The beginning of the trailer for Dragon shows something Donnie Yen fans might find pretty unlikely: Yen, crouching behind a counter, hiding from the violence unfolding on the other side. But then Yen’s anger rises and he leaps into at ion, which also kicks this trailer into gear.

Yen is a small-town guy who kicks the ass of a couple gangsters, attracting the interest of men on both sides of the law. What that means for us is that Dragon — called Wu Xia abroad — presents a bunch of fight scenes set in a classic period Chinese location, and photographed with a more lush aesthetic than is typically the case. Check out the trailer  below. Read More »

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Lots to see in today’s Sequel Bits, including a DVD featurette, a blooper reel, a TV spot, posters, and a (not at all revealing) set photo. After the jump:

  • Another new TV spot debuts for Men in Black 3
  • Gary Busey goes nuts in Piranha 3DD outtakes
  • Watch a featurette from the Underworld: Awakening DVD
  • Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto tweet wrapping Star Trek 2
  • Check out the Korean G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters
  • Donnie Yen is set to return for Ip Man 3D
  • Who wants to be an extra on Atlas Shrugged Part 2?

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The last time we had good word on The Expendables 2, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger had been confirmed for meaty roles alongside returning star Sylvester Stallone and presumably returning actors Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li.

Donnie Yen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and John Travolta have all been rumored as well, with one report seeming to confirm the participation of classic ass-kickers Norris and Van Damme. (And Travola, too, though he’s less of an ass-kicker.) Now we’ve got word, straight from Stallone, that Norris, Van Damme are indeed in the film, and a Nicolas Cage and John Travolta will show up if things can be worked out. Read More »

Briefly: There has been a crazy amount of speculation about the cast of The Expendables 2, which will shoot soon. Given that the original film isn’t exactly beloved, that speculation goes to prove that the concept of putting aging action stars together into a ‘one last mission’-type picture is enough to ignite significant public interest.

We still don’t know what new talents might be joining the sequel, but Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have now closed deals to take substantial roles in the film. Both had parts in the original, but neither amounted to more than a cameo. Simon West will direct the sequel in October, and Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are all likely to return alongside Sylvester Stallone. Moviehole reported over the weekend that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and Scott Adkins are all confirmed, based on a leaked cast list, but those names are not confirmed at this point. Donnie Yen, also rumored, is yet to be confirmed as well.

The recent story that Donnie Yen has been offered a part in The Expendables 2 is starting to make a bit more sense. Not that it takes any sort of science to figure out why producers would try to land one of the world’s best current action stars for a film that is expressly designed as a showcase for such actors, mind you.

But there’s a new detail that changes the context just a bit. As financier Nu Image seeks to maximize profit in the booming Chinese movie market, the company is now in talks with a Chinese company to co-finance the film. That would lead to two things. First, some of the film would be shot in China. Second, the rules restricting revenue sharing from imported films wouldn’t apply to The Expendables 2, so Nu Image would be able to collect a lot more of the profit made in the country. Read More »

Donnie Yen Offered Role in ‘The Expendables 2′

Here’s something that’ll get me into the theater for The Expendables 2 right quick, if it pans out: Donnie Yen, one of the current champion fighters on film, has been offered a role in The Expendables 2. That’s according to Twitch, which says that producer Avi Lerner offered Yen a “tailor-made” role in the film, which should shoot in October. Yen’s own people confirmed the offer, but didn’t give any indication of whether he’s likely to take it. Read More »

If you were on the fence about whether or not to see Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, watching the clip below will cost you 12 bucks. Opening limited this weekend, the epic Hong Kong action film starring the legendary Donnie Yen is about a thought-to-be-dead World War I hero who assumes another’s identity and ends up becoming a masked vigilante. Having seen the film at last year’s Fantastic Fest, I’ll say that it’s most certainly fun, but never reaches its true potential. Actually, the scene that’s embedded below, from the beginning of the movie, is the highlight. Read More »

From Andrew Lau, the director of Infernal Affairs (which was remade into Best Picture winner The Departed), comes a brand new martial epic starring the legendary Donnie Yen. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is set to open April 22 and features pretty much anything you’d want in a martial arts film: huge battles and fast action wrapped around a period war story about mistaken identity and national pride. Read a mini-review of the film, the plot synopsis and, of course, see the brand new trailer after the jump. Read More »

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