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Review: THE FOREIGNER Thrills With A Chan Flick That Is Anything But Formulaic

When I first heard about The Foreigner back in the halcyon days of 2015, I was puzzled as to why anyone would agree to make it; it was a Jackie Chan movie, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), also starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye)! This sounded like the worst idea for a movie since a Pacific Rim sequel not directed by Guillermo del Toro. Now, in defense of 2015 me, things weren't exactly bright and sunny for the three names above. Chan, still trying to hold onto his glory days, was making big budget duds like Chinese Zodiac and Skiptrace. Campbell was nearly 10 years removed from Casino Royale and was also recovering from the recent Green Lantern debacle. As for Brosnan, he was still reeling from the shockingly dull The November Man and the forgotten film Survivor. There was absolutely NO REASON for this movie to be any good, which is what made the act of seeing it such a pleasant surprise.
Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) is a retired Vietnam War special forces oper…

Marvel's THE PUNISHER: Watch The New And Explosive Official Trailer For The Upcoming Netflix Series

Four weeks ago saw a lot of people become overnight Metallica fans with the first official trailer presentation for Netflix series, The Punisher. Without question, the song alone sells the ensuing tone of raging suffering and outward violence that consumes our protagonist as so seen in the pages of Marvel and preceding film adaptations.

The difference? A much, much more visceral, perceptive treatment that leers further into the darker auspices of what motivates a character like Frank Castle, presented with gusto by actor Jon Bernthal who left quite the impression in season two of Daredevil. With a whole serial season to himself, Bernthal goes all in and with a story that aims at something much more grandiose, raw and organic than anything before attempted.
The first trailer alone samples it all beautifully, aided by nothing more than a 2017 date for avid fans of the IP. This week, a second trailer has arrived with all the world's promise, setting forth a November 17 global premi…

Jean-Claude Van Damme Is Back In Business As JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME In The Official Trailer

At long last we now have a premiere date set for Jean-Claude Van Damme's new Amazon Prime exclusive series, Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Kicking off December 15, the enduring action hero makes his way to the small screen in what so far looks to be one of the most pleasing works to date from an entertainer with a more sundry and impressive acting craft.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars global martial arts and film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme as "Jean-Claude Van Damme," a global martial arts and film sensation... and, operating under the simple alias of 'Johnson," the most dangerous undercover operative in the world. Unhappily retired, he's now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood... until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he's ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel.
Just kidding it's himself.Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia…

A SPECIAL LADY: Kim Hye-Soo Sets Out To Protect Something Special In The Latest Trailer For Lee An-Gyu's Debut Crime Noir

Further indicating no shortage of female led South Korean action thrillers, Lee An-Gyu's directorial debut, A Special Lady does come a bit challenged but has its merits. Reviews and reactions out of Sitges are just now rolling out with a mix of responses while the film itself is a recipient of a Best Picture award from the festival ahead of its theatrical release on November 9.
Hyun-jung began her life in the underworld as a prostitute and now she’s as high as it gets in a criminal organization. Her big secret is that, while she was in jail, she gave birth to a son. When he finally comes to light, the boy will wind up in the crosshairs of Hyun-jung’s enemies, and she’ll have to protect her child tooth and nail (and bullets). A second trailer is now in our midst and you can view it below with the first. Kim Hye-Soo (Coin Locker Girl) stars with Lee Sun-Kyun (A Hard Day), Lee Hee-Joonand Choi Moo-Sungstarring.

THE BRINK: Max Zhang Goes Full Contact In The Latest Trailer

Going into 2018, it's a great thing knowing we're not hearing the last of actor and martial artist Max Zhang. Transitioning from stunt double to film star is no easy feat and thankfully he's broken the mold in Asia enough to build himself into the next phase of his career which now sees him crossing into Hollywood.

For now though, it's Jonathan Li's latest directotial debut that has taken shape with the anticipated theatrical release of The Brink, headlining Zhang and fellow star Shawn Yue in the story of a daring cop on a relentless mission to bring down a high seas gold smuggling operation. Wu Yue and Kurata Yasuaki and actresses Janice Man and Cecilia So also star for the film's release on November 10 and with that, we have the newest trailer making the rounds and asserting in us a certifiable reminder that Zhang isn't leaving us anytime soon no matter what color his hair is.

Check it out below.

