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Keith Strandberg interview: No Retreat No Surrender

Craig Lines May 3, 2017

For fans of 80s action cinema, No Retreat No Surrender holds a special place. We've been speaking to the man behind the series...

If you were a kid in the 1980s and you liked action movies, chances are you rented No Retreat No Surrender at some point. It was like a more violent, high-octane take on The Karate Kid, with all-American teen Jason (Kurt McKinney) getting martial arts tutelage from no less than The Ghost Of Bruce Lee so he could kick the ass of a muscly Russian (Jean-Claude Van Damme in his first major role). As a kid, this movie was everything to me. It was a 15 cert so a little bit edgy, but still simple and wholesome enough for young me to totally ‘get it’. I had tears streaming down my face the first time I watched it, I was so invested in the final fight.
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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 5 (20-1)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you for taking time to have a look at my 100 Great Kung Fu movie list and feel free to add any movies in the comment box if they don’t make my list (I have probably forgotten many movies).

Number 1 is based on the choreography and overall movie which to me is a prime example of of
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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 2 (79-60)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I have decided that to make the list, a movie must have a few hand to hand moments during fight scenes in the movies chosen. If for example its mainly sword play with one fight scene hand to hand it won’t make the list. Its old school “style” Kung Fu movies, not modern day settings.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you
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List Of 10 Kung Fu Movies You Need To Have Watched – Part 10

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies. Part 1-9 also on the website to check out.

1.Boxer From Shantung (1972)

Studio: Shaw Brothers

Director: Chang Cheh, Pao Hsueh Lieh

Cast: Chen Kuan Tai, David Chiang, Cheng Li, Cheng Hong Yip, Ku Feng

Fight Choreographer(s): Lau Kar Leung, Lau Kar Wing, Chan Chuen, Tong Gaai

 

2.Once Upon A Time In China II (1992)

Studio: Film Workshop,
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Frozen in Time DVD Review

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Title: Frozen in Time Arc Entertainment Director: Alex Leung Writer: Melissa Rundle Cast: Ed Asner, Drake Bell, Mira Sorvino, Valin Shinyei, Alyssya Swales Running time: 45minutes, Rated G Special Features: None Available November 11 Siblings Eric, Patty and Brody are not looking forward to visiting Grandpa for Christmas. The parents are stressed and the younger kids can’t even bring their dog Arnie, although they manage to sneak him into the car anyway. After a driving mishap, they make it to Grandpa’s house where they are bombarded with all of the spry oldtimer’s inventions. After disobeying their parents yet again, the kids are stuck to hanging out around the house where [ Read More ]

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List Of 10 Kung Fu Movies You Need To Have Watched – Part 2

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies.

Crippled Avengers (1978)

Studio: Shaw Brothers

Director: Chang Cheh

Cast: The Vemons, Chen Kuan Tai, Johnny Wang, Dick Wei

Action Director(s): Lu Feng, Robert Tai, Chiang Sheng

Five Elements Ninjas (1982)

Studio: Shaw Brothers

Director: Chang Cheh

Cast: Ricky Cheng, Lo Meng, Chan Wai Man, Wong Wai Tong

Action Director(s): Ricky Cheng Tien Chi,
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First Trailer For Herman Yau's IP Man: The Final Fight

Director Herman Yau reunites with The Untold Story actor Anthony Wong in Ip Man: The Final Fight. The semi-biopic is the follow-up to Yau's The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, and while the first film focused on his early life, the new picture tells the story of his last battle during his elderly years, in the period leading up to his death. To prepare for the role, Wong trained extensively in Wing Chun for a year. This interpretation is one of many to join the Ip Man bandwagon. Among the related projects based on the legendary martial artist is Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster, with Tony Leung Chiu-wai in the title role. Pegasus Motion Pictures announced that Donnie Yen will return in the third installment of...

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The Grandmaster Featurette – You Won’t Understand A Word, But You’re Going To Love It!

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At least I have no idea what they’re talking about, but I do know that this completely new featurette (or movie about movie, or another clip from the whole thing, or making of, or whatever…) is definitely worth your full attention! Almost 15 minutes long video about Kar Wai Wong‘s upcoming The Grandmaster is here, check it out and remember, my son, to become a master of martial arts – you must learn from a master!

So, just a quick reminder! The Grandmaster is an upcoming Hong Kong action drama based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man which comes from writer/director Kar Wai Wong.

