Interviews Referenced in Undefeatable Commentary

I was very pleased and honoured that my interviews with actors, Don Niam and John Miller, were heavily referenced for the latest film commentary from the well-established Podcast on Fire team. Their new commentary for B-movie Martial Arts favourite, Undefeatable, starring Cynthia Rothrock, is well worth checking out and offers some interesting comments and discussion points! Thanks for including me guys! “Joined by Tom Kent-Williams and David Harris, Kenneth Brorsson tackles Godfrey Ho’s B-movie actioner that survived: Undefeatable. Cynthia Rothrock kicking …

Chee Keong Cheung Prepares For Zombie Apocalypse

Article produced for Scream: The Horror Magazine Up-and-coming writer, director and producer, Chee Keong Cheung, has been something of a rising auteur in the UK for some time now. Since spearheading the British action hit, 12, and the ambitious, gangster-themed co-production, Bodyguard: A New Beginning, fans from far and wide have been wondering what will come next. His last 2 films combined major stars with exciting new talent and pushed the boundaries on what was considered possible in low budget, independent action cinema. Following …

Get Behind Our Action Stars: An Open Letter

For those in doubt, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the UK produces a high standard of action filmmaking talent. Ranging from directors, actors, choreographers and stunt crew, taking inspiration from counterparts in the Far East and elsewhere in the West, the Brits have a strong (albeit smaller) output when it comes to action cinema. Having long been devoted to giving our homegrown stars a promotional push whenever possible and building awareness of the exceptional talent that exists here, I still …

Good To Be Bad: Michael Chan Wai-Man – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong Movie Villains Born in Hong Kong in 1946, the legendary tough guy of the Triad genre, Michael Chan Wai-Man, lived up to his hard-as-nails persona earning titles as a feared Boxer and Kickboxer across Southeast Asia. He was discovered by Shaw Bros and started appearing in films in 1970, usually cast as a villain or anti-hero for his intimidating look and characteristics. His hugely successful film career would engrain him in the Hong Kong …

Good To Be Bad: Jack Kao – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong Movie Villains Hong Kong movie fans everywhere will know that Jack Kao is the official, certified, go-to-guy for Taiwanese gangsters! Being a very talented actor and despite occasionally venturing into subtle, easy-going character roles, he is still best known for playing quietly menacing villains battling the toughest criminal counterparts from Hong Kong. Born in 1958 in Taiwan, Jack Kao began his film career in the late 1980s predominantly appearing in projects by acclaimed ‘New …

Michael Jai White: The New Action Auteur

Michael Jai White is no newcomer to the movie business. Standing larger-than-life as one of the most impressive physical actors today, he commands a presence like few others – even holding 26 competition titles, black belts in 7 systems and has racked up a wide range of credits in some of the most well received commercial and genre movies from the past few years. Having recently turned his hand to directing, it’s great to see someone of Michael’s skill and …

Chuck Norris – Beard To The Bone

“Chuck Norris doesn’t have a beard on his face. Chuck Norris’ beard has a face.” This one’s just for fun! Any action cinema fan would admit holding a fondess for at least a handful of Chuck Norris movies. Aside from the obvious reference to Way of the Dragon (a Bruce Lee classic, but not nearly enough Chuck!) over the years Mr Norris made a vast range of ass-kicking action flicks to keep genre fans happy. Interestingly, kicking off his acting …

Mortal Kombat: Legacy – A Great Revival Earns a New Platform

Those enamoured by the world of action cinema, Martial Arts and video games will have undoubtedly watched some, if not all of the recent web-series hit, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, the eagerly awaited spin-off of the short promo, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which became an overnight YouTube hit. Not since Street Fighter: Legacy from Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Twelve) have I been so impressed with the quality of content now being produced exclusively for the web. These projects are treading new …

A Tribute to Alan Tang (1946-2011)

Fans and filmmakers all over the world have been paying tribute to the tragic loss of pioneering Hong Kong actor and producer, Alan Tang. Known as Hong Kong’s version of Alain Delon and nicknamed ‘The Prince’, Tang developed a reputation as one of the brightest new actors in 1960’s and 70’s Hong Kong cinema and later one of the hardest working and most respected producers who helped drive critically acclaimed directors to stardom. Having worked on over 70 films throughout …

Donnie Yen: The Wing Chun Connection – Jade Screen

This was an interesting piece because other than being a huge Donnie Yen fan and loving the Ip Man movies, I trained in Wing Chun for a number of years so it brought a lot of interests together! Regardless of the specific Martial Arts styles on show in his work, action legend Donnie Yen has always demonstrated immense commitment to the physical role, spending months training for film and preparing to ensure the best performance possible. This level of work …

Good To Be Bad: Roy Cheung – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong Movie Villains Roy Cheung is one of the best recognised stars of the Hong Kong gangster genre and built his early career almost solely playing nasty gang bosses or villainous, corrupt cops! Starting out as a model, he was a big movie fan throughout his life but never considered entering the business until he was cast by director Yeung Fan to appear in Lost Romance in 1986, along with Chow Yun Fat and Maggie …

Jackie Chan’s Armour of God 3: Looking Back, Moving Forward – Screen Power

Jackie Chan fans all over the world will remember the original Armour of God as a film that redefined the Hong Kong action genre. Not only was this movie a spectacular, cinematic piece of filmmaking by any standard, it also reaffirmed Jackie’s reputation as a world class action star and stunt performer. In the now-legendary sequence which almost cost Jackie his life, the film stands as one of bravest, most daring pieces of action entertainment: a testament to getting the …