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FilMart: Sergei Bodrov Project Heads Debut Slate for Goldfinch Neon

FilMart: Sergei Bodrov Project Heads Debut Slate for Goldfinch Neon
A new film by Russia’s Sergei Bodrov (“Mongol,” “Seventh Son”) is the highlight of the debut slate of recently launched Goldfinch Neon. The company is a Hong Kong-based offshoot of the U.K.’s Goldfinch Studios mini-conglomerate.

The company’s first FilMart sees the launch of four movies. Executives in attendance include local heads Mike Leeder (aka Big Mike) and Goldfinch Studios’ Head of Sales and Distribution, Andy Green. Visiting from the U.K. are Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell and marketing head Phil McKenzie.

The Bodrov project is a period martial arts fantasy, “The Three Swords of Master Chan.” Currently in development, Goldfinch Neo aims to attach a high profile cast and structure the picture as a U.K.-China co-production.

The company is also touting a Hong Kong-set film adaptation of stage musical “Stomp.” Luke Cresswell, co-creator of the original show, is attached to direct.

Leeder, who has
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U.K.’s Goldfinch Studios Launches Neon in Hong Kong (Exclusive)

Goldfinch Studios, the British film mini-conglomerate, is to launch a production-development and investment subsidiary in Hong Kong. The new unit, Goldfinch Neon, will be headed by Goldfinch’s Andy Green and Mike Leeder.

Green, based in the U.K. and Hong Kong, previously spent three years as CEO of online platform Distrify Media, where he cut numerous import and export deals with Chinese digital and traditional media partners. He joined Goldfinch last year as head of sales and distribution. Leeder is a producer, actor and production services veteran, based in the former British colony for some 30 years.

Goldfinch Neon will operate on two levels: developing and producing its own film and TV content, and designing film investment opportunities for itself and outside parties.

The initial slate is to include up to four small- to medium-budget films and a TV project, with an emphasis on “smart, culty” commercial genres such as action and kung fu. Projects are expected
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‘Ultimate Justice’ Review

Stars: Mark Dacascos, Matthias Hues, Mike Möller, Brandon Rhea, Mike Leeder, Wolfgang Riehm, Martin Baden, Henry Muller, Verena Konietschke, Bartholomäus Kowalski, Yazmeen Baker, Gerrit Grass, Mathis Landwehr, Sandra Tauro, Susen Ermich | Written by Marco Theiss | Directed by Martin Christopher Bode

Ultimate Justice follows a group of Special Forces operatives who come back together for one last mission when the family of one of their own is threatened. The film starts out with a flashback to Commander Hans Sturm and his team of soldiers, led by Mark Dacascos’ Gus, performing their very last mission. You see their team takes casualties and Gus decides it’s time to end the security teams days and sell the company, Vme, and retire. Jump forward eight years and Strum is now married with a wife and child, living in a huge mansion. One night his home is attacked, his wife raped and killed, and his daughter kidnapped.
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‘Woochi: The Demon Slayer’ Review

Stars: Gang Dong-Won, Kim Yoon-Suk, Yoo Hae-Jin, Lin Soo-Jung | Written and Directed by Choi Dong-Hoon

Review by Baron Fortnightly

Woochi: The Demon Slayer begins very mythically in 1509 with a trio of Taoist wizards (a Korean three stooges) accidentally releasing an army of shape-shifting goblins, losing the magic flute that can seal them away, and generally ruining the life of the Archgod who’d just spent 3000 days sealing the goblins away.

Gang Dong-Won plays the title character of Jeon Woo Chi whose quest is to become the most powerful wizard in Korea, no matter if he upsets his master or the King. Woochi is aided in his adventures by dog turned human (and sometimes horse) Chorangyi, played with great comedic skills by Yoo Hae-Jin. Woochi ends stumbling upon the prophetic pipe and through the manipulations of demon hunting wizard Hwadam, he and his dog end up sealed within scrolls for 500 years.
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Vision Films picks up action thriller 'Ultimate Justice'

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Vision Films picks up action thriller 'Ultimate Justice'
Exclusive: Ruediger W. Kuemmerie’s martial arts film stars Mark Dacascos.

Us outfit Vision Films has picked up martial arts action thriller Ultimate Justice for worldwide sales.

