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Cannes: Ringo Lam’s ‘Wild City’ Falls to WellGo USA

WellGo USA has acquired North American rights to “Wild City,” a noir gangster thriller by Ringo Lam.

Lam is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated directors, but has not headlined a feature in more than seven years.

WellGo, which earlier this week pounced on Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Cannes competition film “The Assassin,” says that it will give “City” a stateside release to coincide with its July 31 release in China and Hong Kong.

The big-budget action movie is a tale of gangsters, greed and betrayal. The cast is headed by Louis Koo Tin-lok, Shawn Yue Man-lok, Tong Liya and Joseph Chang.

International sales are by Distribution Workshop. Local release in greater China is by Bravos Entertainment, the distribution, marketing and sales entity formed a year ago by former Media Asia executive Ricky Tse with backing from mainland Chinese financier Sun Entertainment.

The film is co-produced by Hong Kong’s
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Ringo Lam’s newest feature ‘Wild City’ gets its first trailer

Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam has been an active fixture among action movie fans since his debut in 1983, working with the likes of Chow Yun-Fat, Jackie Chan, and Jean-Claude Van Damme on movies in both Cantonese and English. With films such as Maximum Risk and Twin Dragons under his belt, many were interested to learn that he was in the midst of working on a new feature, marking Lan’s first foray back into feature-length filmmaking since the release of In Hell and Looking for Mister Perfect in 2003. Titled Wild City, Lam’s newest film is once again in Cantonese, as he takes on both directing and screenwriting duties, working with a cast that includes Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, and Jack Kao. Variety describes the film as follows.

The big-budget action movie is a Cantonese-noir, with bystanders caught up in a maelstrom of gangsters, greed and betrayal.

Release dates for
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Hk FilMart: Ringo Lam Makes Comeback With ‘Wild City’

Ringo Lam, one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated directors, is now in post-production on “Wild City,” his first film in seven years.

The big-budget action movie is a Cantonese-noir, with bystanders caught up in a maelstrom of gangsters, greed and betrayal. The cast is headed by Louis Koo Tin-lok, Shawn Yue Man-lok, Tong Liya and Joseph Chang.

The film is co-produced by Hong Kong’s One Cool Film and mainland Chinese companies including Beijing East Light Film. Bravos Pictures will handle local distribution this summer, while international sales are overseen by Distribution Workshop.

Lam enjoyed huge success in the 1980s with Chow Yun-fat actioner “City on Fire” before transitioning to a Hollywood career that included Jean Claude van Damme starrers “Maximum Risk” and “Replicant.” He directed one of three elements in 2007’s “Triangle,” while his last Hong feature film was 2003 comedy “Looking for Mr. Perfect.”
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Ranking Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Boss Fights

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One of the most important parts of any action movie made before the new millennium is the so-called “boss fight.” For the uninitiated, a boss fight is the ultimate showdown between good and evil. After all the henchmen and various other obstacles-with-limbs have been cleared away, it’s time to get it on with the Big Bad.

Ever since Bruce Lee fought Han and his iron claw in that hall of mirrors at the end of Enter The Dragon, the merit of any martial arts film has largely been judged by its main adversary. And Jean-Claude Van Damme’s filmography is no different.

Running the gamut from muscle-bound pulverisers with nothing between the ears to corrupt businessmen with a penchant for picking the absolute worst Belgium to mess with, Van Damme has spin kicked just about every type of bad guy imaginable.

This article will focus on the
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The birth, death and regeneration of the Universal Soldier movies

Universal Soldier began in 1992 before suffering from some tawdry sequels. Then John Hyams revived the franchise in spectacular fashion...

The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.

It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster
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Van Damme To Twin Up For "Expendables 4"?

Despite his villain character of 'Jean Vilain' meeting his demise in "The Expendables 2," action star Jean-Claude Van Damme says he'd be open to an idea floated around - that he'll return as the character's twin brother.

