Bodyguard: A New Beginning on HBO

If you haven’t seen it, this is well worth a look. Bodyguard: A New Beginning from writer, director and producer Chee Keong Cheung is showing on HBO this month! You can view showtimes here. As a big fan of the film since its release back in 2008, I can definitely recommend it. Alongside Cheung and co-star/producer Mark Strange, the film was also produced by Mike Leeder, who worked on the casting and makes a cameo, plus it features a great roster of …

Revenge of the Green Dragons

This is an interesting spin on the genre. A gangster drama set in the Chinese immigrant community of New York in the 1980’s. Hyping up the accolades of being co-directed by Infernal Affairs‘ Andrew Lau and exec produced by Martin Scorsese, the film sets a precedent for the style and quality of this particular gangster tale. So what’s the result? With the story inspired by true events from an article of the time, Sonny and Steven are two Chinese-American immigrants surviving …

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Pound of Flesh

Fans have anticipated Pound of Flesh for quite some time. Being a lifelong fan myself, of Jean-Claude Van Damme and many others involved in the project, the setup was intriguing for pretty much any genre fan. Following plenty of publicity surrounding the film, including JCVD’s appearance on Conan (re-enacting his legendary Kickboxer dance here) the film has finally arrived. In China to donate a kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Van Damme), a former black-ops agent, wakes the day before the operation to find he …

Skin Trade Arrives

This is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Long in development and with various personnel changes along the way, Dolph Lundgren‘s passion project was evolving as early as 2007 with the Big Swede penning the script and originally down to direct until he handed over the reigns, steering the ship as writer/producer. And incidentally, for anyone drawing parallels to Taken, Dolph actually wrote the script before the Liam Neeson actioner was made, inspired by an article he read on human …

Steven Seagal’s Mercenary: Absolution

With the release of Steven Seagal‘s latest movie, Mercenary: Absolution, I took the opportunity to not only catch the big man’s new flick, but willfully digress a little into my fascination with all things Steven. I’ve always had a soft spot for Steven Seagal movies. Most fans will agree there are those classics that everyone mentions (Nico, Out For Justice, Under Siege) and then, in more recent years, a very mixed bag of the awful (Attack Force, Flight of Fury) to …

Midnight Run arrives on Blu-ray

The classic 1988 road movie, Midnight Run, makes its much awaited arrival on Blu-ray for the very first time. Never missing out on the chance to revisit an all-time favourite, this new release comes with a range of brand new extras including newly filmed interviews with the cast and crew, giving fresh perspective on the making of a much-overlooked modern classic. For fans of this buddy comedy/road movie gem, this version presents the best opportunity to catch it in all its glory. For anyone who never saw the …

Jason Momoa on the Road to Paloma

I’m a big fan of Jason Momoa. The star of Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones and Bullet to the Head has more than proven his acting and action chops and played an interesting range of roles throughout his career, from heroes, villains, barbarians, even warriors with a vulnerable side. Plus, the props he’s received from action teams like 87Eleven really cements the image of true, hardworking talent. It’s great to see someone with that mindset and work ethic doing so well and it …

Terracotta’s Classic Kung Fu Collection

Terracotta Distribution is going from strength to strength with the next release in their relatively new “Classic Kung Fu Collection” already announced. The label has been filling something of a void right now, unearthing forgotten gems from the vaults of late night Kung Fu cinema, and in some cases giving these titles official DVD releases for the very first time! Previous releases include Hero of Shaolin (starring Alexander Lo Rei) and The Shanghai 13 (starring Jimmy Wang Yu and Andy Lau). The third title …

Remembering Mortal Kombat: Conquest

The long awaited TV series which ran between 1998-99 gets a complete series DVD release in 2015. Great news for Mortal Kombat fans. The original Mortal Kombat: Conquest series, which acted as a prequel to the MK mythology popularised in the video games and earlier movies, starred a wide range of talent including Paolo Montalbán, Daniel Bernhardt and Kristanna Loken. Plus, world-famous stunt and fight coordinator J.J. Perry played Sub-Zero in a couple of episodes, offering a rare chance to see …

Cung Le delivers A Certain Justice

I’ve been a big fan of Cung Le for quite some time. From his prolific career in the Octagon to his gradual transition to the screen a few years back, he has demonstrated a natural charisma that draws on his best elements as a fighter and performer. From supporting roles in the likes of Bodyguards and Assassins, True Legend and The Man with the Iron Fists, to recent leads in fight films like Dragon Eyes and A Certain Justice (the …

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