John Wick: Don’t Set Him Off

I’m very excited about John Wick and, in all honesty, I haven’t been this excited about an action movie for quite some time. What we have here is a perfect, potent formula for a solid and asskicking action movie. Having interviewed the directors (and 87Eleven co-founders) Chad Stahelski and David Leitch for my book Life of Action and heard about JW from the guys themselves (even at an early stage a year before the movie’s release), my appetite for old-school action …

Black Butler Arrives in Live Action

There’s great news for Manga fans. Black Butler, based on the best-selling series written and illustrated by Yana Toboso, is making its long awaited entrance into the theatrical arena. Hiro Mizushima stars as the arrogant, demonic butler Sebastian with the movie being directed by Kentaro Otani (Nana) and Keiichi Sato (Asura) In the story (slightly altered from the original), mummified dead bodies of various dignitaries from around the world are being discovered with a mysterious tarot card left beside them at the scene. Kiyoharu …

My “Film That Started It All”

Big thanks to EasternKicks for including me in their ongoing feature titled “The Film That Started It All”. They asked many different people about their personal, standout Asian film which kickstarted their passion. You can read my piece here on the EasternKicks site, or read it below… Early in my life, many films had a profound effect on me and helped ignite my passion for movies. Asian cinema played a massive part in this. Although there are many stars I’d cite as …

Cung Le delivers A Certain Justice

I’ve been a big fan of Cung Le for quite some time. From his prolific career in the Octagon to his gradual transition to the screen a few years back, he has demonstrated a natural charisma that draws on his best elements as a fighter and performer. From supporting roles in the likes of Bodyguards and Assassins, True Legend and The Man with the Iron Fists, to recent leads in fight films like Dragon Eyes and A Certain Justice (the …

Filming Wrapped on Zoe and the Astronaut

I have just wrapped filming for Zoe and the Astronaut, a forthcoming feature. I stunt coordinated and played a supporting role in the film. In the story, a teenage girl suffering from Leukemia rediscovers her lust for life when a mysterious Astronaut crash lands near her home. The film blends themes of drama, romance and sci-fi and is intended for release at festivals in the near future. It is written and directed by Eke Chukwu, who I previously worked with …

Wesley Snipes: Return to Action

Wesley Snipes will return to the big screen in The Expendables 3. It’s an exciting move that many fans have been waiting for. Since dominating the screen as a proven and highly capable action actor in the 1990’s, Snipes racked up an impressive CV and created a long list of memorable characters. He also successfully transcended genres throughout his career, dabbling in everything from action to comedy and drama and working on critically acclaimed, culturally significant titles under renowned filmmakers like Spike Lee, …

Hard Rush: Interview with Gianni Capaldi

Actor Gianni Capaldi was born in Motherwell, Scotland to Italian parents and always nurtured a real passion for film. Growing up with a strong work ethic and an eye for business, he managed a string of family owned businesses in Scotland and even trendy nightclubs in LA before taking his first step into acting. His debut was the Poker mockumentary, All In, and since then he has tackled a variety of acting projects on top of his work as a …

When action runs In The Blood

Action star and Mixed Martial Arts icon Gina Carano is back in her latest asskicking venture, In The Blood. The film marks her first feature since Fast & Furious 6 and her first lead since Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. On the latter subject, this story and theme takes her back to the tough, no-holds-barred role she delivered so well in earlier work and, again, promises a setup which promptly lets her off the leash to brutally punish the bad guys! In …

Get Pumped for Generation Iron

I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Being a huge fan of the original Pumping Iron, the first trailer for Generation Iron promised more of the same… over 30 years since the original was first released! This concept, alone, was nothing short of a treat for fans. The original film introduced the world to a charismatic, charming young bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger who nurtured a crazy dream to become an actor. To this day, the film is well loved as a …

“Life of Action” Latest News

In the lead up to the release of my forthcoming book, “Life of Action”, each week I announced a new name from the world of action cinema who is interviewed in the book. The full list is now featured below and comprises a wide range of actors, filmmakers and stunt personnel from the East and West. The book will be released as a paperback and e-book in early 2015, with more info to follow soon. As for the above image from Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, both …

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has landed

The long-awaited Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has just landed and fans have been eager to see the results. Following the Street Fighter: Legacy short film released in 2010, this series has been years in the making and a genuine passion project for the development team of creatives Joey Ansah and Christian Howard, and producer Jacqueline Quella. Based on the popular video game series by Capcom, fans have been craving a faithful adaptation for years and have sadly been let down time …

Drive Hard to write full throttle action

Chad and Evan Law are a pair of talented brothers and the awesome writing team behind some of my favourite (and I feel strongest) DVD action movies in recent years, including Hero Wanted, The Hit List, One in the Chamber, Six Bullets and the forthcoming Daylight’s End. They recently worked on a new feature called Drive Hard, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Their writing is tight, well structured and takes screenplays in an ambitious direction most lower budget action projects avoid altogether and …

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