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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Crossing Fingers, PACIFIC RIM 2 Gets Another Release Date!

Hmk. Let's recap a bit, shall we?...

Well Go USA Announces The July 8 U.S. Release Of COLD WAR 2

Directing duo Longman Leung and Sunny Luk had a hit on their hands in 2012 with the Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka-Fai headliner, Cold War. On top of its box office earnings that year, the film won a raft of wins and nominations in the festival circuit, further solidifying the next logical step: the sequel.

Hayate Strikes In The New KARATE KILL Trailer!

Korea's Bucheon International Film Festival kicks off its 20th anniversary on July 21, and in great company with a terrific line-up of titles and other events to satisfy attendees. As such, award-winning director Kurando Mitsutake (Gun Woman, Samurai Avenger) is lending his craft to the festivities starting the following day with the premiere of his latest offering, Karate Kill, starring newcomer, actor Hayate in a stellar debut role as a martial arts expert who sets out to find his missing sister.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WELL GO USA Nabs An August Release For Derek Yee's SWORD MASTER

Director Derek Yee's latest, Sword Master, has quite the work to do upon its release in China this summer. It's opening in 3D and to the masses of many whom may share a history with its predecessor, helmer Chor Yuen's 1977 Shaw Brothers adaptation of Gu Long's classic novel, Death Duel in which Yee himself also starred.

Watch The Brand New Trailer For OPERATION CHROMITE Starring Liam Neeson And Lee Jung-Jae

In case you're not fully caught-up, a quick Google search will land you at an interesting find that shows director John H. Lee was once attached to direct a remake of John Woo's The Killer. That was before Woo himself took the lead on it as of last year and I'm only mentioning it because of all the Woo news we've been hearing about in the past week or so.

New Line Lines Up To Remake THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

It was director Lee Jeong-Beom whose 2010 actioner, The Man From Nowhere became a fireball of a hit among moviegoers in Korea, holding the number one spot for five weeks. There's no mistaking why though, taking nods from films like Pierre Morel's Taken (2009) and Tony Scott's Man On Fire (2004) with a formula that provided the necessary means for some of the most terrific and gripping performances ever seen in an action thriller of this caliber.

Vinnie Jones Says That's Him On Twitter Via The Set Of KINGSMAN 2, And I Believe Him

Spend enough time on Twitter and you may or may not come across a real Twitter account for actor Vinnie Jones. As such, the co-star of Allan Ungar's Gridlocked had been spending the last few days confirming with doubters of the validity of his account in addition to the news of his reunion with writer and director Matthew Vaughn's upcoming sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle inspired by the graphic novel series.

Celestial Pictures Wants You To Join THE VENOM MOB Today!

Haven't figured out how to spend your weekends yet? Celestial Pictures laid out the agenda appropriately earlier this week with an announcement highlighting a wide array of Celestial Shaw titles headlining the very names and faces comprising The Venom Mob to be allocated to numerous digital platforms from here on.

New Spots For SULTAN Give You Glimpses Of Action, The Soundtrack, And Our Hero's Backstory

There's no question that actor Salman Khan has fought battles both off-screen as well as on. That was the case when he recently made a glib rape joke about the strenuous physical demands of his role in Ali Abbas Zafar's new film, Sultan, and the nature of the action and surely as the media remains tenatively mum, Khan will be sure not to make that mistake while he does have a movie to sell and action fans to cater to.

Immerse Yourself Further Into Khan's World In A New MARCO POLO Season Two Featurette

Season two of the hit Netflix series, Marco Polo, has some pretty high expectations, specifically for action star and actress Michelle Yeoh since briefly co-starring with Tom Wu in the half-hour spin-off, One Hundred Eyes. Thankfully we get plenty of teaser shots of her further in the second half of the latest featurette for the show now online.

Hey New York City! Check Out What's Ahead For JAPAN CUTS 2016 In July!

Anyone living in the tri-state area with an affinity for Japanese cinema may be keen on events over at Japan Cuts 2016. Their website is live with tickets available for the festival's various features celebrating its 10th anniversary with U.S. premieres, classic showcases, music, panels with special guests, and more.

