IP MAN 3 continues the ongoing story of Chinese martial artist and Wing Chun master teacher Ip Man (or Yip Man), most famous for teaching martial arts to the legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. The 3rd film in the trilogy, starring Donnie Yen reprising his role as Ip Man, once again (more…)
As far as action flicks go, they can ultimately be hit or miss with me. Having some really impressive action sequences can make for an incredibly visually appealing experience at first, but then after 90 minutes or more of this, the initial blast of awesomeness starts to wear thin and wane out, in much the same way a fantastically large budgeted summer blockbuster like the latest bastardization in the TRANSFORMERS franchise by “all sensation, zero thought stimulation” Michael Bay does in almost every film he pumps out regularly. The only thing being slung out faster than empty emotional build-up is the millions of dollars that generally make up the budget of any one of his films.
The sequel to the extremely popular (more…)
IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT a.k.a. Yip Man: Jung gik yat jin (2013), the 4th and seemingly final entry in the widely and internationally popular IP MAN series that explores the legendary Wing Chun teacher and Grandmaster Yip Man (also spelled Ip Man and known as Yip Kai-man), is the story of the later years in the extraordinary teacher’s life when he was living in Hong Kong. It also was during this time period (later on) that Ip Man’s most celebrated student, Bruce Lee, rose to (more…)
Protect the Temple
Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse and Jackie Chan Star in the Epic Martial Arts Masterpiece Debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 25
Collector’s Edition Includes More Than Two Hours of Bonus Materials, Including a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette and Deleted Scenes
It looks like Jet Li’s films are now getting remade. What stuck me as interesting was the fact that Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, and Nicholas Tse are starring in this Martial Arts film. I can’t remember if I have even seen SHAOLIN TEMPLE or not. I need to go dig up all my Martial Arts films from Tai Seng that I have on VHS and have not bought on DVD/BRD yet. As always, not a year goes by without seeing Jackie Chan’s name attached to a movie coming out of Hong Kong. That man is a movie-making machine! Benny Chan has made more than a few movies with Jackie Chan, including NEW POLICE STORY, Jackie Chan’s WHO AM I?, and ROBIN B HOOD I will be looking forward to re-visiting the original SHAOLIN TEMPLE and see what is done differently or the same with SHAOLIN. Well Go USA really packed in the extras on the Blu-ray release of the film, too. Look for the review at SHU-IZMZ in the near future.
PLANO, TEXAS. (September 14, 2011) – Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Future X-Cops), Nicolas Tse (The Stool Pigeon, Storm Warriors), and international superstar Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid, Rush Hour trilogy) star in the martial arts drama Shaolin, debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack, DVD and Collector’s Editions DVD and Blu-ray™ October 25 from Well Go USA. In this remake of Jet Li’s Shaolin Temple (1982), acclaimed director Benny Chan (City Under Siege) tells an epic tale of sadistic warlords squaring off against noble monks in “a tale of monstrous evil, spiritual transformation and ultimate self-sacrifice” (Mark Jenkins, NPR). The Collector’s Edition features extensive bonus materials including deleted scenes and a “Making of” featurette. Shaolin will be available for $24.98 SRP (DVD), $29.98 SRP (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, DVD Collector’s Edition), and $32.98 (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition).
In the early years of the Republic, China has been plunged into chaos as feuding warlords battle to expand their power and their lands. Young army leader Hou Chieh (Andy Lau) and his sworn brother Tsao Man (Nicholas Tse) find themselves on opposing sides as the war escalates. The ultimate battle ensues when the army is set to besiege the peaceful Shaolin Temple and the peace-loving monks are forced to take up arms to protect their people and beloved temple.
Bonus Features Include:
§ Behind the scenes interviews (including interview with Shaolin Abbot)
§ Making of
§ Deleted Scenes
Shaolin has a runtime of approximately 131 minutes for DVD and Combo Pack and 250 minutes for Collector’s Editions and is rated R.
SOURCE: WELL GO USA
Remember Jackie Chan, folks? He used to be, maybe still is, one of my fonder Martial Arts and physical comedic actors in HK Cinema. I used to really be into him, back about 20 years ago, but I feel that once RUMBLE IN THE BRONX came out, my interest in his films started to wane and wear off. I guess he just got so popular and when his films started to throw in Internationally known actors and actresses, his films no longer had that foreign HK look and feel to them anymore. RUSH HOUR just about killed it for me (not to say that the film was a terrible film, but it just was an average comedy with some cool action sequences in it). I believe this will be close to Chan’s 100th film, with 1911 being Chan’s 100th film. That is quite an achievement, especially for an actor/stuntman whose physical comedy has been so intense, almost taking his life on more than one occasion due to all the dangerous feats he attempts and usually succeeds in performing. Look for 1911 from Well Go USA. They have acquired distribution rights for that, as well. Read all about that HERE.
“Jackie Chan’s best film in years.” – TwitchFilm
“Plenty of action, crazy stunts, excellent martial arts, and comedy.” – eFilmCritic.com
Audience Award Winner – New York Film Festival
Audience Award Winner – Valencia Film Festival
LITTLE BIG SOLDIER
International Superstar Jackie Chan and Leehom Wang
Star in the Year’s Funniest Action Comedy
Debuting on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 23
PLANO, TEXAS. (July 21, 2011) – Legendary martial arts star Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid, Rush Hour trilogy) is the writer, producer and star of the comic martial arts extravaganza Little Big Soldier, debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 23 from Well Go USA. Chan co-stars with Leehom Wang (Lust, Caution) as a peasant soldier in ancient China who kidnaps a young enemy, then escorts him home in hopes of collecting a reward. The extensive bonus features include two featurettes and a Jackie Chan music video. Little Big Soldier will be available in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for $29.98 SRP and on DVD for $24.98 SRP.
Set in the war period in China between 476 BC – 221 BC, the story between a soldier (Jackie Chan) and a general (Wang Leehom) from opposing states (Liang and Wei) and very much opposing views on the war and world. A painful yet comical journey commences when the soldier decides to abduct the downtrodden general and bring him back to his state in the high hopes of collecting a reward. When the unlikely duo are confronted by danger, they quickly learn that they must join forces in order to survive.
Bonus Features Include:
§ Behind the Scenes Featurette
§ Making of Featurette
§ Jackie Chan Music Video
Little Big Soldier has a runtime of approximately 96 minutes and is not rated.
SOURCE: WELL GO USA