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Review: THE FOREIGNER Thrills With A Chan Flick That Is Anything But Formulaic

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When I first heard about The Foreigner back in the halcyon days of 2015, I was puzzled as to why anyone would agree to make it; it was a Jackie Chan movie, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), also starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye)! This sounded like the worst idea for a movie since a Pacific Rim sequel not directed by Guillermo del Toro. Now, in defense of 2015 me, things weren't exactly bright and sunny for the three names above. Chan, still trying to hold onto his glory days, was making big budget duds like Chinese Zodiac and Skiptrace. Campbell was nearly 10 years removed from Casino Royale and was also recovering from the recent Green Lantern debacle. As for Brosnan, he was still reeling from the shockingly dull The November Man and the forgotten film Survivor. There was absolutely NO REASON for this movie to be any good, which is what made the act of seeing it such a pleasant surprise.
Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) is a retired Vietnam War special forces oper…

BALI: BEATS OF PARADISE Lends An Eye To Rhythmic Cultural Wonder In The Newest Teaser For The New Documentary

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A few weekends ago I had the distinct pleasure of meeting journeywoman filmmaker Livi Zheng as she and a close associate made a stop in New York City. During our conversation we spoke about some of her current activity and it was much ado with her latest role as a spokesperson at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and the IMF Global Media Gathering in Washington D.C. several days prior.
It was at these events the flegeling helmer hosted the latest teaser for her new documentary, Bali: Beats Of Paradise, themed centrally around Gamelan, a traditional style of Indonesian music which has also been used in James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster hit, Avatar. The film marks the latest follow up for Zheng who debuted in 2015 with a starring and directing role with actor and martial artist Ken Zheng in Brush With Danger, and will reteam with the one and only Yayan Ruhian in the coming months for the continued production of their next narrative thriller, Insight. During filming Livi …

Trailer: Period Sword Drama THE AGE OF BLOOD Wields With Action And Intrigue

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It looks as if television director Kim Hong-Sun (Voice, Black, Liar Game) has moved up into narrative feature territory these days. Signaling this is the first trailer for the new sword drama, The Age Of Blood, which lunges into Korean cinemas on November 23 courtesy of MLine.
The day of revolting has dawned.

KIM Ho, the best swordsman in Joseon and the King’s guard, one day is being demoted to a prison and receives the order to keep the prisoners. At midnight, when he falls asleep, a riot happens and suddenly 5 armed men appear in front of Ho. They are coming for LEE In-jua, who has imprisoned on a charge of planning conspiracy, to keep him out of jail. LEE In-jua and 5 martial masters are planning to subvert the country again. Now Ho must fight with this pitiless gang not only to keep his duty but his family.
Jung Hae-in, Kim Ji-hoon and Hong Soo-ah are just several of the names leading the cast among those you can spot in the four posters just beneath the trailer. Enjoy!


Western Drama, WOMAN WALKS AHEAD, Goes To A24 And DIRECTV For 2018 Release

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A24 and DIRECTV have acquired U.S. rights to the western drama, Woman Walks Ahead. The film made a strong showing for its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival hailing from Our Kind Of Traitor helmer Susanna White.
Jessica Chastain (upcoming Painkiller Jane) leads the film from a script by Stephen Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) which takes its cues from true events. Catherine Weldon (Chastain) is a widowed artist from New York in the 1880s, who travelled to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. After some initial tension, the two strike up an improbable but deeply committed friendship, joining forces to take on the U.S. government in a pivotal battle for Native American land rights. The movie features great classical storytelling but also a completely revisionist portrait of the American West, unfolding a unique and compelling story through the eyes of an unflappable, singularly determined female protagonist and a three dimensi…

Action Spec, KATE, Nabbed By Netflix, 'Atomic Blonde' Helmer Producing

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Netflix has acquired new female-led speculative action thriller script, Kate, which is reportedly eyeing an April 2018 start date. Deadline's latest exclusive on Thursday reveals $25 million dollar budget is being granted to the project, written by Umair Aleem (Extraction) which tells of a woman who has 24 hours to solve her own murder.
Casting is underway for the film, described as a hard-boiled actioner in the vein of Kill Bill and La Femme Nikita, with a female protagonist akin to the ideal likes of Cate Blanchett and Lee Marvin. The news, currently the talk of the town among major studios according to Deadline, comes as the film looks toward gaining from the streaming company's latest ambitious announcement to generate eighty feature films next year - in this case with spec scripts such as Kate which usually land in development hell -  likely with quality control as its primary linchpin. “The normal major studio has six to 10 executives working on eight to 12 movies at a …

Review: WHEELMAN Takes You For A Thrilling High-Speed Crime Noir

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The inaugural production of WarParty-produced thriller, Wheelman, continues the proliferation of actor Frank Grillo in a string of varying action roles - some more physical than others like his most recent international summer hit, Wolf Warrior 2 with star and director Wu Jing or that of upcoming sci-fi, Beyond Skyline. This one, hailing from writer and director Jeremy Rush, doesn't trade as many blows or bullets but still bodes as an exciting thrill ride from start to finish.
The film keeps you in the driver's seat as we meet our titular driver (Grillo), an ex-con who finds himself way in over his head whilst committing to what was supposed to be an in-and-out job for two bank robbers. With a bag of hot money in his trunk, a high-speed cat and mouse game of phone tag on wheels ensues when he learns he's been double-crossed, forcing him to deal with a long-standing debt with the mob and save himself and his family once and for all.
As much as it is said the camera plays a…

Marvel's THE PUNISHER: Watch The New And Explosive Official Trailer For The Upcoming Netflix Series

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Four weeks ago saw a lot of people become overnight Metallica fans with the first official trailer presentation for Netflix series, The Punisher. Without question, the song alone sells the ensuing tone of raging suffering and outward violence that consumes our protagonist as so seen in the pages of Marvel and preceding film adaptations.

The difference? A much, much more visceral, perceptive treatment that leers further into the darker auspices of what motivates a character like Frank Castle, presented with gusto by actor Jon Bernthal who left quite the impression in season two of Daredevil. With a whole serial season to himself, Bernthal goes all in and with a story that aims at something much more grandiose, raw and organic than anything before attempted.
The first trailer alone samples it all beautifully, aided by nothing more than a 2017 date for avid fans of the IP. This week, a second trailer has arrived with all the world's promise, setting forth a November 17 global premi…

Jean-Claude Van Damme Is Back In Business As JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON In The Official Trailer

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At long last we now have a premiere date set for Jean-Claude Van Damme's new Amazon Prime exclusive series, Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Kicking off December 15, the enduring action hero makes his way to the small screen in what so far looks to be one of the most pleasing works to date from an entertainer with a more sundry and impressive acting craft. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars global martial arts and film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme as "Jean-Claude Van Damme," a global martial arts and film sensation... and, operating under the simple alias of 'Johnson," the most dangerous undercover operative in the world. Unhappily retired, he's now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood... until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he's ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel.
Just kidding it's himself. Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylic…

A SPECIAL LADY: Kim Hye-Soo Sets Out To Protect Something Special In The Latest Trailer For Lee An-Gyu's Debut Crime Noir

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Further indicating no shortage of female led South Korean action thrillers, Lee An-Gyu's directorial debut, A Special Lady does come a bit challenged but has its merits. Reviews and reactions out of Sitges are just now rolling out with a mix of responses while the film itself is a recipient of a Best Picture award from the festival ahead of its theatrical release on November 9.
Hyun-jung began her life in the underworld as a prostitute and now she’s as high as it gets in a criminal organization. Her big secret is that, while she was in jail, she gave birth to a son. When he finally comes to light, the boy will wind up in the crosshairs of Hyun-jung’s enemies, and she’ll have to protect her child tooth and nail (and bullets). A second trailer is now in our midst and you can view it below with the first. Kim Hye-Soo (Coin Locker Girl) stars with Lee Sun-Kyun (A Hard Day), Lee Hee-Joonand Choi Moo-Sungstarring.





THE BRINK: Max Zhang Goes Full Contact In The Latest Trailer

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Going into 2018, it's a great thing knowing we're not hearing the last of actor and martial artist Max Zhang. Transitioning from stunt double to film star is no easy feat and thankfully he's broken the mold in Asia enough to build himself into the next phase of his career which now sees him crossing into Hollywood.

For now though, it's Jonathan Li's latest directotial debut that has taken shape with the anticipated theatrical release of The Brink, headlining Zhang and fellow star Shawn Yue in the story of a daring cop on a relentless mission to bring down a high seas gold smuggling operation. Wu Yue and Kurata Yasuaki and actresses Janice Man and Cecilia So also star for the film's release on November 10 and with that, we have the newest trailer making the rounds and asserting in us a certifiable reminder that Zhang isn't leaving us anytime soon no matter what color his hair is.

Check it out below.