Re:Born hits hard in the UK

Re:Born starring Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Yakuza Weapon) and directed by Yuji Shinomura had its UK premiere at the The Fighting Spirit Film Festival in 2017 followed by Eureka Entertainment’s 2018 home release. Immediately below is my original write-up after seeing the film on the big screen, followed by my thoughts on re-visiting the action on Blu-ray. So what’s Re:Born? For those familiar with Tak’s work, Re:Born‘s early trailers teased a return to his tough, full-contact style of action which puts both himself and his …

Stunts and The Oscars

The long-awaited Oscar night is nearly here for 2018! As always, good luck to all the nominees. However, as usual, I really find it sad that we have to overlook a category for stunt coordinators, especially with so many nominated films over the years being action driven. It still seems crazy to me that this debate continues. Aside from the occasional Technical or Honorary award, which is presented low-key but great, how much cooler and more interesting would it be …

Eden Grey makes official selection at Artemis

It was great to hear that Eden Grey, a female-driven short action film I worked on, made official selection at the prestigious Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2018. Writer/director Tyrone Samuels and everyone involved in making the film brought their best, worked hard and I had a blast designing the action with my good friend Francois Mequer. The film will be screening during the festival between 26-29 April 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Celebrating powerful women taking action onscreen, Artemis Motion Pictures created this …

The Martial Arts Kid is Back

With The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback in the works, it’s the perfect opportunity to revisit the original film, before exploring the sequel and its newly launched Indiegogo campaign below. The original film, The Martial Arts Kid is a Karate Kid themed tale following rebellious teen Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) who has various run-ins with the law. He soon moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glen (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) who also teach martial arts. …

Kung Fu Movie Guide Christmas

I was very happy to join Ben at Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast for a special end of year show to wrap up 2017. We are discussing the year’s top martial arts movie news and running down our best (and worst) films of the year and exchanging presents. As teased in this picture, listen to find out who gave the other Hwang Jang Lee’s Hard Bastard as a gift, and what else was featured in the stocking. It’s a great podcast …

Life of Action has 10,000 Facebook fans

Life of Action has now gained over 10,000 fans on Facebook! This is amazing news and I’d like to say a huge thank you to our supporters around the world. It’s a great testament to the book itself, but also a true sign of appreciation to the men and women who work tirelessly to bring us these action and martial arts genre films. The book was always about getting under the skin of this incredible work and learning what it …

Shock Wave Tunnel at MCM London Comic Con

I’ll be introducing a screening of Andy Lau’s Shock Wave Tunnel at MCM London Comic Con. Cine Asia and MCM London Comic Con are proud to give fans one last chance to see explosive Hong Kong action/thriller Shock Wave Tunnel on the big screen before its home entertainment release. Officer Cheung (Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers, The Great Wall), a senior inspector in the Hong Kong Police Force, is the most respected member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit. Before rising …

The Stolen panel at MCM London Comic Con

I’ll be hosting an exclusive cast and filmmaker panel for new western adventure, The Stolen at MCM London Comic Con. The film is in UK cinemas from 3rd November 2017, with worldwide release to follow soon. Charlotte Lockton (Alice Eve, Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3) has settled in New Zealand with her wealthy husband in 1860. But her life’s dreams are shattered when he’s murdered on their farm and her baby son is kidnapped. After paying a ransom and …

Eden Gray Premiere

I had a great time at the premiere screening of new action short, Eden Gray. I coordinated the fight action with my good friend and co-fight choreographer Francois Mequer (Tensions, Unleashed). Afterwards I took part in a Q&A alongside (left to right in picture) producer R.E. Wolfe, actress Mhairi Calvey, writer/director Ty Samuels, actor Keith Porter and actor/host Timothy Hofmeier. In the story, soldier Eden Gray becomes the target of a shadow agency when she escapes a facility after being subjected …

Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2017

I was invited to join the judging panel at the second edition of the Fighting Spirit Film Festival in London and also presented an award. The 2017 lineup included the UK premiere of Tak Sakaguchi’s Re:Born, Ip Man: The Final Fight, The Karate Kid, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and a selection of action and martial arts themed short films. I presented the award for ‘Best Action Choreography’ to Express Delivery, while further awards went to Blindsided for ‘Best Short’ …

Filming The Marshlands

I have recently been working on the pilot for new TV series The Marshlands. This exciting new concept explores a dystopian future in which the effects of climate change have altered our planet dramatically. This story was inspired by the ongoing issue of global warming and its potential impact on the world as we know it. The series delves into the lives of those inhabiting this new world, and how they have had to adapt to survive. I stunt coordinated the fight action …

Simon West in Life of Action 2

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 90’s action classic Con Air, I took the opportunity to proudly announce British director Simon West in my next book, Life of Action 2. He reflects and shares great stories on this epic feature debut, and his vast career over the years spanning The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, Wild Card, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and developing and producing Black Hawk Down. He says: “I didn’t really know anything about action. I grew up watching the films of Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, David …