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Keith Strandberg interview: No Retreat No Surrender

Craig Lines May 3, 2017

For fans of 80s action cinema, No Retreat No Surrender holds a special place. We've been speaking to the man behind the series...

If you were a kid in the 1980s and you liked action movies, chances are you rented No Retreat No Surrender at some point. It was like a more violent, high-octane take on The Karate Kid, with all-American teen Jason (Kurt McKinney) getting martial arts tutelage from no less than The Ghost Of Bruce Lee so he could kick the ass of a muscly Russian (Jean-Claude Van Damme in his first major role). As a kid, this movie was everything to me. It was a 15 cert so a little bit edgy, but still simple and wholesome enough for young me to totally ‘get it’. I had tears streaming down my face the first time I watched it, I was so invested in the final fight.
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Shaolin’ Review

Stars: Andy Lau, Nicolas Tse, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing, Fan Bingbing, Yu Hai, Xiong Xinxin | Written by Alan Yuen | Action Director Corey Yuen | Directed by Benny Chan

Review by Baron Fortnightly

China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his lifes greatest battle…

Shaolin, also known as The New Shaolin Temple, is a 2011 film directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Gen X Cops) and an updated version of the 1982 classic and Jet Li’s film debut, The Shaolin Temple. I’ve seen a lot of films recently that whilst watchable have been lacking that certain something that makes them really enjoyable
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Don’t Miss The Shaolin Monks This Coming Fall

The Shaolin Temple is a Chan Buddhist temple in the Henan province of China. The word Shaolin itself is derived from forests of Shaoshi mountain, the is a branch of spirituality that particularly concerns it self with the zen and meditating elements of Buddhism. Originating from the same region is Shaolin Kung Fu. Developed over 1,500 years this ancient martial art is one of the most widely recognised and revered forms of Kung Fu throughout China and the rest of the world.

The Shaolin Monks are true masters of this art form, and infuse the majestic and disciplined fighting style with oriental dance, to deliver an exhilarating and massively entertaining show for the whole family. From acrobatics and death defying stunts, to awe inspiring sword play and wonderful artistry, the Shaolin Monks are a marvel to behold.

The Shaolin Monks are performing at London’s Peacock Theatre 29th September – 17th October.
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Justin Lin might be coming back to 'Fast & Furious'...and the franchise might be ending

Justin Lin might be coming back to 'Fast & Furious'...and the franchise might be ending
When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006's Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011's Fast Five as "the most progressive force in American cinema." After Furious 6 came out last year, Vin Diesel began talking about a new Fast & Furious trilogy. But Lin had already announced his intention to depart the franchise, at
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Daily | Fall Festivals and the Zeitgeist

With Venice opening tomorrow, Telluride this weekend and, beginning September 4, Toronto, the "But seriously, folks" fall festival season is finally underway. New York, too, has announced the lineup for its Nyff Convergence program (September 27 and 28). Also in today's roundup of news and views: David Bordwell argues that reading movies as reflections of a presumed zeitgeist is limiting at best; Adrian Martin delves into Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946); Cinema Guild's picked up Lisandro Alonso's Jauja; Hilton Als celebrates Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979); Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is writing a screenplay for a 3D remake of The Shaolin Temple, the 1982 martial arts classic starring Jet Li, for Jason Lin to direct; and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Fall Festivals and the Zeitgeist

With Venice opening tomorrow, Telluride this weekend and, beginning September 4, Toronto, the "But seriously, folks" fall festival season is finally underway. New York, too, has announced the lineup for its Nyff Convergence program (September 27 and 28). Also in today's roundup of news and views: David Bordwell argues that reading movies as reflections of a presumed zeitgeist is limiting at best; Adrian Martin delves into Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946); Cinema Guild's picked up Lisandro Alonso's Jauja; Hilton Als celebrates Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979); Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is writing a screenplay for a 3D remake of The Shaolin Temple, the 1982 martial arts classic starring Jet Li, for Jason Lin to direct; and more. » - David Hudson
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Andrew Dominik the Writing the Screenplay Justin Lin's 'Shaolin Temple' Remake

Sometimes I forget Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) not only directs, but writes his films and now he's preparing to write a script for someone else and it's hardly one you'd expect. Deadline is reporting Dominik will pen the screenplay for a 3D remake of the 1982 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) set to direct. The film tells the story of a slave worker who escapes from the cruel retainers of the emperor of the Tang dynasty. He seeks asylum at the Shaolin Temple and enters the monkhood and trains with the monks. His motivation, however, is far from saintly having promised to use the skill he learns for defense only, he seeks revenge on the man that murdered his father. When the project was announced back in 2014, Perfect Storm Entertainment, CEO Troy Craig Poon,
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Justin Lin Directing Chinese-Language 3D Remake of The Shaolin Temple

Fast and Furious franchise director Justin Lin is set to direct a big screen Chinese language remake of a film called The Shaolin Temple, and it will be in 3D. The original film came out in 1982 and starred Jet Li.

