Mark Strange Interview in MMA Uncaged Magazine

Check out my new interview with British Martial Arts actor and good friend, Mark Strange, in the latest issue of MMA Uncaged magazine. We caught up on Mark’s latest news, training secrets and tips for athletes and fighters. Mark’s credits include acclaimed British fight film, 12 (Twelve), Bodyguard: A New Beginning, Best Laid Plans, The Medallion, Twins Effect and more. He’s also preparing for his next film which will be his most physically demanding to date. You can download the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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