Van Damme famously played twins in both the action classic "Double Impact" and the less well-regarded "Maximum Risk". Fan site Expendables Premiere has discussed the idea ever since the end of the last sequel, but now Van Damme has responded:

"I had a great time shooting The Expendables 2 with Mr Stallone and other big action stars. Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain.

Some fans ask me if the next Vilain - if there is a next - is going to be a good guy or a bad guy. I would leave it to Mr Stallone to decide,
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Jean Claude Van Damme And The Asian Influence

Jean Claude Van Damme is widely known for his brilliant kicking ability and martial arts background. As a young kid, Van Damme would train in the martial arts Shotokan karate and Kickboxing, during this time he also studied Ballet, which would be used more for his flexibility and strength in his legs.

He has a great kickboxing record on 19 fight, 18 wins, one loss, which he won at a later date in the rematch. But when it comes to his movies, he has a great influence within Asian Cinema, using many directors and choreographers in his movies. In his early movie career he starred in movies such as Bloodsport and Kickboxer, showing the arts of Ninjutsu and Muay Thai. As his career went on, in 1994 he teamed up with veteran director John Woo for the movie Hard Target. Here John Woo would show his violent side in this all out guns
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Movie News: Two Van Damme Remakes; Sam Rockwell's 'Single Shot' Trailer Thrills

The Counselor: What we've seen from Ridley Scott's upcoming legal thriller The Counselor has impressed us as cool and sexy, but new images add some wild ingredients to the mix; check out the groovy threads and Western-style headgear. Michael Fassbender leads the all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz. The movie opens on October 25. [The Film Stage] Kickboxer/Bloodsport: Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played his own twin not once, but twice (Double Impact, Maximum Risk), will now see two of his movies remade without him. New versions of both 1989's Kickboxer and 1988's Bloodsport are being developed separately, the former with Hong Kong actor-turned-director Stephen Fung at the helm, and the latter under the direction of...

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Movie News: Two Van Damme Remakes Two; Sam Rockwell's 'Single Shot' Trailer Thrills

The Counselor: What we've seen from Ridley Scott's upcoming legal thriller The Counselor has impressed us as cool and sexy, but new images add some wild ingredients to the mix; check out the groovy threads and Western-style headgear. Michael Fassbender leads the all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz. The movie opens on October 25. [The Film Stage] Kickboxer / Bloodsport: Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played his own twin not once, but twice (Double Impact, Maximum Risk), will now see two of his movies remade without him. New versions of both 1989's Kickboxer and 1988's Bloodsport are being developed separately, the former with Hong Kong actor-turned-director Stephen Fung at the helm, and the latter under the direction...

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Tonight's MovieMovie: In Hell

"Let me know when you're ready to fight."

Excited for the release of The Expendables on DVD and Blu-Ray next week? Reelz has you covered with tonight's MovieMovie, In Hell. Jean Claude Van Damme stars as an American working overseas in Russia who takes the law into his own hands when his wife is killed and is sentenced to life in prison. Once inside, Van Damme is forced to participate in the warden's prison fights, while his cellmate may have the key to not only exposing the corrupt prison, but his escape as well.

In Hell is the third collaboration between Van Damme and Hong Kong action director Ringo Lam (City on Fire), who also worked together on 1996's Maximum Risk and 2001's Replicant, and co-stars Lawrence Taylor (Any Given Sunday). In Hell airs at 12Am Est/ 9Pm Pst.

tonight, join van damme in hell

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The Action Film As We Know It No Longer Exists

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by Cole the Kid Critic, Age 17

With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol coming out with minimal buzz and a 49 year-old Tom Cruise, it got me wondering about the modern action flick. During the 80’s we had a huge surge of action films with such actors like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwartzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone just to name a few. As time progressed, studios lined up the next generation of men to fill the positions of the now aging stars. However, when the Vin Diesels, the Jason Stathams, and the Rock debuted their films, there wasn’t nearly as much interest today in action films as in the past. Today they don’t even have A-list status. As a result, studios have forced the old-gen actors to continue churning out less and less plausible action films in their 60s. So while it may seem like all we’re missing is the right star,
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DVD Review: Double Impact – Double The Van Dammage!

