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Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
You pretty much know what to expect from a film called Ninja--but what about a sequel to a film called Ninja? Well, as you can imagine, there are no surprises there either. Such is the case with Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, otherwise known as Ninja II. If you are a sucker for flying ninja stars and katana swords slicing through throats, then you will be incredibly satisfied with this movie. However, if you want a little depth, originality or--heaven forbid--some actual acting on the side of your ninja mayhem, then you will need to look elsewhere.
- Lee Jutton
Yup, they’re making another one. And this one, we’re told, is a prequel. I dunno why, but apparently there is a lot about the 2010 movie’s futuristic tournament fighting world left to explore, so instead of going forward, they’re going backward. Hey, whatever works, I guess. The man who will be fronting the latest “Tekken” movie is none other than Kane Kosugi, son of the legendary Sho Kosugi. The younger Kosugi has carved out a very nice career for himself in martial arts films in Japan and abroad. He can currently be seen fighting alongside Scott Adkins in “Ninja: Shadow of a Tear,” a film that has plenty of ninjas, but oddly, not a lot of shadowy tears. According to Kotaku, the prequel will now be called “Tekken: A Man Called X.” When the sequel was announced almost two years ago, the original title was “Tekken: Rise of the Tournament. »
Scott Adkins starring, Isaac Florentine directed action extravaganza Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear hit shelves last week and just in case you need further reminders that this particular duo are responsible for the absolute finest martial arts action cinema coming out of the western world over the past several years we're proud to offer up an exclusive behind the scenes look at the film.Fight everyone and trust no one: it's the code of survival practiced by martial-arts master Casey Bowman after his life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence. Vowing revenge, the fearless American stealthily tracks the killer from Osaka to Bangkok to Rangoon with the help of a wise and crafty sensei. His only clues: a series of victims...
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4 items from 2014
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