If you asked a group of diehard genre fans to make a list of the four best martial arts movie stars in the world right now, I imagine an overwhelming majority of the results would include these names: Tony Jaa (the Ong Bak trilogy), Iko Uwais (The Raid films), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), and Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning).
An upcoming film called Triple Threat has united these international ass-kickers, and a new trailer has arrived today as an unconventional Valentine’s Day present for martial arts fans everywhere. Check it out below.
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If you were worried that we haven’t had a video game movie from director Paul W.S. Anderson for a couple of years, Screen Gems has you covered. And this one is another adaptation of one of Capcom’s best-selling video game franchises.
Monster Hunter is an action role-playing game following the Hunter, who slays or traps large monsters across a vast world as quests are handed to him by the locals. Players gather loot and resources in order to build up their weapons, armor and more in order to take down more powerful monsters.
Now the game is coming to the big screen with Tony Jaa as the Hunter and Milla Jovovich as an original character named Natalie Artemis, and the first photo from the film’s set down in South Africa has been revealed. Check out the first Monster Hunter movie photo below. Read More »
If you recognize the names Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen without looking them up, then your day is about to get a whole lot better: the three martial arts movie stars (who appeared in films like Ong-Bak, The Raid, and Man of Tai Chi, respectively) have teamed up for a new action movie called Triple Threat, and the first trailer has arrived. This is the Avengers of modern martial arts films.
If you don’t know these guys’ names and you’re a fan of bone-crunching action movies, allow this to be your introduction to what this group of cinematic badasses is all about.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Do you want to hear a really, really good idea? How about an action movie that unites the stars of Ong-Bak, Man of Tai Chi, and The Raid and lets them do what they do best. That’s the selling point of the appropriately titled Triple Threat, the latest film to be revealed at the American Film Market and a project that I would very much like to have injected into my eyeballs right now, thank you very much.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
I’d say “I can’t believe they made another xXx movie,” but in a year where we’ve gotten sequels for everything from Independence Day: Resurgence to Snow White and the Huntsman, of freaking course they made another xXx movie. After all, Vin Diesel is bigger now than he’s ever been, but even he can’t make another Fast and the Furious movie every year. Why not squeeze him into a different action-adventure in the meantime?
Directed by D.J. Caruso, xXx: Return of Xander Cage brings the extreme-sports-enthusiast-turned-spy out of retirement for a dangerous new assignment. Samuel L. Jackson is back as his handler, Augustus Gibbons, and the supporting cast includes Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, and Kris Wu. Watch the first xXx: Return of Xander Cage trailer below. Read More »
Back in the summer of 2014, Vin Diesel said that he would finally be getting back to the character of Xander Cage from xXx 3 with production heading to the Philippines. But it wasn’t until last fall that the sequel was finally making progress. Disturbia and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso was named as director, and Samuel L. Jackson was slated to return as Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons. Now two new cast members have been revealed, and the studio is really going for international appeal.
International action stars Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4, The One) and Tona Jaa (The Protector, Ong-bak) are reportedly joining the cast along with Indian superstar actress Deepika Padukone. Find out what we know about xXx 3 after the jump! Read More »
Tony Jaa fans will get to see their favorite elbow-thrower kick some ass in a couple scenes in Furious 7 when that film opens at the beginning of April. If his guest appearance in that movie doesn’t seem like enough, there’s something else to look forward to: the sequel to the 2005 film Saat Po Long. (Aka SPL, aka SPL: Kill Zone.) That movie is the film where Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung fight like men possessed; it’s one of the great fight films of the last decade.
SPL 2 comes a decade later, and we were fairly skeptical about it being a good idea. But with Jaa, and Wu Jing and Zhang Jin among the co-stars, there was reason to hope. Now the first SPL 2 trailer is out, and it definitely looks violent and strange. Whether it will earn its title is another thing altogether, but this first trailer is fairly promising. Read More »
The remake of Kickboxer just got a major martial arts upgrade. Directed by Stephen Fung and starring rising martial arts star Alain Moussi, the film has landed Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum). They join a cast that already included Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Read more about the Kickboxer remake cast below. Read More »
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After a smashing starring debut in the film Ong Bak, Thai action star Tony Jaa made a film called Tom-Yum-Goong, released in the US as The Protector. Like Ong Bak, that film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, with fights choreographed by Jaa and his mentor, Panna Rittikrai.
Now The Protector 2 is almost upon us, and while it features perhaps a too-pervasive use of digital work, there is still no shortage of the insane physical action that made Jaa’s first starring roles impossible to look away from. (Regardless of the quality of the film around him each time.) What’s RZA doing in this one? We don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:
- Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
- James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
- Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
- Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
- Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
- Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
- Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters
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