So, today’s news is short and sweet. Remember that sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that was in the works? Well, it looks like Ronny Yu isn’t going to be directing it. He said that he turned it down out of respect for Ang Lee.
I’m actually pretty impressed at how Yu handled the situation. I’m sure that there will be some other director that would jump at the chance to direct the film, and I’m curious to see who it will be.
Do you guys think Ronny turned it down because he was being respectful, or worried that he wouldn’t live up to the expectations everyone had for the film? Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the film now that the initial director has turned it down. I have a feeling that whoever it is, they will be compared to Ang Lee’s original, and that’s a pretty tall order for anyone to follow.
I’ve said this before, but 2013 is shaping up to be a very good year for action fans. No matter what type of film you like, there is something for you. Case in point: Jay Chou’s Rooftop.
This movie is Chou’s second film he’s directing, and it’s blending his two passions together; music and martial arts. I think this is a perfect film for Chou’s fans, as he can please both sides without sacrificing anything. The film also has a great sense of style as well as humor. Check out the trailer to see what I mean.
So, there’s Eric Tsang again! I don’t know why he keeps popping up, but I’m not complaining one bit. Some might not like the vibe that Rooftop gives off, but personally, I’m curious to see how it all works out. The film won’t be released until this summer, so I’m sure we’ll see more as the weeks pass.
For those that are looking for a more gritty type of action film, you need to watch Dragonwolf. This movie stars Kazu Patrick Tang and it’s shaping up to be a great flick.
Now, I think that a lot of the story was given away in the trailer, but maybe they want to focus on action. If so, it delivers in spades. Kazu clearly knows what he’s doing and will finally be able to showcase his true talents. I’m excited to see how this movie does, and hopefully it won’t fall under people’s radars.
Well, that was fast. It seems that filming for Ninja 2 has officially wrapped. After a short (and grueling) 40 day shoot, everything in Thailand has been completed. Isaac Florentine has worked with Adkins many times, including on Undisputed. While the film was completed very quickly, there is no shortage of action.
The choreography was handled by Tim Man, a talented stuntman and choreographer. Also, don’t forget that Kane Kosugi is playing the main villain. This is a movie that I’ve itching to learn more about.
Given the fact that filming is over so quick, I’m guessing that we’ll see a trailer up in a few weeks. I don’t think this movie has a lot of special effects, so expect to see it sooner than later. Mr. Adkins, you’ve worked you butt off for this movie, now rest your body before you take on Randy Couture in Distant Shores.
What an interesting way to start to week. I’ve come across several different bits of news, so I’ll condense them down into 1 easy article for you guys to check out. First up is the news that Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa are working on a movie together.
Lundgren let the details slip when being interviewed by about the Package, saying that he will be working on an action-comedy with Jaa. It seems like Jaa is teaming up with a lot of old-school guys nowadays. First it was Van Damme, and now Lundgren? While it could be the same film, I’m a little worried about the “comedy” part of this announcement. I’ll keep you guys informed as I learn more.
Staying in Thailand, Magnolia Pictures will be bringing This Girl is Bad-Ass! to the states.
Talk about a literal title, huh? I’ll be honest, I don’t know too much about this movie, except for the fact that it came out in Thailand back in 2011. Maybe that’s why my memory is foggy on this one. I’m sure I’ll check it out when it is released. Here’s a trailer for those that are curious.
Lastly, some more news regarding the Expendables 3 has been revealed.
It seems that Tom Sizemore will be playing the lead villain. It’s pretty much been confirmed that Jackie Chan and Nicholas Cage have joined the crew as well. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but it looks like this movie will be just as explosive and cameo-heavy as the others.
This year is turning out to be strong year for action fans, and I can’t wait to see what’s announced next!
Chinese Zodiac is almost out, but there are still a lot of countries that haven’t seen the film yet (like the US!) While in Korea, Jackie encountered a case of piracy, and revealed some details regarding the official release.
“While promoting CZ12 in Korea, a fan asked me to autograph a video. I said that the official one isn’t out yet, this is pirated. When he found out he immediately threw away the video. Sigh, every time I see counterfeits I would be very heartbroken because I don’t want viewers to watch anything that is roughly produced and illegal. Here again I urge everyone to boycott piracy. In the official video I will add over ten minutes of unreleased footage, like scenes that were left on the cutting room floor and my fight scene with Kwon Sang-Woo and a French fighter. They are great. In addition it will also have a lot of behind the scene secrets, like the 8 locations on 5 continents, special effect scene production trilogy process, comparison with the initial set designs to actual constructions. The high quality edition is worthy of viewers’ collection! Thank you everyone!”