While Jean-Claude Van Damme now prefers to make narcissistic reality TV shows I had the chance to revisit one of his earlier works this week as Double Impact returns to DVD on 19th September. Made in 1991, Double Impact marked Van Damme’s first foray into the acting challenge of the dual role, here playing twin brothers separated at birth and distinguished by slightly different hairstyles.

Van Damme plays Chad and Alex Wagner who are separated as infants when their parents are brutally murdered by members of a Hong Kong criminal cartel. 25 years later, Chad has moved to California via Paris, by way of explanation for his unusual accent, to become a karate teacher and Alex, who stayed in Hong Kong, has become involved in the criminal underworld. The pair are reunited in Hong Kong by the family bodyguard Frank (Geoffrey LewisEvery Which Way But Loose) with a plan to
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Julia's Eyes Trailer Online

Julia's Eyes Trailer Online
It's "Guillermo Del Toro Presents..." time again. Collider have a trailer up for Julia's Eyes, directed by Guillem Morales and starring Belen Rueda. Del Toro is a producer on the film, as he was with The Orphanage and the upcoming Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. He certainly has an eye for a good horror film, ho ho.Rueda, who was also in The Orphanage for Juan Antonio Bayona, has a dual role here as both Julia and her twin sister Sara, whose death Julia is investigating. Just like Van Damme in Maximum Risk. Or maybe not. Sara was blind and Julia is suffering from the same degenerative eye disease, making her suspicions that Sara's death was not a suicide, but caused by something haunting her in the dark, somewhat alarming.The trailer gives a lot away (it's more of a showreel than a normal promo-clip: the "in post-production" at
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Alt.TV – 8/7/10

Are you bored of the same old TV shows? Tired of the mainstream? Then check out this round-up of alternative movies and series showing on UK television tonight…

8.00pm Castle (alibi)

Smash Us mystery about a top crime novelist turned sleuth who teams up with a lady cop. Castle investigates when a woman is found drowned in oil in a motel bathtub. Season One, episode 8.

9.00pm National Lampoon’s Catle Call (Movies24)

Three guys hit on the idea of opening a fake casting agency to meet babes. It’s a triumphant success, until the wannabe actresses find out what’s really going on.

10.00pm Maximum Risk (Bravo)

Jean-Claude Van Damme pummels his way from Nice to New York in this blistering action thriller. While hunting down his twin brother’s murderers, a French cop turns prey when he busts open a ring of violent corruption involving the Russian Mafia and the FBI.
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In Hell on DVD

I loved Jean-Claude Van Damme but not enough to watch all the straight to video movies he made. Maybe if Replicant and The Order had been full of crazy sh*t I would have been enticed to watch more. But First Look Pictures sent me a special edition of In Hell a while ago, and it sat on my stack long enough that it ended up getting watched.

On DVD: In Hell

There isn't a whole lot of crazy sh*t but Ringo (Maximum Risk) Lam does what he can with limited funds and locations. Most of the cool stuff happens in the one street-set chase scene, but they do a few shocking things in the prison.
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Movie Review: Jcvd (2008)

Jean-Claude Van Damme in Jcvd

Photo: Peace Arch Entertainment The last time I remember a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie getting an actual studio-sized marketing campaign was the 1996 release Maximum Risk. The last Van Damme movie I actually watched was 1994's Timecop, and I even enjoyed it. Since that time Van Damme has gone on to make nothing but direct-to-dvd and international action flicks. With an addiction to cocaine, reports of spousal abuse and four separate wives (one of them he married twice) Van Damme has a checkered past and all of that is utilized to create the fictional story of Jcvd, a film I am surprised to see Van Damme didn't write himself, but it truly speaks to the audience as if Van Damme is saying, "See, I can actually act." There are two key scenes to Jcvd that really get to the heart of the story. The first is
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