Eve Torres Goes Pound For Pound With Jackie Chan In The New Trailer For SKIPTRACE

The wait's been long enough for director Renny Harlin's latest, Skiptrace, to begin going hardcore on its promotional campaign. Now we're here and with a China release set for July 22, a brand new trailer is here to lay claim for fans hard-up for another Jackie Chan headliner.

Cung Le Joins Adkins, Zaror And Chan For SAVAGE DOG

While all we know of director Jesse V. Johnson's latest production, Savage Dog, is what were shown on the Cannes poster, the expectations are high with action stars, actors Scott Adkins and Marko Zaror, and actress JuJu Chan starring. That said, Zaror himself seems the go-to guy as of late via Instagram as much in touch as he is with his fanbase about his projects.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Win A Blu-Ray Copy Of Well Go USA's KILL ZONE 2 Starting Today!

UPDATE (7/15/16): This contest has expired.

Well Go USA is proudly releasing director Soi Cheang's Kill Zone 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 19. That's a bit far off from this write-up, but Well Go USA is humbly obliging three lucky Film Combat Syndicate readers with an early chance to score a free Blu-Ray copy by then, making this our SECOND giveaway attributed to the movie since our prize pack contest in May.

Watch The Final Trailer For Pan Anzi's Neo-Western IMAX Actioner, FOR A FEW BULLETS

Director Pan Anzi is getting a warm IMAX welcome this summer with the release of his new film, For A Few Bullets. A new trailer is online this week to help oblige along with the latest IMAX poster while I certainly hope this one gets a Well Go USA nod myself.

Otomo's MUSEUM Terrorizes With A New Trailer

Starting this August I'm bent on catching up with the fervor on director Otomo Keishi's Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy here in the U.S. from Funimation Films. That's now set on the back of my mind while his latest feat, Museum, is already getting traction with a pair of chilling teasers already online.

Inoue's LONE WOLF AND CUB: FINAL CONFLICT To Be Remade In English Next Year

Growing up in the 70's and 80's with an affinity for Asian cinema, it's understandable to share fandom with Koike Kazuo's 1970 manga franchise, Lone Wolf And Cub, which later grew to fruition in film and television, as well as on stage. Produced from 1972 through 1974, six films were made starring Wakayama Tomisaburo as the Shogun's executioner, Ogami Itto, who journeys the land with his only son to avenge his family and redeem himself following his disgrace at the hands of a rival clan.

Monday, June 27, 2016

THE HIT LIST - June 27, 2016

This weekend was a slow one in looking for Hit List content. I also had to make a last minute edit to remove something I temporarily can't share but I do have a few treats to help make up for the light load this week...

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Looks To Ansel Elgort To Star

It was last August that details were finally ironed out and finalized for the involvement of Warner Bros. Hasbro Inc. and Sweetpea Entertainment in lieu of the upcoming production, Dungeons And Dragons. This week, news appears to be moving forward now with Deadline reporting Divergent film series co-star Ansel Elgort as the first one up for a role in the film with Rob Letterman directing as of March.

The New MORGAN Trailer Uncages Online

Director Luke Scott's new sci-fi thriller, Morgan, has an official trailer out this week following its teaser last month. I'm not much of a horror-genre person but I have my exceptions, and actress Anya Taylor-Joy's performance in the title role as sampled here seems pretty damn gripping.

Jackie Chan Leads The Voice Cast For THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

A whole line-up of LEGO-inspired movies are in the works following the hit success of The LEGO Movie from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, including The LEGO Batman Movie which opens next February. One other title now making the rounds courtesy of the events over at Licensing Expo 2016 in Nevada is Tron: Uprising helmer Charlie Bean's The LEGO Ninjago Movie, based on the popular toyline and with an already-running series iteration of its own on Cartoon Network.

STAR TREK: BEYOND Teases Kirk's Last Mission In The Final Trailer

Prospects are looking great for anime classic, Akira with Justin Lin currently circling the long-awaited live-action adaptation according to much fan fervor stemming from last week. Time will tell to see if and how that latest bit sticks while it's been a few years since Lin was attached to a few projects, including an iteration of Jet Li classic, Shaolin Temple.

