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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.
The Champ Is Here!
This past week was cause for celebration amongst action fans. After an eight-year long wait, everyone's favorite Russian prison fighter has returned to the ring in Boyka: Undisputed. The reason for the long wait has been well documented (rampant piracy) and if fans don't support this film, we may never see Boyka again. To all the fans who supported this film by buying it on disc, you are awesome people and we appreciate you for fighting the good fight. But our work as fans doesn't end there, the war must be fought on a new front; we need to make this a hit on Netflix! A Genre Against the Ropes?
It's no secret that the career of Scott Adkins (and by extension, the entire DTV Action genre) has been undercut by internet piracy. It's lead to lower budgets, tighter schedules and has prevented the hard working filmmakers and action stars from gaining any ground in their careers. These are people making some of the best pure action movies in the A…
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.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…