Written and directed by Welsh-born Gareth Evans, Asia’s newest martial arts action star, Iko Uwais, is set to arrive onto UK DVD screens this June in Merantau (now with “Warrior” tagged onto the title?) an action-thriller that introduces us to the rarely-seen Indonesian martial art of Silat. With a win for best picture at Action Fest 2010 under its belt, the marketeers would have us believe that Uwais could well be “the next Tony Jaa.” Watching the trailer - featuring some truly stunning martial arts action - you know what, they might just be right. Merantau goes on sale June 7th.
Synopsis: Yuda is a young farmer and skilled Silat practitioner from Minangkabau in West Sumatera. Following a centuries old tradition, he is about to embark on his ‘merantau’, a rite of passage that requires him to leave his home and family to make a name for himself in the wider world. He heads for the bustling city of Jakarta, where he immediately finds himself homeless, jobless and alone. A chance run-in with a juvenile street thief, Adit, leads Yuda to an encounter in which he is compelled to defend Adit’s elder sister, Astri, from a violent situation involving her abusive employer, Johni, and his henchmen. Yuda, Astri and Adit are forced to go on the run in the unforgiving city with a swarm of pimps and gangsters dogging their every step. With escape seemingly beyond their grasp, Yuda realises he has no choice but to face their foes head-on in a no-holds-barred showdown.
- Apr 28
- Josie gets the knives out, in new DREAM HOME poster
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/04/10 at 09:27 AM
After the subtlety and glitz of previous offerings, the latest poster for Ho-Cheung Pang’s Hong Kong slasher Dream Home has leading lady Josie Ho finally revealing what we can really expect.....a knife wielding women on the edge of sanity, and blood by the bucket load. The fun all starts in HK on May 13th, so we'd be expecting it to arrive on English subtitled DVD around late June, early July time. Check out the full trailer, on the films official site.
- Apr 27
- VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL: DVD Review #2
- Posted by Deljhp - 27/04/10 at 12:53 AM
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura/Naoyuki Tomomatsu Review: Tim Irwin.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is everything you could hope for from a movie with that title, and so much more. It is a fantastic mix of Tokyo ore Police and Postal, the most offensive Japanese movie I've ever seen, and an absolute blast to watch. The opening scene squares off Vampire Girl with a trio of bizarre Japanese schoolgirls who seem to be assembled from a variety of body parts. Vampire Girl soon disassembles them, going so far as to "unwrap" one of their heads, leaving a spinning, bloody skull. There are showers of blood, and it becomes immediately clear that Yoshihiro Nishimura, who did the makeup effects for Tokyo Gore Police and Hard Revenge Milly, was involved with the production. Here Nishimura is co-helming the film with Naoyuki Tomomatsu, who directed Zombie Self-Defense Force.
After the initial sequence the film settles down into standard J-drama mode, with a variety of school girls and boys vying for each others' affections. It is Valentine's Day, and, as is customary in Japan, the girls have all bought candy for their boy of choice. But the mean teacher, Uchiyama, confiscates all the little packages of chocolates. This doesn't stop a gaggle of girls headed by Keiko (Eri Otoguro), who happens to be the vice-principal's daughter, from making advances on Jyugon Mizushima (Takumi Saito). Jyugon is the nicest boy in the class and is somewhat overwhelmed by the attention. But there's another girl with interest in Jyugon. She's quiet and stays out of the way, even managing to keep her small package of chocolate from being taken. Her name is Monami Arukado (Yukie Kawamura), a very cute and innocent girl. But there's something about her that's not quite right, as Jyugon eats his chocolate and discovers a red, creamy center. Soon he's seeing everyone as a system of blood vessels and has strange desires to bite people's necks..Continue reading review here.
- Apr 26
- Second teaser trailer for THE HOUSEMAID
- Posted by Deljhp - 26/04/10 at 07:50 AM
More drama, more menace, more knowing glances and more sumptuous cinematography than you could throw a stack of Hollywood lighting at. A second teaser trailer is out for Sang-soo lim’s remake of The Housemaid. If you’ve missed our earlier coverage of the movie, you can check it out here, here and here. Housemaid opens in in Korea May 13th.
