Another flurry of film snippets for you all, first up is a poster and shot of Andy lau filming his latest film called ''STORM'' and the poster for another film of his known as SWITCH . Braving Hong Kong's harsh cold many fans turned out to greet Andy after he was finished filming for the day, as always he was a great ambassador for his country and the Hong Kong film industry.
Andy Lau filming Storm and the SWITCH poster
Director Feng Xiaogang's new film ''Back to 1942'' looks like another film to shock, after his film Aftershock ,now he tackles the mass famine in Henan Province during the war. All this from the man that brought us ''The Banquet''
Next we have yet another film based on the life of Ip Man , No not The Grandmasters or Donnie Yen's third in the series ,but a sequel from The Legend is Born director Herman Yau.
Anthony Wong takes on the role of the older Ip Man in Ip Man Final Fight. This looks kinda interesting as i really loved Herman Yau's first film about Ip Man .
And to finish of here's a still of the The Guillotines premiere with Director Peter Chan and stars Shawn Yue and the legendary Wang Yu.
Back to 1942 poster © Huayi Brothers Corporation,China Film Corp,Emperor Film Production
Ip Man Final Fight © Herman Yau
As it happens news 'if a new release gets announced or any new pics come about ,this is the place to view it.
Chow Yun Fat returns to our screen in The Assassins,already out for pre-order on Region 3 DVD and BluRAY . Review in the new year.
Chen Kaige's SACRIFICE aka Orphan of Zhao (below)
Sacrifice by Chen Kaige made in 2010 is based on the play ''The Orphan of Zhao'' it's reception has been mixed ,it was released by Samuel Goldwyn in the USA and as yet has still to get a UK release ,review shortly.
Next up is another one of those what i call wannabe films, here RZA of Wu Tang Clan directs his first feature which of course stars himself ,Russel Crowe,Lucy Liu and Cung Lee. Advertised as presented by Quentin Tarantino ,obviously to cash in on the Kill Bill connection.
From what i have seen ,it looks like a over the top effects film with a classic Kung Fu story ,problem seems the fact it was made by Westerners and honestly Russel Crowe in Kung Fu film might cause concern amongst many. But hey wait for a review for the lowdown from K.I.T.G.
Jackie Chan announces Police Story 2013 to start November. (See Blog for more)
Who needs Iron Man ? We don't , not when you can have Iron Girl ! Yeah .
Yes the Japanese film makers are at it again ,just released on DVD in Japan is Iron Girl starring Kirara Asuka ( whose more known for her Adult roles ) breaks into the mainstream as armoured suit wearing Heroine who will fight a mad gang who are terrorising a small village. Love these Japanese Films.
Gordon Chan ( Fist of Legend) can do no wrong , After the success of his adaptation of Martial arts Novel ''The Four'' ,which is now available on Region 3 DVD that he has started shooting the sequel and a third film is also confirmed to .
The Four is a Wuxia film with a fantastical edge about four detectives in China ,starring Colin Chou,Deng Chao,Ronald Cheng,Crystal Liu and Anthony Wong ,Both Colin Chou and Anthony Wong have confirmed to star in both sequels.
Jean Claude Van Damme is back on our screens ,Yes in this straight to video release which was filmed before Expendables 2 . Van Damme plays a former mercenary hired by a Martial arts fighter to rescue his kidnapped daughter. Film also stars Van Damme's Son ,Kristpher Van Varenberg and his daughter Bianca Bree.
Jaycee Chan steps into his fathers shoes for Double Trouble ,a Taiwanese film where Jaycee plays a Taiwanese Museum Security guard who has to retrieve a famous painting after it is stolen. Action by Nicky Li ( Shaolin) also stars Xia Yu as a mainland Chinese police offcer who is on free trip to Taiwan after winning a contest ,when the two hook up it will have hilarious results.
Wild 7 is a film based on Mochizuki Mikiya's classic manga series, Wild 7 is the latest film from director Hasumi Eiichiro. When Police get reformed criminals to fight criminals protected by Corrupt officials it looks like the stage is set for carnage on a mega scale .
Available now on region 2 Japanese Bluray .
