8 items from 2014
“Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” director Wych Kaosayananda’s latest, “Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge” (formerly “Tekken 2: A Man Called X”) has sneaked its way onto DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD this week. You can grab a copy of the movie from Amazon and other places if you’re so inclined, but frankly, after seeing this trailer for it I’m not sure if you’ll want to. And I actually liked the first “Tekken,” which starred Jon Foo, so I’m a bit disappointed the sequel is not only obviously working on a shoestring budget, but I’m not sure it even makes sense in the context of the last movie. Kane Kosugi, son of the legendary Sho Kosugi, stars in this one. If nothing else, the martial arts should look pretty convincing. But hey, maybe it’s just me. You can judge for yourself. Suffering from amnesia, a young »
The first trailer has just popped up for German language martial arts flick One Million Klicks, and showcases some pretty impressive fighting skills. The first project from production company Silent Partners, recently formed by Ruediger Kummerle and Mike Leeder, One Million Klicks stars Mike Moeller, who has worked with everyone from Donnie Yen and Steven Seagal to Hung Yan Yan and Kane Kosugi. Most recently, Moeller was part of the stunt team for Ernie Barbarash's Pound of Flesh starring Jean Claude Van Damme, which recently wrapped filming in China. His stunt work can also be seen in the likes of Speed Racer, Resident Evil and The Monuments Men.From the producers:one Million Klicks is a high impact German language martial arts movie, which hits the big...
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Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, 2013.
Directed by Isaac Florentine.
Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered.
British action star Scott Adkins has seen his star gradually rise in the last few years. He’s a franchise star thanks to his turn as Uri Boyka in Undisputed 2 and 3 (a fourth is in the works), as well as jumping aboard another franchise in Universal Solider: Day Of Reckoning, and also getting his face on the big screen in The Expendables 2. These days it’s a tough job launching yourself as an action star, and maintaining a long career, but Adkins is hitting full steam and seems set to emulate some of the success of his older contemporaries.
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear sees Adkins teaming, once again, with fight film specialist, »
- Gary Collinson
On 15th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 1 week to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Plot: The world is attacked by giant monsters in what seems like a simultaneous attack. Could the recent aliens that have arrived on Earth have anything to do with these events? If they do, then it looks like our only hope is the only monster on Earth not under their control…Godzilla!
And so it was decided that Godzilla was to come to an end, for at least 10 years anyway. Toho decided their biggest beast needed some time off, probably in order to create scarcity for future offerings. Sort of like those “Limited Edition” flavours of crisps. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Stars: Scott Adkins, Mika Hijii, Kane Kosugi, Shun Sugata, Vithaya Pansringarm, Mukesh Bhatt, Tim Man, Jawed El BerniSaichia Wongwirot, Shogo Tanikawa, Futoshi Hashimoto | Written by David N. White | Directed by Isaac Florentine
I’m a huge fan of 2009′s Ninja, as my signed Blu-ray will atest, so it’s safe to say I was super-excited for the UK release of the sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. Whereas the first film saw Scott Adkins titular hero Casey Bowman using his ninjutsu skills on the streets of New York, this film sees Casey return home from some late night shopping to find someone has brutally killed his wife Namiko (Mika Hijii) and their unborn child. Bereft, Casey has only one thing left to live for… revenge.
The only clues to Namiko’s killer are the barbed wire marks left around her neck. So, with the help of his trusted friend Nakabara »
- Phil Wheat
To mark the release of Ninja: Shadow of a Tear on 12th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Scott Adkins (The Expendables 3) stars as Casey Bowman, who returns home one day to find someone has brutally killed his wife Namiko (Mika Hijii) and their unborn child. Bereft, Casey has only one thing left to live for… Revenge.
The only clues to Namiko’s killer are the barbed wire marks left around her neck. So, with the help of his trusted friend Nakabara (Kane Kosugi), the trail sends Casey from Osaka to Bangkok to the jungles of Rangoon in search of the assassin. Honing his battle skills to a new level, Casey is as discreet as he is deadly, as he becomes a warrior that truly deserves the title Ninja.
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When martial arts master Casey Bowman (The Bourne Ultimatum's Scott Adkins) makes a late-night grocery run to satisfy the cravings of his pregnant Japanese wife, he returns home to find her brutally murdered. With the help of buddy and senpai Nakabara (Kane Kosugi), he travels to the Myanmar jungle in search of those who carried out the despicable deed. However, his simple quest for revenge turns out to be something far more complicated. »
Yup, they’re making another one. And this one, we’re told, is a prequel. I dunno why, but apparently there is a lot about the 2010 movie’s futuristic tournament fighting world left to explore, so instead of going forward, they’re going backward. Hey, whatever works, I guess. The man who will be fronting the latest “Tekken” movie is none other than Kane Kosugi, son of the legendary Sho Kosugi. The younger Kosugi has carved out a very nice career for himself in martial arts films in Japan and abroad. He can currently be seen fighting alongside Scott Adkins in “Ninja: Shadow of a Tear,” a film that has plenty of ninjas, but oddly, not a lot of shadowy tears. According to Kotaku, the prequel will now be called “Tekken: A Man Called X.” When the sequel was announced almost two years ago, the original title was “Tekken: Rise of the Tournament. »
8 items from 2014
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