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TRAILER: Triple Threat

Get ready for an action treat like no other with the trailer to Jesse V. Johnson‘s latest action film, which features a heck of an ensemble cast.

Tony JaaIko Uwais, and Tiger Chen play three unlikely heroes who join forces to protect a millionaire’s daughter from a deadly mercenary cartel. The cartel members are played by Scott AdkinsMichael Jai WhiteMichael BispingJeeja Yanin, and Ron Smoorenburg.

Tim Man serves as the film’s action choreographer and it has been announced that Well Go USA has scored the North American rights and will release the film in early 2018.

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“Ip Man” Spin-Off Casts Yeoh, Jaa, Bautista

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For those who have had the chance to see Ip Man 3 got to see Max Zhang in a classic Wing Chun duel against Donnie Yen‘s iconic grandmaster and teacher of Bruce Lee. Announced late last year, it was announced that Zhang’s character will be getting his own spin-off films.

The new teaser poster shows Zhang’s Cheung Tin-Chi sporting the mask he wore when he attacked the character played by Bryan Leung Ka-Yan. However, the poster has announced some very intricate casting of the film to be directed by Yuen Woo-Ping.

Zhang will be joined by Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, and Dave Bautista. Yeoh starred in another Yuen film as the character whose martial art would be learned by the real Ip Man in 1994. Jaa has recently been making his mark in both Chinese and Hollywood films while Bautista, a former pro wrestler, has made his mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy films and recently appeared as Tong Po in the reboot Kickboxer: Vengeance.

Pegasus Motion Pictures will be unleashing Cheung Tin-Chi sometime in late 2017/early 2018.

H/T: City on Fire

An Action Fan’s Dream Film in “Threat”

You have got to hand it to stuntman turned filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson. Recently completing work on Accident Man, Johnson’s next film will have a dream cast for action fanatics everywhere.

Triple Threat is Johnson’s next film which will begin production in April in Bangkok, Thailand. The film’s titular trio will consist of Thai action star Tony Jaa, Indonesian action hero Iko Uwais, and Man of Tai Chi lead actor Tiger Chen.

In news announced earlier this week, the trio will be joined by action veterans and fan favorites Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White along with former UFC fighter Michael Bisping.

The film will revolve around a billionaire’s daughter who is targeted by a mercenary cartel. As a result, she hires two down-on-their luck fighters and they are joined by a third member who has his own vendetta against the cartel. Elliot Tong, Ying Ye, Mike Selby, Mike Gabrawy, and Gary Hamilton alongside Chen are producing the film from a script by Joey O’Bryan.

Look out for Triple Threat later this year as shooting begins next month.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

TRAILERS: The Brink & Paradox

Bravos Pictures has unleashed two trailers for their upcoming action films, The Brink and Paradox.

The Brink, directed by Jonathan Li, stars Max Zhang as a tough as nails policeman who tracks down fisherman who smuggle gold underwater. The film co-stars Shawn Yue, and Gordon Lam, Janice Man, and Yasuaki Kurata.

Paradox stars Louis Koo as a concerned father who travels to Thailand to find his missing daughter. Teaming up with local cops Wu Yue and Tony Jaa, they discover an organ smuggling ring. Chris Collins plays the mastermind of said ring, forcing Koo to go on the brink of rage. Wilson Yip directed the film with action choreography by legend Sammo Hung.

Look out for these two action thrillers in 2017 from Bravos Pictures.

Could Singh and Jaa Be Joining Third”Kickboxer” Film?

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Preparations are going strong for the third and apparently final installment of Dimitri LogothetisKickboxer reboot trilogy and some major casting possibilities arose last week.

It looks like aside from Alain Moussi returning as series hero Kurt Sloane, it is looking like Mike Tyson will be reprising his role from this year’s sequel, Kickboxer: Retaliation. However, it is new casting rumors that have been going wild and they include a South Indian actor and an actor meant to appear in the original reboot.

Punjabi actor and producer Ranjha Vikram Singh, who appeared in 2014’s Heropanti alongside Tiger Shroff, met with producer Rob Hickman and even had the chance to meet Tyson himself. Singh then confirmed that he has met with Hickman about appearing in the newly named Kickboxer: Armageddon and talks have begun. Aside from his skills as an actor, Singh is a trained boxer so his skills could help in the fight action of the film.