Cine Asia Announces SHOCK WAVE TUNNEL For November U.K. Home Release

While you may recognize this one as Shock Wave, Cine Asia is obliging cinephiles in the U.K. with the pending release of Herman Yau's latest completed work, Shock Wave Tunnel, now available for pre-orders through next month. The film is currently set to screen at this year's London East Asian Film Festival on October 24 and at MCM London Comic Con the following Friday, while CineAsia itself is primed to release the explosive action on DVD, Download and On Demand beginning November 13.
Officer Cheung (Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers, Chasing the Dragon), a senior inspector in the Hong Kong Police Force, is the most respected member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit. Before rising through the ranks, Cheung worked undercover within a criminal gang, lead by a ruthless crime boss notorious for his expertise in explosives. After Cheung’s undercover work lead to the break up of the gang and the arrest of the boss’s brother, the gang boss swears to take…

DONNYBROOK: Grillo And Bell Knuckle Up Next Week For The New Bare Knuckle Fight Flick

With Wheelman pulling up around the corner and production underway for Allan Ungar's Decoy, there'll be no shortage of Beyond Skyline star Frank Grillo from here on as developments accrue with Tim Sutton's gritty new indie fight thriller, Donnybrook. The film shoots in Cincinatti, Ohio on October 23 with Grillo leading a cast that so far lists Jamie Bell (6 Days), Margaret Qualley (Death Note) and James Badge Dale with a script by Sutton, and Rumble Films's David Lancaster producing with financing by BackUp Films.
As The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive update on Tuesday details it, the premise is described as a hybrid cross between Fight Club and True Romance with a story centered on the titular underground bareknuckle fight circuit known as Donnybrook, competing for the top prize of $100,000. Its two journeying contestants are Chainsaw Angus (Grillo), a murderous drug dealer with serious anger issues, and Jarhead Earl (Bell), a man who wants to help his family by …

DEATH RACE: BEYOND ANARCHY Fuels Up On DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital And On-Deman In 2018!

Writers Tony Giglio and filmmaker Don Michael Paul have returned to us with the latest in a string of direct-to-video releases centered on the long-running Death Race franchise with Death Race: Beyond Anarchy. Actor Zach McGowan (Shameless) is front and center this time around with Danny Glover, Danny Trejo and Fred Koehler for an "Unrated and Unhinged" Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand release on January 30, 2018, from Universal 1440 Entertainment.

As IGN wrote exclusively on Tuesday, the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital releases include exclusive bonus features, special behind-the-scenes footage and filmmaker commentary. The four film series which also comprises of previous film's starring Jason Statham and Luke Goss will also available on DVD on January 30th.

Check out the specs:
BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:• Inside the Anarchy: Filmmakers and cast describe how this chapter of the Death Race franchise stands out from the rest. From new loca…

Trailer: Period Sword Drama THE AGE OF BLOOD Wields With Action And Intrigue In The First Trailer

It looks as if television director Kim Hong-Sun (Voice, Black, Liar Game) has moved up into narrative feature territory these days. Signaling this is the first trailer for the new sword drama, The Age Of Blood, which lunges into Korean cinemas on November 23 courtesy of MLine.
The day of revolting has dawned.

KIM Ho, the best swordsman in Joseon and the King’s guard, one day is being demoted to a prison and receives the order to keep the prisoners. At midnight, when he falls asleep, a riot happens and suddenly 5 armed men appear in front of Ho. They are coming for LEE In-jua, who has imprisoned on a charge of planning conspiracy, to keep him out of jail. LEE In-jua and 5 martial masters are planning to subvert the country again. Now Ho must fight with this pitiless gang not only to keep his duty but his family.
Jung Hae-in, Kim Ji-hoon and Hong Soo-ah are just several of the names leading the cast among those you can spot in the four posters just beneath the trailer. Enjoy!

Justin Lin Circling LONE WOLF AND CUB For Paramount

Last we heard there were two projects in the mix for upcoming big screen advances reinterpreting Koike Kazuo's seminal manga classic, Lone Wolf And Cub. It was last summer we were kept up with new efforts from producer Steven Paul at SP International Pictures to re-adapt Inoue Akira's Final Conflict treatment and all has since been quiet on that front, while we now look toward the now 14-year effort garnering the involvement of Fast And Furious saga co-helmer Justin Lin since 2012.
As it stands, he is set to produce Lone Wolf And Cub via his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner with Marissa McMahon and Kamala Films. Furthermore, according to The Hollywood Reporter's latest exclusive, Lin also has an eye to direct the film upon landing back at Paramount Pictures. Seven, 8MM and The Wolfman scribe Andrew Kevin Walker is attached to adapt the script telling of shogun's executioner Ogami Itto, who journeys the land with his only son to avenge his family and redeem himself f…