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Sammo Hung is one of the greatest Kung Fu stars/choreographers in the history of world cinema, whether he is in front or behind the camera Sammo always gives 100% and this time it’s no different. The Monkey King 2, a sequel to the 2014 box office hit stars Aaron Kwok, Gong Li, Feng Shaofeng and Xiaoshenyang and will see the return of Director Cheang Pou-soi.
The Monkey King 2 will be shot in 3D and will be released in February 2016, in time for Chinese New year. The movie has a budget of Hk$530 million, but without Donnie Yen in the lead role will the movie be as successful as the first outing? time will tell.
Here are a select few of some of the best Sammo Hung movies, which he was action director.
*Magnificent Butcher (co action with Yuen Woo Ping)
The 1980s were an important period for comics as they transitioned from the Bronze Age to the Modern or Dark Age of Comics with books like Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. It was also an incredibly creative time for Marvel Comics with Chris Claremont and John Byrne beginning the decade with their “Dark Phoenix Saga” epic in Uncanny X-Men, Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil as well as the first event crossover Secret Wars and ending with the rise of artists, like Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee, who would later found Image Comics.
At East Coast Comicon, comics historian and researcher of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe Peter Sanderson, former Uncanny X-Men editor and Daredevil writer Ann Nocenti, and former Amazing Spider-Man editor Jim Salicrup chatted and swapped stories about what Marvel was really like in the 1980s.
After saying comics were his drug of choice then, Jim Salicrup »
- Logan Dalton
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]
The post This Week In Trailers: Tomgirl, Old School Kung Fu Fest 15: Enter the Ninjas!, Soul Boys of the Western World, The Treatment, Steak (R)evolution appeared first on /Film. »
- Christopher Stipp
Returning for its fifth edition, Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 will celebrate martial arts and action cinema by turning its focus on "the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja!" I'm quoting the official announcement, although I'm not convinced the ninja is actually the deadliest fighter of them all. Most sneaky? Yes. Deadliest? I'm going with the samurai, who swagger into town without a master and an allegiance only to preserving the values he holds the most dear. But the ninjas certainly look good on the big screen... Here's more from the official synopsis: Since the dawn of time, man's natural predator has been the ninja. Hiding in your shower, crouching behind your laptop, clinging to your back -- the ninja is everywhere. What killed...
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Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife.
In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »
- Kat Smith
Long-time screenwriter Lau Ho Leung (Painted Skin, Kung Fu Jungle) makes his directorial debut in this energetic action comedy following a gang of thieves who masquerade as cops to pull off a heist, only to encounter a rival posse with the exact same idea. Francis Ng and Simon Yam head up the cast, which sets its sights firmly on local audiences, delivering a winning combination of humour, action and camaraderie that transcends its budgetary limitations.After a 16-year stretch in a Malaysian prison, Big F (Francis Ng) returns to Hong Kong and tracks down his former partners in crime. Flamboyant hair stylist Johnnie T (Patrick Tam), short-sighted minibus driver East L (Mark Cheng) and washed-up bowling alley caretaker Crazy B (Simon Yam) are initially reluctant to...
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Currently in its fifth year, the four-day event showcases the best martial arts and action films from 1960s through the 1980s.
This year’s special focus is ninja films. Other titles include black-and-white Shinobi No Mono Parts 1 & 2 and Cannon Films’ ninja trilogy of Enter The Ninja, Revenge Of The Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination.
Nonprofit Subway Cinema presents the festival and its programming team including Samuel Jamier, Rufus de Rham and Goran Topalovic curate the event. »
Ip Man 3 just introduced two interesting additions to its cast. Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson is coming aboard, and will fight the legendary Donnie Yen, who reprises his role as the title character. If that wasn't cool and/or weird enough for you, the filmmakers also plan to utilize a CG version of Bruce Lee as opposed to having an actor portray the Kung Fu legend.
Ip Man 3 begins shooting today in Shanghia, China on a reported budget of $36 million. Wilson Yip, who directed Ip Man and Ip Man 2, returns to helm this latest installment in the popular international action franchise. Producer Raymond Wong and writer Edmond Wong are also back for this third and possibly, but not likely, last movie. Pegasus chairman and Ip Man 3 producer Raymond Wong stated to THR:
"Two years ago Mike Tyson opened up a Weibo [the Chinese microblogging site] account and the first question he asked was, »
Jack Neo’s Singaporean smash hit “Ah Boys to Men: Frogmen” receives its first screening in Hong Kong March 24 as the franchise comedy seeks international buyers to match its impressive haul on home turf.