The source who revealed Singh’s meeting also dropped a bombshell, which for now, should be taken with a grain of salt. The source revealed that Thai action star Tony Jaa, who was originally cast in the role to eventually be played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in Kickboxer: Vengeance and Kickboxer: Retaliation, is actually planning to join the cast of Armageddon. If in fact, Jaa is joining the cast, this can prove to be one action-packed finale. Jaa recently appeared in XxX: Return of Xander Cage and will next be seen in the Hong Kong action thriller Paradox.

More as these news develop. Kickboxer: Armageddon is scheduled to begin production next month for a 2018 release.

H/T: Mid-Day

Jaa and Koo Team Up in “Paradox”

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Wu Yue, Tony Jaa, Chris Collins, and director Wilson Yip at the starting ceremony for Paradox. Courtesy of ON.cc

A few months ago, Thai action star Tony Jaa was announced to be working on a film with Ip Man series director Wilson Yip and Hong Kong action legend Sammo Hung on a film entitled Fate.

Production has begun on the film, which now goes under the title Paradox. Jaa completed his scenes this week in which he helps lead star Louis Koo, who plays a father who goes to Thailand to find his missing teenage daughter only to find himself involved in a black market organ smuggling ring, led by American-born Hong Kong-based martial arts expert and actor Chris Collins. Koo’s character teams up with Jaa and Wu Yue to face Collins in combat, which Hung choreographed.

Paradox is still in production for a 2017 release date.

H/T: HKSAR Film No Top 10 Box Office News

REVIEW: Kill Zone 2 (2015)

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2015, Sil-Metropole Organisation Ltd./Bona Film Group Co. Ltd./Sun Entertainment Culture Ltd./Maximum Gain Kapital Group Ltd.

Director:
Soi Cheang
Producers:
Wilson Yip
Paco Wong
Michael Selby
Ren Yue
Jeffrey Chan
Guo Xiongcao
Tong Choi-Chi
Writers:
Jill Leung
Huang Ying
Cinematography:
Kenny Tse
Samuel Fu
Editing:
David Richardson

Cast:
Tony Jaa (Chatchai)
Wu Jing (Chan Chi-Kit)
Max Zhang (Ko Chun)
Simon Yam (Chan Kwok-Wah)
Louis Koo (Hung Mun-Gong)
Ken Lo (Wong Kwong)
Jun Kung (Hung Mun-Biu)
Dominic Lam (Cheung Chun-Tung)
Babyjohn Choi (Kwok Chun-Yat)
Unda Kunteera Yhordchanng (Sa)
Zhang Chi (Ah Zai)

Thai action star Tony Jaa and Mainland action star Wu Jing become an unlikely team in this thematic sequel to Donnie Yen’s 2005 groundbreaking action thriller.

Chatchai is a Thai prison guard whose life has been turned upside down due to his daughter Sa having leukemia. The doctors have found a donor but are unable to contact him. Despite protocol, Chatchai sneaks his way and finds the name of the donor. Like the doctors, he cannot locate him. It turns out the donor is an undercover Hong Kong cop named Chan Chi-Kit whose undercover work has caused him to spiral down in world of drug abuse. Chan is undercover to stop a black market organ smuggling ring but when his cover is blown, he finds himself in prison in Thailand.

When Chan attempts to take on the guards, he finds himself taking on Chatchai not realizing that they are the ones who are looking for each other. Meanwhile, the prison warden, Ko Chun is in cahoots with the organizer of the organ smuggling ring, Hung Mun-Gong, who is terminally ill himself with a rare heart condition and the attempt to kidnap his own brother is the reason behind Chan’s imprisonment. While the elder Hung brother awaits for something to happen to his brother, Chan and Chatchai soon realize everything that is going on and they must work together to put an end to Hung’s smuggling ring once and for all, and to do that they must take on the deadly Ko Chun and his men.

In 2005, Donnie Yen broke ground with the original Kill Zone, or SPL as it is known in Asia, with his frenetic choreography that included wushu champion turned action star Wu Jing as one of Yen’s best adversaries on screen with a knife vs. baton fight that showcases the speed and agility of both combatants, as well as Yen’s first foray into adding mixed martial arts to his choreography. Flash forward ten years later and we have a thematic sequel that now bring Wu as a new character and a protagonist.

