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Thanks Well Go USA ! Kill Zone 2 Aka Spl 2 Finally Coming To Blu Ray and DVD

4 hours ago

In this giddily frenetic follow-up (though not a sequel) to modern martial arts epic Kill Zone (aka Spl: Sha Po Lang), action icons Tony Jaa (Furious 7, Ong Bak franchise) and Zhang Jin (Ip Man 3) team up with Hong Kong megastars Simon Yam (Ip Man), Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior) and Louis Koo (Drug War) for the critically-acclaimed, action-packed martial arts extravaganza Kill Zone 2, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

 

Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang (Accident, Motorway), the film is a breakneck story of dirty cops, prison riots, and black market organ transplants, all brought together by a non-stop series of inventive, bone-crunching setpieces.

 

Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, Kill Zone 2 was named a “Film of Merit” at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and Chung Chi Li (Ip Man: The Final Fight) won a Golden Horse at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Action Choreography. »

- The Tiger

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A record number of Asians invited this year by the Academy

19 hours ago

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. Forty-six percent of new invitees are female and 41 percent ethnic minorities, the Academy said, adding that the roster boasts 28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees. The youngest invitee is 24 and the oldest 91. Here is the list of the Asians included.

Actors

Kim Daniel-dae  S. Korea

Lee Byung-hun  S. Korea

Tatsuya Nakadai Japan

Cinematographers

Peter Pau China

Poon Hang-Sang China

Nelson Yu Lik-Wai China

Zhao Fei  China

Designers

Yoshihito Akatsuka Japan

Directors

Hou Hsiao-Hsien China

Naomi Kawase Japan

Kim So-yong  S. Jorea

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand

Park Chan-wook S. Korea

Documentary

Kazuo Hara JApan

Emiko Omori Japan

Trinh T. Minh-ha Vietnam

Jean Tsien Taiwan

Wang Bing China

Music

Shigeru Umebayashi Japan

Producers

Albert Lee China

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- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Trailer for Dante Lam’s upcoming film “Operation Mekong”

29 June 2016 12:23 AM, PDT

A China-Hong Kong co-production, the film is based on real events and tells the story of a merchant vessel operating in the Mekong River Delta in 2011 that was attacked by bandits leaving 13 people dead. Chinese authorities teamed up with police forces from Thailand, Laos and Burma to launch an investigation into the incident when a massive stash of drugs was found on board.

“Operation” Mekong reunites the director once more with Taiwanese leading man Eddie Peng, whom he has previously worked with on box office smash “Unbeatable” and this summer’s cycling drama “To The Fore”.

Peng will play opposite mainland star Zhang Hanyu, who was seen recently as the lead in Tsui Hark’s “The Taking of Tiger Mountain”, as well as in a key supporting role in Venice closer “Mr. Six” alongside Feng Xiaogang. Actress Feng Wenjuan also stars.

Shooting locations include China (Beijing and Yunnan), Thailand and »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Rideback Anime (2009) Review

27 June 2016 8:37 AM, PDT

Rideback Anime (2009) ReviewSTORY64%DIRECTION68%ACTION68%ANIMATION75%POSITIVESThe ridebacks look and move magnificentlyMuch depth for a 12-episode titleNEGATIVESThe character's drawing has some flawsThe story is unoriginal2016-06-2769%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)64%

The anime takes place in 2025, and revolves around Rin Ogata, an ex ballet-dancer who never fulfilled her potential due to a serious injury. Currently, she attends college, but her failure still weighs heavy on her, despite the fact that some of her classmates still idolize her for the prowess she has shown, prior to her injury. One day she accidentally enters a club that deals with ridebacks, a transforming hybrid of motorcycle and robot, and becomes utterly intrigued with it. The series initially looks like a sports title, as Rin and other members of the club race against each other and other riders. However, as the past of club leader Tenshiro Okakura is revealed along with the actual role of Ggp, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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