Michael Jai White’s long awaited Falcon Rising ( previously titled Favela) has a new trailer! The action in this trailer looks great and Michael has said that this is the type of role he wanted! Let’s hope that means a whole bunch of butt kicking! The lovley Laila Ali is in the film as well as Capoeira favorite Lateef Crowder and Neal McDonough. Check out the trailer below and get ready for the falcon to rise!!! Falcon Rising is set for release September 5, 2014.
Although some critics and genre fans alike slammed the RZA’s directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists a sequel is due out December 2014. Kungfukingdom.com reports that Roele Reine ( Death Race 2) will direct while the RZA returns as The Blacksmith. While many fans were disappointed in the RZA’s directorial debut, I was not. Let me tell you why.
First, as a inner city kid that grew up watching Shaw Brothers, Ocean Shores, and any and every kung fu movie I could the RZA will forever be my hero because he pursued his dream of co-writing and directing his homage to the old school kung fu classics with his ideas and vision. I agree it is not the masterpiece that many hoped for but it was still decent and better than some of the trash people rave over. Secondly, Hollywood needs more black and minority writers and directors who think outside the box. Much of the RZA’s ideas seemed to be based on a combination of Kid With The Golden Arms as well as experiences growing up in an urban environment yet he set his movie in a fictional multicultural China instead of “The Hood” and re-hashing tired old stereotypes of the perceived misfortunes of Urban Life. To me The RZA proved that he has imagination something that is lacking in many Hollywood productions and especially the ones about blacks and other minorities. I am looking forward to The Man with the Iron Fists: Sting of the Scorpion and will definitely own it when it is released.
If you don’t own The Man with the Iron Fists get it!
Another busy weekend for UFC fans as UFC on Fox 12 brought fans to their edge of their seats by Matt brown vs Robbie Lawler and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson’s COMPLETE dismantling of Rogeiro Nogueira. Good news for Robbie Lawler as he earns another shot at Johnny Hendricks.
Get ready for UFC Fight Night August 16 which is headlined by Ryan Bader vs Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight showdown. Check out the rest of the card here. Where has Junior Dos Santos been hiding? Check out MMAFighting.com and find out what’s up with JDS.
Check out Dana White’s thoughts on UFC on Fox 12
Good news coming out of the San Diego Comic Con for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist Fans. The hugely successful web-series is getting a sequel! Variety.com is reporting that Capcom has given the green light for a sequel , “World Warriors” to be filmed by the same crew that brought us the magnificent true to the video game digital series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. This is extremely exciting news and it demonstrates the market for good video game to movie adaptations is alive and well. Check out our review of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist here.
Happy Birthday, Donnie Yen!!!
Hong Kong Kung Fu cinema favorite and one of the hottest action actors in the world Donnie Yen is celebrating a birthday today July 27! Donnie is . Donnie continues to be one of the busiest and sought after action stars in the world. Fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Kung Fu Jungle and the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!
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Martial Arts movie dynamo Donnie Yen is back with a teaser trailer for the upcoming thriller Kung Fu Jungle.Kung Fu Jungle is directed by Teddy Chan and also starring Wang Baoqiang. The teaser looks intriguing and slightly creepy and the small glimpses of action look very good.
The plot(taken from donnieyen.asia): A martial arts instructor working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.
Check out the teaser and see if you wan to join Donnie Yen in the Kung Fu Jungle!
Panna Rittikrai, Thai action movie legend and trainer to such stars as Tony Jaa, JeeJa Yanin, and up and comer Marrese Crump passed away yesterday at the age of 51. Rittikrai became famous on an international scale as the action choreographer for Tony Jaa’s debut film, Ong Bak. The wire free Thai Boxing and stunt masterpiece put the Thai action film on the world map and introduced many fans to an alternative to Hong Kong action cinema.
Rittikrai also directed such movies as Ong Bak 2 and Ong Bak 3, Bangkok Knockout, and handled choreography duty on Tom Yum Gong ( The Protector) and the fight-filled Chocolate starring JeeJa Yanin. Rittikrai had been working in the Thai Film industry since 1979. He was involved in upcoming projects featuring Marrese Crump and his latest work was on Vengeance of an Assassin. Panna Rittikrai will be sorely missed by the fans of martial arts movies around the world; he will be remembered for leaving an incredible style of action using the Thai martial arts as well as training current and future stars of action films. Rest in peace, Master.
For more information Panna Rittikrai check out this article by the Bangkok Post here.
With the news that Eddie Peng will play Wong Fei Hong in the upcoming Rise of the Legend we want your opinion on the best Wong Fei Hong pre-Eddie. The last two film incarnations have been Jet Li and Vincent Zhao. Which one best embodied what we as fans believe that Wong Fei Hong should be? Of course, Kwan Tak Hing was virtually THE Wong Fei Hong archetype for many years during the golden era of kung fu films. But what about modern times? Let’s take a brief look at Jet and Vincent and see how they stack up.
Mainland Chinese born Li Lian Jie trained in Wu Shu (martial arts) since he was eight years old and went on to win fifteen gold medals in various Wu Shu championships! He has mastered the following Wu Shu styles and routines: Changquan( Long Fist), Fanziquan(tumbling fist), Taijiquan, Baguazhang, Zuiquan (DRunken boxing) just to anme a few. His somewhat stoic on screen nature and the aforementioned martial arts skill made him a perfect Wong Fei Hong and one many fans associate with the folk hero.
Vincent was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and like Jet was trained in Mainland Chinese Wu Shu. Vincent also won championships such as National Junior Championship, National All Around Championship, and the prestigious National Martial Arts championship. Zhao is a noted specialist in the internal Chinese Wu Shu styles of Chen and Yang Taijiquan. He brought a reflective, scholarly presence to the role of Wong Fei Hong as well as considerable martial prowess.