According to Deadline, the plan is to hire “an A+ list Hollywood writer to tackle the story,” and they will start production when they feel the film is completely ready.

The original story was based on Shaolin folklore and "set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor."

The whole goal of this is to make it one of China's biggest blockbusters ever. Perfect Storm Entertainment CEO Troy Craig Poon had this to say,
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Interview: Mark Dacascos Enters The Tournament With 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy' Season 2

The launch of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" Season two kicks off our coverage of new fights (and fighters) for the Machinima web series. Check out the first episode below. Later today, we'll bring you interviews with some of the stars and creators who've brought the battle for Earthrealm to your PC.

2:30 Est - Interview: Casper Van Dien (Johnny Cage)

4:30 Est - Interview: Director Kevin Tancharoen

He's played everything from a heartbroken assassin ("Crying Freeman") to the Crow ("The Crow: Stairway to Heaven"), to a turbo-charged martial artist with a super-powered heart (my personal favorite, "Drive"), and this week, six-time award-winning Kung Fu and karate champion martial artist Mark Dacascos takes on the role he feels he was born to play: Shaolin monk Kung Lao in the second season of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy."

Dacascos and I spoke about why this role was, in a way, a dream come true, the
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Shaolin temple goes global

Shaolin temple goes global
Beijing, June 18: The Shaolin Temple, known as the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is preparing to stage its first cultural festival in the Us as part of efforts to expand its global clout.

The first North American Shaolin Cultural Festival is scheduled to be held from Oct 8 to 14 in Los Angeles, according to Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Buddhist temple in the city of Dengfeng in central China's Henan province, reported Xinhua.

The temple has successfully hosted an annual Shaolin Temple Day in California for nine consecutive years, Shi said.

He added that the temple has over a million followers in North America.

"We're.
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Jet Li: 30 Years And Counting

Other names: 李连杰

Li Lianjie

Jet Li Lian Jie

Birth date: 26/4/1963

Nationality: China

Workplace: Hong Kong, USA

Selected Filmography:

1982:Shaolin Temple

1991:Once Upon A Time In China

1993:Tai Chi Master

1993:Fong Sai Yuk

1994:Fist Of Legend

2002:Hero

2005:Fearless

Jet Li has been making movies now for 30 years, this time in 1982, he was at the beginning of his journey starring in a movie called The Shaolin Temple (1982), which would make him an over night superstar. Thousands of people back then would travel for miles to get a chance to see Jet training, with his lightening fast punches and flexibility.

Wushu Years

Li was eight when his talent for wushu was noticed at a summer course at school, and he began his practice there. Li participated in the sport of wushu in the non-sparring event. He began on the Beijing Wushu Team, an athletic group organized to perform
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Essential Viewing for fans of ‘The Raid: Redemption’ – 15 Classic Martial Arts Films

With the release of The Raid: Redemption, I’ve asked Sound On Sight contributors Edgar Chaput and Michael Ryan to help me put together a list of 15 classic martial arts films that we consider essential viewing. Here are my five choices.

11- The Blade (Doa)

Directed by Hark Tsui

Inspired by the 1967 Shaw Brothers epic The One-Armed Swordsman, Tsui Hark’s The Blade reinforces that the director is a true innovator, a visionary, a remarkable stylist and a man who knows how to direct action. In a style often compared to Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time, The Blade is a constant, steady blend of hand-held camera work, quick cuts, visual motifs, symbolic imagery and downright poetic juxtapositions. The fight scenes start out violent and blood-stained but gradually progress into grand artistic spectacles – some of the best you’ll ever see.