Sheng Ding To Remake John Woo's A BETTER TOMORROW

Filmmaker John Woo is back in the limelight in recent months, and for good reasons aplenty in the wake of his latest international production launch, Manhunt, a remake of Sato Junya's 1976 thriller now slated for 2017. Since then, at least one other helmer circulating his work is actor Stephen Fung who is currently up to direct a remake of Woo's 1991 heist action comedy, Once A Thief, which also piles onto his previous efforts at another Woo title, the 1986 Hong Kong cinema classic, A Better Tomorrow.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cam's Eye Review: RAMMBOCK: BERLIN UNDEAD (2010) Is A Zombie Story With Heart

The zombie genre has seen a lot of Americanized forms under Hollywood's and US Independent film's eyes. But when another country like Germany gets a hold of a tale for a brief 62 minutes, it is sure to be unique and memorable. Such as is Rammbock: Berlin Undead (US/Canada release 2010). An action/horror/thriller produced by Sigrid Hoerner, and released by The Collective and Bloody Disgusting Selects that partnered with AMC Theatres to bring independent horror film to screens in the United States in early 2011, we follow lovelorn Michael (Michael Fuith) in Berlin, personally returning a set of keys to his ex-girlfriend, Gabi (Anka Graczyk) while there is an outbreak of a virus that turns people into hungry carnivores. Think 28 Days Later (2002) with a German flavor. One can't help but compare Rammbock to the 2002 film but there is no particular pathogen like an infected monkey from a medical research lab as a backstory. Only media reports of people biting and infecting others are the narrative. What we are left with is just one man struggling to get back what he lost and we see from his eyes the people he interacts with.

Dante Lam's OPERATION MEKONG Unfolds In The Explosive New Trailer

Fans of those who've enjoyed the latest work from festival-acclaimed director Dante Lam and have been waiting can now breathe with a sigh of relief. With a release date now pending for the new action thriller, Operation Mekong, the first official trailer is online and in full form with a story pulled from the headlines, and told with a compelling display of action, drama and danger.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Millar Moves JUPITER'S LEGACY Adaptation Forward

You're likely to hear a lot more as you may have been about comic book author and screenwriter Mark Millar (Captain America: Civil War, Kick-Ass, Wanted Kingsman). His 2013 graphic novel, Jupiter's Legacy from Image Comics is next on deck for a big screen adaptation with Mark and Brian Gunn, siblings of Marvel movie director James Gunn, providing the script.

Emmerich Lines Up Sci-Fi Epic, MOONFALL With Universal

Director Roland Emmerich, best known for churning out uber-destructive summer blockbusters tried something a bit different with the LGBTQ drama, Stonewall. It didn't exactly pan out as much as he'd hoped, but needless to say, fans of his usual work won't be bored this weekend, or seemingly not much thereafter.

Take A Bite Out Of The New Trailer For THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Director Colm McCarthy's upcoming zombie epic, The Girl With All The Gifts, wasn't something I saw coming. The first official trailer arrived earlier this week though, and words nearly fail to express how solid this adaptation of M.R. Carey's 2014 novel looks.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jason Statham Takes Killing To New Heights In The First MECHANIC: RESURRECTION Trailer

It almost feels like a return to normalcy now that we have action star Jason Statham back on our screens with the newest trailer for Dennis Gansel's Mechanic: Resurrection. The footage is as explosive and fun as you might imagine with Statham back in the role of Arthur Bishop following the firey finish of Simon West's 2011 remake of the Charles Bronson original.

Sun Honglei Will Apply His Particular Set Of Skills In A TAKEN Remake

While director Pierre Morel's 2009 thriller, Taken, was a pure hit that worked in more ways than several for action fans like myself, I can't personally agree that the second and third films did anything for me. Poorly-made editing choices - some of which are now the focal point of many a discussion (or joke) about helmer Oliver Megaton's treatment of the action sequences in the second and third films - have taken center stage with respect to the affectionately named "Bourne-style" that has become so prolific with that of the Jason Bourne movies inspired by the Robert Ludlum novels.

