Assassination Games – DVD Review

Director: Ernie Barbarash Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Kevin Chapman & Ivan Kaye Run Time: 96 mins Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Brazil (Jean Claude Van Damme) is a contract killer willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint (Scott Adkins) left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same cold-blooded gangster, both Brazil …

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 …

Filming Wrapped on The Thompsons

I recently finished work as assistant fight choreographer on the forthcoming horror sequel, The Thompsons. The film is directed by The Butcher Brothers and follows the After Dark Horrorfest hit, The Hamiltons, which was released back in 2006 and did very well! Once again I had the opportunity to work with my friend, Mark Strange, who is well known as an actor and producer but also works as a fight choreographer, having collaborated with some great names in action, including …

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown – DVD Review

Director: Michael Jai White Cast: Dean Geyer, Alex Meraz,  Todd Duffee, Scottie Epstein & Michael Jai White Run Time: 99 mins Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis Behind closed doors of a normal, suburban college, ‘The Beatdown’, the ultimate showdown in underground Mixed Martial Arts is being planned. Former MMA prospect and ex-convict Case Walker (Michael Jai White) trains four college fighters, each with their own individual obstacles and reasons for taking part. Case will instruct …

Reflections From a Legend: An Exclusive Interview with Andy Lau – Jade Screen

Andy Lau is one of the most popular and enduring stars in the Hong Kong and Asian entertainment industries. Highly regarded as a Cantopop singer, he has earned literally hundreds of music awards and even holds the Guinness World Record in the category of “Most Awards Won By A Cantopop Male Artist”. He is also a hugely popular film actor, with a career dating back to 1981 and 150 acting credits, and works as a producer as well. He even …

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 …

Wushu – DVD Review

Director: Antony Szeto Cast: Sammo Hung, Fengchao Liu, Wenjie Wang, Phoebe Wang Run Time: 104 mins Distributor: MVM Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 12 Synopsis Having arrived at a renowned Martial Arts school teaching the style of Wushu, a group of young boys swear allegiance to each other and form a close-knit group while studying under the guidance of father and instructor, Li Hui (Sammo Hung). A decade later, and with their skills refined for the forthcoming championships, they unexpectedly cross …

The Man From Nowhere – DVD Review

Director: Jeong-beom Lee Cast: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Hyo-seo Kim Run Time: 120 mins Distributor: eOne Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Scarred by a traumatic and violent past, former special agent Tae-shik (Bin Won: Brotherhood) lives a life of solitude, working in a pawnshop. His only contact to the outside world is through his neighbour So-mi, a young schoolgirl with a mother addicted to drugs. When the girl’s mother steals from some criminals who come back looking to settle their …