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There won’t be many silent nights this December as Syfy turn the season of goodwill to all men – except those pesky bad guys – into a Kung Fu Christmas with a host of awesome martial arts movies. So, get writing to Santa to ask for a karate suit and a pair of nunchucks as they prepare to judo chop and high-kick their way into 2011.
If you’re dreaming of a fight Christmas, Santa’s got a real treat for you in the shape of a sack full of Jackie Chan movies. The great man is on a tour of Europe, looking for mysterious treasure that’s been protected by an order of monks in Armour Of God (Dec 21). In Police Story »
Darren Aronofsky has officially signed on to direct the sequel to the crap-tacular X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At first I thought it was a joke. Did he see the first one? Wouldn’t he rather be doing another gritty art-house film instead of getting involved with this riffraff? But then excitement kicked in. Wait a minute—Wolverine is still an intriguing character… what if there’s a chance Aronofsky will bring that art-house sensibility and do the character justice this time? I think with this pedigree there’s no doubt that Wolverine 2 will be vastly better than the first attempt. This got me thinking: how often has a sequel not only been as good (or slightly better) as its original, but destroyed it? Destroyed in such a way that there’s almost no reason to watch the original again because its quality is so underwhelming in comparison. Turns out, I could »
- TFS Staff
Even if you don’t recognize the name, if you are a fan of kung fu films, you have probably seen a number of Yuen Woo-Ping’s influential fight choreography. His resume includes recent hits like The Matrix trilogy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, both Kill Bill films, and a string of other praised martial arts films. Yuen has worked with nearly every major kung fu star, including Jet Li (Fearless and The Forbidden Kingdom), Jackie Chan (Drunken Master), Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey), and a number of others. When Fantastic Fest announced that Yuen would be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to premiering Yuen’s upcoming True Legend (my review here), I jumped at the opportunity to interview the legend. Hit the jump to see my chat with Yuen as we discuss who he wants to work with in the future, his influences in directing, how he creates the fight choreography, »
- Bill Graham
Jackie Chan made his first ever charity trip to Mongolia in the weekend, where he visited children in need and attended a special charity banquet.
Jackie says he had always wanted to visit the country, but never had the chance, so he spent Saturday meeting children at the Central Sports Palace and at the Jackie Chan Charity Banquet.
During the banquet event, he auctioned a limited edition Hermes scarf for Us$5,100, a Cartier pen he had used for $7,500 and a signed photo of his early “Drunken Master” movie for $8,500. He followed this by donating Us$100,000 to those in need in the country.
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Yuen Woo-Ping has carved a name for himself in the mainstream conciousness as the fight choreographer and martial arts advisor on films such as The Matrix and Kill Bill, however Yuen Woo-Ping is also a world reknown director – helming such classic films as Drunken Master, The Magnificent Butcher, and Tai Chi Master. Ping has finally returned to the directors chair for True Legend (aka The Legend of Beggar Su), his first feature film since 1996’s Iron Monkey 2.
True Legend is the extraordinary journey of a man, a martial arts hero, whose greatest dream is to create a unique school of martial arts. All his life, Su Can has been pursuing the summit of martial arts. There are two things he holds dearest to his heart: the dream of creating a unique kind of martial art that will pass on to generations; and his beloved wife. Su has a happy family »
Another great announcement regarding Fantastic Fest next month. Fantastic Fest will honor director and master fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the world premiere of his new martial arts fantasy True Legend (seen above), starring Vincent Zhao (Dragon Gets Angry), Zhou Xun (The Emperor and the Assassin) with Michelle Yeoh (Babylon A.D.) and the late David Carradine (Kill Bill). We actually featured a trailer for True Legend late last year, which you can still watch right here. That movie will play as part of a double feature with Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Woo-Ping's directorial debut. Besides the numerous films he's directed, Yuen Woo-Ping is also known as one of the greatest martial arts choreographers of all-time who has choreographed many of the unforgettable fights in films like The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master, Once Upon »
- Alex Billington
With each new press release, Fantastic Fest - which is no longer just Austin's premiere genre film festival since it is now the largest of its kind in the entire Us - keeps getting better and better. Ff have already announced a host of drool-worthy action, horror, sci-fi and just plain oddball films from around the world as part of its programming slate (there are around 30 known titles thus far with even more to come), but the fest isn't just about screenings. No, in true Alamo Drafthouse fashion, it's also about the special events.