I’ve already got my copy pre-ordered and eagerly await it’s release. Are you guys excited about this “unseen” fight? I hope that it was just cut for time, and that we’ll be able to see that Chan magic once more.
By the way, those of you that want to get the film should check out Yesasia.com If you haven’t ordered anything before and get something over 30 bucks, you can get 5 bucks off your order. Just type in 5FEBRUARY when you check out. Just be aware that the coupon is only good until February 28th, so get your pre-orders ready.
Ronny Yu’s comeback film, Saving General Yang, now has a release date. The film will first be shown at the Hong Kong International Film Festival before being released worldwide on April 4th. And by worldwide, I mean “not in the US.”
While the details are slim on when US residents will be able to watch the film, I have no doubt that the movie will be picked up by somebody. When asked why he chose this movie to make a comeback with, Yu replied:
“I was attracted by the themes of filial piety, honour, loyalty, and courage explored in the movie. Besides entertaining the audience, this film can also enlighten the younger generation on what ‘filial piety’ really means.”
I usually don’t like period films that much since they are so overdone recently, but I’ll be giving this movie a watch and seeing what comes of it. I’ll be curious to see what other details are revealed as the release date draws near.
Ip Man the Final Fight (or Battle for some locations) is shaping up to be an interesting film. Wong will be bringing a more dramatic character to the film, but that doesn’t mean there is anything lacking in the action department. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know that Eric Tsang and Anthony Wong face off against each other.
Apparently, this duel took over six hours to get right. That doesn’t mean it was all work and no play, the two actually had fun doing their parts. About three hours of the rehearsal were to ensure that the fight could be completed in one take. While I doubt that the whole sequence will be shown in one take, it’s impressive that Tsang (age 60) and Wong (age 51) pulled it off.
I’m really curious how this fight will play out, and it may just be enough for me to give this film a shot. I’m hoping that the reception is good, and that we’ll see a great new addition to the Ip Man franchise.
Every great martial artist has a story to be told, some more than others. Bruce Lee is one of the most legendary icons for martial arts, and it’s no surprise that there is going to be another movie about his upbringing and origin. It is titled Birth of the Dragon, and will be written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele. The duo have also written the screenplays for Ali, Nixon, and Mercury.
There is a lot of speculation as to how factual this film will be, and nothing is concrete yet. I’ve already seen people going on both sides of the fence for this. Some of are up in arms that the facts will be changed while others are curious if anything will be new. Aren’t there enough “historical” Bruce Lee films out there, though?
I wouldn’t mind a little embellishment to make the film fun to watch. Most people know about Lee’s life, and I don’t know if there are really any more new tidbits of info out there. Think about Fearless or Ip Man, they aren’t the most accurate movies, but they are still good films. Do I think that the writers will go that route? Doubt it.
I really want to know who will direct the film as well as play the main main himself. Those two factors will set the tone for the whole film. Regardless of what path they take, I’ll keep you guys posted on the details.
Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West has been very successful in the box office, easily making back the money used to make the film. However, some gamers with a keen eye have noticed that a particular scene looks familiar…very familiar.
Look at the side-by-side and see for yourself.
The game is actually called Asura’s Wrath, and it came out last Feburary. While it’s one thing to say that Chow pulled inspiration from the game, some of the shots are identical. It’s too close to be a coincidence, don’t you think?
Stephen Chow’s assistant had this to say about the issue:
“Mr. Chow had previously said that in making Journey, he would take parts from other creative adaptations of Journey to the West…In my opinion all this talk about plagiarism is just netizens being bored and having nothing to do.”
I’m not looking to stir up any controversy, I just found it interesting and different on this slow news day. At the same time, I think there is a valid argument here. Even though it takes a while to produce sequences like this, I have a feeling somebody saw what the other was doing and replicated it.
Is this a big deal, or are people just blowing this out of proportion? Feel free to sound off in the comments about what you think.
A trailer has been released for season 2 of Mortal Kombat Legacy, and it looks awesome in every sense of the word. It’s got more of everything, more characters, more action, more gore, and more names. Check it out!
I can’t even start to describe how excited I am for this next season. Mark Dacascos as Kung Lao? Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa back as Shang Tsung? Seeing Eric Jacobus as Stryker!? It’s all awesome, and I can’t wait to see more.
The first season took everyone by surprise, so this second season has a lot to prove. If this trailer is anything to go off of, it’ll be as easy as uppercutting someone’s head off in MK.