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12- Jing wu ying xiong
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Shaolin Movie Review

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Title: Shaolin Directors: Benny Chan and Cory Yuen Starring: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Jackie Tse, Wu Jing, Li Bing Bing Another nationalist, feuding-warlord Chinese martial arts import, historic epic “Shaolin” delivers moderately on the expectations its core demographic might likely have, but otherwise does little else to distinguish itself for a broader audience. Ambitiously staged set pieces fall victim to portentous technique, creating an ultimately irreconcilable chasm between how much one wants to like this movie and how much they actually do. A kind of spiritual rebooting of Jet Li’s 1982 classic “The Shaolin Temple,” the film unfolds in the early days of the Chinese republic, as various warlords look to...
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Foreign Objects: Shaolin (Hong Kong)

China in the early twentieth century is a land of strife, starvation and feuding warlords. Hao Jie (Andy Lau) is one of the strongest and most ruthless among them, even going so far as to kill an enemy within the walls of the sacred Shaolin temple. Together with his right-hand man, Tsao Man (Nicholas Tse), he murders and maims his way across the country with impunity. But his greed reaches its limit when bloodthirsty ambition combined with an act of betrayal destroys his family and leaves him for dead. Wounded and emotionally devastated, Hao takes refuge with the only people that will have him… the Shaolin monks. He can’t hide from his past forever though, and soon the new man he claims to be is forced to face the world of bloodshed he once called his own. Joining Hao in the fight are the honorable, ass-kicking monks and a wise-cracking cook (Jackie Chan), but will they
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Shaolin Review

[With Shaolin hitting Us cinemas this weekend, here's another chance to read my earlier review.]For his first full Mainland production, veteran director Benny Chan (Moment Of Romance, New Police Story, Invisible Target) delivers a grand martial arts spectacular, brimming with action, redemption and a generous helping of Zen Buddhism. Evolving out of the 1981 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, Chan takes the basic conceit - a man hiding out in a shaolin temple is converted to Buddhism and becomes a hero - and turns it into a full blown period epic, with largely satisfying results. Set during the tumultuous Warlord era of the early 20th Century, Andy Lau plays Hao Jie, a ruthless warlord, whose overwhelming victories and amassed personal wealth and success have come...
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DVD Review: Shaolin

Shaolin

Stars: Andy Lau, Nicolas Tse, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing, Fan Bingbing, Yu Hai, Xiong Xinxin | Written by Alan Yuen | Action Director Corey Yuen | Directed by Benny Chan

“China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau, House of the Flying Daggers, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life’s greatest battle…”

Shaolin, also known as The New Shaolin Temple, is a 2011 film directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Gen X Cops) and an updated version of the 1982 classic and Jet Li’s film debut, The Shaolin Temple. I’ve seen a lot of films recently that whilst watchable have
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UK trailer for Benny Chan’s ‘Shaolin’

Cine Asia have released a brand new UK trailer for their DVD and Blu-ray release of Shaolin, Benny Chan’s “homage” to the 1982 kung-fu classic The Shaolin Temple, which stars Andy Lau and Nicolas Tse and features a special appearance by the legend that is Jackie Chan.

China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau, House of the Flying Daggers) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life’s greatest battle…

Cine Asia release Shaolin on 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray on September 12th 2011.
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‘Shaolin’ Trailer: Betrayal, Redemption, & Butt-Kickin’ Shaolin Monks

Jackie Chan will be back on the big screen and playing a deadly Shaolin monk in this year’s foreign-language martial arts epic, Shaolin. Well, sort of.

Although Chan makes a prominent appearance in the Shaolin trailer, the real star of the film is Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) as the Chinese warlord General Hou. All the same, it’s another good move on Chan’s part after his appearance in last year’s Karate Kid remake and his upcoming role in the historical drama 1911 (we’ll pretend The Spy Next Door never happened).

Shaolin (a.k.a. The New Shaolin Temple) is actually an “updated” version (remake?) of Jet Li’s 1982 film debut, The Shaolin Temple. Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-b-Hood) served as director on Shaolin, which takes place during the Warlord Era (1916-1928) of early Republican China.

Here is the official synopsis for Shaolin:

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Affd 2011: Shaolin Review

[The 10th annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas opens today, and the official opening night film is Benny Chan's Shaolin, presented by Well Go USA.  We are reprinting our original review by James Marsh for the occasion. Shaolin screens tonight at Landmark's Magnolia Theater at 7Pm]For his first full Mainland production, veteran director Benny Chan (Moment Of Romance, New Police Story, Invisible Target) delivers a grand martial arts spectacular, brimming with action, redemption and a generous helping of Zen Buddhism. Evolving out of the 1981 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, Chan takes the basic conceit - a man hiding out in a shaolin temple is converted to Buddhism and becomes a hero - and turns it into a full blown period epic, with largely...
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Twelve

Scream 4

Opens: April 15th 2011

Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts Director: Wes Craven

Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with family and friends, but it also brings about the return of Ghostface which puts the whole town in danger.

Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.

Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the
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