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Keanu Reeves has been in a couple of big martial arts influenced movies (those Matrix films come to mind, and there’s the delayed 47 Ronin) and now he’s directing his own. The film is called Man of Tai Chi, and features Reeves as the villain, with Tiger Hu Chen (who worked in the Matrix stunt team) as the hero. The movie also features Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 & 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with the rather famous and very skilled Yuen Woo Ping (The MatrixCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) as the action director.

Man of Tai Chi will make its debut later this year, but in the meantime we’ve got the first images and a teaser poster.  Read More »

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A press release has announced the start of production on Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, which kicked off a 100-day shoot in Indonesia this week. Along with the announcement comes a confirmation of the cast — The Raid star Iko Uwais returns, alongside Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.

Last year Evans called the sequel “a big departure in a way, in that we won’t just copy the same formula as the first film,” and he explained,

It’s not going to be set within one building this time. Everything that was terrifying about the boss in that building in the first movie is small fry compared to the criminal organization we meet in the second film. We take it out into the streets, go much wider and much bigger in terms of the scope.

We’ve got a few more details after the break, along with a set of behind the scenes photos from the beginning of the shoot. Read More »

Even for people who aren’t predisposed to love action films, Gareth EvansThe Raid earned a spot on many a 2012 top ten list. When Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film, the company also grabbed distribution rights to the planned sequel, The Raid: Berandal.

Casting details for the sequel hit before the new year, with Iko Uwais, star of the first film, set to appear again, alongside Julie Estelle (Macabre) as Hammer Girl, and Alex Abbad, Marsha Timothy, and silat fighter Cecep Arif Rahman playing an unknown but reportedly significant role.

Now Evans confirms that the sequel shoots very soon, and explains that the new film picks up right after the end of the first. Read More »

After the jump:

  • Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
  • Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
  • Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
  • Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
  • Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
  • Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
  • A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
  • Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you

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When I walked into the theater today to see Gareth Evans‘ The Raid, I knew nothing about the film. I had heard some positive buzz coming out of the film’s midnight madness premiere last night at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, but that that was it. I had no expectations, and no idea how hard my ass was going to get kicked by this Indonesian action movie. This is the best action film I’ve seen in years.

Read more of my spoiler free thoughts and watch the red band movie trailer now, embedded after the jump. Trust me, you want to see this.

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I wasn’t planning on doing any work over the weekend, but then I received an email from our friends at Twitch telling us to check out the official trailer for Merantau, the first Indonesian martial arts film to be produced in almost a quarter of a century. Todd Brown thinks this film “has a fighting chance of being the next Ong Bak”, and after watching the trailer, I have to agree. If you’re a fan of kick ass martial arts movie, watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. The action doesn’t get started until about half way in, but the wait is worth it.
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