Starring Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 The Grave), Matthias Hues and Mike Moeller, the film follows a team of elite soldiers who are drawn back into battle when one of their families is threatened.

It marks the second feature from German-based production company Silent Partners, whose first film One Million K(I)cks was picked up for the Us by Parade Deck Films and for the UK by Evolutionary Films.

Ultimate Justice was directed by Martin Christopher Bode from a screenplay by Marco Theiss. Ruediger W. Kuemmerie produced with Mike Leeder and Markus R. Vogelbacher of International Film Partners executive produced. Mike Moller served as co-producer and choreographed the fight scenes, Alois Knapps was DoP.

China-based Kuemmerie self-financed the project and returned to his hometown of Goeppingen, Germany, to shoot
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Bullets Fly In The Trailer For Vietnamese Action Flick Tracer (Truy Sat)

A product of Korean giant Cj Entertainment's seemingly ever expanding presence in Vietnam - where they've been building cinemas and investing in local content heavily over the past few years - the theatrical trailer for Cuong Ngo's upcoming Tracer (Truy Sat) showcases the slick production values and high octane action that the deeper pockets of Cj can bring. Truoung Ngoc Anh is the guns blazing cop in pursuit of a criminal kingpin - you know he's a dangerous international sort because he's got Impact Magazine's Mike Leeder in his gang - while Thien Nguyen takes his shirt off a lot to demonstrate how much time he spends in the gym. Which is a lot. Certainly far more than I do. It's also got archery and...

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Mike Leeder to develop projects for 108 Media

Leeder will work on the development of new Asian film, TV and new media projects.

Tokyo-based distributor 108 Media is partnering with Mike Leeder to help expand its slate of Asian content.

Based in the company’s Hong Kong office, Leeder will work on the development of Asian film, TV and new media, commencing with two projects: A Martian Arts Journey and Tracking The Dragon.

Leeder’s film credits including stunts coordinator on The Raid 2 and as a casting director on Fearless and Rush Hour 3.

Abhi Rastogi, Founder and CEO of 108 Media, said: “We have had great success with the diverse range of content we have distributed to a host of media, as we continue to grow we require top level expertise in the field in order to sustain our position as leaders in the market. Mike is well respected and valued for his experience within the Asian entertainment sector, so he is the
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Get Ready For Tiger Cop 1-2 Directed By Adrian Castro

Written and Directed By:Adrian Castro

Produced By:Maria Tran

Dop:Justin Gong

Fight Choreographer:Trung Ly

Cinematographer:Justin Gong

Make-up Artist:Taylor Davis

Tiger Cop is a fine example of the classic 1980’s Chinese Martial Art genre. If you are fans of Yukari Oshima, Moon Lee and Cynthia Rothrock then this right up your street. Tiger Cop is two sets of extravagant trailers which pays homage to them movies and stars which brought us hard-hitting fight scenes over the years.

Maria Tran plays the new inspector on the force and right away she gets into trouble when introduced to her new partner. It’s a very well choreographed fight scene showcasing Maria’s hand to hand combat, the art of blocking and some very nice kicks. Maria really mixes it up, when watching the fights it takes me back to watching movies such as Angels, Outlaw brothers, Yes Madam and more.
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Film Review: ‘Helios’

When a doomsday device is up for grabs in Hong Kong, the city becomes a potential Ground Zero in “Helios,” a spy action-thriller that reps a savvy model of Hong Kong-Chinese co-production. The writing-directing duo of Longman Leung and Sunny Luk impressively up their game from their major 2012 hit, “Cold War,” orchestrating a stellar pan-Asian cast and making prudent use of an $18 million budget to field a war of arms and ideologies with a teasing cliffhanger ending. Like a Boeing 747 on autopilot, the production is superbly tooled on a technical level yet remains somewhat mechanical and bloodless in its plotting and characterization. Primed for explosive B.O. in China and Hong Kong, this blockbuster could sell like uranium in Asian genre ancillary.

