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THE HIT LIST: January 15, 2018

It's been something of an eventful weekend; things happened and by Saturday evening I was ready to hibernate away from social media through Sunday no matter what... Then I got a surge of energy and figured I'd put it to use and besides, there's still a plethora of content to share including in this week's Hit List that I've been collecting and I intend to introduce them now that I'm awake.
Besides, these stunt reels were pretty stimulating and very much kickass with Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe highlighting his work load going into 2018. He kicks off this segment followed by reels courtesy of Jessie Simpson, Benjamin Alexander, Mélodie Veillard, Eliver Ling, Ivy Haralson, Geoffrey Boggs, Thekla Hutyrova, Kawui Joa, Ikeda Ai, Arman Ansari, Katelyn Brooke, Jon Orozco, Li Jing, Gui DaSilva, Caitlin Hutson with a Batgirl-inspired stunt promo of her own and Thom Williams with a spectacular stunt coordinator reel to top it all off.

Actor, martial artist and filmmaker got i…

THE LAST ONE: Lee Thongkam's Dystopian Survivalist Action Thriller Debuts A Poster

I made a pretty YUGE deal of director Lee Thongkam's sophomore directing gig, The Last One, in a few pieces I've done dating back to my interview with actress and martial artist Yadi Nieves who also worked on the project. I've nary heard a word from the director so we know about as much as everyone does about this project which appears to be at least several years in the making.
An official trailer is already due following a few gems now rendered completely invisible to the internet in the past few years. And not for nothing either as my own enthusiasm remains having seen what I've managed to catch for the film which tackles the story of a band of survivors fighting to protect something very precious in the wake of a nasty plague that has wiped our Earth of all living humans with an O-blood type.
The cast includes Kim Santiago, Luis Vallardes, Ben Bernard, and Film Combat Syndicate favorite, actor and stuntman Felix King. Thongkam previously informed me that the film…

GEMINI MAN Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Adds 'John Wick 2' Stunt Coordinator

Big things are finally impending after more than two decades for Paramount and Skydance's long-awaited production of fantasy action thriller, Gemini Man. Will Smith, cast early on as the lead will be joined by actor Clive Owen and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead as trade news sources THR and Variety have noted in recent memory for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon helmer Ang Lee to direct.
The project was originally set up at Disney from a pitch by Darren Lemke in 1997 but remained on the backburner due to the lack of technology for the same actor to produce dual performances on screen. Nowadays with such tech on hand, the Bright star will lead the film as an over-the-hill assassin who becomes the prime target of a cloning program that assigns his killer, a rendition of himself 25 years younger, to take him out.
Owen will star as the head of the cloning program with Winstead playing the agent assigned with surveiling our aged assassin who pairs up with him to prevent his demise. Es…

ASURA: Stuntman Peng Zhang's Fantasy Directorial Debut Teases Big Scale Expectations In The First Teaser

Segueing from steering the action and stunt work coordinating films like Ant-ManNinja Assassin and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Peng Zhang now rests his prospects at the helm. This one is no small feat either however - reportedly five years and with a tall order of $100 million dollars to date for Ningxia Film Group's upcoming Buddhist fantasy action adventure, Asura, making it China's most expensive movie in history, and as the hopeful first in a trilogy.
Signaling this month with an official teaser trailer ahead of a release midway in 2018, the film introduces a story set in the titular realm of pure desire which now finds itself threatened by a staged coup from a lower kingdom. Leading the way are burgeoning talents, actress Zhang Yi Shang (Railroad Tigers) with Lei Wu (The Shanghai Job, upcoming Nehza) starring as saviors to the realm and evident love interests to each other amid the upheaval of emerging villains and fantastic visuals host to spectacular scenery, battle…

THE PAPER TIGERS: Kung Fu Brothers Emerge In A Fresh New Photo From Bao Tran's Independent Martial Arts Feature

Award-winning filmmaker Bao Tran's current efforts are the result of a long and hard-fought battle that remains as so. In lieu of this, production is already under way in Seattle, Washington for Persistence Of Vision (POV) Films's latest feature debut, The Paper Tigers, following the release of an exhilarating proof-of-concept back in 2015. When their old Kung Fu master dies under mysterious circumstances, three estranged friends, despite being terribly out of shape and washed-up as fighters, must reawaken their abilities to find the killer and restore their master’s honor. Tran and the production have finally unveiled a first, albeit obscure look at Power Rangers familars Peter Adrian Sudarso (Ninja Steel) and Yoshua Sudarso (Dino Charge and upcoming debut,Buffalo Boys) and actor and stuntman Gui DaSilva-Greene (Captain America: Civil War) in the respective roles of Danny, Hing and Jim. Al'n Duong and Michael Velasquez are producing along with actor and noted classic movi…

