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 …

Accident Man Panel at MCM London Comic Con

It was a pleasure to host the Accident Man panel at MCM London Comic Con. We screened the world premiere of the trailer and I discussed the movie at length with leading man, co-writer and producer Scott Adkins, actors Ross O’Hennessy (Game of Thrones), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Perry Benson (This is England) and producer Ben Jacques (Eliminators). We had a brilliant time and the film looks fantastic. The trailer should be online soon so everyone else can check it out. Thank you so much to the …

Hard Times still packs a punch

Walter Hill has moulded an amazing career. He enjoyed a successful start as a screenwriter on classic films like The Getaway, and re-writing and producing Alien. It would always be a natural progression to ultimately direct a self-penned project. This would become 1975’s Hard Times. As the ‘maverick’ director responsible for The Warriors, Streets of Fire, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort and Extreme Prejudice, to name a few, each and every film stands out and there are simply too many greats to list. I recommend any serious movie fan to check out his work. He remains my …

Drunken Master on Blu-ray

In 1978, legendary filmmaker and choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (known in mainstream circles later for The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and action star Jackie Chan shook up the industry with two surprise hits, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master, redefining action filmmaking in the process. The much-loved classic Drunken Master arrives on UK Blu-ray for the first time, as fresh and dynamic as ever and a real joy to revisit. Breaking away from being dismissed as another Bruce Lee clone, these new films established Chan’s now-famous slapstick action/comedy …