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 …

Mark Strange: New Blood On The Rise – Martial Arts Illustrated

Cover interview and feature produced for Martial Arts Illustrated March 2011 issue… Mark Strange is the new blood on the action cinema stage; a former martial arts champion turned action star with extensive experience across the martial arts, earning titles as the Euro-British Full Contact Champion and the MAI National Chinese Forms Champion. Emerging from a strong fighting background having competed all over the world, Mark pursued a lifelong passion in film and would subsequently work on films like Batman …

Dragon Rising: Uncut Interview with Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson

This is the full, uncut version of my career-spanning interview with Kickboxing Legend and Action Star, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, which took place in Cannes in 2010… Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson is a name that needs no introduction to Kickboxing fans and action movie addicts around the world. He dominated the tournament circuit in a stunning career that earned him legions of fans across the globe. While still heavily involved in competition during the 1980s, he forged a successful movie …

Street Fighter Legacy feature – Martial Arts Illustrated

Street Fighter is one of the most popular, enduring action video game series the world has ever known. Whether it played the centrepiece of entertainment on the Sega Megadrive in the early 1990s or recently recaptured the imagination of fans on the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, almost everyone of a certain generation battled their friends on Street Fighter. Street Fighter Legacy is the result of real fans staying true to the source material and delivering something fresh and exciting …

Street Fighter Legacy Interviews – Jade Screen

This was a cover feature for Jade Screen magazine. Street Fighter is one of the most popular video game series the world has ever known. Whether it played the centrepiece of entertainment on the Sega Megadrive in the early 1990s or recently recaptured the imagination of fans on the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, almost everyone of a certain generation battled their friends on Street Fighter. To find out more about Street Fighter Legacy, the promo movie that’s taken the …

Interview with Action Director, Leo Au-Yeung – Jade Screen

Leo Au-Yeung is a renowned Wing Chun Master with the unique credentials of being the only appointed Wing Chun instructor for the hugely popular Ip Man movies. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leo later travelled to the UK to study at University. As a heavily devoted practitioner of Wing Chun, he was able to train under some of the best instructors in the world today. It was through his connections and impressive teaching abilities he was invited to assist …

East Meets West: Stamping British Action On The Map – Jade Screen

The influence of Asian action cinema has long been felt far and wide. Fans and filmmakers from all over the world who grew up with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano will always cite inspiration as these movie legends became integrated in our daily lexicon. Therefore it is particularly exciting when we in the UK, a market not yet renowned for its action output, begin creating quality action cinema citing the best influences from our eastern heroes. I …

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