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INTO THE BADLANDS: Re-Live All Of The Action From The First Season!
Having suffered the lack of access to AMC in the years prior, it was only until its arrival on Netflix this month that I was able to catch all six episodes of the hit series, Into The Badlands from creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. This comes in lieu of a second season which premieres on March 19 and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed what this show has to offer.
Granted, TV shows can be a bit challenging too with some stretching as far as ten or twelve one-hour episodes. Sure that means more content but you still run risk of being repetitive and mundane which, gladly, Into The Badlands avoids at just six episodes for its first season, keeping things fresh and moving and ever-developing and evolving. And above all else, with none other than Daniel Wu starring as the show's lead as Sunny, the elite clipper in the ward of Baron Quinn (Martin Czokas) who owns the biggest stake in the poppy trade and runs the largest clipper force among the existing Barons of the Badlands.
Such is the battlefield in which this amazing series takes place, and one of searing family drama, politics, and deadly martial arts force when required. Packed with high-end drama and high octane fight sequences from director Stephen Fung and a story that harnesses some of the best any viewer could look forward to in a series of this caliber, you are never tired of this show. The intrigue and boiling tension between many of the show's characters with a few new faces appearing in the second half add only substance to the show's progression.
Thus, leave it to the prospects of a second season following the riproaring fight finale and intense cliffhanger to leave you with some serious high hopes, and especially the action with Aramis Knight, actresses Ally Ioannides and Emily Beecham, and many more returning to the fray as Sunny fights to find his way back to the woman he loves and for the afflicted M.K. to find a way to deal with his ill-gotten abilities whilst finding his mother.
All things in good time as AMC's March 19 (upon which I will be definitely tuning in) and the U.K.'s March 21 Amazon Prime release appoaches. Until then, AMC has packaged all but twenty minutes from the show's stylish, bloodletting fight scenes, including the brutalizing match between Sunny and the Abbots, played by Cung Le, Morgan Benoit and Mickey Facchinello.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese action star, actor Tak Sakaguchi will share the floor as a guest panelist among other headliners for this year's sophomore entry of the Iron DragonTV ActionFest. Submissions are now underway for the upcoming event which will be held at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater in Austin, Texas from August 10 through 12.
The humble Ishikawa native is a naturally well-known fan favorite credited for such films as Battlefield Baseball, Versus, Alive, Samurai School, Yakuza Weapon and Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? to name a few. His latest action-packed starring role now sees him carving and beating armies of villains to a pulp for longtime friend and film partner Shimomura Yuji's second directing effort, Re:Born, which has since been subject to a raft of critical praise from the festival circuit since last year.
Obligatory rules for IDTV Action Fest submissions and entries therein are listed in detail for attendees and local genre fans and cinephiles a…