Continuing on with announcements for new films, I found a trailer for Jon Foo’s new movie: Bangkok Renaissance. Why people still continue to put “Bangkok” in movie titles is something I will never know. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Mineo and will release in France on June 13th.

Check out the trailer below:

Bangkok Renaissance Trailer

My gut reaction to the trailer is that it feels a lot like Merantau. I don’t know if it’s Jon’s hair, the elevator fight, or the fact that’s he’s running around the city with a satchel, but it all looks really familiar. I’m not denying the fact that Foo is talented, he’s taken on Tony Jaa as well as starred in Tekken, but I hope this movie has something unique about it.

Next up is a birthday shoutout I wanna give to one of the founders of the Stunt People: Eric Jacobus. It’s his birthday today, and he deserves recognition in helping shift the landscape of martial arts action in indie films. His passion and dedication have helped raise the bar on what to expect from actors and fighters, and that’s not easy to do. While he’s hard at work with Death Grip, he’s worked on numerous projects that have shape him into the person he is today.

Check out some of Eric’s work from his demo reel:

Eric Jacobus Action Demo Reel

And if you haven’t seen the new trailer for Death Grip yet, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Death Grip Trailer

Happy Birthday Eric!


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KMiller is the founder of Martial Arts Movie Junkie. He enjoys all aspects of the genre and loves discovering new projects and supporting those that share the same passion he does. You can contact him at for any questions or requests.

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  1. xino on April 1, 2012

    Bangkok Renaissance looks sick! Feels like Ong Bak+Iko Uwais.
    Jon foo is good, I like him and he should keep making more movies.

    And that Death Grip looks AMAZING! WHo is that actor!??

  2. kmiller Author on April 2, 2012

    Hey Xino,

    The main actor for Death Grip is Eric Jacobus. He’s the founder of the Stunt People and is very talented. The main villain is played by Johnny Yong-Bosch, who’s a very famous actor and voice-actor as well. Needless to say, this movie is going to be pretty awesome.