CALL OF HEROES Gets A Brand New Trailer!

If there's one thing I'm glad about while writing about director Benny Chan's newest period actioner, Call Of Heroes, is the guarantee that it's coming abroad as well. The film is just less than two months out from its release and host to a raft of fine acting and action talents such as Eddie Peng, Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Wu Jing leading the story of a village in 1914, wrought with danger when its protectors arrest the son of a warlord committing vicious acts of murder.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dwayne Johnson Boards Jay Longino's SON OF SHAOLIN As Producer For Sony

Well, he's set to play Black Adam in Shazam, he's set to play Doc Savage, he's set to tackle monsters, ancient underground wizards, earthquakes, footballers, sun and sand in several other properties, and he's even taking on digital media as we speak. Thus, it begs wondering just when exactly Dwayne Johnson will give himself a break, and apparently, like the proper bankable action hero he is, he's far from done.

Gareth Evans's THE RAID Is Getting A Comic Book Spin-Off

If you're wondering when exactly a third installment to Gareth Huw Evans's cult action crime saga, The Raid, your guess is as good as mine. That said, as far as THR is concerned, a 2018 deadline currently remains pending with Indonesian action star Iko Uwais expected to reprise his role as a rookie thrown into the whirlwind of a sprawling crime opera involving Indonesian and Japanese crime families.

Check Out The New Batmobile From JUSTICE LEAGUE

With news of Willem Dafoe and Fast 8 co-star Kristofer Hivju confirmed for roles in Zack Snyder's upcoming Justice League, more details are beginning to roll out about what the director has in store. Much of this has to do with a change of pace from the grim and gloomier tone of its predecessor, Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice which faced a massive mix criticism partly founded on its shortcome box office results.

Now With English Subs, The Latest Trailer For LEAGUE OF GODS!

Chances are you've already seen one version of the latest trailer for Koan Hui and Vernie Yeung's League Of Gods. That said, English subs are always awesome and you can view this one below with all the context you need.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Brings On The Slapstick And Explosions In The First Trailer

This one threw me for a loop. I have to say, looking at the title and the cast for Greg Mottola's Keeping Up With The Joneses. I didn't expect this to be what it was, but after watching the trailer, I can honestly say I'm sold.

The New Teaser Poster For POWER RANGERS Brings Our Heroes Together

Director Dean Israelite has some expectations to fill next year with the release of Saban's Power Rangers. With a March 2017 date stamped and the prospects of at least seven films rebooting for its adaptation of the hit Japanese Tokusatsu series and its subsequent American counterpart, we already have a good idea about how our color-coated heroes will look.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK Brings More Than 90 Seconds Of Pain In The New Trailer

You can pretty much conclude that Christopher McQuarrie's 2012 book adaptation, Jack Reacher was a hard act to follow-up on with a sequel considering its box office results at the time. Alas, it seems it's not always the case that sequels fail to happen if the first installments don't live up, though of course there has to be some modest success and support, which is exactly what that film has.

Get Your Kicks And Thrills In The New TRAIN TO BUSAN Trailer

Straight from the festivities at Cannes and with prospects awaiting its releases in multiple territories, director Yeon Sang-Ho's newest venture, Train To Busan (the follow-up to his 2015 animated feature, Seoul Station) is getting a July 20 release in Korean cinemas. Last month's first teaser was pretty short but very sweet with a glimpse into the chaos-ridden environment offset by a viral zombie outbreak, but now we have a full-on trailer that immerses you further into mankind's contained battle on the undead.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Taking a gander at Cambodia for a bit, a new film is on the horizon from director Jimmy Henderson who caught much of our attention a few years ago with his feature debut, Hanuman. The film, a vigilante revenge thriller starring actor and martial artist Dara Ours, doesn't have any overseas distribution beyond the region just yet, but has been released locally and screened among a few including myself, and while low in budget with some corners cut, the film delivers good and plenty on what it promises when it comes to its fight sequences.

