Book review in Martial Arts Illustrated

It was great to see a nice, full page review of Life of Action in the June issue of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine, still the UK’s number one martial arts magazine. Writer Andrew Staton gives the book an excellent review and summarises some of his favourite action stars profiled in the book, alongside some nice images. “From beginner through to Black Belt, MAI covers all styles of martial art, from Karate, Taekwondo and Kung Fu to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai boxing, Eskrima and …

Book review from Outlaw Vern

I was pleased to see a great write-up for my book Life of Action courtesy of Outlaw Vern (Seagalogy, Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer). If you haven’t read his books or reviews, they come highly recommended. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time so I’m very grateful and glad he liked it. He wrote: “Fury’s book will continue to be an important resource, particularly for documenting our current era of martial arts movies…” Read the full review here!

Life of Action at 87Eleven HQ

Photo courtesy of 87Eleven Action Design It was great to see my book Life of Action holding a coffee table spot at 87Eleven HQ. The team posted this picture of their new Cold Steel training weapons and the book is seen (with Scott Adkins on the cover) casting a watchful eye. The book features extensive interviews with 87Eleven co-founders Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who are now embarking on their increasingly busy paths as filmmakers, responsible for John Wick 1 …

Guest on The Debatable Podcast

I was pleased to be invited on The Debatable Podcast to discuss writing my book, plus a range of other topics. Thanks for having me! Mike Fury author of Life of Action, joins me on this episode. We talk his origins, how he became involved with his lifelong passion for action cinema, and the process of writing his excellent book. We also touch on Walter Hill’s The Warriors, action cinema’s reputation and the respect martial artists deserve… You can listen to the …

The Top Martial Arts Movie Villains

The Book The Film The T-Shirt presented this piece to coincide with the release of my book, Life of Action! In any story of good vs evil, a hero needs a strong, worthy villain to overcome. The best villains will always appear as good as (if not better than) the unlikely protagonist and only through sheer perseverance and battling the odds will our hero ultimately emerge triumphant. Throughout the decades, the martial arts genre has seen many villains transcend status as generic “bad guys” …

Guest on Double Page Spread Podcast

I was very happy to be invited as a guest on the Double Page Spread podcast (episode 123) to discuss writing Life of Action, its featured stars and filmmakers, movies, my own film work, the state of the action industry and a range of other topics. Big thanks to host Wendi Freeman for having me! You can listen here.

10/10 Book Review from Kung Fu Kingdom

I’m very proud and grateful that my book Life of Action earned a really strong review and 10/10 score from Kung Fu Kingdom! They described it as: “A brilliant consolidation of interviews with the filmmakers, actors and stunt people who bring us the action films that we love to watch. The questions asked are thoughtful and pertinent, and the answers provided are interesting and useful…” Read the full review here!

The Best Martial Arts Horror Movies

Horror Cult Films presented this piece to coincide with the recent release of my book, Life of Action! When two extreme genres collide, the results are nothing short of spectacular. Spanning well known and loved films from both the East and West, the tradition of blending dynamic fight action and blood ’n guts has always appealed to audiences and brought together the best of both worlds for genre fans. To celebrate the release of Life of Action, a new book featuring …

Life of Action Ebook Released

The ebook edition of my book Life of Action is available now for Kindle, iPad and all digital formats! Description: Martial Arts and Action cinema fans can now get the inside track on their favourite stars and movies through this fascinating selection of candid interviews with top talent such as Scott Adkins (Undisputed II & III, The Expendables 2), Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Special ID), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Expendables), Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China, Detective Dee) …

Book review in Film Comment Magazine

There was a very positive one page review of my book Life of Action in the July/August 2015 issue of Film Comment Magazine! It’s featured in the print edition only so pick it up if you can. Hopefully it will be made available online at some point, otherwise you can order it or find out more about the magazine over at www.filmcomment.com Film Comment is the official publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Founded in 1962 and originally released as a …

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