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It's been a quiet weekend, folks. So, it's good to be back and sharing some content for this week's installment of the Hit List, packed with new feat and jewels of action to celebrate, along with a sweet little webseries jewel to boot.
Kicking things off in sharp form is a fresh new reel from stunt player Chris Yong, followed by the high-flying/falling Jenna Hellmuth, the tumbling and freerunning feats of Remi Bakkar, the electric fight and might of stuntwoman Katie Eischen, and seasoned hardball stuntplayer and avid Southeast Asian foodie, Philippe Vonlathen! Rounding out the playlist is a new reel from multi-faceted performing artist and Film Combat Syndicate favorite, actress Jessica Wolff and Wushu impressario Bryan Cartago, along with a quick martial arts-packed demo by Dylan Rampulla, the walking inferno that is Frederik Blom, T. Ryan Mooney with a sampler of some of his practice feats in pre-viz action and fight choreography, martial artist and actor Tim Neff, team K Dynamique, and the latest Team Farang video diary showcasing traceur Jason Paul's latest visit to Japan.
Time to promote a few projects and first up in our next playlist, we start by introducing a quick teaser for a project featuring actor and martial artist Daniel O'Neill who intially caught my attention close to a decade ago for one of the most exhilarating trailers I had ever seen for the film, Bangkok Adrenaline, a movie hugely sold on blistering stunt and fight action at a time when Thai action productions were growing in popularity due to the proliferation of stars like Tony Jaa and Dan Chupong. Thus, it is actor and stuntman Matt Routledge's who returns O'Neill to the fray once more for the new short, Fixer, which centers on a man tasked with bringing an important brief case to its rightful owner. The project itself just had its premiere at the Fighting Spirit Film Festival back in July and you can follow the project by clicking here for more updates.
Following that is a project by our very own Khalil Barnett. He's been a talented writer on our blog for a while now while also working toward building his own vision for action and storytelling, and as of late, he's going bold for a workable cinematic, darkly lit, gritty and powerful tale centered on his latest original superhero iteration, Blue Heron. Details will follow, and probably a bit more, so check out the teaser and keep reading Film Combat Syndicate for further updates.
Last in the playlist is an action highlight teaser for a new concept short titled Alpha from On Camera Combatives and Monolopolous Productions and shot in Atlanta, Georgia. Plot details are forthcoming as is the shortfilm itself for which its teaser has been up since earlier this month with actor and stuntman Ryan Monolopolous starring and directing. Jake Guinn and Josh Flaugher also star with lensing by Jeremy Cournyea.
Press play and get excited!
Next and capping things off for this segment is a project that prolific film entrepreneur, action director extraordinare, actor and stuntman Eric Jacobus and his team have kept undet lock and key for quite a while now, save for a few photos. Blindsided is the project, a short duration homage to the action stylings of characters like Daredevil and Zatoichi from debut helmer, actor and stunt professional Clayton J. Barber best known for his signature work on Ryan Coogler's acclaimed Rocky spin-off, Creed, and William Kaufman's festival favorite, Daylight's End which saw a limited release over the weekend.
The team behind the project is ripe with stunt talent and also marks the latest reunion between Jacobus and Barber, the latter who produced two of Jacobus's online shortfilm hits, Rope-A-Dope (2013) and its lively sequel. A quick YouTube search will bring you to both projects which offer spectacular blends of memorable comedy and martial arts. If you're new to Jacobus, check out his movies right now as a preamble to this latest venture, now immortalized in a brand new poster below.
On an entirely separate note, Rising Tiger Films's own Leroy Nguyen and Edmond Shum are working on another project of their own this week. As always, it involves the usual ass-kicking thrills seen in their long list of videos online, and it's just way Nguyen himself like to celebrate his birthday!...
Happy 30 Leroy!
And we're off to finish things with some fresh action, comedy, suspense and thrills, starting with a quick camera test of the Cannon 1DX Mark II by lensman David Anthony and producer Chung Dha, and two test fight videos by YouTuber Michael J. Rye, followed by Pokémon GO player Rustic B.'s one special move to finish off cocky street brawler Darren Holmquist, and the latest live-action stage stunt show featuring X Limit Entertainment ahead of 20th Century Fox's latest video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed!
Last and far from least is a webseries that rests pretty experimental in nature, but boasts some nifty action design and concepts from the mind of Beijing-based actor, martial artist and stuntman Troy Sanford. Front and center at the helm and leading in The Challenger, brings our lead character toe-to-toe with a number of talented fighters around the world and skilled in various styles.
Spanning a year of uploads, all of which were filmed with no money and in the course of less than a day, Sanford's labor of love finally ended this summer with all 13-portions now available online in the following playlist. Enjoy!
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
Well guys, my hiatus was a brief but fair one. It was a necessary breather to help recoup from the workload and best part about all this is that people are still creating!
So yeah, that's a nice thing to come back to. That's what The Hit List is for and I've found (and have also been sent) some GREAT stuff to share this week. It's also a lot to unpack so without further ado, the stunt reels are up first as always and we begin with Amy Sturdivant's most recent Vimeo upload. I meant to share hers before going on break but YouTube parameters were a factor and Vimeo was the only option left. So, better late than never, and with a demo reel as substantive as this being all the more reason worth sharing.
Following that is a playlist ripe with awesome stunt and action demos by Francis Limoges, Drew Reade, Gaby Rodriguez, Jennifer Badger, Gene Freeman, David Van Tassell, Domenica Rossi, Brytni Lavender, and stunt/fight coordinator reels by Airon Armstrong and Roberto Lopez…
It's understandable that one forgets things. Amid all the film festival hype I damn near forgot that a live-action adaptation of Sakurai Gamon's hit manga, Ajin: Demi Human was on the way which makes me wonder how come it's not heading to festivals this year, unless I'm wrong.
If not, I reckon part of this is due to the amount of work being put into the spectacular action sequences and immersive visuals with Bayside Shakedown film series and Shaolin Girl helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki at the helm. There wasn't a lot of footage in the previous teaser to showcase it much but there was just enough to garner some much-deserved interest and as of Sunday, to say the least, the official trailer guarantees the promise being offered here in a much more assuring fashion.
The film opens in Japan on September 30 and much to the delight of fans of both the manga, the anime series and films, as well as Rurouni Kenshin star Satoh Takeru. He leads the cast of the film as Nagai Kei, a …