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2016 is shaping up to be a classic year for fans of martial arts / action movies. All of the big names are back , Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Sammo Hung and lets not forget Jean Claude Van Damme.
So you don’t miss out , we’ve compiled a list of stand out movies which we think you should not miss.
So without further delay here are Amp’s Best Martial Arts Movies to look forward to in 2016
Note: Bookmark this article as we will keep this updated with more news, pictures, posters, trailers as we get them.
ContentsThe Best Martial Arts Movies To Look Forward To In 2016Ip Man 3 (Donnie Yen) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon : Sword of Destiny (Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh)Kickboxer: Vengeance(Jean-Claude Van Damme)The Deadly Reclaim (Wu Jing)The Monkey King 2 (Aaron Kwok)Rail Road Tigers (Jackie Chan)Kung Fu Yoga »
After a string of recent flops such as 47 Ronin, Generation Um... and his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves got back on the right track last year with John Wick. The action star is currently shooting the sequel John Wick 2, but while we wait for that to hit theaters next year, Gulf Films has released the first trailer for the actor's next thriller, Exposed, along with two photos. The project doesn't have a release date at this time, but it does reunite the actor with one of his most recent co-stars.
Exposed, which was previously known as Daughter of God, features Keanu Reeves starring alongside Ana de Armas once again, his co-star from the thriller Knock Knock, which hit theaters last month. The actor portrays Detective Scott Galban, who has been searching for the truth behind his partner's death. He encounters a young woman (Ana de Armas) who has experienced a miracle, »
The film is a co-venture between the U.S.’s Crimson Forrest Entertainment and China’s Huace Media Group and Cuixing Media Group.
The story is a Chinese-Western genre mashup featuring a group of displaced Chinese immigrant workers who fought back against growing racial tensions and discrimination after the building of the U.S. railroads in the 1800s.
“We’re combining two popular pop cult genres and assembling a highly talented cast whose martial arts skills will excite all fans of the genre. This is a piece of forgotten history that needs to revisited, and ironically is »
- Patrick Frater
Yang will adapt and direct the film, which is being set up at Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Hairun Films. The two production companies are in final negotiation with the owners of the original film Troika Pictures and WWE Studios for the remake rights.
“The Call” originally starred Halle Berry and was directed by Brad Anderson. It involves a 911 operator who takes a life altering call from a teenage girl and is forced to confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl. It was released by TriStar Pictures.
The remake will be the second picture, after “Mountain Cry” on a five-film slate being jointly produced by Vrpa and Hairun.
Also on the slate is “My Other Home, »
- Patrick Frater
Going in to a key industry seminar at last month’s Tokyo Film Market, the premise seemed to be that everybody wants to co-produce movies with China. Even the Japanese were prepared to put aside the centuries of political, military and cultural rivalry if that meant they could get a piece of a marketplace that has overtaken their own.
China is now the second-largest theatrical B.O. market after North America.
Producers, politicians and film industry regulators the world over are in a hurry to improve their access to China. And this year alone the governments of the U.K., Netherlands and India have all signed bilateral co-production treaties with the Middle Kingdom.
But the reality of international production with China is harder than the glib talk of foreign film financiers might suggest. For a start, the market is narrower than might be supposed. “Almost all of the major co-productions »
- Patrick Frater
Last week I went and saw the horror film Goodnight Mommy, and as my brain was crying and the audience was epically disturbed, I realized that this was possibly the last release I would see under the Radius-twc banner. Earlier this year Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the co-founders of the independent distributor, left the company in order to start a new one with Drafthouse (which we’re all jazzed about). Ever since then, the lights seem to be off at Radius with no signs of turning back on. So now, we take a look at just how successful they were in their all too brief but memorable run, which saw them giving great releases to challenging films like Only God Forgives, It Follows, Snowpiercer and Blue Ruin. It’s time to looks at the career batting line for their domestic theatrical releases.
The thing is, with most independent distributors, »
- Dylan Griffin
Thunder Road Pictures and Lionsgate have announced that cameras are set to roll on John Wick 2 this autumn, with the sequel reuniting directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, screenwriter Derek Kolstad and leading man Keanu Reeves.
The brief synopsis for the sequel reads: “In the follow up to last year’s adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption thriller, legendary hit man John Wick is back.”
So, not giving much away then.
Produced on a budget of just $20 million, the critically-acclaimed John Wick pulled in almost $80 million around the globe, and gave Reeves’ career a shot in the arm after the recent disappointments of Man of Tai Chi and 47 Ronin.
- Gary Collinson
The Deauville American Film Festival is set to pay homage to American star Keanu Reeves during its 41st edition which is set to take place Sept.4-14.
As part of the tribute, Deauville will host a retrospective of Reeves’s most popular movies.
“Forever Neo from ‘Matrix,’ Jonathan Harker in ‘Dracula’ or Le Chevalier Danceny in ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ Keanu Reeves has demonstrated his ability to take on extremely varied roles during his long and impressive movie career. He has worked with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci and more recently Richard Linklater,” the festival said.
Reeves, who will be present in Deauville, made his directorial debut on Chinese/U.S. co-production “Man of Tai Chi,” a martial arts drama inspired by the life of stuntman Tiger Chen that came out in 2013.
- Elsa Keslassy
Written by Derek Kolstad
As the film opens, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is breathing what appear to be his dying breaths. Battered and bruised, he stumbles out of the van he just crashed at the docks on Manhattan’s outskirts. In an instant viewers are taken back to a more pleasant time for John, back when he lived a happier life with his lovely wife, the latter eventually succumbing to an unnamed disease. A broken man without his soulmate, a glimmer of positivity arrives at his door in the shape of a puppy his wife seemingly purchased for him in anticipation of the mourning that was looming on the horizon. The bitter sweetness is short loved, shifting over the sheer bitterness when Iosef (Alife Allen), the overly cocky son of Russian mafia lord Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), kills the pup. »
- Edgar Chaput
Sony Pictures and China Film Co. Ltd. are developing a Chinese remake of the romantic comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and setting it for release in China on Valentine’s Day 2016.
The film will star Shu Qi (“Gone With The Bullets”), Feng Shaofeng (“Wolf Totem”), Song Qian (“My New Sassy Girl”) and Ye Qing (“Man of Tai Chi”). Alexi Tan (“Blood Brothers”) will direct and produce with his company, Play Productions.
Shooting is set to begin in late July in London, Italy and Beijing.
The remake will center on a pair of journalists — male and female — who have grown up together as best friends. The man falls in love with a wealthy Chinese girl who has been studying in the U.K, and asks his »
- Dave McNary
After haunting moviegoers this spring, the relentless entity in David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is going to make house calls this summer, as Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension are releasing It Follows on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14th:
Press Release -- "Beverly Hills, Calif. – May 19, 2015 – The critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”*, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, Innocence, Laggies) and Jake Weary (Altitude, Fred).
One of the highest grossing independent films of the year so far, It Follows is credited with ushering in a new era of indie film success, »
- Derek Anderson
In our latest round-up, we take a look at the theatrical release details for L.A. Slasher, Anchor Bay Entertainment's Blu-ray release of Monsters: Dark Continent, and the news of Helix being cancelled by Syfy.
L.A. Slasher: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) - Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror-dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12 in select AMC Theatres.
“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen," Archstone Distribution's President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. "It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”
- Derek Anderson
When RZA – co-founder of Wu-Tang Clan – stepped behind the lens for the first time back in 2012, he introduced the moviegoing audience to a pulse-pounding actioner in the form of The Man with the Iron Fists. Fast forward a little over two years and we’re now standing on the verge of the sequel’s arrival on DVD and Blu-Ray, and We Got This Covered has an exclusive clip to share with you for The Man with the Iron Fists 2.
Picking up the pieces from its predecessor, the martial arts follow-up will once again center around Thaddeus (played by the aforementioned RZA), who finds himself drawn into battle once more despite his best efforts to put his violent past behind him.
Rounding out the international ensemble are Dustin Nguyen (22 Jump Street), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (47 Ronin), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Pim Bubear (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear »
- Michael Briers
Do you have nightmares about Bill Lumbergh telling you to put new cover sheets on your Tps reports? For some, the corporate cubicle setting is as horrifying as the creepy boiler rooms that Freddy Krueger haunts in the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Script excerpts and storyboards for an imagined tenth film in the Elm Street franchise show Freddy tormenting a coma patient by placing him in a mind-numbing office environment where meaningless meetings, tear-inducing small talk, and countless hours of hellish tasks reign supreme, with no escape in sight. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray / DVD release details and cover art for the Salma Hayek-starring Everly and information on the 20 recently announced Star Wars books that will take place in the time period between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Chad Stahelski
Keanu Reeves has, in recent years, seemingly been making headway in to the action genre with films like 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi.Gone are the days of Keanu the funny mam, Keanu the heartthrob leading man love-interest and in has come a stone-faced bearded bad-ass. Yet, whilst both the aformentioned films have there fans – me included – neither really set the genre alight. However all that changes with John Wick – a return to the R-rated, arse-kickery of the genres heyday, that isn’t afraid to get bone-crunchily violent and bullet-riddled with blood…
- Phil Wheat
Written by Michael G. Cooney
Directed by Keanu Reeves
United States/China, 2013
The world of underground fighting is given the cinematic treatment yet again in Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi. Set in Beijing, the movie follows the exploits of a kind if slightly misguided young man named Tiger Chen Linhu (Tiger Chen), who works as a postal delivery man by day and practices Tai Chi with his master Yang (Yu Hai) during his time off. Tiger has been seduced by the controversial idea of demonstrating that Tai Chi can be used for pure combat, prompting him to enter a legitimate martial arts tournament. His unexpectedly impressive skills catch the eye of one Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves), the multimillionaire owner of a security company who also organizes illegal fighting matches for the pleasure of a high paying, exclusive public. As Tiger is sucked into »
- Edgar Chaput
Park City - Sundance saw the debut of not one but two films that both fit the broad definition of a "horror film," each with decidedly strong ideas about gender politics, but only one of the two seems to me to be genuinely worthwhile. Eli Roth has become defined largely by the excesses of his films, and I'm sure that's perfectly fine with him. Like many life-long gorehounds, when finally given a chance to make his own films, he happily ladled on buckets of blood. What I found interesting about Eli's films is how he seemed to be working one theme repeatedly, constantly exploring the fear that people have of the unknown in the world around them. "Cabin Fever," "Hostel," "Hostel II," and "The Green Inferno" all feature characters leaving their homes, the places where they are comfortable, and heading out to some corner of the world where they are »
- Drew McWeeny
After a couple of subpart efforts in 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves kickstarted his comeback over the holiday season with the release of the critically acclaimed action thriller John Wick, and it seems that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are already working on a follow-up, with the duo revealing to Movies.com that they’re in the early stages of development now on John Wick 2.
“We’re in development right now,” states Stahelski. “If we could work with Keanu Reeves for 10 movies you’d have a really cool career. We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma »
- Gary Collinson
Keanu Reeves is having yet another career renaissance and I can’t say I’m unhappy about that. As well as proving his directing chops with Man of Tai Chi – really, it wasn’t glittering, but it was much more than solid – he’s also played well-received roles in Eli Roth’s Knock Knock and the instant cult action movie, John Wick.
Wick is just coming out on Blu-ray and DVD in the Us, so directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are doing the interview rounds. The most popular little nugget to tumble from their lips so far landed in the lap of Movies.com, when Stahelski was asked about a sequel and he said, “We’re in development right now.”
That’s it, that simple. There’s a John Wick 2 in the works. By the looks of Twitter and Facebook, this particular second coming has got all the buzz you’d associate with… »
- Brendon Connelly
RZA's "The Man With the Iron Fists" hit theaters in 2012 and earned $19 million worldwide on a budget of $15 million. Despite the fact that Universal Pictures clearly lost money, it proceeded with a direct-to-dvd sequel. Today we have a trailer for "The Man With the Iron Fists 2," which is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on April 14th. RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus for the sequel, which follows a mysterious stranger as he leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord. The cast includes Dustin Nguyen (22 Jump Street), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (47 Ronin), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Pim Bubear (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear), Carl Ng (New Police Story), Simon Yin (Ip Man), Ocean Hou (Man of Tai Chi), Grace Huang (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Andrew Lin (The Man with the Iron Fists). "The Man With »
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