Chee Keong Cheung Prepares For Zombie Apocalypse

Article produced for Scream: The Horror Magazine Up-and-coming writer, director and producer, Chee Keong Cheung, has been something of a rising auteur in the UK for some time now. Since spearheading the British action hit, 12, and the ambitious, gangster-themed co-production, Bodyguard: A New Beginning, fans from far and wide have been wondering what will come next. His last 2 films combined major stars with exciting new talent and pushed the boundaries on what was considered possible in low budget, independent action cinema. Following …

Tactical Force – DVD Review

Director: Adamo P. Cultraro Cast: Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig & Darren Shahlavi Run Time: 85 mins Distributor: eOne Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis A training exercise for an LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned Hangar, armed with nothing but blanks. With a major business deal in progress and the two gangs looking to eliminate the only witnesses, Captain Hunt (Steve …

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – Blu-ray review

Director: John McNaughton Cast: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold & Tom Towles Run Time: 83 mins Distributor: Studiocanal Discs: 2 Cert: 18 Synopsis Based on the horrifying true story of convicted mass-murderer Henry Lee Lucas (portrayed a magnetic Michael Rooker), John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer is one of the most remarkable films in the serial killer genre. Impressively building to a disquieting and horrific climax, the film provides a sobering and nightmarish glimpse into a deranged and damaged …

Hit Girls (Short) – Film Review

Hit Girls, the dynamic short film from Rosebud Pictures has finally been released online, following a successful set of screenings at BAFTA, Working Title and Electric Cinema in London. Blending dark comedy and stylish action, Hit Girls brings together an exciting cast of dramatic and action filmmaking talent and is bound to become a cult favourite. Word about this film has spread online for quite sometime now (the film was first screened back in 2010), yet very few were lucky …

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 …

A Master Returns: Interview with Tsui Hark – Jade Screen

Born in 1950 in Vietnam, the young Tsui Hark first travelled to Hong Kong in 1966 to attend secondary school. In the years that followed he studied at University in the US and became enamoured by the world of media, becoming immersed in newspaper press, theatre and television work. After leaving the US, he returned to Hong Kong in 1977 to begin work as a TV producer and director. In time he would forge some of the most popular Blockbusters …

When Twisters Strike: Interview with Darren Shahlavi – Jade Screen

Darren Shahlavi is a British Martial Arts star widely known to avid genre fans around the world. With a versatile range of work and memorable characters to his name, he has single-handedly dominated the screen as both a hero and a villain, battling on-screen opponents from the East and West. Having started his training at the age of seven, this child of the movies began his career working in Hong Kong before moving into action films and major blockbusters in …