Neo has become Singapore’s most successful commercial director. The film is produced by the recently listed mm2 Asia in a co-production with Fox Intl. Channels and Ascension Pictures, among others.
Neo and the main cast will make an appearance on the Convention Centre floor today. Mm2 says one of its FilMart objectives is to sign a distributor for Hong Kong.
The film’s four-day Chinese New Year gross, at S$2.83 million ($2.04 million), represented the all-time record opening in Singapore by an Asian film, beating the decade-old record held by Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle.” That film finished its run with S$4.33 million ($3.13 million). As of March 19, “Frogmen” stood at S$7.07 million ($5.10 million).
- Patrick Frater
What do Bai Ling, tight spandex undies, gallons of fake blood, evil monsters from outer space, and a blue mutant ape have in common? They are all playing a significant role in the upcoming anthology feature ABCs of Superheroes whose ridiculously cheesy, over the top trailer is below… The film presents us with a superhero, a group of superheroes, or a supervillain for each letter of the alphabet. Think of ABCs of Superheroes as the spandex-wearing cousin of The ABCs of Death franchise!
ABCs of Superheroes is the first feature length film for German directors Jens Holzheuer and Oliver Tietgen and producer René Wiesner, who have built the film around their entry for The ABCs of Death 2, entitled “M is for Menstruation” which revolves around a female superhero who has very peculiar and special female
Even though the ABCs of Superheroes is still shooting it already features guest stars such as Bai Ling, »
- Phil Wheat
Describing the premise of the CW’s “iZombie” always makes me feel slightly dumber. You see, Liv (Rose McIver from “Masters of Sex”) is a promising med student who gets bitten by a zombie, but discovers that she retains her intelligence and personality so long as she gets a steady diet of brains. And when she gets a job at the local morgue for steady access to brains without violence, she discovers that eating other people’s brains gives her temporary access to their memories, skills and personality traits, which she uses — by posing as a psychic for cop Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) — to solve their murders. But if the premise — some of it borrowed from the DC/Vertigo comic, but leaving out the comics’ monster cosmology (which also includes were-terriers, mummies and ghosts) — sounds ridiculous, the execution by the “Veronica Mars” duo of Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright is a lot of fun. »
- Alan Sepinwall
I just had the opportunity to check out Rise of the Legend, the latest in the pantheon of Wong Fei Hung movies that fans (like me) have enjoyed over the years. From Kwan Tak Hing, to Liu Chia Hui, to Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Zhao Wen Zho, Chin Kar Lok; Fei Hung was even played by a girl in one of my favorite films, Iron Monkey (‘93.) Angie Tsang played a young Wong Fei Hung in one of my favorite (actually) depictions of the character in that film. My personal favorite Wong Fei Hung was Jet Li, but this new kid might just have the goods, so to speak, Eddie Peng brings a youth and grittiness to the character that I honestly haven’t seen before. You may know Eddie Peng as perhaps the most interesting part of the Kung Fu Hero/Zero series, playing the villain Fang Zi Jing. I have to say, »
- Robert Jefferson
Dragon Blade is the most expensive Asian movie to date, starring the biggest legend in world cinema Jackie Chan and it does not disappoint. Dragon Blade is a movie which breathes a breath of fresh air, great cast, amazing sets and a story about world peace. It broke records on it’s opening Chinese new year weekend and has earned Us$113.36 million in China alone up to the 8th March.
Jackie plays the character of Huo An, a commander of the Silk Road Protection Squad who get caught for stealing gold coins and sent to a camp to build a city in just 15 days. His dream is for world peace and that one day his dream of having 36 nation flags, flying high will come true. Whilst there they encounter a roman army lead by Lucius (Cusack), who turn up to take »
I was hyped for this movie when it was announced, but after seeing the latest still i know its going to showcase some great action choreography. The Bodyguard is the latest movie from legendary Kung Fu icon Sammo Hung, as he stars and also Directs again for the first time since Mr.Nice Guy in 1997, starring Jackie Chan.
