Walter Hill: Godfather of Action

Walter Hill has been one of my absolute favourite directors for as long as I can remember. Just revisiting any one of his smart, brooding and nail-biting classics immediately reaffirms why his work stands the test of time and brings rare intelligence and creativity to the action genre. From cult classics to mainstream successes, his films offer a fascinating insight into a nostalgic era of cinema while continually testing and pushing audiences. With the release of Bullet to the Head, …

Mark Strange Interview for Vyomax Nutrition

Interview produced for Vyomax Nutrition‘s website and blog with British action actor and Vyomax sponsored athlete, Mark Strange. Mark answered questions on balancing work and training, nutrition and tips on how to improve and meet personal goals. Mark Strange is an action actor and Vyomax Nutrition ambassador well known to the UK Martial Arts crowd. He has competed internationally, won competitive titles and remains one of the most promising Martial Arts actors on the scene. Having racked up an impressive selection …

East Meets West in Pacific Rim

As seen in it’s predictably epic style, the Japanese flavour laced throughout Guillermo Del Toro’s much anticipated blockbuster, Pacific Rim, is really getting folks talking. Telling the exciting and totally insane story of Kaijus (giant Japanese movie monsters) vs giant robots, and featuring a first rate cast of eclectic stars, the trailer has been raising pulses! In this story; when legions of monstrous Kaiju started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for …

Ip Man: Final Battle – Interview with Leo Au-Yeung

Leo Au-Yeung is a Martial Arts instructor with the unique credentials of being the only appointed Wing Chun instructor for the hugely popular Ip Man movies: Wilson Yip’s Ip Man, Herman Yau’s prequel, Ip Man: The Legend is Born and now the forthcoming Ip Man: Final Battle. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leo subsequently travelled to the UK in order to study at University. As a keen and heavily devoted practitioner of Wing Chun, he was able to train …

The Expendables 2: They’re Back!

They’re back and action fans around the world can hardly wait! With the theatrical release getting closer by the day, action cinema comes a step closer to total reignition from another spectacular lineup of genre legends, featuring the returning original all-star cast alongside some exciting new additions – kicking ass on both sides of the law! Lionsgate reveal that in this sequel: “The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things …

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist Announced

Comic Con is without doubt one of the world’s prime hotspots for announcing exciting news and major breakthroughs in the world of comics, video games and films. With major stars and personalities in attendance, the event is a fan’s dream come true and says a huge amount for the passion and enthusiasm displayed by audiences – which stands stronger than ever. In addition to the major film appearances and panels (such as The Expendables 2 and others), from a grassroots …

Yakuza Weapon – Blu-ray Review

Directors: Tak Sakaguchi & Yudai Yamaguchi Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Shingo Tsurumi, Akaji Maro, Jun Murakami Run Time: 106 mins Distributor: Bounty Films / Eureka Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Working as a hard-to-kill mercenary in South America, ex-yakuza Shozo Iwaki (Tak Sakaguchi) is informed of the death of his gang boss father, Kenzo (Akaji Maro). Returning home after four years, Shozo discovers that his father’s number-one man, Kurawaki (Shingo Tsurumi), has double-crossed and assassinated Kenzo, leaving Shozo not only …

Sinners and Saints (aka Bad Cop) – DVD Review

Director: William Kaufman Cast: Johnny Strong, Kevin Phillips, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flannery, Tom Berenger. Run Time: 100 mins Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Detective Sean Riley (Strong) is a tough cop investigating a series of brutal murders in his hometown of New Orleans. But when a clue leads Riley to a troubled friend from his past, he’ll uncover a shocking military conspiracy that triggers a war between local gangs and an international team of mercenaries …

Dragon Eyes – DVD Review

Director: John Hyams Cast: Cung Le, Peter Weller, Crystal Mantecon, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Run Time: 92 mins Distributor: G2 Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis In New Orleans, Hong (Le) a mysterious man with a shady past looks to unite to warring gangs against the lawmen who have been using them to advance their corrupt agenda. Drawing on the morals, skills and fighting talent taught to him in prison by his old cellmate and mentor, Tiano (Van Damme), Hong sets out to …

Recoil – Blu-ray Review

Director: Terry Miles Cast: Steve Austin, Serinda Swan, Danny Trejo, Keith Jardine, Lochlyn Munro Run Time: 90 mins Distributor: eOne Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis A cop turns vigilante after his family is murdered, exacting vengeance on the killers – and then on all criminals who have slipped through the system. When honorable police officer Ryan Varrett’s (Austin) entire family is brutally murdered, the one-time good guy cop is forced to go rogue – breaking the laws he once swore …

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, …

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