Get your popcorn! Unlucky Stars has a release date!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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That’s right! One of the best martial arts films of last year is coming soon! Dennis Ruel, Vladislav Rimburg, Ken Quitugua, Emmanuel Manzanares, Shawn Bernal, Sam Hargrave, Sari Sabella, Jose Montesinos, Gui Dasilva, and so many more amazing martial artists/stuntmen are coming home for your viewing pleasure! The film release on VOD on FEBRUARY 2nd on these platforms:

iTunes: (Pre Buy at the link)

GooglePlay

Vimeo

Amazon

Xbox

Vudu

You can read my review here, and if you aren’t convinced that this is as perfect a homage to the Sammo Hung series, don’t take my word for it. Take his:

Richard Norton is so cool he gets his own toplight!

Richard Norton is so cool he gets his own toplight!

Great fight choreography with a fun story, and a fantastic showcase of some amazing martial artists! It’s really awesome the general public will finally get to watch this film. You’ll want to put together watch parties if you can!

“God has given me this gift, and I will not waste it!” The Trailer for Boyka: Undisputed!

Posted in Isaac Florentine, Scott Adkins with tags , , on January 31, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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Not even internet pirates can keep Boyka down, and finally, FINALLY we have the trailer for the long-awaited Undisputed 4 ( No more numerals! Now it’s just Boyka!) It looks as if Scott Adkins and Isaac Florentine are going to bring us the best Boyka yet! This looks fantastic, seeing Boyka fight in both the real world and in the ring. Check out the trailer below. Then watch it again. And again. The most complete fighter in the world is back. As the song says, ‘There Can Only Be One King!’

Review: The Assassin (2015)

Posted in Shu Qi with tags on January 26, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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Starring Shu Qui, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Ethan Juan

Fight Choreography:

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Every once and a while a martial arts film comes along that tells a grand story on an epic scale, with great actors, fantastic visuals, and exceptional, poetic fight scenes. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, The House of Flying Daggers are some of these kinds of films.

This ain’t one of them.

The Assassin tells the story of Yie Ninniang (Shu Qui), an assassin trained by a nun, given over to her by their parents for reasons I have no idea. Yieninniang still suffers from human sentiment, and refuses to kill. She finally gets her final mission: to kill her cousin (Chang Chen) whom she was once betrothed to. Rather than try to kill him, she does battle with a masked woman, while a crazy monk tries to kill her cousin, and she saves her father from assassins, all of whom I have no damn idea who they were.

This film is really as bad as they come. Yes, Hou won best Director at Cannes, and critics heap a bunch of praise on the film, but I wonder if they’ve ever seen a martial arts film? Films like the ones I mentioned at the start of this review? Let’s start first by saying there are far too many shots of characters either staring at…something, or walking for long periods of time across the screen, in the slowest manner possible. This tested the limits of my patience, and it found me wanting. I think this film could have been easily cut to an hour long rather than the 106 running time. And the end… can someone tell me what the hell gets resolved? With any plot line?

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The story does absolutely no favors to the actors, as character seem to come from no where with no explanation who they are or more importantly why we should care about them. For that matter, there is no real explanation as to why I should care for any of them. Shu Qui is passable, and as beautiful as ever, but her character has zero personality, and disappears and reappears in the film like she’s the goddamn Batman. Chang Chen thought he was in another Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon kind of film, and that tells me the poor guy had no idea what film he was making.

The cinematography is gorgeous, but lingers too long on things that don’t matter and aren’t important to the story, such as it is. As a series of stills, which this movie nearly is, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. But this is a film, and the images on screen need to have a life and breathe, and they don’t.

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The fight scenes range from dreadful to okay to “what just happened”? One prime example is the very first fight, where the entire fight between Shu Qui and a group of swordsmen happen…across a pond. In the forest. And you stay exactly that far away from the action. Binoculars are needed to see what’s going on. If this is considered high art, I’ll pass, thank you much.

KIAI-KICK’S GRADE: 2

This is a dreadful film from start to finish. Despite the exceptional camerawork,  it needed about another few weeks in the editing room to put a coherent film together. Shu Qui and Chang Chen have done so much better work than this.

The Film is out today on DVD/Blu Ray by Wellgousa!

Here are some BTS photos from the El Gato Negro: Prey shoot!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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Here are some BTS photos from the last 2 weeks as we barrel on ahead with the film shoot! Things are going great, and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with! Cool Action, a new superhero, and hey, it’s in Texas! Head over to the El Gato Negro: Prey Page on the sidebar to see more, and be sure to follow us on Facebook !

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Here are the winners for the Close Range Giveaway!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 7, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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Here are our winners:

Dave Baxter

Justin Boukla

Congrats to you guys! Your copies of Close Range will be on their way thanks to the good folks at XLRATOR Media!

For everyone else, Close Range is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray!

The Indiegogo campaign for El Gato Negro: Prey is over in the next few hours!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

That is just a small taste of some of the kickass work we are doing right now to prepare for filming which starts this Saturday! There is still a few hours left to donate some money to help me bring  Texas superhero El Gato Negro to life in the best way possible! Please click here and donate if you can, or share this with someone who may be interested!

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