TOMB RAIDER Gets An Action-Packed Second Trailer

The initial teaser for Roar Uthaug's treatment of Tomb Raider presented an ample peek into the new approach from Warner Bros. and GK Films. March 16 is the date for the new adaptation which sees Alicia Vikander taking her versatile craft and applying it accordingly as we now get to sample in a second, spectacular trailer that puts a little more effort in pumping up our interest, and I think it works!
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand w…


2017 was a banner year celebrating a career of well-over 100 movies to his name. This year, consider Well Go USA's latest, Ichi The Killer, a retrospective of sorts as the 2001 manga adaptation re-emerges once more from its digital veneer to a lush, retreated and revamped 4K director's cut. Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new 4k restoration approved by Miike himself. This visceral, bloody, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ōmori). The film is currently undergoing a scant theatrical from Well Go USA since premiering in New York City last November. Toronto film programmer is also hosting the film as part of TIFF's KinoVortex Winter 2018 line-up for its own screening on Feb…

Sanada Hiroyuki Joins JOHN WICK: CHAPTER THREE

There's a ton of things happening right now with all things John Wick. The origin comic, as well as two spin-offs are among the raft of projects already in development as Chad Stahelski now looks toward bringing the third film in the canon to life for next year.
For this, casting is already underway and with exclusive reporting from That Hashtag Show which reveals the addition of actor Sanada Hiroyuki to the movie. Sanada, whose international career has seen him work with legends like Fukusaku Kinji, Corey Yuen, and stars like Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.
Reuniting with 47 Ronin lead Keanu Reeves reprising the title role of the John Wick franchise, Sanada will star the head of a crime syndicate with a score to settle with our stoic assassin now on the run from his former fellowship of clandestined assassins. The two will reportedly be rejoined by actress Ruby Rose and actor Common following their appearances in last year's sequel in which both go toe-to-toe with Reeves.

MEGALO BOX Winds Up For A Knockout Series In The Official Trailer For Moriyama Yo's Anime

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Kajiwara Ikki's classic boxing manga, Ashita No Joe, an official trailer went viral this week for Moriyama Yo's Megalo Box which Tokyo Broadcasting System will air in April. The narrative here sets in the near-future tale chronicling the life of the stoic J.D. (a.k.a. Junk Dog), an underdog athlete competing in the underground spot of enhanced boxing through prosthetic exoskeletons.

TMS Entertainment is behind the animation which you can sample below.

Scott Adkins Actioner TWILIGHT ZODIAC Rolls Cameras As Production Goes Underway

Actor Scott Adkins is staying on his feet well into the new year in lieu of the upcoming release of his latest with director Jesse Johnson, Accident Man. The multifaceted martial arts star is currently in China making headway with a raft of actors for Twilight Zodiac as confirmed by Adkins's Facebook fanpage with the martial arts star reuniting with helmer Ernie Barbarash following the 2011 Jean-Claude Van Damme headliner, Assassination Games.
Plot details are thin while several photos can be seen via social media featuring the likes of Adkins who rejoins with action director Tim Man for their fifth project together, and with actor and martial arts star Andy On who rematches once more with his fellow Black Mask 2: City Of Masks co-star. Also starring is lead actress Anna Troung best known for shepherding recent Vietnamese actioners with director Cuong Ngo on Huong Ga (2014) and Truy Sat in which Leeder co-stars, and actress Lily Jie of Pacific Rim 2 and Skiptrace fame.

Crime Thriller BEAST OF BURDEN Roars Online In The Official Trailer

Actor Daniel Radcliffe is especially set to make some noise in the coming year following Greg McLean's harrowing survival biopic, Jungle. Turning once more to Momentum Pictures this week, we now get a glimpse at the official trailer for Jesper Ganslandt's Beast Of Burden setting up a good deal of crime and suspense in its narrative with Radcliffe front and center.
Pilot Sean Haggerty (Daniel Radcliffe) must deliver cocaine across the US-Mexico border for his final run as a drug smuggler. Alone in a small plane, he is faced with the burden of choosing between his allegiance to the Cartel, his deal with the Drug Enforcement Administration and saving his increasingly tense relationship with his wife, eagerly awaiting his return.Beast of Burden opens in select theaters, VOD and Digital HD on February 23, 2018 with Pablo Schreiber and Grace Gummer also starring. Watch the new trailer below!