The Raid 2 is an action-packed gangster epic

I love The Raid. The neat, compact, tightly constructed original was slick, refined and relentless with tension. Plus, it gave an overwhelming sense of desperation, claustrophobia and frantic pace. After the bar was set ridiculously high with the first film, and having watched only a small handful of clips and teasers for the sequel, I was ready to have the bar raised once again. What I was surprised about and, in retrospect, refreshed with was that director Gareth Evans took …

Behind the Scenes on The Thompsons

This is taken from the special features on the DVD release of The Thompsons from Lionsgate. This is a featurette focusing purely on the fight choreography in the film, featuring interviews with Mark Strange and myself, as well as others from the cast and crew. I had a great time working on this one with a very talented team. Remember, you can buy the film from Amazon here.

RIP Wu Ma (1942-2014)

I was very sad to hear about the passing of iconic Hong Kong actor Wu Ma. Words like “icon” and “legend” are often thrown around but very rarely do they truly resonate. However, he was a genuine figure of the HK film industry and built an exceptional and long-spanning career, even by jaw-dropping HK standards. I always enjoyed catching him in any size role in many Hong Kong action and comedy classics – whether playing a lead or simply cropping …

Skin Trade boasts insane cast

Following some enticing stills and behind the scenes shots from the set of new action/thriller, Skin Trade, fans have been quick to respond and the anticipation is already building. Filming is well underway in Thailand and the production now boats a cast which, frankly, is nothing short of insane. The film will star Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade, Peter Weller, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa and another major star, who has not yet been revealed. It’s …

A Brief History of Universal Soldier

Looking back to the tough, no-nonsense 1992 original, the first UniSol film was a thrilling blend of action, sci-fi and 90s Martial Arts mayhem as two major genre stars – Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren – fronted one of their all-time biggest hits. They played two regenerated dead soldiers continuing their rivalry even when resurrected as assets in an illegal government scheme. After the first film was released, Carolco, the production company that backed the film, went bankrupt and in …

My New Book “Life of Action” Announced

I have just announced my new book is called “Life of Action” and will feature candid interviews with some of the very best men and women in the Action and Martial Arts movie world on their lives and careers. It will be released as a paperback and e-book in late 2014, with more info to follow soon. Here’s my full announcement which went live on the book’s new Facebook fan page: “Since I was a young kid I’ve been crazy …

A Tribute to Jim Kelly (1946-2013)

Following the recent passing of Lau Kar Leung, another loss was felt in the Martial Arts movie world as iconic star Jim Kelly, who rose to prominence in the 1970s, also passed away this week. Well loved and recognised as the first African American Martial Arts star and best remembered as Williams in Bruce Lee‘s Enter the Dragon, his work truly stood the test of time, broke cultural and social barriers and served as an inspiration to many. When he …

A Tribute to Lau Kar Leung (1934-2013)

Some very sad news hit the Martial Arts movie community this week when it was announced that legendary Hong Kong filmmaker, fight coordinator and actor, Lau Kar Leung, passed away following a 20 year battle with lymphatic cancer. His contributions and influence in action cinema cannot be overstated and tributes have poured in from his friends, colleagues and fans all over the world. In his lifetime he amassed an incredible volume of popular work; winning awards and earning several nominations …

5 Video Games Which Need a Film Reboot

Okay… so we’ve all seen the movies based on video games which didn’t live up to expectation. Unfortunately it seems to be the norm. But I don’t want to rant about the worst (and there are plenty of other lists like that out there!). Following a lot of conversations I’ve had, I’ve been thinking about some of the best games which could make genuinely solid movies. We’ve heard announcements about Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed but what about the others? …

Gary Daniels is Forced to Fight

With his latest release, Forced to Fight, arriving in the UK later this year, Martial Arts favourite Gary Daniels will make his long-awaited return to the fight genre. With a career spanning 25+ years, he’s starred in a wide range of Martial Arts gems and earned his place as one of the most iconic faces of the 80s and 90s VHS glory days. In his new movie, ex-fighter Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife …