- Dec 31
- More reviews of Hark’s FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE
- Posted by Deljhp - 31/12/11 at 03:37 PM
Having already well passed 300 million Yaun (that’s big coin in China) mark at the box office - in just 8 days - it’s a sure bet to say that Tsui Hark's Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a hit with the punters, but what are the critics saying?
A load of new English language reviews are filtering through, and the general consensus appears to be its eye wateringly sumptuous and extravagant visuals more than make up for a few obvious plot holes....so that’s most Wuxia in a nutshell really?
It’s Hark, directing Jet Li, in a 122 minutes martial arts fest. That’ll be 400 million by next week then methinks, and we'll gladly throw in some cash to bump it up further, when we get a chance.
- Dec 30
- New poster for Malaysian Kickboxing flick BUNOHAN
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/12/11 at 06:58 PM
Well it’s about time. A release date has finally been confirmed for Dain Said’s hard-core Malaysian Kickboxing (with family drama, blood and revenge thrown in for good measure) action movie Bunohan. How did we pick up this nugget of good news? Well, easy, it’s plastered across a new poster for the movie for one thing! Bunohan has been doing well on the rounds of the international festival circuits for a while now, so once its Malay opening is out of the way, fingers crossed we’ll be seeing it locally, sooner rather than later.
Synopsis: Bunohan the tragic story of love lost between three estranged brothers and their ailing father. Each man’s unfulfilled struggle for reconciliation and forgiveness leads to the violence of loss, betrayal, corruption and murder. The story opens in a one-horse town in southern Thailand, just across the border from Malaysia. ‘Bunga Lalang’ or Adil (ZAHIRIL ADZIM) is in a Tomoi ring fighting for his life in an honour fight to the death. Adil is extricated from the fight by his childhood friend, instantly turning them into fugitives. An assassin, Ilham, is set loose on the runaway fighter’s trail as the young men flee home to the village of Bunohan (Murder). Bunohan is also Ilham’s hometown to which he has never returned since he left. Meanwhile, Bakar Adil’s elder brother, returns from the city, ostensibly to look after their ailing father. But behind this mask of a dutiful son is an ambitious businessman and vicious player, screening the depths of corruption, greed and lust for power that will unravel the lives of all. The three men arrive home where fate awaits them. As the shadows of their darker selves rise, memories of longing, retribution and loss flood back. In BUNOHAN, home is where the heart breaks.
- Dec 29
- Teaser for NAMELESS GANGSTER with Choi Min-sik
- Posted by Adgy - 29/12/11 at 05:57 PM
Last month, we told you about the new movie Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, I Saw The Devil) was making called Nameless Gangster and today we're back with the teaser trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Choi reportedly put on an extra 10kg for his role and co-actor Ha Jeong-woo (The Yellow Sea, The Chaser) apparently spent 8 hours getting a fake full-body tattoo that had to be touched up before every shooting. Choi's name alone makes this a must see, but the cast and this teaser definitely adds extra weight (pun intended) to our anticipation. The release is set for February 2nd in Korea.
Synopsis: Ik-hyeon is a corrupt customs officer who lives off bribes paid by the contraband smugglers. One day, after his financier rats him out, Ik-hyeon is visited by the inspector and faces losing his job. He runs into a group of armed criminals while on patrol and recovers a large lump of heroin. To sell off the drug, Ik-hyeon hooks up with Hyeong-bae who has connections with the Yakuza. He finds out that his liaison is related to him and quickly a partnership is formed; Hyeong-bae helps out Ik-hyeon set up a new business with the drug money, while Ik-hyeon lobbies for his partner through his family connection. However, the partnership turns sour over dealings with a rival organization. Soon after, the government declares war on crime and Ik-hyeon decides to take the opportunity to set up his partner and escape the tightening grip of the law enforcement.
More stills and information at HanCinema
- Dec 29
- WAR OF THE ARROWS hits U.S DVD this Feb
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/12/11 at 02:20 PM
Well Go USA are at it again with their latest superb titles. This time they’re bringing Kim Han-min’s International - historical action epic - box office smash the War of the Arrows to all the lucky folks in the U.S on DVD and Blu-ray.
