Heavy Hitters for Kickboxer remake!

The remake of JCVD’s classic  Kickboxer  just got more interesting! The full cast has been revealed and it includes some of today’s top martial arts stars. Already confirmed for the film was former UFC Champ George St. Pierre, Dave Bautista,  and Alain Moussi. Set to be directed  by Stephen Fung ( Tai Chi Zero and Hero) Kickboxer is looking to be very promising. Check out some clips of the stars and get a taste of what’s in store for Kickboxer!

The RZA is back!

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.

 

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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!

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Donnie Yen goes to the Jungle?

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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!

 

 

 

Tony Jaa’s Master passes away

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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.

 

A New Wong Fei Hong?

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The famous Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hong has been portrayed in movies by such luminaries as Kwan Tak Hing, Jackie Chan, Vincent Zhao, and the incomparable Jet Li. With the new re-boot of the Wong Fei Hong saga, Rise of the Legend, set to release in 2015 many diehard fans of the martial arts genre question the choice of Eddie Peng as the new Wong Fei Hong. Eddie has no martial arts background like Jet Li, Jackie Chan or Vincent Zhao and this is causing uproar in some circles.

 

Whether Eddie is up for the task will remain to be seen. Mr. Peng is excited and nervous about bringing Wong Fei Hong back to the screen as he is well aware of the comparisons he will receive to Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Vincent Zhao. Eddie has the backing and confidence of director Roy Chow and has committed himself to training for the role. With Rise of the Legend proposed to be for an international audience will Eddie Peng live up to the name or falter? Only time will tell, but I for one am excited about a Wong Fei Hong reboot!

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Cung Le – The Making Of A Champion

Cung Le is a great fighter and a man who embodies the martial arts! Humble, skilled, and always improving!!!!

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Único representante do Sanshou no UFC. Cung Le já participou de diversos filmes de Kung Fu. Entre eles estão os mais recentes “The man with iron fists” e o ainda inédito no Brasil “The Grand Master”. Na verdade, Cung Le treinou desde pequeno Tae Kwon Do e Wrestling. Até que um dia foi convidado a participar de um campeonato de Sanshou, onde sagrou-se campeão. Desde então, não parou mais de lutar.

This videos shows a bit of life story of Cung Le. The onlye sanshou fighter competing in the UFC. Cung Le is also a big star in martial movies. His last work was a small part in the acclaimed Wong Kar-wai “The Grand Master” movie.

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