However, the top billing actually goes to Thai action star Tony Jaa, who makes his Hong Kong debut as the embittered prison guard Chatchai, who faces a crisis involving his sick daughter and sometimes finds it difficult to balance work and home. Jaa does quite well in his Hong Kong film debut as he combines his hard hitting style with playing an emotional father whose concern for his daughter is his number one priority. As for Wu, he too is an embittered soul as Chan, whose his undercover work has forced him on an addiction to drugs and it is a botched kidnapping attempt that makes his downward spiral even further downward.

The villains of the film are in the form of Max Zhang and Louis Koo. Koo, who has been constantly appearing in many action films today, plays the quieter villain in black market organizer Hung, whose look is quite visceral, sporting a look that could possibly scare the bejesus out of someone. As for Max Zhang, sporting a more conservative look has a façade that truly makes him a force to be reckoned with and in addition, Zhang definitely has the action skills to boost as like Wu, Zhang is a trained expert in the martial art of wushu.

The action choreography is done by former Jackie Chan Stunt Team leader Nicky Li. Jaa and Wu adapt well with their distinct styles used in the choreography. Li knew how Jaa and Wu are in terms of their skills and agility and puts them to good use. Wu even has a nice one-on-one that leads into the climactic fight against Zhang Chi, who plays Max Zhang’s knife wielding assassin Ah Zai. As a matter of fact, it is clear that this particular fight pays homage to the classic riff between Yen and Wu but done at a more steady pace rather than at breakneck speed as well as adds a bit of CGI for Zai’s knife throwing riff. The finale, which starts with Wu and Jaa taking of Zhang’s men before he gets in on it does have wire enhancements but for some reason, it still looks good and the action earned the Best Action Choreography Award at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

Kill Zone 2 may not be as exciting and fast paced as its predecessor, but it does hold its own and can be seen as a standalone that is driven by the emotional performances of Tony Jaa and Wu Jing in addition to this duo and Max Zhang’s action skills.

WFG RATING: B


The DVD & Blu-Ray will be unleashed in stores on July 19, 2016 from Well Go USA Home Entertainment. Extras include the Making of the Film, Deleted Scenes, and Trailers.

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“SPL 2” becomes “Killzone 2” for U.S.

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The action packed sequel SPL 2: A Time of Consequences will be unleashed in theaters in the United States on May 13, 2016 from Well Go USA under the title Killzone 2.

For those who are wondering why the film is being called Killzone 2 and wonder where is Killzone 1, that honor goes to the original SPL, which was released straight to DVD in September 2006 from Dragon Dynasty.

While the original film starred Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung, this sequel is actually a thematic sequel that stars Wu Jing as an undercover cop whose cover is blown and as a result, sent to a prison in Thailand. There, he runs into Tony Jaa‘s prison guard and at first the two go to blows until it is revealed that Wu is in fact the man Jaa is looking for as a bone marrow donor for his sick daughter. The duo must take on the warden, played by Max Zhang, who has a deadly operation within the prison.

Check out the trailer to the film below:

The film has just won the Best Action Choreography award at the 35th annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Look for Killzone 2 (aka SPL 2) on May 13 in theaters.

Li departs “xXx 3”; Yen joins in

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As production goes underway on the threequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, some casting news have revealed some changes.

Jet Li, originally slated to play a villain in the film, has departed production with reasons unknown. However, a replacement has been found in the form of Donnie Yen, who after a few footsteps in Hollywood in the early 2000’s, is gearing up on a return to Hollywood.

Yen will play a villain alongside Tony Jaa, who is geared up to play the main villain Xiang opposite the returning Vin Diesel, who returns to the titular role after being replaced by Ice Cube‘s Darius Stone in xXx: State of the Union.

This comes in the news that Paramount Pictures will be distributing the threequel worldwide as well as the synopsis being revealed:

“Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.”

Deepika PadukoneNina DobrevRuby RoseConor McGregor, and Samuel L. Jackson co-star in the D.J. Caruso helmed threequel, set for release in 2017.

H/T: Film Combat Syndicate