We’ve more than enough back story and info on the movie here and here, to get you up to speed on what to expect, and a glowing review to read here. War of the Arrows lands on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD February 21st.
- Dec 29
- 2nd trailer for Chilean Zombie horror ZOMBIE DAWN
- Posted by Deljhp - 29/12/11 at 01:09 PM
Chilean Zombie invasion anyone? Eagle One Media has unleashed a second trailer for Chilean undead action flick Zombie Dawn in conjunction with the new official film website. The film has so far been shown at several South American film festivals and ZD recently won awards at the Zixion Sars film festival in Chile for directors Christian Toledo and Lucio A. Rojas, and art direction. Zomb fans can also catch updates on this upcoming 2012 bloodfest, via the ever present facebook page.
Synopsis: 2006. A mysterious incident at a remote mining facility unleashes a zombie horde with an appetite for human flesh. It decimates large portions of the cities and countryside. The only course of action is to rapidly enclose the infected areas and seal them off from the rest of the remaining, living population. Now. 15 years later the tattered remains of the government and the mining corporation responsible where the initial event took place commit themselves to finding out what may have happened at the mining complex. The solution is to covertly send in a group of mercenaries and scientists into the quarantined zone to find answers.
- Dec 28
- New trailer for Spanish slasher XP-3D
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/12/11 at 02:49 PM
Even though it looks like Sony have managed to squeeze any and all originality out of it, the new trailer for Spain’s first ever horror movie in 3D, at least hints that something new might be brought to the table, of Spanish scrare flicks. Aside from that, it’s a parade of people who we all know are just too damn pretty live. Some things in horror....are eternal. XP3D opens in Spain tomorrow.
Synopsis: A group of university students set up camp in an abandoned town to investigate possible paranormal occurrences. Events take a turn with the appearance of a spectre that harasses them incessantly, a spectre only Angela´s sister, Diana, is able to perceive a spectre that harasses them incessantly, a spectre only Angela´s sister, Diana, is able to perceive.
XP3D official site (select: videos, nuevo trailer)
- Dec 28
- APOLLO 18: DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 28/12/11 at 01:43 PM
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego. Review: Chris Sawin.
Did you ever see that Ren & Stimpy episode "Space Madness"? I couldn't help but think of that as Apollo 18 started its slow burn and evolved into the horror film the trailers hinted at. The climax would be one of the men hallucinating that a bar of soap was an ice cream bar, took bites out of it, and flipped out when a fellow astronaut called him crazy. Then that same astronaut struggled with the urge to push a shiny, red button because he was oh so curious as to what it actually did. But alas those moments never came and Apollo 18 was a much more serious film.
It actually took me a couple times to actually get through Apollo 18. I became bored with it the first time, but made it through quite easily the second. It does take quite a while for things to actually get moving or at least get hectic. This is supposedly the explanation as to why we've never gone back to the moon. The movie does feel like a genuine documentary at times and is fairly believable at others, but gets a bit more over the top in the second half. The way everything is edited gets really irritating. It's as if Patrick Lussier was trying too hard to make everything creepy and it shows. Apollo 18 has to try and remind you it's a horror movie while coming off so frantic and sporadic. What happens to Nate (Lloyd Owen) is quite possibly the most interesting factor of the movie and while everything probably could have relied perfectly fine on his off-putting performance it's pretty much ruined by shaky head movements ripped straight out of Jacob's Ladder or even Silent Hill and a heavy use of quick cuts. If that lens flare effect in J.J. Abrams films bugged you, then prepare to go absolutely insane over how much weight is put into the effect in this...Continue reading review.
- Dec 24
- Official site for Norio Tsuruta’s new J-horror POV
- Posted by Deljhp - 24/12/11 at 12:32 AM
Writer director Norio Tsuruta is probably best known to those in the west for his 2004 fright flick ‘Premonition,’ and whilst his latest work POV doesn’t appear to bring all that much new to the table, its does looks a fair sight spookier than most efforts we’ve seen of late. Its becoming pretty clear that much of (well...what’s left of it) Japanese horror movie production today, is in dire need of a renaissance...and soon. Still, on the plus side, POV opens in Japan February 18th. Check out the films official site (trailer within) below.