What’s definitely great about this project is the cast which includes some familiar names: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shenyang, Song Hye-kyo, Julian Cheung and Bruce Leung. They all look more than ready to kick someone’s ass,
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Awesome Wide Banner for 'The Grandmasters' + Character Posters

Time for a break from the norm with something just a little bit badass. A brand new wide promo banner for Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters recently showed up online, from Facebook. We recently featured the full trailer for the martial arts film about the Ip Man, who trained the legendary Bruce Lee, so marketing is underway. The cast is lead by Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chen Chang, two of whom also get their own "character posters" below as well. This banner shows the Yip Man poised on some sort of ladder or ledge or something, but I like the big text and composition, and I'm looking forward to see this film sometime soon. Up first, this epic promo banner for Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters, recently debuted on Facebook: Here's a few more individual character posters to go along with that wide banner (found via Movielicious): The
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Watch: New Teaser For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Has Same Fight, New Blood

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Watch: New Teaser For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Has Same Fight, New Blood
And just like that, out of nowhere, comes another new look at Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmasters." Twitch has unveiled a new, Russian teaser trailer for the highly anticipated, mysterious, continually delayed film. It's pretty much what we saw in the teaser last summer, albeit with a few different angles and some very red drops of blood. What we do know thus far is that Tony Leung stars as the Wing Chun legend Yip Man, with Song Hye-kyo as Yip Man’s wife and Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Benshan, Julian Cheun Chi-lam, Chang Chen and Mma fighter Cung Le rounding things out. The lengendary Yuen Woo-ping is chreographing the action, and as usual, it looks top shelf. Megan Ellison's Annapurna shingle has the U.S. rights for the film, but thus far no distribution is in place, most likely because no one has seen the damn thing yet. Will it
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Watch: New Teaser For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Has Same Fight, New Blood

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And just like that, out of nowhere, comes another new look at Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmasters." Twitch has unveiled a new, Russian teaser trailer for the highly anticipated, mysterious, continually delayed film. It's pretty much what we saw in the teaser last summer, albeit with a few different angles and some very red drops of blood. What we do know thus far is that Tony Leung stars as the Wing Chun legend Yip Man, with Song Hye-kyo as Yip Man’s wife and Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Benshan, Julian Cheun Chi-lam, Chang Chen and Mma fighter Cung Le rounding things out. The lengendary Yuen Woo-ping is chreographing the action, and as usual, it looks top shelf. Megan Ellison's Annapurna shingle has the U.S. rights for the film, but thus far no distribution is in place, most likely because no one has seen the damn thing yet. Will it
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Second Teaser For Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters Touches Down In Russia

Years after it was first announced nobody really seems to know if Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters is any closer to actually releasing now than it was a year ago. A notorious perfectionist prone to lengthy diversions and experiments, it does not appear that Wkw has changed his methods one iota for his long-in-the-works biopic of Bruce Lee's mentor Yip Man. The first proper teaser for the film arrived online back in July and that has now been followed by a second effort, this one coming out of Russia of all places. The focus is on the same rain-drenched fight sequence as in the first teaser but there is a significant amount of different footage in this one.Tony Leung stars as Yip Man opposite...
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New Teaser Trailer for Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmasters

Check out your second look at some rockin’ new footage from Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmasters”, which features Tony Leung Chiu Wai (“Lust, Caution”) as Ip Man fighting a gazilion guys in the rain. There is voiceover narration talking about kung fu, but it’s in Chinese. That’s over pretty quick, and then it’s just the action. Wong Kar-wai hasn’t done action since “Ashes of Time” in the ’80s, and it looks like he’s been saving up all that kung fu-ness for now, with the help of action choreographer extraordinaire Yuen Woo-ping. Welcome back, Wong! In martial arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. The film co-stars Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Cung Le, Hye-kyo Song, Siu-Lung Leung, Julian Cheung, Benshan Zhao, and Qingxiang Wang. Originally slated for 2011, the film has now been pushed back to either late 2011 or early 2012. Who knows with Wong,
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Exclusive: Bodyguards and Assassins Photos Featuring Donnie Yen

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Exclusive: Bodyguards and Assassins Photos Featuring Donnie Yen
Indomina Releasing proudly announces that its debut home entertainment release, Bodyguards and Assassins, (Best Film Award, Hong Kong Film Festival), will be available on DVD July 26th. Bodyguards and Assassins tells the story of a motley group of ordinary men turned revolutionaries in an epic, action-packed, historical drama. Teddy Chan (Black Mask) directs and global superstar Donnie Yen (Blade 2, Ip Man) stars in Bodyguards and Assassins, available on DVD through Vivendi Entertainment.