- Apr 24
- THE GREATEST AMERICAN SNUFF FILM: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 24/04/10 at 11:25 AM
Director: Sean Tretta. Review: Tim Irwin.
Back in 2003 a few guys got together to make a small movie. Director Sean Tretta rounded up a little money, about $3,000, and crafted a story of a serial killer who enjoyed making films. The man, named William Allen Grones (Mike Marsh), fancied himself a director, setting up scenarios where he could document the kidnapping and imprisonment of two young ladies before killing them on camera. The Great American Snuff Film purports to be the true story of Grones' crimes, re-enacted and dramatized. Then, the story goes, new interview footage surfaced of Grones before his execution. Tretta evidently cut this new footage into the old film, making it five minutes longer, and has now released it as The Greatest American Snuff Film. The movie's strongest selling point is that the filmmakers have created a fiction surrounding Grones, calling him one of the worst serial killers to never get any publicity. Better yet, they claim to have the actual footage of his crimes, shown at the end of the film with an additional "Viewer Discretion Advised" warning...Continue reading review here.
- Apr 23
- BLOOD in the UK
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/04/10 at 12:29 PM
No relation to Chris Nahon’s ‘Blood the Last Vampire,’ Ten Shimoyama’s (Shinobi: Heart Under Blade) Blood is a very different blood sucking beast, and it’s heading for the UK on DVD. Take ‘The Hunger’ add some ‘Countess Dracula,’ throw in a liberal sprinkling of eroticism, swordplay and martial arts action and Shimoyama’s contemporary horror offering (that owes more than a nod to the Hammer films of the 60’s and 70’s) has plenty to keep a genre fan very happy. Blood hits the UK, on May 3rd. Review coming soon.
Synopsis: Recently demoted within the ranks of the police for exposing several officials involved in a political scandal, Detective Hoshino is reduced to investigating long-shelved, unsolved cases. His latest assignment leads him to the mansion of a reclusive heiress, Miyako Rozmberk, to investigate the 14-year-old murder of one of her former maids. After claiming she has already told the police everything she knows concerning the case, Miyako announces to Hoshino that she knows the identity of the man responsible for the killing, identifying him as Ukyo Kuronuma, a mysterious businessman with powerful connections. Having tracked down the newly revealed suspect, Hoshino is shocked to catch Ukyo in the act of slashing the throat of a naked young girl chained up in his headquarters. Discovering that the detective was led to him following the tip-off from Miyako, Ukyo reveals that he is, in actual fact, a vampire who was ‘turned’ 160 years ago by Miyako herself. Already as much under Miyako’s spell and Ukyo, Hoshino soon finds himself involved in a deadly love triangle in which he must battle one demon bloodsucker for the affections of another.
- Apr 22
- Detailed synopsis for Takeshi Kitano’s OUTRAGE
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/04/10 at 05:12 PM
The release is imminent in Japan - and with its recent selection for competition at this years Cannes film fest - we’re all hoping Takeshi Kitano’s latest opus Outrage marks a return to what we know and love him so well for; Hard hitting, uncompromising, brutal, in your face gangland thrillers. While we wait with everything crossed, here’s the films theatrical posters, and a plus, a more detailed summary of the plot. Because it’s always handy to know what the hells going on. Outrage opens in Japan in June.
Synopsis: In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favour of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Long-time yakuza Otomo (Takeshi) has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance.
With the UK DVD release of Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh’s Tai Chi Master (aka ‘Twin Warriors’) just a whisker away, the folks over at Cine Asia thought we’d like to a new action filled clip from the movie, showing us all what Jet does best.....Kicking ass. It goes on sale next week. Get to it.
Synopsis: Two orphans are raised in the legendary Shaolin Temple, and grow to become the greatest fighters of their generation. As a barbaric regime tightens its grip on the empire, each will choose a different path. One, played by Jet Li, will fight for the freedom of his people; the other, played by Chin Siu-ho (Fist of Legend), will exercise ruthless ambition on his barbaric rise to power. When a fearless female freedom-fighter (Michelle Yeoh) is captured and condemned to death, the two men will meet on the battlefield for one last life-or-death confrontation.