- Dec 23
- TOMIE: UNLIMITED on UK DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 23/12/11 at 06:35 PM
One of our fave splatter horror directors Noboru Iguchi (‘The Machine Girl,’ ‘RoboGeisha’) returned to horror again in 2011, with his own entry in to the ongoing and long running Tomie horror film series - based on a popular manga by Junji Ito - so its great news that Tomie Unlimited is dropping onto English subbed DVD in the UK. Tomie, the girl who would not die, arrives on DVD, this coming January.
Synopsis: Tsukiko (Moe Arai), who belongs to a photography club at high school, always feels inferior to her elder sister, Tomie (Miu Nakamura). Tomie is breathtakingly beautiful and popular among the male students, including Toshio, whom Tsukiko is secretly in love with. One day an awful accident kills Tomie right in front of her younger sister. Since then Tsukiko suffers from a nightmare night after night. A year later Tsukiko and her parents are surrounding a birthday cake to celebrate dead Tomie s 18th birthday. Suddenly they hear an eerie knock at the door. Unbelievably, it is Tomie. She s back. The father and mother blindly welcome Tomie in tears, but Tsukiko feels instinctive fear. Tomie gradually reveals her true face, but only when she is with Tsukiko. Now Tsukiko s nightmare becomes reality, and the terrifying days begin...
Special Features: • Interview with Director Noboru Iguchi • Trailer
- Dec 22
- Official HD trailer for Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/12/11 at 07:49 PM
A bootleg version of the first trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus has been doing the rounds for much of the day, but we’ve held off until the real deal arrived, so we can enjoy it in all its high def goodness...And oh so very good it is too.
Ridley is back doing what he knows best, and the answer to the question if this really is a prequel to his cult classic 'Alien,' has been well and truly answered....Space Jockeys are gooooo! Welcome back Mr Scott. Prometheus opens next June, and we cant f*cking wait to see it.
Check it out, in all its 720p splendour, over at Apple trailers. Link below.
Synopsis: Ridley Scott, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
- Dec 22
- Tony Jaa to star in Malaysian fight pic KL Gangster 2?!
- Posted by Deljhp - 22/12/11 at 08:48 AM
Before we all get too excited, for right now this will stay very firmly tucked in the rumours box, but if true this could be immense!
As one of the most successful Malay films action, it is perhaps no surprise that KL Gangster is set for another instalment; however, it comes as a surprise that the local gangster movie will “most likely” feature the "Ong Bak" star, Tony Jaa. Datuk Yusof Haslam, producer of "KL Gangster" has recently announced that the next instalment will be a prequel, and will mark the return of the original cast such as Aaron Aziz, Adi Putra, Shoffi Jikan, Sheera Iskandar and Zizan.
KLG told the story of two brothers who got involved in the seedy world of gangsters. Malek, who learnt his lesson after being betrayed by his own gang started by Shark, soon found himself forced to return to the underworld that he left behind.
Like we say - we’ll believe it when we see the official announcement from the man himself...but this would make a great...late xmas present, for all us Jaa fans!
- Dec 21
- John Woo gets animated over SEVEN BROTHERS
- Posted by Deljhp - 21/12/11 at 06:54 PM
Well, there’s nothing like adding a new string to your bow and Hong kong director (and all round screen action legend) John Woo has done just that with the news he’s launched an animated web series titled Seven Brothers, in association with Liquid Comics and Tiger Hill Entertainment. For the full story and to see episode one, check out the full article over the Hollywood Reporter...here
- Dec 20
- Art Camacho to bring us THE UNFORGIVEN
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/12/11 at 06:02 PM
Always room for a little post-apocalyptic horror in the world. Renowned Action film Director Art Camacho has just announced that he is currently in development/pre-production of his latest Sci-Fi Action Film “The Unforgiven”, a film about a Group of Undesirables on a Mission to save mankind. Press blurb time....
