Beardy Strikes Back! The Return of Leung Kar-Yan – Jade Screen

With an identifiably warm persona, a friendly, approachable look and graceful fighting style, Hong Kong actor Leung Kar Yan was not a typical martial arts star by any standard. Playing against the traditional leading male stereotype, he appeared in some of the most highly regarding kung fu movies of the 1970s and 80s, collaborating with Hong Kong’s best loved filmmakers. Sporting a tall athletic frame and trademark mane of thick, untamed hair, Leung came to be known as ‘Beardy’, a nickname passed to him by western …

Good To Be Bad: Waise Lee – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong movie villains… Waise Lee is a popular and hugely underrated Hong Kong actor, well known for his villainous roles and sly, backstabbing characters. Seen widely in the ‘heroic bloodshed’ films of the 1980s, he was a supporting star who Hong Kong audiences loved to hate, typically playing a greedy small-time triad who switches sides in his pursuit for power Download the article here!    

Cannes Movie Highlights of 2010

The Cannes Film Festival (wrapping up in the coming days) has served up an interesting and eclectic selection of new films this year. We’ve been offered the likes of Ip Man 2, Ong Bak 3, The Eagle Path and Outrage – all high profile titles – alongside eye-opening smaller productions like Sinners & Saints and Slice. Here is just a brief rundown of some of the most noteworthy titles to hit the movie market this year at Cannes… Ip Man 2 …

Wesley Snipes Strikes Back!

Wesley Snipes fans will be pleased to know the high-kicking, athletic Blade star seems to be back on form! Since being overshadowed by legal problems in 2006, and today still appealing his three year conviction for tax related charges, Snipes has inevitably been less active in his filmmaking output. I’ve been a Snipes fan for many years since his all-action outings in 90s genre classics like Passenger 57 and Demolition Man. He was always a likeable, non-stereotyped star who was …

Interview with Yang Ik-june – Jade Screen

For Asian movie fans sleeping under a rock, Breathless, the latest project from Korean filmmaker Yang Ik-june has been grabbing the interest of fans and critics all over the world. Already established on the festival circuit, Breathless has picked up numerous awards and stunned audiences with its raw, uncompromising portrayal of broken families and isolation. I caught up with the multi-talented writer, director, editor and star, Yang Ik-june… This interview, complete with an updated introduction, is due to appear in my book “Life of Action”. …

Good To Be Bad: Kelvin Wong – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong movie villains… Wong Siu, also known as Kelvin Wong, is a renowned character actor, often seen playing larger-than-life villains in Hong Kong and Taiwanese film. Initially playing minor bad guys earlier in his career, he soon migrated to the frontlines where he could be seen punishing and tormenting many an action hero in the most brutal way possible. Download the article here!

The Expendables: Most Anticipated Action Movie of 2010?

Like many of you, I haven’t been this pumped for a good ol’ fashioned action outing for quite some time. Since the project was announced in its earliest stages, the internet has been a breeding ground for gossip, news and cast rumours. Put simply, this is a film that sounded too good to be true. As the rumours were confirmed and the teaser poster was circulated, this die hard action-fans’ dream became an exciting reality. One of the most thrilling …

Universal Soldier: Regeneration – Believe The Hype!

One of the movies I’ve been looking forward to most in recent months has been the highly anticipated sequel to the original 1992 box office hit, Universal Soldier. The first film was a classic onscreen pairing between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in one of the most commercially successful films of both stars’ careers. The film stands today as a cult classic so after a handful of less successful follow-ups (including Van Damme’s Universal Soldier: The Return and two …

Copywriting for Film Industry Professionals

What you see is what you’re buying. Quality content and design is essential for anyone looking to promote themselves well. This is true for companies, freelancers or anyone else. Whether you work as a filmmaker, producer, actor or stunt performer, your CV and website needs to reflect the quality of work you push yourself so hard to achieve. It needs to match the work you put out there and sell yourself in the best possible light. Where’s the value in …

The Blog Starts Here!

I setup this site with the aim of showcasing my work across all the various platforms and lines of communication I find myself involved in. Its a nice opportunity to collate my work into one, central place and hopefully some people may be interested in checking out what I’m doing next. There’s a lot of interesting stuff happening across the film industry and not just in Far Eastern Asia. With the launchpad of action cinema (and occasionally venturing into indie and arthouse) it is my aim to …

A Tribute to Shing Fui-on (1955-2009) – Jade Screen

Shing Fui-on is a name that needs no introduction to avid Hong Kong movie fans. Widely recognized from action and gangster films throughout the 1980s and 90s, Shing Fui-On, also known as ‘Daai So’ (‘Big Crazy’ in Cantonese) was one of cinema’s best loved villains. From his difficult early life battling poverty through to his rough and tough days as a young gang member, Shing was a rebel lucky enough to find an outlet for his energy in the film industry. In time he would become one …