Never Give Up, Never Give In – Mark Strange interview for Martial Arts Illustrated

This is an interview I wrote for Martial Arts Illustrated. Mark Strange is a household name to the UK Martial Arts crowd. He is an action actor who previously competed internationally and even earned titles as the Euro-British Full Contact Champion and MAI National Chinese Forms Champion before starting a new career in the movies. Having appeared in films like The Medallion, Twins Effect and Batman Begins, he would go on to star in Displaced, 12 and Bodyguard: A New …

Action Overture: Interview with Alan Mak

Born in 1968 in Hong Kong, Alan Mak is a writer, director and producer best known as one of the team who penned and directed the popular Infernal Affairs trilogy. Gaining huge credibility all over the world, he went on to write and direct crime-drama, Overheard, and Martial Arts epic, The Lost Bladesman. Yet despite these recent successes, his career in the business dates back much further and can be traced through his humble beginnings watching afternoon film screenings at …

Gallants: Interview with Clement Cheng

Clement Cheng is fast-becoming one of the most recognised new names on the Hong Kong filmmaker’s circuit. Born and raised in Hong Kong, the young Clement became enamoured by the world of Kung Fu movies and after moving to Canada, enrolled in a filmmaking class with the Hong Kong Director’s Guild. Learning from some of the biggest names in the business, Clement kickstarted an exciting career in movies which led to a hugely successful partnership with fellow filmmaker, Derek Kwok, …

Karate Girl: Interview with Rina Takeda

Born on June 15, 1991 in Kanagawa, Japan, Rina Takeda is one of the youngest new action stars in the movie business. Redefining perceptions of the on-screen heroine, she obliterates men twice her size and leaves nothing but a trail of semi-conscious bodies in her wake. As a teen, she earned her black belt in Ryukyu Shorin-ryu Karate and was subsequently invited to audition for the action-packed cult Martial Arts flick, High Kick Girl. This led to a successful new …

Hit Girls: (Hit) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Impact

With the popularity of online movies and web series on the rise, a dynamic new action short recently hit YouTube and is already causing quite a stir. Hit Girls, the new short film from Rosebud Pictures, was recently released online following a successful set of screenings at BAFTA, Working Title and Electric Cinema in London. Differentiating itself from video game franchises like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat (the subject of other recent web films and series), Hit Girls remains action-packed …

Interviews Referenced in Undefeatable Commentary

I was very pleased and honoured that my interviews with actors, Don Niam and John Miller, were heavily referenced for the latest film commentary from the well-established Podcast on Fire team. Their new commentary for B-movie Martial Arts favourite, Undefeatable, starring Cynthia Rothrock, is well worth checking out and offers some interesting comments and discussion points! Thanks for including me guys! “Joined by Tom Kent-Williams and David Harris, Kenneth Brorsson tackles Godfrey Ho’s B-movie actioner that survived: Undefeatable. Cynthia Rothrock kicking …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Fighter’s Legacy: Interview with Donnie Yen – Jade Screen

Donnie Yen is an undisputed legend of action cinema and remains one of the most highly regarded Martial Arts movie stars in the world. Through his lifelong passion for Martial Arts, the young Donnie entered the film business working with master director Yuen Woo-ping, setting him on a path to become one of the most recognised physical action stars of all time. Today he has starred in nearly 50 films, as well building an unparalleled reputation as an Award Winning …

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