The film is set in a post-apocalyptic era, where warfare has wiped out most of mankind and a rag tag set of misfits are Humanity’s last hope. The Unforgiven will re-team Art Camacho with action stars Don “The Dragon’ Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, veteran action icon James Lew, and Martin Kove. Additionally Camacho is in talks with action star Conan Lee, UFC champ Fabiano Iha and a host of other action stars, MMA champions and Sci-FI icons to appear in the film. It is based on a story written By Art Camacho about a man coming to terms with his own mortality in search of redemption, in a bleak future where all hope has been decimated by war. In addition to the heart and soul of the film, Camacho promises high-octane and riveting action in the film.
This will be the first of three projects Camacho has signed on to produce/Direct for Fledgling Production Company: Iconic Pictures. Iconic will produce and secure financing for the film with Producer Jason Abustan in the lead, and Manny Pacquiao's Aunt Lilia Lao has signed on to Associate Produce. As a successful business man, Jason Abustan runs and operates numerous lucrative franchised businesses that give him the know-how and ability to run a production of this scale. As an accomplished actor, Jason Abustan has been featured in numerous independent films and commercials. He joined forces with Art Camacho and his reputable team of industry professionals to create a niche in action films. “This is going to be our homage to Stallone’s highly successful “The Expendables”, According to Abustan. This film comes on the heels of Camacho’s producing the first ever Spanish language MMA action films “Cage Fight” and “Once upon a fight”; both of which are in post-production and set for release in 2012.
Interesting, we'll def keep an eye on this one, but throwing comment around like...."our homage to Stallone’s “The Expendables”... Well nothing like setting your target high. Check out the official site for storyboards, concept art and a detailed breakdown of the plotline.
- Dec 19
- CONFUCIOUS on US DVD and Blu-Ray
- Posted by Deljhp - 19/12/11 at 07:26 PM
U.S distro house Funimation are landing some sumptuous spectacle, of a grand, old school scale, on the U.S DVD in the new year, in the form of the Chow Yun Fat starring, eye candy...Confucius. The biopic of the legendary Chinese philosopher, lands on US DVD and Blu-ray, March 27 2012. This is such new news, there isnt even a U.S cover or trailer yet, so guess we'll make do with the UK ones in the mean time.
Synopsis: Screen legend Chow Yun-fat stars as Confucius in the inspiring, actionpacked saga of a leader whose wisdom and cunning were more powerful than any sword. In this sweeping battlefield epic, Confucius finds his lands threatened by the fires of war. After leading the nation’s most Powerful army to victory against hordes of invaders, the new hero finds even greater danger in the jealous eyes of the aristocrats he fought to protect. From the Producer of John Woo’s Red Cliff and Jet Li’s Warlords, and captured on camera by Oscar-winning Director of Photography Peter Pau (Crouching tiger, Hidden Dragon), Chow Yun-fat delivers the award nominated performance of a lifetime as a teacher, a military leader, and a legend in Confucius.
- Dec 17
- More from Takashi Miike’s ACE ATTORNEY
- Posted by Deljhp - 17/12/11 at 12:41 AM
Its time for a second trailer for Takashi Miiki's live action adaptation of Capcom's video game series aka Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and whilst not all is revealed, you do get a better sense of what to expect. Because as with the teaser trail, theres the added bonus of English subtitles! You’ve gotta love fan subbers. Ace Attorney opens in Japan next Feb.
- Dec 16
- New poster and striking first trailer for Chinese horror RUN
- Posted by Deljhp - 16/12/11 at 06:36 PM
As pretty striking first trailer has been released for a new Chinese horror flick titled....Run, and we have to say if the visual style and quality of the final film matches what we’ve seen so far, then this could be very good indeed. Production values look way over the usual run-of-the-mill horror fair China has been churning out recently and although the producers are being tight lipped about details on the plot, they are promising the audience “something not seen before in Chinese horror.” Yeah we’ve all heard that before, but color us intrigued none the less. 'Run' opens in China (and fingers crossed Hong Kong, for an English subbed release) in early January. Trailer at the link.