- Apr 21
- Full trailer for MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD
- Posted by Deljhp - 21/04/10 at 08:34 AM
Let the gore run free! The full trailer for Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura’s (‘Machine Girl,’ ‘Robo-Geisha’) latest Japanese goo-fest The Mutant Girls Squad, has hit the web.
Synopsis: Rin, a bullied teenager discovers her arm has mutated into a razor-sharp weapon on her 16th birthday. A shadow government organization immediately begins hunting her down, slaughtering her parents in the process, but Rin is saved in the nick of time by a super-powered being called 'Hiruko'. Soon, mutants from all over Japan are gathered together and begin militant training to overthrow the government. Meanwhile, Rin is fitted with a special iron mask and begins her life as a 'battle girl', utilizing both her mutant powers and acrobatic abilities to fight against mutant-hunting special forces.
- Apr 20
- HK shock horror WOMB GHOSTS on DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/04/10 at 11:43 AM
Prolific Hong Kong Filmmaker Dennis Law’s - who brought us the truly hard core HK shocker 'Gong Tau' - latest take on the horror genre Womb Ghosts, is up to order on English subtitled DVD. The title alone would have most squirming, and a scare flick based around the medical matters of a Ghost possessed ladies unmentionables, sounds pretty horrific to us. Womb Ghosts stars model-turned-actress Chrissie Chau in the role of a woman unable to shake the spirits that keep haunting her.
Synopsis: Life after death of a foetus inside a woman’s body exists as a Womb Ghost. Unnatural termination of such life will turn the baby into the evilest and most vicious kind of spirits. A mental hospital is haunted by ghost and the mysterious miscarriage of a young and beautiful inmate causes the authorities to investigate. Only one answer can be given to the existence of such an ungodly creature…Womb Ghosts.
- Apr 19
- MACHETE attacks, Labor Day!
- Posted by Deljhp - 19/04/10 at 10:55 AM
We said it would be in the fall, and we were right on the Money. 20th Century Fox have announced that Robert Rodriguez’s and Ethan Maniquis - ‘Grindhouse’ spin-off movie - Machete will be slashing its way onto screens September 3rd, smack bang around the Labor day weekend. Supporting Danny Trejo as the Federale on a mission of revenge, the cast includes; Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal and Don Johnson? No trailer from the movie yet, so as before, there’s a link to the original (oh so very not safe for work) Grindhouse trailer below.
Synopsis: The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavoury types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his old friend Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of non-violence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you.
- Apr 18
- ZOMBIE TRANSFUSION: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/04/10 at 12:45 PM
Director: Steven C. Miller. Review: Adam Wing.
I should perhaps start by telling you this; Zombie Transfusion (aka Automaton Transfusion) is to big budget filmmaking what Adolf Hitler is to world peace. Steven C. Miller’s zombie yarn takes low budget filmmaking to the next level. So if you like your horror movies blessed with that all over Bruckheimer tan, chances are you’ll come away feeling like one of the characters in the movie, having had a small chunk of your life ripped away from you. Zombie Transfusion embraces all that we know and love about no budget movie making, there’s even the distinct possibility that you’ll think it was recorded on a camera phone, I half expected the cameraman to stop filming at one point because he’d received a text from his mum. Fortunately for me, and the mood of the piece, that didn’t actually happen.
The point I’m trying to make is this, if you approach this movie expecting anything more than fresh filmmakers testing zombie infested waters, there’s a good chance you’ll come away disappointed. But that’s the beauty of zombie movies, you don’t need a big budget to make a decent horror film, what you do need is a sprinkling of talent behind the camera and an effects wizard who knows what he’s doing. Might be worth grabbing hold of that there chainsaw then and sticking around, because when it comes to low budget horror movies Zombie Transfusion comes with added bite...Continue reading review here.
- Apr 17
- RAGING PHOENIX: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 17/04/10 at 09:20 AM
Director: Rashane Limtrakul. Review: Adam Wing.