According to the filmmakers, the Chinese title, which translates as “Equator,” suggests that their characters have to take a lot of heat, while a sense of impending doom
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First Shots From Mark Dacascos Starring Action Film Ultimate Justice

It was back at the end of September that we brought word Crying Freeman star Mark Dacascos was returning to martial arts action with Ultimate Justice and with the film now deep into production we have a first look at nine stills from the shoot.Ultimate Justice, follows a team of former elite soldiers, whose friendship was forged in battle. They are drawn back into action when the family of one of their number is threatened, friendships and loyalties are tested, battle lines are drawn and Ultimate Justice will be served.Matthias Hues, Mike Moeller, Mathis Landwehr, Brandon Rhea, Sandra Bertalanffy, Wolfgang Riehm, Martin Baden, Yasmeen Baker and Mike Leeder star with Martin Christopher Bode in the director's chair....

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Mark Dacascos Will Fight For Ultimate Justice

It's time for Mark Dacascos to stop cooking and get back to fighting and that's exactly what he's doing, stepping out of Iron Chef mode and back to his Crying Freeman, The Crow and Brotherhood Of The Wolf mode with new international indie Ultimate Justice.Boasting fight scene stalwart Mike Leeder amongst its producers, Ultimate Justice has just launched principal photography with a cast that includes a fistful of ultra talented screen fighters including Mathis Landwehr and Mike Moeller. Expect to see the first shots from the set soon and expect lots of hardcore action....

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One Million Klicks Trailer Introduces The Ass-Kicking Skills Of Mike Moeller

The first trailer has just popped up for German language martial arts flick One Million Klicks, and showcases some pretty impressive fighting skills. The first project from production company Silent Partners, recently formed by Ruediger Kummerle and Mike Leeder, One Million Klicks stars Mike Moeller, who has worked with everyone from Donnie Yen and Steven Seagal to Hung Yan Yan and Kane Kosugi. Most recently, Moeller was part of the stunt team for Ernie Barbarash's Pound of Flesh starring Jean Claude Van Damme, which recently wrapped filming in China. His stunt work can also be seen in the likes of Speed Racer, Resident Evil and The Monuments Men.From the producers:one Million Klicks is a high impact German language martial arts movie, which hits the big...

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Van Damme Wraps Pound Of Flesh In China

Principal photography has just wrapped on Jean Claude Van Damme's latest martial arts thriller, Pound of Flesh, which was filming at Ace Studios in Nanhai, China under the direction of regular collaborator Ernie Barbarash (6 Bullets, Assassination Games). Jcvd stars alongside British actor Darren Shahlavi, familiar to many from his work in Ip Man 2 and Mortal Kombat Legacy, as well as Hong Kong's Jason Tobin (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift), Andrew Ng (The Man With The Iron Fists) and veteran performer Aki Aleong. The film also stars John Ralston, Charlotte Peters and Marsha Yuen. Produced by Kirk Shaw and Henry Luk, with Mike Leeder as co-producer, Pound of Flesh features fight choreography from John Salvitti, whose work with Donnie Yen has been highly praised in films...

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‘The Last Light: An Irish Ghost Story’ Acquired By Eagle One Media

The Last Light: An Irish Ghost Story has a delicious hook at the centre of its premise. Based on actual accounts of hauntings, the film is shot in the same building where these spooky goings on are said to have occurred. Shot back in 2011, the film has finally received some distribution news after being acquired by Eagle One Media. The Irish set horror focuses on Rob Walker (Robert Render), a handyman who is asked to block up all windows and doors to a haunted mansion. Needless to say, Rob soon finds that he isn’t alone and someone or something may be putting his life in danger.

The film will be released on DVD on 5th November in the Us as well as receiving a VOD release. It will then be rolled out across different international markets. Render won the award for Best Actor at the Freak Show Horror
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The Last Light: An Irish Ghost Story on DVD November 5th

This movie looks So Scary !

Eagle One Media is proud to announce it has acquired worldwide rights to the Yellow Fever Production film The Last Light: An Irish Ghost Story. Director George Clarke’s feature film shot on location in Northern Ireland at a real Ulster mansion that is reported to actually be haunted. The feature film will be release on DVD November 5th in North America, and on VOD and digital platforms, and rolled out globally in various territory markets.