- Dec 15
- U.S trailer for Brit horror thriller KILL LIST
- Posted by Deljhp - 15/12/11 at 06:56 PM
After all that cheer over the festive season, U.S readers might well be in the mood for an alternative to festive fun in the form of Kill List - a nasty little horror thriller by Ben Wheatley - as its due to bow there in the new year, via IFC films. Moving from kitchen-sink drama to character study to thriller, Kill ends up darker (and darkly funny) more profound and wonderfully disturbing. Sure sounds like the perfect antidote to all that xmas fun to us. Trail at the link.
Synopsis: Eight months after a botched job in Kiev, Jay is an out-of-work hitman with no job, money, health insurance and a wife constantly on his case. But when his business partner Gal comes over for dinner and pressures Jay into taking a new assignment, Jay quickly finds himself back in the game with the promise of a big payoff after three assassinations. Although the hits start off without incident, soon things begin to unravel and Jay's paranoia reveals itself as he is plunged into the heart of darkness.
- Dec 14
- Oxide Pang’s SLEEPWALKER on English subbed DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 14/12/11 at 07:12 PM
By most accounts Hong Kong horror-meister Oxide Pang’s latest fright flick Sleepwalker - marks a welcome return to form, and has the added bonus of featuring actress Angelica Lee in a movie that explores the origin of nightmares. Co-starring Charlie Young (Bangkok Dangerous), Huo Siyan (My Name is Fame), Li Zonghan (Reign of Assassins), and Kent Cheng (The Log), the stunning mystery thriller was screened in competition at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival. Good to the Pang boys back! Sleepwalker streets on DVD, Dec 21.
Synopsis: Ziyi (Angelica Lee) has been haunted by the same dream for years: In the dream, she would stand alone on a wasteland, knowing that something is buried underneath. The only one who could give her comfort is her designer friend Eric (Li Zonghan), to whom she would reveal her weird dreams. She is approached by police sergeant Madam Ou (Huo Siyan) to assist in the investigation of her missing ex-husband. Meanwhile, the cop is also tracking down her kidnapped nephew, whose whereabouts remain unknown even though his mother Becky (Charlie Young) has paid the ransom. One day, Ziyi wakes up to find a trail of mud at her bedside, raising suspicion that she may have killed her ex-husband in her sleep! Ziyi leads Madam Ou to the scene in her dreams, where the horrifying truth awaits them...
- Dec 13
- Full [REC] 3 trailer lands with a BLOODY bang
- Posted by Deljhp - 13/12/11 at 06:58 PM
We said it was going to be epic - and you know what we were wrong - it’s going to be abso-f*cking-lutely awesome. The first, fantastic, full trailer for Paco Plaza’s [Rec] 3: Genesis (which deals with the origins of the Demonic undead plague) has landed with a blood soaked bang. Someone pick this up for release in an English speaking territory...now!!! Trail at the link.
- Dec 13
- OUTRAGE: UK DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 13/12/11 at 06:19 PM
Director: Kitano Takeshi. Review: Adam Wing.
Well it’s about time. Kitano Takeshi is a complex individual it would seem, but with Outrage we are taken back to a time where life was much simpler. Not to mention a whole lot bloodier. You’d be forgiven for thinking he had fallen off the face of the planet, after a trilogy of films that dealt not with warfare, but with his own artistic integrity. In truth however, Takeshis’, Achilles and the Tortoise and Glory to the Filmmaker! struggled to find an audience on both sides of the water. They are deeply personal films blessed with the offbeat eccentricities of their guiding light, but you have to go all the way back to 2003 to witness Kitano at the height of his power. It was the 1990’s that saw Kitano deliver his finest work, with films like Boiling Point, Violent Cop and Sonatine pushing the boundaries of a stagnant gangster genre. With Outrage, he returns to the genre that established his name and it couldn’t have come at a better time...Continue review here.
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