Cam's Eye Review: TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008)

A young girl, Ruka (Eihi Shiina), is one of many witnesses to the assassination of her father (Keisuke Horibe), a traditional policeman rallying others against the privatization of a police force in Tokyo in the near future. At the same time, the assassination of the father's killer leaves a young genetic scientist (Itsuji Itao) scarred. Both youngsters eventually grow up into becoming more than they realize in a land controlled by the now privatized Tokyo Police Corporation to protect the law-abiding innocent. But not all is as it seems within its walls.

Rob Hawk's FIGHT VALLEY Gets A July Release

Director Rob Hawk has a few titles pending and the latest to come is the theatrical and digital release, Fight Valley. July 22 is the date from Breaking Glass Pictures with a meaty line-up of some of the best and hardest-hitting in mixed-martial arts with actresses Susie Celek and Chelsea Durkalec, and current bantamweight champion Miesha Tate leading the roster.

Funimation Films Announces The U.S. Theatrical Release Of The RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy

In the past several years, I've written all I could about the Rurouni Kenshin film series from director Otomo Keishi. I've seen nary a clip nor pirated any of the films even as the film sustained releases in Japan and other parts of Asia and even Europe, and to be honest, it's been torture.

Well Go USA Announces Its Release For Ding Sheng's SAVING MR. WU

Filmmaker Ding Sheng had a great year last year with his most recent crime thriller, Saving Mr. Wu. Following its overseas release and achieving accolades such as Feature Film Of The Year and Best Actor, the film was granted a limited U.S. theatrical release from United Entertainment Partners back in October - the same people that brought you one of Xu Haofeng's best minimal martial arts dramas, The Final Master just this month.

WAR ON EVERYONE Goes Right For The Nuts And Other Money Shots In The New NSFW Trailer

There's always room for some good old-fashioned R-rated action and comedy and Calvary helmer John Michael McDonagh is here to harness that with his latest, War On Everyone. The film premiered at the Berlinale in 2016 and showcased at SXSW back in March to much avail and judging by IGN's newest red-band trailer, it's easy to see why.

Fox To Harness Kibuishi's AMULET

Deadline is reporting of a new adaptation on the way now with Kibuishi Kazu's 2008 Scholastic publication, Amulet from Fox. Casting details are pending but the word is that Aron Coleite, co-executive producer of the new television reboot of Star Trek for CBS will be penning the script for the studio after switching hands from Warner Bros where it landed in 2011.

Monday, June 20, 2016

THE HIT LIST - June 20, 2016

Save for any attempt at a relaxing weekend, I had a list of stuff to do. Ultimately that included a review and two interviews which are still being edited and will air this week.

Bruce Willis's DEATH WISH Remake Lands A New Director

It was last month that Big Bad Wolves helmers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado parted ways from the currently brewing Death Wish remake which had been set to commence filming this summer for MGM and Paramount. This week, the word now is that genre director Eli Roth (Knock Knock, The Green Inferno) will direct from a script treatment by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with Roger Birnbaum producing.

Hrithik Roshan Returns In The Epic New MOHENJO DARO Trailer

I'm relatively new to Bollywood, and with this, I purely enjoyed Hrithik Roshan's role in the 2014 Knight And Day remake, Bang Bang!. So, I think I'll have another and will take a gander at director Ashutosh Gowariker's latest, Mohenjo Daro as soon as I can following its August 12 release!

John Woo's MANHUNT Begins Principal Photography!

It's a great time to be a John Woo fan if you've been nostaligic in recent time. As per the hype, expect his return to glory with the new cinematic re-adaptation, Manhunt which is now underway in Osaka, Japan and scheduled through October this year.

Orlando Bloom To Star And Co-Produce China-Set SMART CHASE: FIRE AND EARTH

I don't get to attend festivals since they're not in my purview, and so I miss out on a lot of international films that I would love to see on the big screen. That includes director Julien Seri's most recent thriller, Night Fare which explores the dark tale of a bloodthirsty taxi driver on the prowl when a passenger jips him on his fare.