A retired bodyguard (Sammo Hung) settles down in a small town on the Russia-China border. He befriends a young girl whose life is threatened when her father (Andy Lau) falls in with the local crime world. When the girl and her father disappear, the bodyguard sets out on a »
I love Martial Arts films, or better yet, Asian action cinema in general; Kung Fu, Ninjas, Samurai, Thai Boxing, Gun Fu, and my latest love: Silat. As escapist fun goes, nothing makes me happier than a good chop socky, hell, even a bad chop socky is not without its charm. A laughable plot, weird and esoteric fighting styles, and of course, terrible dubbing can be just as much fun as watching Shaolin Monks practice ancient techniques, that, if you were quick enough, and maybe had a knack, you could even learn a real move or two. “Old School” kung fu flicks always spoke to me because of the sense of respect and honor portrayed in the character of the hero, but more importantly, the idea that an individual could develop his body and mind and achieve feats of greatness.
Saturday afternoons in Philly only offered college sports, which I wasn’t into as a kid, »
- Robert Jefferson
In Kung Fu Killer, Ip Man star Donnie Yen plays martial arts instructor Hahou, working with the police to bring down a vicious killer targeting various kung fu masters to prove himself the greatest. Amidst a variety of situations and settings – a film studio, a dinosaur skeleton, a tattoo parlour – each fight scene is more crowd-pleasing than the last. If it all sounds like a deliriously old-school martial arts movie given a deliriously 21st century twist, there’s a good reason for that – that’s exactly what it is!
Michelle Bai: It was a coincidence probably, because I wasn’t a hardcore martial-art action actress to start with.
It is quite »
- Phil Wheat
Finally, the long awaited prequel (yes prequel) to the 2005 mega hit Sha Po lang will be released on the 30/07/2015. The movie made such a big impact at the time, this lead Donnie Yen to making more Mma style movies such as Flash Point, Special ID and his latest Kung Fu Killer.
Sha Po lang 2 stars Tony Jaa (In his first Hong Kong movie), Wu Jing, Simon Yam and Louis Koo. It is directed by Cheang Pou-soi, and produced by Wilson Yip. I cant believe i have waited 10 years for SPL2 to be released, but i am very excited and cant wait to see Tony Jaa take on Wu Jing. There is no trailer released just yet, but soon as its released we will be sure to post it on the website.
A Hong Kong cop named Kit busts a major gangster only to find his cover blown and his main witness gone. »
If you're not familiar, Seattle is home to one of only three movie theaters in the United States with the capability of playing three-panel Cinerama films. It is rightfully called the Seattle Cinerama theater and in 2014 it was fully restored, equipped with a Christie 6P laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound along with the ability to screen 35mm, 70mm and Cinerama films. On Valentine's Day night I had my first experience with the new theater, when I saw Some Like It Hot, but a couple days later I got my first taste of what the new theaters actually had to offer, mind you only a small taste. And this is where this Cinerama project I'm referring to comes into play. I've mentioned this on our podcast a couple times recently, but I will be putting together a short video exploring the ins and outs of the newly restored Cinerama. »
- Brad Brevet
Mike Tyson could be the next Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- at least in Algeria anyway -- where the boxing legend just scored himself a role punching a Ton of people in a big Algerian action flick. Tyson's one of the stars of "Gates of the Sun" ... where it appears he plays a goon for hire who beats the crap out of people on behalf of his employers. The flick, which hits theaters in March, »
- TMZ Staff
Over the past week the official YouTube channel has been unveiling the vehicles Thunderbird 1 through Thunderbird 5 with promo videos from the upcoming animated reboot Thunderbirds Are Go! [check them out here], and now the official website has updated, giving us a look at the first ever female member of International Rescue, the covert ops and Kung Fu expert Tanusha ‘Kayo’ Kyrano…
Here’s Kayo’s character profile from said site…
And a video introducing the character…
See Also: Why We Should (And Shouldn’t) Be Worried About Thunderbirds Are Go!
A friend of the Tracy brothers and fellow Tracy Island resident, Kayo is set to be voiced by Angel Coulby (Merlin, Dancing on the Edge) in the Citv series. She joins a voice cast that also includes Rosamund Pike (Lady Penelope), David Graham (Parker), Kayvan Novak (Brains), David Menkin (Virgil and Gordon Tracy), Rasmus Hardiker (Alan and Scott Tracy) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (John Tracy »
- Gary Collinson
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