Yuji Okumoto - News Poster

News

Lauren Holly To Star In Indie ‘Ultra Low’; Mollee Gray Set For ‘The Favorite’

  • Deadline
Lauren Holly To Star In Indie ‘Ultra Low’; Mollee Gray Set For ‘The Favorite’
Actress Lauren Holly has been tapped to star in Seattle-based filmmaker Nicholas Gyeney’s indie Ultra Low. The drama centers on the lives of an independent filmmaking team as they struggle to break down the doors of Hollywood. Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid: Part II) has also been cast. Gyeney is producing under his production banner Mirror Images Ltd and shooting is slated to begin next month. Holly recently played Dr. Betty Rogers for four seasons on ABC's Motive. Her
See full article at Deadline »

Beta Test Invites You to Play a Sci-fi Thrill Ride: Release Details

Mirror Images has released Beta Test this week. A blend of sci-fi and thriller, the film follows Max as he tests out a new video game. But, this is no game. What Max does in the game - happens in reality. This title was shot in Seattle, Washington. Releasing on multiple platforms, the film stars: Larenz Tate (Menace II Society), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Yuji Okumoto (Inception), and Linden Ashby (Mortal Kombat). An overview of the film's recent launch is hosted here. The film's trailer is slightly revealing. It shows characters Max and Creed teaming up, under hostile circumstances. Someone is controlling them from behind a digital curtain. And, these two must do anything and everything to find him. Beta Test is available on all home entertainment platforms. Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Video-on-demand, this title is being sold exclusively at the Mirror Images Ltd website, found below. Fans
See full article at 28 Days Later Analysis »

Movie Review – Beta Test (2015)

Beta Test, 2015.

Directed by Nicholas Gyeney.

Starring Larenz Tate, Manu Bennett, Linden Ashby, and Yuji Okumoto

Synopsis:

Super-gamer Max Troy (Larenz Tate) is beta testing what’s promised to be a fully immersive interactive experience by Sentinel Entertainment. He quickly discovers that his in-game actions are being mirrored in the real world by the mind-controlled Orson Creed (Manu Bennett), a mega-tough disgruntled ex-employee of Sentinel. After completing various ‘game’ missions with the help of his real-world avatar, Max decides to take down the Sentinel corporation and diffuse their evil scheme.

Nicholas Gyeney co-writes, co-produces and directs a fun and simple throwback to the action movies of the 80’s with a fun high concept. Gyeney has pitched his film as a cross between Die Hard and The Firm, but its low-budget future-shock setting of a corporation-ruled city conjures both Vehoeven’s Robocop and Cameron’s original Terminator.

It begins promisingly, with
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 22, 2016)

  • Indiewire
Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 22, 2016)
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

Ice Age: Collision Course

Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier

Cast: Adam DeVine, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Rauch

Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet.
See full article at Indiewire »

Exclusive Debut Of Awesome Asian Bad Guys Trailer

You heard the news a few weeks back that the good dudes behind Awesome Asian Bad Guys have secured distribution for their kick ass kickstarted comedy. Now ahead of their June 23 FilmBuff release, we have the world premiere of the film's trailer below. An irreverent homage to the nameless, expendable, yet imposing villains of '80s & '90s action flicks, Awesome Asian Bad Guys plunges a ragtag group of Asian "bad guy" actors into a deadly mission to take down La's most nefarious mob boss. The cast uniquely combines popular Hollywood actors including Randall Park (The Interview, Fresh Off the Boat), Al Leong (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon), Dante Basco (Hook), Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid, Part II), Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club, The Karate Kid,...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
See full article at Screen Anarchy »

Awesome Asian Bad Guys To Hit Screens June 23 From FilmBuff

We're big fans of the YouTube work by Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino (a.k.a National Film Society) so we're very excited to share the news that these guys' feature debut Awesome Asian Bad Guys is getting a VOD release on June 23 from FilmBuff. An irreverent homage to the nameless, expendable, yet imposing villains of '80s & '90s action flicks, Awesome Asian Bad Guys plunges a ragtag group of Asian "bad guy" actors into a deadly mission to take down La's most nefarious mob boss. The cast uniquely combines popular Hollywood actors including Randall Park (The Interview, Fresh Off the Boat), Al Leong (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon), Dante Basco (Hook), Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid, Part II), Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club, The Karate Kid,...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
See full article at Screen Anarchy »

‘Robot Wars’ DVD Review

Stars: Don Michael Paul, Yuji Okumoto, Barbara Crampton, James Staley, Lisa Rinna, Danny Kamekona, J. Downing | Written by Jackson Barr | Directed by Albert Band

In the early 90s Full Moon dipped their toe into the giant-robot market with three films that, in the intervening years, have gained somewhat of a cult following – Robot Jox, Crash and Burn and this latest DVD release from 88 Films, Robot Wars.