What’s the one thing more attractive than a girl with a gun? The answer, a girl that doesn’t need a gun. Jija Yanin (Chocolate) kicks back into action this month with her second feature Raging Phoenix. Directed by Rashane Limtrakul, Raging Phoenix comes with a twist, Muay Thai mixed with hip-hop dancing. You’ve got to admit, that’s one hell of a turn. You should see them in action, packing in more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan movie.
The martial arts-meets-break dancing premise serves as inspiration for some truly inventive choreography, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Throw in the art of Drunken Muay Thai and a showdown against the Chinese Drunken Fist style, and we have a blend of fighting styles that you won't want to miss. French-Vietnamese martial artist champion Kazu Patrick Tang appears alongside Jija Yanin in his movie debut, and women's body building champion Roongtawan Jindasing towers over them both as a bikini clad big bad, taking on our tiny heroine (I would never say that to her face) in one of the most intense showdowns of the year....Continue review here.
- Apr 16
- French Zomb horror MUTANTS lands on UK DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 16/04/10 at 01:06 PM
Taking a different tack on the usual themes of a Zombie outbreak, French writer and director David Morley’s claustrophobic little undead/infected horror ride of a debut feature…Mutants, is heading for a UK DVD. It’s a very bare bones release, with extras consisting of the grand total of a “theatrical (woohoo!) trailer,” but what the hell we’re glad to finally get a chance to see it. Mutants goes on sale May 10th.
Synopsis: In a world devastated by a pandemic virus that turns human beings into primitive and bloodthirsty creatures, the last hope for survivors is the military station 'Noah' where scientists are researching the cure. Marco (Francis Renaud) and Sonia (Hélène De Fougerolles) set off to find the secret base to escape from the 'mutants'. When they are attacked, Marco becomes contaminated and little by little begins to undergo the same changes as the other creatures. Sonia, pregnant with her first child, must somehow fight off the hordes and force herself to fight the man she once loved.
- Apr 15
- THE HOUSEMAID competes at Cannes
- Posted by Deljhp - 15/04/10 at 12:07 PM
We’ve said all along we’d mention Sang-soo lim’s The Housemaid at the drop of a hat, but the news today that its just been selected for competition at this years Cannes film festival, seemed like more than worthy reason. Add to that the arrival of some beautifully crafted new character posters, and we reckon that’s not bad at all, for an (albeit brief) update of note.
- Apr 15
- GEISHA ASSASSIN: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 15/04/10 at 06:49 AM
Director: Go Ohara. Review: Adam Wing.
Geisha Assassin is the debut feature from action choreographer Go Ohara. Having worked on low budget hits Death Trance and Chanbara Beauty, Go turns his attention to directorial duties and takes new girl Minami Tsukui along for the ride. Minami stars as Kotomi Yamabe, a cute but clinical assassin on a quest to avenge the death of her father. Along the way she takes on a series of fighters, including crazed monks, lightning fast ninjas and murderous demons. I think that pretty much covers the plot; lets get down to business then.
There’s a good chance I could write this review on the back of a matchbox, there’s very little storyline to speak of and don’t get me started on the positive aspects of the film. That’s not a request; it’s just that there’s nothing good to say about a film as cheap and cheerless as this. Formerly known as Geisha vs. Ninja, it doesn’t take a genius to work out why they went with the name change for its R2 release. The same thing happens when a criminal leaves prison, or when a witness in a major investigation needs to disappear; clearly the distributors of Geisha Assassin didn’t want us to track down the original version in a hurry, and more importantly perhaps, any reviews written under the original heading. Then again, maybe I’m being too harsh…Continue reading review here.
- Apr 14
- Sci-fi siren BARBARELLA invades London
- Posted by Deljhp - 14/04/10 at 05:12 PM
There’s a real treat is in store for all you UK fans of classic, cult 60s Sci-fi. In conjunction with SCI-FI LONDON festival, the London Curzon theatre Soho is to host a rare theatrical screening of one of the greatest (and perhaps kitschest?) sci-fi movies of all time, Roger Vadim’s…Barbarella. From sexy space heroines, Futuristic cities, mad scientists, evil master villains...and…oh yes…an Angel. Its got it all. For all the details of the date, pre-screening event and showtime, check out the Curzons official site here.