The Last Light: An Irish Ghost Story won Robert Render the best actor award at the Freak Show Horror Film Festival. The film is a multiple film festival award winner that delivers and with glowing reviews:

“The scariest film since the Blair Witch!”- Belfast Telegragh

“Scared me sh*tless! Genuinely terrifying entertainment.” Mike Leeder,

Impact Magazine

“Shreds the nerves!” – James Gracey, Behind The Couch

Synopsis:

Local
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Woochi: The Demon Slayer Blu-ray Review

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To summarise the plot of Woochi: The Demon Slayer in anything approaching a succinct style is incredibly difficult. At just over two hours, and a little flabby at that, Woochi manages to contain enough plot for a number of blockbuster fantasy action adventures rather than just one. Beginning far, far in the past the film sets up the central character of Jeon Woo-chi (Dong-won Kang), an arrogant and mischievous wizard, and a number of auxiliary characters before flying forwards in time to a point where a number of them are still alive whilst a couple have been transported via magical paintings. That’s just scratching the surface though as there are also the villainous animal demons/goblins, an ultimately villainous character (who shall not be revealed here), three wizards in religious ‘disguise’, a dog-in-human skin sidekick, an intertemporal love interest, a film within the film and so, so much more.
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DVD Review: Woochi The Demon Slayer

Woochi The Demon Slayer

Stars: Gang Dong-Won, Kim Yoon-Suk, Yoo Hae-Jin, Lin Soo-Jung | Written and Directed by Choi Dong-Hoon

Woochi The Demon Slayer begins very mythically in 1509 with a trio of Taoist wizards (a Korean three stooges) accidentally releasing an army of shape-shifting goblins, losing the magic flute that can seal them away, and generally ruining the life of the Archgod who’d just spent 3000 days sealing the goblins away.

Gang Dong-Won plays the title character of Jeon Woo Chi whose quest is to become the most powerful wizard in Korea, no matter if he upsets his master or the King. Woochi is aided in his adventures by dog turned human (and sometimes horse) Chorangyi, played with great comedic skills by Yoo Hae-Jin. Woochi ends stumbling upon the prophetic pipe and through the manipulations of demon hunting wizard Hwadam, he and his dog end up sealed within scrolls for 500 years.
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Hong Kong prepares for a big-breasted Zomb'asians invasion!

Here in Hong Kong, news has just surfaced of an upcoming independent film project that immediately caught my eye, not least because it claims to prominently feature legions of ample-chested undead as well as plentiful gore and comedy kung-fu hijinks. 

While Zomb'asians: Thongs Of The Dead is still very much in the pre-production phase (no cast members have yet been named), the official website states that the script is finished and they will soon be running camera tests and looking to begin shooting a concept trailer "in the next few days." The film is to be directed by Simon Yin, who has been making quite a name for himself in Hong Kong over the past few years, helming a number of short films, music videos, TV commercials and the like, while friend of the site Mike Leeder is on board as one of the film's producers. 

These guys have decades
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Exclusive Interview with IP Man 2 Villain Darren Shahlavi

Sometimes you get a chance to simply sit down and talk with an actor; no timetable, no handler, and every question is fair game. Darren Shahlavi was kind enough to sit down with me for that style of interview, and over the course of our 20 minute conversation we covered a huge number of topics. Shahlavi has started to hone his craft and play increasingly larger roles in films and TV, and his hard work is starting to really show. Shahlavi stars in Ip Man 2 (read my review here) as the main bad guy, Twister, who is a Western boxer visiting Hong Kong. After screening the film just moments before, I was able to interview him and you can see the results after the jump.

Darren and I covered a lot of ground, but among the topics were his fighting background, how he got his first big break and then landed
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Stealth Media Group launches Stealth Asia!!!

Good news for fans of Asian cinema and even better news forriend of the site Mike Leeder. Stealth Media Group, based out of L.A. and London, has just launched their own sub label Stealth Asia.

Stealth Asia is a sub-label for Smg, focusing on Asian films. The focus is to get behind talent and build longstanding relationships with established and up and coming writers, directors and producers in Asia. Stealth Asia intends to produce, co-produce, co-finance and acquire international sales rights to 3-4 films per year and television series based in Asia.

And Mike will be their man in Hong Kong,

Stealth Media Group is pleased to announce that Hong Kong based Producer & Consultant Mike Leeder will be working with the company as "their man in Hong Kong and Asia". Based in Hong Kong since 1990, Leeder is regarded as an expert in not only Asian action cinema but Action
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