We have four exclusive photos from this hard-hitting action epic, featuring Donnie Yen, which you can check out below.

Sun Yat-sen is on the verge of merging the provinces to rise up against the Qing Dynasty. A secret planning meeting in the city of Victoria is set to take place, but it will all be for naught if they can't get him in and out of the city in one piece. Word of his presence in the British Colony of Hong Kong,
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Lord Of The Rings fame Imery Watson signed by Sanjay Chauhan : Trade News

Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan's next project has been in the news for quite some time now. While Sanjay has now begun casting for his film which is scheduled to go on floors somewhere in September-October this year, on the other hand, Sanjay has also made sure that the film has top-notch technicians and consultants of the World. Hence, already signed big names of Hollywood like John Palmer, Frederick Elmes, Tony Leung Siu Hung, Lisa Gerrard and Babba Maal among many others, Sanjay h Read More...
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Lord Of The Rings fame Imery Watson signed by Sanjay Chauhan

Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan's next project has been in the news for quite some time now. While Sanjay has now begun casting for his film which is scheduled to go on floors somewhere in September-October this year, on the other hand, Sanjay has also made sure that the film has top-notch technicians and consultants of the World. Hence, already signed big names of Hollywood like John Palmer, Frederick Elmes, Tony Leung Siu Hung, Lisa Gerrard and Babba Maal among many others, Sanjay h
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Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan signs Hollywood's Imery Watson for sci-fi film

Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan has now begun casting for his next project, an untitled science fiction. The movie is scheduled to go on floors somewhere in September-October this year.Chauhan has already signed names like John Palmer, Frederick Elmes, Tony Leung Siu Hung, Lisa Gerrard and Babba Maal amongst others. Now he has roped in the Lord of the Rings and Harry Porter 5 fame Imery Watson as his conceptual designer.Watson is a concept artist with over 12 years experience in variety of creative roles within Hollywood. Among many others, Watson's projects involve ...
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Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Eyeing Completion In The Last Quarter Of 2011

Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Eyeing Completion In The Last Quarter Of 2011
Financing On Jan de Bont's 'Mulan' Starring Zhang Ziyi Falls Apart

Production on any Wong Kar-Wai film is never simple but his latest effort looks to be taking the cake with the Ip Man biopic "The Grandmasters" reportedly facing even more delays on its already extended production. THR reports that completion of Wong's latest effort--his first film since 2007's "My Blueberry Nights"--has now been "delayed until the fourth quarter" of 2011 taking production well into it's second year. Lensing began all the way back in December of 2009 with a star studded cast toplined by Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi
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Berlin: Weinstein Co Acquires UK, Aussie Rights On 'Grandmasters' As U.S. Heats Up

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Berlin: Weinstein Co Acquires UK, Aussie Rights On 'Grandmasters' As U.S. Heats Up
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has closed a deal for United Kingdom and Australian distribution rights to The Grandmasters, the Wong Kar-wai-directed Chinese language martial arts film. Harvey Weinstein is among a small group vying for domestic rights, with Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics also in the mix. TWC's investment was north of $1 million for the offshore rights. Buyers were shown about 15 minutes of expertly choreographed martial arts footage, and also were given a 5-page synopsis of the film. Distributors are going on faith that the director's vision holds together in a cohesive story. The film is the life story of the martial artist Ip Man, and Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen are in the cast. CAA is repping The Grandmasters. The Grandmasters was one of the hottest titles to be shown to buyers at Berlin, where Megan Ellison's Annapurna Productions became an investor in the film for a rumored $3 million.
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Now Playing: Demonic Tony, Cancerous Javi, Brave Sibel

A brief snapshot of new releases (links go to trailers) because even though I always pretend the cinematic year doesn't begin until after the Oscars, the studios don't agree.

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The Rite ~ is there any legendary name actor more in need of a career makeover than Sir Anthony Hopkins these days? Another character who the marketing department can pretend is Hannibal Lecter for the ads. That was 20 Years Ago! Move on. This one is about demonic possession because that horror trope never gets old. True story: during the trailer I was like "cat alert!" as I love my cats in the movie but then the trailer implies that cats are of the devil so I can't be having this movie.

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The Mechanic - In which Jason Statham is too cool to look at explosions (twice in the trailer alone!) and Ben Foster tags along for the assassin-laced ride.
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