparations for the character tragic Zhang. Kill-Fist is kind of a refresher for both of us, we hope we can move to bigger projects after this."
Pang, who serves up more brutal screentime in Gavin Lim's own upcoming film, Diamond Dogs, is one of the two principal leads for Kill-Fist next to actor Alan Yun, both central to the story in the respe…
I'm pondering taking next weekend off for the Hit List. As it stands I have a few screeners that need screening and reviewing and I haven't at all had the time for them. Plus, a little extra time for myself would be spiffy.
Of course, all that could change depending on the content of the coming week and if it's too good to hold back, you can expect another entry online stunts and hits. For now, its the 16th of April and back hand-springing in her element is stuntwoman Niahlah Hope for the inaugural reel of this week's stunt playlist.
Rounding it all out are reels by Max Laferriere, Thaddeus McQueen, John Wood, Amber Lamarca, Ivan Kasnyov, Nakamura Koji, Bryan Dodds, Beni Alexander, Attilla Kiss, Sarah Laidler, Joseph Roark and StormFreerun with a cinematic display of parkour feats featuring athlete Charlie Havill. Last and far from least is a share from Vimeo with a cool fight reel by Timothy Eulich.
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…