7 items from 2010
Simon West’s “Medallion”, not to be confused with the 2003 Jackie Chan movie “The Medallion”, has found itself a new leading man. Nicolas Cage has officially signed on to star in the film, playing a father and former master thief who has just a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York medallion taxi cab. You know, that old thing. Oh, New York. Not an easy feat, given that there are, like, a bazillion cabs in New York and such. People there really, really don’tlike driving, apparently. Clive Owen and Jason Statham were attached to “Medallion” at one point or another, but it looks like the price was right for Cage. Then again, when has the price not been right for Cage? I’m just saying. Have you seen how awful his upcoming “Season of the Witch” looks? »
Note: This is the first in a recurring Tfs feature series, analyzing past stars and their journey deep into career failure and, in some cases, their way back to success.
It’s been a rough road to middle age for the action star, who, after commercializing Asian martial arts films in a way Bruce Lee could have never dreamed, has struggled from convoluted kid film to convoluted kid film over the past decade, occasionally offering a tired reminder of the wall-jumping great he once was (Rush Hour 3, The Forbidden Kingdom, etc.).
Let’s take a closer look:
Supercop - sure, Police Story was a milestone overseas for Chan, and now looked back on by many as an early indicator, but Supercop was the balls-out action movie that made Americans (granted, not many, but enough) notice how talented this man was.
Though it came out internationally in 1992, Miramax »
- Dan Mecca
The British action film is seeing a recent resurgence and the latest film from Chee Keong Cheung pulls no punches.
12 (Twelve) is out now on DVD and you can read the synopsis below, and HeyUGuys is giving you the chance to win a copy of the DVD signed by the director and the star of the film Mark Strange.
Here’s the synopsis and the question you have to answer to be in with a chance to one of of two signed DVDs is below.
In the tradition of classic martial arts movies from the golden age of action cinema, 12 follows the story of twelve fighters, brought together to compete in an illegal underground tournament for the prize of £500,000. The fighters come from a variety of backgrounds, each hand-picked for a gruelling no-holds barred competition, intended to push each fighter to their physical and psychological limits. Each fighter has their »
- Jon Lyus
Winner of the Best Action Choreography Award at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards and hailed by Variety as “a must see” for martial arts and action movie fans, the action-thriller Kill Zone comes to Blu-ray and DVD (as a two-disc Ultimate Edition) in March.
Directed by Wilson Yip and featuring the work of many of the creative talents who helped him in bringing Ip Man, Flashpoint and Dragon Tiger Gate to the screen, Kill Zone stars Donnie Yen (Ip Man; An Empress And The Warriors), Simon Yam (Ip Man; Triangle), Sammo Hung (Three Kingdoms; Kung Fu Hustle; The Medallion) and Jacky Wu (Invisible Target; Fatal Contact) and combines hard-hitting martial arts action with gritty police
Finally apprehended by veteran detective Chan Kwok Chung (Yam) after years of ruling the Hong Kong underworld, brutal gangster Wong Po (Hung) manages to escape justice by arranging the execution of the prosecuting »
Could I possibly have picked two martial arts films further apart on the ratings scale than Wushu and Fireball? On one end of the spectrum is the first "family" martial-arts film I've ever seen that wasn't American in origin, and on the other end is pure martial-arts porn, in which whatever plot is present serves to string hard-core brutal action sequences together. Both films are now available on DVD from Lionsgate Films.
As executive producer of Wushu, martial-arts legend Jackie Chan introduces a new generation of talented martial artists in such a way that this film will please fans young and old. Antony Szeto -- known for his animated fantasy film Dragonblade -- directed Wushu and also choreographed all the stunts.
- Debbie Cerda
Short Version: If you have pre-teen kids, they’ll probably have a great time watching the action and humor in The Spy Next Door – and it’s enjoyable enough for parents, too.
My expectations weren’t very high going into the theater to watch The Spy Next Door – but since my 7 year old daughter seemed excited to watch it, I figured I’d take her and go tough it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the movie is actually pretty good. Sure it has a ridiculous plot, over-the-top bad guys with bumbling henchmen and second rate secondary characters played by former country singing, mullet wearing, fathers of a pre-teen Disney show – but it also manages to stay on task by keeping the story consistent and coherent enough for children to follow.
The movie opens with a great montage »
- Paul Young
In 1997, the sovereignty of Hong Kong reverted from the U.K. to the People's Republic of China. In those days, several Hong Kong stars and filmmakers fled for the United States, fearful of their creative freedom under the new Communist government. Many people consider the years between 1986 and roughly 1992 the golden age of Hong Kong, martial arts cinema, though many interesting things have certainly happened since then, as well as some unfortunate things. Following is my assessment.
Best: Jet Li
Worst: Jackie Chan
Don't get me wrong. I love Jackie Chan. Meeting him was an honor I'll never forget, but no one can argue that his Hollywood period, beginning in 1996 with the edited, dubbed version of Rumble in the Bronx, is anywhere near as good as his peak in Hong Kong, from the mid-1980s to 1994. We could start with the dumb, annoying, but extremely popular Rush Hour films, and »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
7 items from 2010
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