Toward the end of the 21st Century two great powers dominated the world, a division that resulted from a 30-year war known as the War of the Hemispheres. The war came to an end with the creation of giant, indestructible mega-robots designed for military missions and balance of power. Recently, the mega-robot has become a tourist attraction and is used for tours through the wasteland. While on one such tour, the Mras-2 is attacked by an extremely violent terrorist group known as the Murdaggians.
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

Robot Wars DVD Review

Director: Albert Band,

Starring: Don Michael Paul, Barbara Crampton, James Staley, Lisa Rinna, Danny Kamekona, Yuji Okumoto, J. Downing,

Running Time: 71 Minutes

Certificate: PG

Extras: Videozone Behind The Scenes,

Full Moon Entertainment were the masters in B-movie brilliance back in the day, with many of their franchises such as Puppet Master and Subspecies still holding up today in terms of cheap and cheerful thrills. However, some of their films have dated significantly, and even seemed dated at the time of release. One such film is Robot Wars, a film in which the misleading title and deceptive DVD artwork give the impression of multiple mechanical battles, when in actual fact there’s just one scuffle in the last ten minutes.

Set in the distant future of 2041, the world is still getting over the infamous 1993 gas attack. This has lead to much of the land being uninhabitable, and transportation to key areas done via big ol’ robots.
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Web Series Featuring Kick Ass Evil Asians From 80s Films Seeks Funds

What do you do when you're filming an action movie and you need a villain who can fight the hero in an kickass, choreographed set piece that ends with his death? Why, you use an Awesome Asian Bad Guy, of course! With their knowledge of martial arts and irrelevance to the plot, AABGs make the perfect disposable henchmen. They were all over 80s films like Die Hard and The Karate Kid, appearing for two minutes before being summarily terminated by the leading man. Now, Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino of the National Film Society YouTube channel are hoping to give these ephemeral antagonists their moment in the sun with a new five part web series called Awesome Asian Bad Guys. Awesome Asian Bad Guys will feature appearances from several actors who have a history of playing short-lived Asian villains, including Al Leong (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon) and Yuji Okumoto (Karate
See full article at Tubefilter News »

EW Extras: 'Better Off Dead...' Blu-ray has no bonus material?! Director Savage Steve Holland helps us create our own set.

EW Extras: 'Better Off Dead...' Blu-ray has no bonus material?! Director Savage Steve Holland helps us create our own set.
John Cusack stars as a teen who repeatedly tries to commit suicide while trying to win back his ex-girlfriend with the help of an incredibly versatile French exchange student – and gets stalked by a paperboy who wants his $2 while barreling down a mountain on one ski — and yet there’s not one extra on the new Better Off Dead… Blu-ray that’s out today? What?!

It’s time to bring back EW Extras, a recurring column that allows us to right these kind of tragic wrongs (see also: Weekend at Bernie’s) and create the DVD extras that never were.
See full article at EW.com - Inside Movies »

‘Katana’ Slices, Dices, Premieres on Strike.TV

Watch out, world of web TV, because there's a new ninja in town: Katana has debuted with a pilot episode on Strike.TV. Billed as the first martial arts web series, Katana brings in a host of top-notch stunt talent. The hard hitting show stars John Koyama and Yuji Okumoto (also the writer-producer) alongside stunt superstars Al Goto, Sam Looc, and Don Tai. If you haven't recognized any of those names, check out those IMDb listings, because you've definitely seen their movies. Koyama and Okumoto play brothers in a Japanese American Yakuza crime syndicate family. Where Koyama quit the ninja lifestyle to spend time with his wife and daughter, however, Okumoto decided to carry on with the family business - and "convinces" Koyama to join him. Family kidnappings, organized crime, and ninjas; it's like 1980s action movies meet The Sopranos.
See full article at Tubefilter News »

See also

Credited With | External Sites