So far we've heard about: Fantastic Arcade, a spotlight on indie game developers that will be set up at The Highball, a bar next to the main theater owned and operated by Drafthouse founder Tim League; Nevermore... An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe, a special presentation of Jeffrey Combs' one-man stage play directed by Stuart Gordon »
- Peter Hall
With this week's release of "The Expendables," a dream of action fans has been realized, even if two of the film's biggest names (Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger) appear for less time than it'll take for star/director Sylvester Stallone to unload a Beretta on a cadre of Brazilian baddies. Yet while it is the first meeting of two decades' worth of action elite on screen, it is certainly not the only time when a film builds around nostalgia value as its foundation without being a sequel.
In fact, nearly every genre has called in its all-stars for one big blowout, despite the fact that in the era since über-producers like Stanley Kramer and Irwin Allen routinely collected "more stars than there are in heaven" (to borrow MGM's phrase), such event pictures based on casts rather than spectacle have become rarer, thanks to bigger star salaries and lesser dependence on »
- Stephen Saito
Some scruffy-looking, half-witted nerf herder punks have been picking on our kid Jaden Smith before he's even had a chance to unpack his suitcase and settle in to his new life in Beijing. The nerve of these roughhouse hoodlums!
This is wrong and unjust. They're getting in the way of his preteen romance with the Chinese violinist virtuoso girl. They're making the little American outsider feel even more homesick and alienated. Where do these bullies get off, eh?
At this point in a Will Smith film, our main man would scream "Aww, hell no!" and rise up ready to beat the bad guys' punk asses down and probably proceed to save the world. Except this isn't a Will Smith film. He's only on board »
Little Big Soldier will be screening on Thursday, July 1 at 7:00 Pm as part of the NY Asian Film Festival. Go to the Subway Cinema site for venue and tickets information.
For most of its surprisingly brief 96 minute running time, I loved Jackie Chan's Little Big Soldier. Let's say for for 93 of its 96 minutes as a ballpark figure. But then comes the final scene, the final shot that seems to upend what appeared to be the movie's overall theme about the futility and uselessness of nationalism. In the aims of preserving the ending for you, dear readers, I won't elaborate on what happens in those final 3 minutes or so, but it's enough of a disruption to nearly downgrade the movie for this me.
Taking place during the Warring States Period, it stars Chan as an unnamed soldier who's made a practice of surviving the vicious clashes on the battlefield »
12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre »
So as you get ready to go see the new "Karate Kid", I thought I'd take this opportunity to run down what I consider to be the top 5 Jackie Chan movies:
#1 - Drunken Master 2 (Aka Legend of the Drunken Master)
The 1980 film was re-released in North America in 2000 under the title of "Legend of the Drunken Master" which was easy enough because the movie, »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Just to remind audience members that “The Karate Kid” has plenty of, you know, karate in it, Sony has cut an action-themed trailer and placed it on the Web days before the remake opens this Friday.
Check out the new, Kung Fu cut here on this MySpace page.
We were lucky enough to see the remade “Karate Kid” last week. And while embargoes prevent us from fully reviewing the film until Friday, I think I can comment on the clip and say it fairly represents the amount of fighting you are going to see in the film.
There’s enough to convince you that young Jaden Smith is in hot water with the neighborhood bullies, enough to convince you that the neighborhood bully could actually do some serious harm, and enough to convince you that Jackie Chan — as Smith’s instructor — was a bad-ass in his time. »
- Sean O'Connell
The Spy Next Door is one of Jackie Chan’s latest Kung Fu master-meets-ordinary-nice-guy movies. The fact that Jackie Chan’s stunts are amazing is hardly up for debate; the quickness and precision of his moves, regardless of how many takes he needs, are typically the central focus of any his movies. The unfortunate part of The Spy Next Door is that the actual fighting he does is pretty sparse. So we’re left with a pretty bland story, one that focuses on his relationship with his girlfriend — who also is his next door neighbor — and her children, and how he is able to break down their tough, children exteriors to get on their good sides.
Jackie plays Bob Ho, a kind gentleman who lives the life of an international spy working for the CIA. This double life he leads is unbeknownst to his girlfriend Gillian, and before he pops the question, »
- Ryan Katona
Set against the backdrop of Qing Dynasty China, “True Legend” puts a new twist on the ancient Chinese legend of Su Can (Vincent Zhao), better known as Beggar Su, one of the mystical Ten Tigers of Canton and the martial artist said to be the father of the Drunken Fist style of Wushu martial arts.
The story follows the benevolent Su, a brilliant military general beloved and respected by his troops. After successfully leading a near-suicide mission to rescue a feudal prince, Su’s impressed superior offers him a governorship. He declines, instead choosing to start a family with the love of his life Ying (Zhou Xun) and open a Wushu training school of his own. He entrusts the governorship to his best friend »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Deu, a rock and roll drummer abandoned by her family and recently sacked from her band, finds herself being pursued by a gang of kidnappers. She is rescued from their clutches by Sanim, a master of an obscure drunken fighting technique known as Meyraiyuth. After informing Deu that she is the target of the Jaguar Gang, a group of criminals who kidnap young women and extract their pheromones to sell as a potent aphrodisiac on the black market, Sanim and his three sidekicks – Pigshit, Dogshit and Bullshit – agree to train her in their unique methods of combat. Her training complete, Deu insists on joining Sanim and the others in infiltrating the Jaguar Gang’s underground lair and bringing down their lucrative and exploitative people trafficking empire. Their mission brings them face to »
It’s entirely possible that Ninja Assassin isn’t actually a good movie; I can’t really tell. But even if it hasn’t appreciably enriched the world with its presence, it’s really difficult for me to be mad at a movie that a) delivers what it promises (in spades) and b) is pared down to the barest essentials of what makes ninjas cool. It’s been a long time since a really good martial arts film has come out of a major studio (in fact, I can’t remember the last one), and this certainly isn’t about to revive the genre, but for the meager ends that this film sets for itself, it succeeds admirably.
Raizo (pop star Rain) is raised from a very young age by the Ozunu clan for essentially one purpose: to become the precise thing that this title promises will be in the film. »
- Anders Nelson
[Update: Added "Bike fight" clip.]
There was a time long ago when I use to get very pumped to find out what upcoming projects is next for Jackie Chan but ever since Jackie gone to Hollywood, my reaction to his output there is usually met with extreme caution or the shaking of my head in disbelief, followed by "Oh no, what did Jackie do this time!?' or "C'mon Jackie, your better than this crap!" The sad situation is akin to watching a dear friend who was once a beautiful classy dancer degenerated to an abused stripper for a sleazy boss. Its really heartbreaking and depressing to see someone I care a great deal about get the short end of the stick. To illustrate my point, there is clip released online for the major-disaster-waiting-to-happen The Spy Next Door. Ouch! Why oh why, Jackie!?
Well, not all hope is lost. I'm still eagerly anticipating the latest news for Chinese Zodiac, »
Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.
Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by »
- Garth Franklin
Martial arts fantasy True Legend is an upcoming film I’m very much looking forward to and a new trailer for it has appeared online.
The film is directed by Yuen Woo-Ping who is most famously known for his extensive work as the martial arts choreographer for such films as The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Once Upon a Time in China. However, Master Yuen Woo-Ping is also a very capable film director having made numerous fantastic martial arts films like Iron Monkey, Jet Li’s Twin Warriors, and of course the Jackie Chan classic Drunken Master.
Written by To Chi-Long, who also wrote Jet Li’s Fearless, True Legend marks Yuen Woo-Ping’s return to directing feature-length films as he has not done so since 1996 with Iron Monkey 2. Watch the new trailer for True Legend below.
The film is a psychological mystery drama set in Hong Kong, the »
- Andrew Peters
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