It’s been a crazy week, but a lot of stuff to check out. Don’t miss a thing!
It’s been a crazy week, but a lot of stuff to check out. Don’t miss a thing!
It’s been a while since I’ve heard about the Borderland, but it only takes one look a the trailer to make you sit up and take notice. For those of you that don’t know, the Borderland follows an operative that ends up discovering a hidden North Korean bunker.
The film is directed by Mathieu Weschler and stars 5 time world karate champion Seydina Balde. The film is being produced by Bey Logan’s company, B&E Productions. If you want to know what that all leads up to, check out this sweet trailer.
This movie really took me by surprise. I thought it would be good, but it’s looking to be a very interesting action film. While there are some campy moments, the fights look very well done. There’s still no release date for this movie, but hopefully this trailer will make more people anticipate the release.
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Quick question: what do you think about when you hear “Fist of Legend?” If you thought about Jet Li’s epic martial arts film, you’ll be quite confused to learn that there is a Korean film being released that has nothing to do with that movie at all.
The movie is directed by Kang Woo-suk and will based off of a webcomic series. The story revolves around a group of past fighting legends that enter the ring once more for their own reasons.
While the trailer hasn’t been subbed yet, you can check it out below:
Initially, I think that the title choice is rather strange. Most people (if not all) are going to think this is some remake of the Jet Li film. It sounds like the movie will be more similar to Warrior than anything, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The action looks solid, and I’m sure that the story will be good as well. I’ll keep my eye out on this one, to be sure.
Let’s try another question, shall we? When you think of Ip Man, what comes to mind? Probably a solid set of films based on the master as well as a TV series in the works. However, all of that will go out the window, because a musical interpretation has been announced. Seriously.
The musical will have Kawai Kenji (composer on the original film) teaming up with Briton Martin Koch to create all of the music. Bey Logan is the playwright for the musical, and it will be released sometime in 2014. Logan has stated that only about 30% of the musical will be martial arts oriented.
“The kung fu fighting we have will be spectacular, and a highlight of the show, but it still has to deliver as a musical, with a great story and songs, even without the martial arts element,”
The musical will actually be released in English first, and then Chinese later on.
Ok, so my initial thought is that this is just weird and comes out of left field. Yes, I know about Chinese opera and that any story can be changed into a musical, but what’s going on? First Jackie, and now Ip Man? I’ll judge a musical by the music (just like a martial arts film is based on the fights) but it’ll take a lot of convincing to get me on board.
What do you guys think?
This week went much smoother than last week, but I still have some small kinks to work out. A lot of great topics, so feel free to sound off on anything you want!
You can actually hear my computer humming at certain parts, so sorry for the slight stuttering. Also, I changed the resolution, which altered the height of the pictures, so there is a slight gap at the top. But hey, practice makes perfect, right?
I’ve come across 2 trailers so far, and I wanted to share them both with you.
The first is called Fighting Fish, and you may or may not have heard of it. It’s director Julaluck Ismalone’s first film, and it has a lot to prove. It follows 2 fighters that are forced to enter a fighting tournament to win some money. As you can expect, things don’t go as smoothly as planned:
Fighting Fish may be good, and it may be bad. There are some films that have taken this concept in great directions (like Undisputed 2 and 3) and there are others that just fade into the background. It’s hard to say which category this one will fall in, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on it to see how it does when it comes out on the 27th.
The next trailer is from The Borderland, which was a film that had Bey Logan tied to it. It has been a while since I wrote about it, and I gotta admit that the trailer looks pretty sweet.
I’m not sure when The Borderland will be coming out, but signs are pointing to it being a pretty solid action film.
I’m just going to go ahead and apologize for the long wait and not great video. I hit every possible roadblock today, including webcam freezing, incompatible files, and slow video conversions. The audio is pretty weird, and I’m still trying to understand what conversion made it lose quality. I’m hoping for smoother sailing next week. Sorry again, guys.
It looks like Donnie Yen and Cung Le are going to work with each other once again. Le tweeted an image of him and Yen together, saying “Donnie and I talked about working together again next year!”
Some of you might remember Le’s fight against Yen in Bodyguards and Assassins, which was pretty impressive. I think that it could have been a little better, but a rematch could be exactly what we are looking for.
In (maybe) other news, there is information going around that Donnie Yen will be working on a remake of the Last Boyscout. The film will be a HK remake of the Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans film that Tony Scott made back in 1991. There is a possibility that Bey Logan will play the role that Bruce Willis had.
Seriously, here is the exact quote from Bey:
To honour the memory of Tony Scott, we’re remaking The Last Boy Scout in Hong Kong, with me in the Bruce Willis role.
I don’t know how this remake will work or if this is the same project Cung Le was talking about, but it is interesting regardless. I’m glad that Yen has stopped with period films for now and gone back to contemporary films.
I’ll keep you guys posted as I learn more, but interesting projects for Donnie nonetheless!
Source: The Actionist
It’s been a while since I’ve visited Bey’s blog, so I was happy to see some more images from the set of Borderlands. Borderlands is a French film that stars 5 time world karate champion Seydina Balde as a “special operative on a mission that takes him to a hidden North Korean military bunker.”
The film is directed by Mathieu Weschler with B&E productions producing the film. Here are some images from what has been shot so far.
As you can see, there are several different locations that are being used for Borderland. I’m curious to see what everything looks like in motion, but it has the potential of being another great Bey Logan film.
Sometimes I focus on new movies so much I forget about movies that helped shaped the genre into what it is today. You may remember me talking about the re-release of Dragon Inn last week, and now there are some retouched images as well as a new poster.
Now, these images look really good for a movie that came out back in 1992. I’m not sure how many people will flock to the theaters to see the same movie with better visuals and sound, but I guess Star Wars is doing it, so why not?
I’d also like to link this video that has been provided thanks to ReelEastHK, which is an alternate cut for Jet Li’s Hero. It is the fight between Jet and Donnie, but there are some extra angles and poses for those enthusiasts out there. I’m not sure how Bey Logan got ahold of this clip, but I’m really hoping he keeps putting out little snippets like this when he gets them.
Sometimes these films get forgotten, so it’s nice to look back at some of these and remember how awesome they are. It’s been over 7 years since I’ve seen Hero myself, I think it’s due time I give it another watch!