Good To Be Bad: Jack Kao – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong Movie Villains Hong Kong movie fans everywhere will know that Jack Kao is the official, certified, go-to-guy for Taiwanese gangsters! Being a very talented actor and despite occasionally venturing into subtle, easy-going character roles, he is still best known for playing quietly menacing villains battling the toughest criminal counterparts from Hong Kong. Born in 1958 in Taiwan, Jack Kao began his film career in the late 1980s predominantly appearing in projects by acclaimed ‘New …

Yakuza Weapon: Interview with Tak Sakaguchi – Jade Screen

Born in 1975 in Ishikawa, Japan, renowned actor, director and action choreographer Tak Sakaguchi started as a feared underground street fighter with a reputation for using Martial Arts to beat down his opponents. He was later discovered by director Ryuhei Kitamura who cast him as the star of his low budget, action-horror film Versus, one of the earliest full-contact action films in Japan. This little film went on to become a cult action hit, selling over 100,000 copies in America …

Michael Jai White: The New Action Auteur

Michael Jai White is no newcomer to the movie business. Standing larger-than-life as one of the most impressive physical actors today, he commands a presence like few others – even holding 26 competition titles, black belts in 7 systems and has racked up a wide range of credits in some of the most well received commercial and genre movies from the past few years. Having recently turned his hand to directing, it’s great to see someone of Michael’s skill and …

Chuck Norris – Beard To The Bone

“Chuck Norris doesn’t have a beard on his face. Chuck Norris’ beard has a face.” This one’s just for fun! Any action cinema fan would admit holding a fondess for at least a handful of Chuck Norris movies. Aside from the obvious reference to Way of the Dragon (a Bruce Lee classic, but not nearly enough Chuck!) over the years Mr Norris made a vast range of ass-kicking action flicks to keep genre fans happy. Interestingly, kicking off his acting …

Mortal Kombat: Legacy – A Great Revival Earns a New Platform

Those enamoured by the world of action cinema, Martial Arts and video games will have undoubtedly watched some, if not all of the recent web-series hit, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, the eagerly awaited spin-off of the short promo, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which became an overnight YouTube hit. Not since Street Fighter: Legacy from Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Twelve) have I been so impressed with the quality of content now being produced exclusively for the web. These projects are treading new …

A Warrior’s Return: Interview with Richard Norton

Richard Norton is an undisputed legend of action cinema who remains one of the highest rated Martial Artists in his field. He even holds a unique accolade as one of the most highly regarded Westerners to work on the dynamic films of Hong Kong stars, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. Born and raised in Croydon, Australia, the young Richard pursued a passion in Martial Arts that would shape his life and career. He subsequently began working security at clubs before …

Wushu – DVD Review

Director: Antony Szeto Cast: Sammo Hung, Fengchao Liu, Wenjie Wang, Phoebe Wang Run Time: 104 mins Distributor: MVM Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 12 Synopsis Having arrived at a renowned Martial Arts school teaching the style of Wushu, a group of young boys swear allegiance to each other and form a close-knit group while studying under the guidance of father and instructor, Li Hui (Sammo Hung). A decade later, and with their skills refined for the forthcoming championships, they unexpectedly cross …

The Man From Nowhere – DVD Review

Director: Jeong-beom Lee Cast: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Hyo-seo Kim Run Time: 120 mins Distributor: eOne Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Scarred by a traumatic and violent past, former special agent Tae-shik (Bin Won: Brotherhood) lives a life of solitude, working in a pawnshop. His only contact to the outside world is through his neighbour So-mi, a young schoolgirl with a mother addicted to drugs. When the girl’s mother steals from some criminals who come back looking to settle their …

True Justice: Street Wars – DVD Review

Director: Wayne Rose Cast: Steven Seagal, Sarah Lind, Kyle Cassie, Byron Mann Run Time: 90 mins Distributor: Optimum Releasing Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis A point to clarify again: these are the third and fourth episodes of the new Steven Seagal action-drama TV series, True Justice (aka Southern Justice), edited into a movie for the UK DVD release (following the earlier release of Deadly Crossing, comprising the first 2 episodes). Elijah Kane (Seagal) heads up a tough squad of cops …

Filming Wrapped on Hood

I was very pleased to be asked by friend Okorie Chukwu to come onboard for his directorial debut, Hood, a gritty short film set in the urban metropolis of London. I worked as assistant fight choreographer and played a member of the Fallen Angels gang, essentially a bad guy – though I also got to stalk and kidnap a woman before getting into a 3-on-1 fight with the hero, so there was plenty for my villain to do! The scenes …

Donnie Yen: The Wing Chun Connection – Jade Screen

This was an interesting piece because other than being a huge Donnie Yen fan and loving the Ip Man movies, I trained in Wing Chun for a number of years so it brought a lot of interests together! Regardless of the specific Martial Arts styles on show in his work, action legend Donnie Yen has always demonstrated immense commitment to the physical role, spending months training for film and preparing to ensure the best performance possible. This level of work …

Filming Wrapped on World of the Dead

I recently completed assisting on fight scenes for the sequel to The Zombie Diaries – which is using the sub-title, World of the Dead. I was really pleased to be working with my good friend, Mark Strange, who was the lead fight choreographer on the film. It was a really good experience working with the actors and directors, ensuring the fight scenes were delivered with the right style and believability – all very brutal and hands on. The film is …