Steve Austin – Keeping It Old-School

Since the former WWE Champ stepped out of the wrestling ring and turned his attention to acting, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was, at first, met with reservations as to whether his larger-than-life ring persona would carry into a believable (and likeable) screen presence. Aside from anything else, I have this view that wrestlers make naturally charismatic and generally solid action stars (eg. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena) and the transition across arenas may seem obvious. Under his better known …

Street Fighter Legacy feature – Martial Arts Illustrated

Street Fighter is one of the most popular, enduring action video game series the world has ever known. Whether it played the centrepiece of entertainment on the Sega Megadrive in the early 1990s or recently recaptured the imagination of fans on the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, almost everyone of a certain generation battled their friends on Street Fighter. Street Fighter Legacy is the result of real fans staying true to the source material and delivering something fresh and exciting …

Street Fighter Legacy Interviews – Jade Screen

This was a cover feature for Jade Screen magazine. Street Fighter is one of the most popular video game series the world has ever known. Whether it played the centrepiece of entertainment on the Sega Megadrive in the early 1990s or recently recaptured the imagination of fans on the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, almost everyone of a certain generation battled their friends on Street Fighter. To find out more about Street Fighter Legacy, the promo movie that’s taken the …

East Meets West: Stamping British Action On The Map – Jade Screen

The influence of Asian action cinema has long been felt far and wide. Fans and filmmakers from all over the world who grew up with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano will always cite inspiration as these movie legends became integrated in our daily lexicon. Therefore it is particularly exciting when we in the UK, a market not yet renowned for its action output, begin creating quality action cinema citing the best influences from our eastern heroes. I …

Good To Be Bad: Bolo Yeung – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong Movie Villains A man widely known for his contributions to action cinema, Bolo Yeung, the real-life Chinese Hercules, was born in China in 1946. He pursued a strong interest in Martial Arts training from a young age which paralleled his other major passion: bodybuilding. He became known as the Chinese Hercules after he won the Hong Kong Bodybuilding Champion title in 1967 and went on to appear in films like Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, …

The Expendables – 3 Disc Steelbook Preview

Movie Info Director: Sylvester Stallone Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Mickey Rourke, Gary Daniels, Giselle Itie, Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenegger Run Time: 99 mins Distributor: Lionsgate Discs: 3 Cert: 18 Synopsis: You know the story already but lets revisit the concept: Action Movie Monarch Sylvester Stallone delivered genre fans a nostalgic and much-needed ‘blast from the past’ when he constructed an old-school action epic in the vein …

Lessons From Lee Marvin

Any film fan who has ever felt that kinship with the coolest, most admirable movie badasses will have surely seen the amazing work of Mr. Lee Marvin, one of the greatest and most iconic actors of his generation. As a defining ‘tough guy’ of cinema, he was arguably one of the first to embody the hardest, moodiest and most edgy character traits which would carry over to the toughest stars of the new generation. Mr. Marvin’s hard-nosed approach to acting …

Good To Be Bad: Frankie Ng – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong movie villains… Frankie Ng is a real-life badass of the highest order! A triad up until the age of 28, he earned the tattoos and look of a genuine tough guy which bode well for his subsequent transition to cinema.  After getting married and deciding to quit the Triad lifestyle, he took small jobs before finding a home in the movies. He made a living as a consultant on the Triad film genre and …

Good To Be Bad: Chan Chi-Fai – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong movie villains… Chan Chi-Fai is a hugely underrated Hong Kong character actor, well known among fans for his slimy, loathsome villains. Having acted for some 30 years (first appearing onscreen in 1981), he has enjoyed a hugely successful career as a strong supporting player, best known from films like A Better Tomorrow, As Tears Go By and Return of the God of Gamblers. Download the article here!

Life Lessons From An Action Star with Scott Adkins – AskMen.com

Written with Scott Adkins A new entry into The Expert 10 series from popular online men’s magazine, AskMen.com, written with British action star, Scott Adkins. He is best known from his unique, otherworldly brand of physical action and roles in popular films like Undisputed II and III, Ninja and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Having just finished filming his latest movie: Weapon, starring alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott was kind enough to share some unique action star lessons all men can learn …

Chow Yun-Fat: The Undisputed King of Cool

Movie fans all over the world universally agree that Chow Yun-Fat is one of the definitive Asian male leads, right up there alongside western counterparts like Marlon Brando, James Dean and Alain Delon. He captured the look, style and voice of a whole generation and redefined the image of the iconically cool hero. Chow also starred in the classic ‘heroic bloodshed’ movies that launched the international career of John Woo and peppered the bullet-holes of Hong Kong action forever on …

Isaac Florentine: Taking Action To The Next Level

Isaac Florentine is a name very well known to Martial Arts movie fans around the globe! Ask around! When it comes to the action genre, everyone who knows their stuff would agree that Isaac is doing fantastic work to illuminate the quality of action movie talent in the west. Looking ahead to his next film, scheduled to begin filming soon, I thought this would be a good opportunity to revisit some of the greatest filmmaking accomplishments of this exceptionally talented …