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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.
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!