Gareth Edwards 'The Raid '' and second film after his hit film ''Merantau' with Iko Uwais is out in the UK on the 18th of May.
What do you do when your A SWAT team trapped in high rise with nasty mobsters everywhere? You fight your way Out and take the bad guys with you.
Here are some stills from the film.
Well here's a early trailer for Tai Chi 0 ,this Steampunk themed kung fu movie looks set to give us the thrills we have been missing.
Video of early filming of Wong Jing's ''Princess and the Seven Kung Fu masters''
Ann Hui's 'A simple Life '' with Andy Lau and Deanie Yip may have no fighting but it stars a cast of well experienced actors and actresses The film which i am told is wrench out your heart and squeeze it a little ,also stars Sammo Hung and it looks like Tsui Hark in a cameo to.
Jennifer Tse is the Naked Soldier in Marco Mac's new film in the Naked series. The Film also stars Big Brother Sammo Hung as a Interpol Agent named C K Long. Trailer below enjoy.
So here it is ,what;s on the Horizon in the New Year ,with a host of new films at the cinema ,DVD and Bluray.
So to begin sees the release on DVD of Thai Action-er drama ''Yamada The Samurai. It's a film that's been out a while ,but this gives us non Thai speaking viewers a chance to enjoy it as of course it's subtitled ,release in January . It's coming from Cine-Asia who are also re-releasing three of the Bruce Lee Films from the Hong Kong Legends label around the same time.
But of course it's new films where all excited about ,is it Not? Well another strange but fun looking film comes from the mind of Takeshi Miike ,after he shot ''13 Assassins'' and the forthcoming to ''Hari-Kiri '' he did this action superhero film ,yes Zebraman 2 has arrived and it's one to take lightly i think. . Now on the Hong Kong and Chinese front we have ''Mural'' from Gordon Chan which sets look to take us all on a magical ride like Painted Skin did. But Don't take my word for it ,check out the trailer below.
Now your thinking what else more, well who remembers ''Merantau Warrior'' with Iko Uwais ? Well a new film directed by Gareth Evans and again Starring the Silat expert is set to explode across our screens ,gaining acclaim at all the festivals ''The Raid '' looks set to give you the rush who have been waiting for , Here Iko must fight his way to the top of a building filled with nasty criminals intent on killing( Game of Death anyone?) Looks cool though!
Trailer for ''The Raid''
And just some snippets .as there's not much else to go on at the moment ,but Donnie Yen looks as busy as ever with the chance of Fan Bing Bing joining him for the remake of the Yuen Biao classic ''Iceman Cometh'' but this time in 3D.
The the Yenster looks set to join forces with Jackie Chan who will have a small co-starring role in ''The Codebreaker'' Donnie plays the lead of the Codebreaker and Jackie his friend ,but it looks like there will be ample movement in the story for Donnie and Jackie to go head to head again. cool or What?
Now keeping with Donnie it looks like there's a chance of him doing a third Ip-Man film even though he had previously said he would not. Bring it on i say!
Donnie to return in third Ip-Man film !
New trailer for ''The Kick '' ,Taekwondo is set to take the world by storm again in this Sahamongkol action film starring Jeeja Yanin and four Korean Taekwondo experts.
Korean Movie Bloody fight aka: The Showdown looks pretty awesome.
Japanese Trailer for Jackie Chan's ''1911''
Trailer for My Kingdom with Yuen Bia and action by Sammo Hung.
Trailer for Seiji Chiba's ''Rogue Ninja '' released UK September - PD-08/09/11
After the Brilliant ROBO-GEISHA and Mutany Girls Squad ,Norobu Iguchi makes a film based on a classic TV series called Denjin Zaborger. In a re-tellin of the story in a more up to date way the new film entitled ''Karate -Robo Zaborgar looks set to bring a smile to the face of mant with it's bright colors and 70's feel.
Having already had a showing in Rotterdam ,we all can not wait for this one.
Jeeja is back and it looks like there's no stopping her.Here she stars alongside Mom Jukmok aka Petchtai Wongkamlao ( The Bodygaurd 1&2) in this fast paced action Comedy directed by Mom Jukmok to .
Look out for more news on Jeeja and more new films soon!