Synopsis: Barbarella (Jane Fonda), an interstellar representative of the united Earth government in the 41st century, is dispatched to locate scientist Durand Durand, whose positronic ray, if not recovered, could signal the end of humanity.
- Apr 14
- Danny Pang takes on the FAIRY TALE KILLER
- Posted by Deljhp - 14/04/10 at 06:57 AM
Hong Kong director and all round horror auteur Danny Pang is a busy man it seems. Still putting the finishing touches - with his brother Oxide - to their latest scare flick (the newest “3D” instalment in their blockbuster ‘The Eye’ series) “Childs Eye,” he already has new project in the works, a horror thriller titled Fairy Tale Killer. Details are still sketchy but we do know that Hong Kong acting veteran Ching Wan Lau (Mad Detective," "Overheard") has signed on to star in the lead. Lau will play a hard nosed cop appointed to investigate a series of puzzling and grisly murders, arranged in such a way as to resemble Fairy Tales? Danny Pang directing an actor of Ching Wan Lau's calibre, in a story of Fairy Tales turned bad and bloody. Late 2010, just got a whole lot more interesting! More when we get it.
- Apr 13
- UK trailer time for Thai horror PHOBIA
- Posted by Deljhp - 13/04/10 at 08:15 AM
Top marks to Icon Entertainment for not succumbing to a growing trend in UK trailers of including that damn awful (faux gravel toned) Mr Voiceover man narration, in their great looking promo for Thai horror Phobia. We’ve already given a low down on the DVD release, but if you missed them heres a quick summary of each plotline below. Already read them? Well head on down for some horror, Thai style.
Loneliness (by Youngyut Tongkontund) Loneliness can cause a young girl to do stupid things. She’s lonely, unemployed and heartbroken. At this point, she’s on edge when receiving an unknown text message asking for her friendship. She starts communicating with the anonymous sender. Will she be regret it after finding out who he is?
Last Fright (by Parkpoom Wongpoom) This chapter presents the mixture of phobia. It’s an inappropriate flight for anyone with claustrophobia, nyctophobia, fear of noise, fear of air pressure, and fear of corpses. Terror is waiting for one unlucky air hostesses, who will face this alone.
Deadly Charm (by Phavee Purijidpanya) Imagine a childish payback like write a joke about your friend’s parents on the blackboard. Then imagine a payback of vocational schoolboys who curse people they hate on a deadly charm. Let’s see how excruciating these curses will bring to the table.
The Middle Man (by Banjong Pisanthanakun) A group of teenagers is camping in the woods. They think it’ll be fun to tell a scary story while mocking some of the stupid and formulaic rules, characters have to follow in horror movies. Unfortunately, the ghosts they will soon encounter are those that go against the grain of traditional rules in horror films.
- Apr 12
- Now with extra Maggie! New THE KING OF FIGHTERS artwork
- Posted by Deljhp - 12/04/10 at 08:55 PM
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Yeah we know it’s probably going to suck so very badly, but Maggie Q is in it and we just can’t help ourselves. A new poster for Gordon Chan’s (‘Painted Skin’) live action adaptation of the fight game The King of Fighters has appeared, and as this will fall squarely into our world of guilty pleasures, we had to post it. Joining Maggie for the fun, the cast includes Sean Faris, Will Yun Lee and David Leitch. No word yet on a release date, but you’ll probaly know when its coming, there’ll be a whiff of cheese in the air.
Synopsis: the last surviving descendants of three legendary clans are continuously transported to other dimensions to test their martial arts skills against an evil force that seeks to invade and infect the real world.
- Korean crime thriller FRIEND 2 gets U.S release
- A GAME OF ASSASSINS finally starts on Dec 26
- Epic KING NARESUAN series reaches number 5!?
- Are we ready for a FIRESTORM?!
- Hong Kong celebrates new year AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT
- Poster & trailer for Malay horror THE TRANSCEND
- New poster for THE EXTREME FOX
- Official poster and trailer for NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR