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Lone Wolf & Cub: the best comic book movie franchise ever?

Craig Lines Apr 5, 2017

Marvel? DC? They have their moments, but how about Shogun Assassin, and in turn, the Lone Wolf & Cub movies?

Like most western viewers, I came to the Lone Wolf & Cub series via Shogun Assassin – a recut/mash-up of the first two movies, trimmed to 90 minutes and dubbed into English by a pair of enterprising Andy Warhol acolytes. It was one of the original 'video nasties' in the UK, banned for years, so highly desirable to a kid like me. And it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was probably the goriest movie on the list.

While it may seem criminal now to butcher a pair of bona fide Japanese classics and completely change their meaning and tone, Shogun Assassin got away with it by being so vibrant and hyperactive. The inappropriate score is a joyful synthesiser meltdown and the spirited dub goes full-pelt, even if what they
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50 Greatest Comic Book Movie Adaptations

40. Road to Perdition

One of the more surprising and lesser-known facts about Sam Mendes’ second film, Road to Perdition, is that it’s actually adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The plot follows Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an Irish mob enforcer as he goes on the run with his son Michael Jr. after Jr. witnesses a murder and their family is killed in an effort to cover up any witnesses. There’s many great things in this film that standout, such as Jude Law’s creepy performance as assassin Harlen Maguire, one of Paul Newman’s final and finest performances as mob boss John Rooney, and Hollywood got an early look at the talent of Daniel Craig as the unstable Connor Rooney. However, it’s the climax that remains the most memorable thing in it, featuring some of the most iconic work from
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Mark Dacascos To Join Casper Van Dien In Relentless

Crying Freeman star Mark Dacascos is in talks to join John Milton Branton's new Asian-based action thriller, Relentless, which stars Starship Troopers' Casper Van Dien as a former Us Army Ranger caught in a deadly war between Russian mobsters and Thai drug traffickers.Produced by Greenlight Films, Emerald Films & Ricucci Films from a script by retired Atf agent and journalist Chuck Hustmyre (House of the Rising Sun), Relentless follows retired Ranger Charlie Lafarge (Van Dien), who is left for dead by smugglers, who steal his boat, murder his mentor and kidnap his girlfriend. With the Thai Police on his tail, as well as a crooked DEA agent, Lafarge swears to raise hell on the streets of Bangkok.Director Branton has enlisted veteran stunt choreographer and coordinator Brahim...

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First Shots From Mark Dacascos Starring Action Film Ultimate Justice

It was back at the end of September that we brought word Crying Freeman star Mark Dacascos was returning to martial arts action with Ultimate Justice and with the film now deep into production we have a first look at nine stills from the shoot.Ultimate Justice, follows a team of former elite soldiers, whose friendship was forged in battle. They are drawn back into action when the family of one of their number is threatened, friendships and loyalties are tested, battle lines are drawn and Ultimate Justice will be served.Matthias Hues, Mike Moeller, Mathis Landwehr, Brandon Rhea, Sandra Bertalanffy, Wolfgang Riehm, Martin Baden, Yasmeen Baker and Mike Leeder star with Martin Christopher Bode in the director's chair....

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DVD Review – Kite (2014)

Kite, 2014.

Directed by Ralph Ziman.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes, and Deon Lotz.

Synopsis:

When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the apparent help of his ex-partner.

Kite, the live action remake of the 1998 Japanese Anime, sees Samuel L. Jackson continuing his recent run of straight to DVD appearances. As it happens a live action Us version of the popular Anime didn’t quite have enough interest for the big screen. Never-the-less, Brian Cox’s (not that Brian Cox) screenplay is a largely faithful retelling of the original story.

Kite tells the story of Sawa an orphaned girl haunted by the murder of her parents before her eyes. She spends her teens and early adult years dependant on drugs which help keep her memories repressed. She was also trained and raised to become an assassin by Karl Aker (Jackson) her fathers former police partner.
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Mark Dacascos Will Fight For Ultimate Justice

It's time for Mark Dacascos to stop cooking and get back to fighting and that's exactly what he's doing, stepping out of Iron Chef mode and back to his Crying Freeman, The Crow and Brotherhood Of The Wolf mode with new international indie Ultimate Justice.Boasting fight scene stalwart Mike Leeder amongst its producers, Ultimate Justice has just launched principal photography with a cast that includes a fistful of ultra talented screen fighters including Mathis Landwehr and Mike Moeller. Expect to see the first shots from the set soon and expect lots of hardcore action....

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Interview: Mark Dacascos Enters The Tournament With 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy' Season 2

The launch of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" Season two kicks off our coverage of new fights (and fighters) for the Machinima web series. Check out the first episode below. Later today, we'll bring you interviews with some of the stars and creators who've brought the battle for Earthrealm to your PC.

2:30 Est - Interview: Casper Van Dien (Johnny Cage)

4:30 Est - Interview: Director Kevin Tancharoen

He's played everything from a heartbroken assassin ("Crying Freeman") to the Crow ("The Crow: Stairway to Heaven"), to a turbo-charged martial artist with a super-powered heart (my personal favorite, "Drive"), and this week, six-time award-winning Kung Fu and karate champion martial artist Mark Dacascos takes on the role he feels he was born to play: Shaolin monk Kung Lao in the second season of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy."

Dacascos and I spoke about why this role was, in a way, a dream come true, the
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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #2

Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers,
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First Look at Christophe Gans’ Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

French director Christophe Gans (left) is the director of “Brotherhood of the Wolf”, “Crying Freeman” and “Silent Hill”, so yeah, when you hear that he’s directing a live-action take on “Beauty and the Beast”, you should probably not expect it to look like a Disney movie. And this first look at the film, featuring stars Lea Seydoux (as the beauty) and Vincent Cassel (as the beast, of course) certainly doesn’t dispel that initial response to the film. While over at his native Frogland promoting the film at Cannes, Gans released this director’s statement about the movie: Beauty And The Beast is the adaptation of a story by Madame de Villeneuve. Published anonymously in 1740 as La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins, it paints a portrait of Belle, a joyful and touching young girl who falls in love with the Beast, a cursed creature in search of love and redemption.
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First Image From Gans' Beauty & The Beast

First Image From Gans' Beauty & The Beast
First announced a year or so ago, Christophe Gans' adaptation of the classic fairytale Beauty And The Beast is now in post-production. The film stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, and as the 2013 Cannes film festival winds down, the first still has emerged from the movie market, courtesy of Pathe International. Seydoux is Beauty and Cassel is the beast, just in case there was any confusion.Gans previously directed the live-action manga adaptation Crying Freeman, the mind-bending genre crossover Brotherhood Of The Wolf (a pre-French-revolutionary monster kung-fu horror mystery with Native Americans and Monica Bellucci), and the surreal Silent Hill movie that got an awful sequel last year from Michael J. Bassett. An amazing visual stylist, he's promising great things for Beauty And The Beast, as outlined in the statement that accompanies the image:"Beauty And The Beast is the adaptation of a story by Madame de Villeneuve. Published
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Open Road Films to Release Silent Hill: Revelation 3D In Time for Halloween

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Open Road Films has acquired the distribution rights to the Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) directed follow-up to the 2006 big-screen adaptation of Silent Hill, starring Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Deborah Kara Unger, Adelaide Clemens, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell and Kit Harington.

Official Press Release:

Open Road Films Acquires Psychological Horror Film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D With Plans For Halloween 2012 Release Based On Iconic Video Game Franchise, Sequel To 2006′S Hit Film Silenthill Stars Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean, Carrie-anne Moss And Malcolm McDowell

Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2012 – Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the highly anticipated sequel to 2006′s film Silent Hill, released by TriStar Pictures. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will be released wide October 26, 2012 in time for Halloween. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and producers Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody.

Based
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Cassel Is A Beast To Seydoux's Beauty

Cassel Is A Beast To Seydoux's Beauty
Hollywood may be all about the fairytales at the moment (Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Jack The Giant Killer and so on) but France is now getting in on the action too. Christophe Gans is preparing a new Beauty And The Beast, with Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux set to star. Cassel is the Beast and Seydoux the Beauty. Just in case there was any confusion.Gans made the live-action manga adaptation Crying Freeman, the mind-bending genre crossover Brotherhood of the Wolf (a pre-French revolutionary monster kung fu horror mystery), and the Silent Hill movie that's currently getting the sequel treatment from Michael J Bassett. A great visual stylist, he's promising big things for Beauty And The Beast."With this picture, I want to unleash my imagination," Gans says. "Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same
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Manga Invades Dark Horse Digital

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Press Release:

Manga has arrived! The Dark Horse Digital store now offers a full and ongoing Manga selection featuring Trigun, Crying Freeman, Hellsing, Lady Snowblood, Old Boy and Path of the Assassin. Not only are these titles available digitally, but also the latest version of the Dark Horse Digital app lets you read them in the way Manga was meant to be read…right to left!

Don’t have the App? You can download it for free!

As Always, make sure to visit Digital.Darkhorse.com weekly for more great sales and offers.

Until next week, may your battery be fully charged!

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Release Date: 11/02/2011

Trigun vol. 1 & 2

Bprd: 1947 #1-5

Bprd Hell on Earth: Russia #2

Crying Freeman vol. 1 & 2

Hellsing vol. 1-3

Lady Snowblood vol. 1

Lone Wolf and Cub vol. 10

Old Boy vol. 1 & 2

Path of the Assassin vol. 1

Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #3

Star Wars Legacy #13 – 15

Chimichanga

The Goon #26

Star Wars
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Special Features - Mark Dacascos: The Nearly Man

Tom Jolliffe looks back at the career of Mark Dacascos...

Sometimes there is someone who flirts with the big time, but for one reason or another, never quite makes it. In the grand pantheon of action star legends, you will remember such luminaries as Arnold, Sly, Jean Claude, Steven and Dolph. They forged lasting careers, gaining popularity on the big screen and/or the video market. It’s down to luck, the package they offer, and durability, that means a film can still be pre-sold to all the major territories, for the big screen or the major video market by the name one of the big boys. Whether it was a breakout role that held them in good stead for the lengthy careers which followed, or a string of successes that were enough to override any subsequent failures, the likes of Stallone are big business. In the action genre, there
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Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D Producers Re-Teaming for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

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The producing team that helped bring audiences Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D are revisiting another video game franchise. According to a press release we received today, Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody will produce Silent Hill: Revelation 3D from a script by writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane). Per the release, the film is currently in pre-production with filming to begin in the Toronto area this winter.

Hadida and Carmody also co-produced 2006’s Silent Hill starring Radha Mitchell. As a fan of Konami’s franchise (Note: I still refuse to play the first two installments without every light in the house on), I was in the theater during that film’s opening weekend. Though I found it visually appealing, in my opinion, Christophe Gans’ take lacked the scares, moodiness, and overall engaging storyline presented in the games. Nevertheless, with that memory now four years behind me, I’d be lying
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Mark Dacascos is Fighting Terrorists? Oh, Yes. Mark Dacascos is Fighting Terrorists.

Before he was announcing ingredients with campy flair on “Iron Chef America”, Mark Dacascos was a bonafide B-movie action star. Even if you haven’t seen “Drive” and “Crying Freeman” — two of the martial arts wizards most entertaining endeavors — there’s a strong possibility that you’ve seen “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and “Crade 2 the Grave”. Regardless of how piss poor the movies may be, Dacascos is always a treat, particularly when he’s kicking ass with awe-inspiring fluidity. The man’s latest effort, the Turkish action flick “Sultanin Sirri”, looks pretty darn snazzy, and even if it sucks to the heavens upon high, you know there’s a strong possibility that Dacascos is going to make somebody bleed. That’s all an action guy like me can ask for, really. Kudos to Twitch for supplying the goods.
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Iron Chef Fights Turkish Terrorists

Everyone's favorite Iron Chef - not to mention a former Crow and cult favorite thanks to films like Drive and Crying Freeman - is headed to Turkey.

Mark Dacascos has a key role in Sultanin Sirri, an upcoming Turkish action film. Dacascos plays an American agent in the picture which aims to provide a Turkish spin on the international espionage / terrorism genre and if the first trailer is any indication the production values on this are actually quite good. Check it out below.
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10 possible stars for The Expendables 2

The Expendables may have boasted a stellar line-up of 80s action stars, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hope for even more of them in its sequel. Here are Ron’s suggestions…

The Expendables isn't out just yet as I write this, but I have no doubt that it's going to be a huge hit. Well, okay, maybe it won't be a huge hit, but like Sly Stallone's return to his Rambo roots, it's going to do really well.

I mean, it's basically every major action movie star (and some minor action movie stars) from the 80s all in the same film. However, there were some shameful omissions that can be added to the mix for The Expendables 2.

I'm not talking about high profile omissions, like Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven Crotchkicker Seagal, though those guys would be awesome to have in The Expendables universe. I'm talking about
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Robotech Producer Carl Macek Dies

Carl Macek was a pioneer in the field of anime, serving as producer and story editor for the popular Robotech series from the mid-1980s.

Macek was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 21, 1951. He worked at California State University Fullerton as a librarian of popular culture, and co-editor of 1979’s McGill’s Survey of the Cinema and Film Noir-An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (1979). He also wrote the book The Art of Heavy Metal: Animation for the Eighties. He became involved with anime in 1985 when he revised and edited three separate Japanese anime series, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada, into a three-generation Robotech Wars storyline. The popular series was produced in 1985 by Harmony Gold in association with Tatsunoko Prod. Co., Ltd. Macek also produced Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years (which combined Space Pirate
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Comic book writer/artist Al Davison on what was wrong with The Dark Knight, Superman Returns and Watchmen

We're seeing more and more comic books and graphic novels being adapted for the big screen and, even with varied results at the box office, the trend shows no sign of stopping.

This is largely because established titles come with a devoted fanbase while newer publications are akin to film storyboards that give studios a clear visual idea of the project.

Only recently I have twice reported on a number of comics that are being picked up by film bosses, and you can see those round-ups here and here.

I talked about the craze to comic book writer and artist Al Davison, who runs The Astral Gypsy graphic novels shop and art studio in the Canal Basin here in Coventry.

Al's been writing and drawing comics for 25 years. He is working on the Doctor Who comic (as seen in the image pictured right), which was launched in July, and recently
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