Here’s an exclusive clip from Tokyo Tribe! “Erica’s Rap”

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2015 by Michael S. Moore


Yeah! Martial arts, Swordsplay, heroic blood shedding, dancing, hip hop, musical dance numbers…wait what?!

That’s right! Tokyo Tribe is about to drop on us, and I’ve been looking forward to this movie in the worst possible way, and if this clip is any indication, this is going to be crazy ride! Written and directed by Sion Sono, man he is one crazy bastard, and I love him for it! I’ve already showed you good folks the trailer, but how about that exclusive clip? Martial arts and rapping on the way below!


In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, TOKYO TRIBE is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical.

Cornered and Michael S Moore at the Action On Film Festival 2015!

Posted in Dennis Ruel, Emmanuel Manzanares, Gui DaSilva, Michael Moore, Richard Norton, Vlad Rimburg with tags on September 24, 2015 by Michael S. Moore

Whew! I only spent 3 days in Monrovia, California for the Action On Film Festival, but I had memories to last a lifetime and met so many wonderful people! The festival is held at the Krikorian theater, and let me tell you, its a beautiful theater! The days were hot ( not nearly as hot as Texas was!) but it was just gorgeous outside:

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AOF is in its 11th year, and there are a LOT of films shown, and its a testament to festival creator Del and Theresa Weston that so many filmmakers attend the show! Del is a personality, one so big how could he NOT create a thing like AOF? Such a good guy! He welcomed me with open arms literally the moment I arrived!

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I literally got off the plane early Friday morning, and after a small jaunt to Venice Beach ( hey, it was my first time in Los Angeles) I went to the festival and the whirlwind began! I finally met Kely McClung (Blood Ties) a longtime facebook friend, and now a friend for real, plus his makeup artist Nadia, who will be working with Kely on a short film called Loop. Kely was at the festival as his feature film Altered was showing (it was really good!) I also met a lot of wonderful actors, actresses, directors and producers!


Left to Right: Kely McClung, Michael S Moore, Actress Jodie Lee, Makeup Artist Nadia Berchtold, and actor Robert Factor.

Saturday Night saw a lot of action, culminating in the screening of UnLucky Stars! My review can be found here, and it was just as much fun watching it a second time around! Unlucky Stars now has distribution, so hopefully you’ll all be able to see it soon! I was finally able to meet the cast and crew, and I was stoked! These are guys I’ve been pounding the drums for nearly since Kiai-Kick’s inception, and here they were! A great group of guys:

Left to right: Vladislav Rimburg, Sari Sabella, Michael S Moore, Emmanuel Manzanares, Dennis Ruel, and Gui Dasilva

Left to right: Vladislav Rimburg, Sari Sabella, Michael S Moore, Emmanuel Manzanares, Dennis Ruel, and Gui DaSilva

If you’re new to the website and don’t know their work, here are a few things to watch:

DAMN RIGHT. I also met Bryan Sloyer, who is becoming quite the filmmaker himself!

So the screening went well, and afterward who should we see in attendance? None other than RICHARD NORTON! (Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, Mad Max: Fury Road, China O’Brien and so many more!) Such a gentleman and very humble, but the man is a legend of martial arts cinema!

Richard Norton is so cool he gets his own toplight!

Richard Norton is so cool he gets his own toplight!

There were some truly great short films, like Battle of Wills by David Noh (awesome story and ending!), Wrath of God, and The Real Miyagi, about Karate Master Fumio Demura, was tremendously good. I can’t recommend that documentary enough.

I had to leave Sunday night, but my experiences were once in a lifetime. Or was it? Now that Cornered has shown, I have already started work on my next/first feature film. What is it? Well…



So I’ll see you next year, right?

Cornered showing at the Action On Film Festival Sept 24th!

Posted in Bobby Hernandez, Michael Moore on September 16, 2015 by Michael S. Moore

Cornered AOF


Cornered, my webseries now short film, will be shown in its entirety at the Action On Film Festival! I highly suggest you come out to watch not just my film, but many others, including Rope-A-Dope 2 and UnLucky Stars! I’m so stoked to be regarded with such fantastic talent, and I can’t wait to meet some of them! While I won’t be there for the Cornered showing, I will be there from the 18th through the 20th, so if you come out look for me! Bobby Hernandez, Richter himself, will be at the screening!


The cost is $10.00 to get in to see the block of films that includes Cornered. You can get details on the AOF website here.

Hope to see you all there! After I get back, I’ll have major announcements about my next film!


Bryan Sloyer returns with an Equilibrium Tribute!

Posted in Bryan Sloyer, Jawed El Berni, Jerry Quill on September 9, 2015 by Michael S. Moore

Bryan Sloyer continues to hone his filmmaking skills, now comes with this great Equilibrium tribute fight using gun-kata fighting Jawed El Berni (Ninja 2) with Jerry Quill as the referee. Just watch and enjoy these men in action.

Zoe Bell’s kicking ass in Camino!

Posted in Zoe Bell on September 1, 2015 by Michael S. Moore


It’s nice to see stuntwoman extraordinaire Zoe Bell get a film of her own, and with Nacho Vigalondo no less! If you don’t know Nacho, he’s a regular here in Austin, and quite the personality. Here’s hoping this film really gives Bell a chance to show off what she’s capable of!


LOS ANGELES (September 1, 2015) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) announced the U.S. release of the action-thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) in a rare acting role. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.

CAMINO was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick), and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman). Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed. One night, she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.

“It was important after Raze and McCanick and especially after the past few years of our work within SpectreVision for me to make a film that ‘came from the gut.’ Something that felt true to myself and to the artists we surround ourselves with. I think we did it. We’ve made our own little ‘Electro-Jungle-Western.’ Plus, to be able to piece together a film almost entirely with our friends, that’s what it’s all about. Thanks goodness the folks at XLrator Media share that vision as well,” said director Josh C. Waller.

“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again. The film is filled with tension and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it,” said producer Ehud Bleiberg.

“Zoë Bell is a multitalented actress, martial artist and stuntwoman, having shown her incredible physical skills in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Raze, Django Unchained and her upcoming roles in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and our own film Paradox. Action fans will embrace her starring role in CAMINO where she gets to show her full range of talents,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Best known as a writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo wrote & directed Timecrimes, Open Windows (produced by SpectreVision), segments for V/H/S: Viral and The ABCs of Death, and will next helm Colossal starring Anne Hathaway.

The film co-stars Sheila Vand and Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre, Silver Ariel award-winner for Best Actor for Days of Grace), Nancy Gomez, Jason Canela and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, Casino).


Bleiberg Entertainment’s current slate includes the Peter Sarsgaard-Winona Ryder Sundance film Experimenter, set to screen at the prestigious New York Film Festival, and another buzz title Tikkun, which just won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.

Waller and Noah are partners with Elijah Wood in the company SpectreVision. The company recently released The Boy, which premiered at SXSW in March, and the Sundance hit A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The Sundance film Cooties, a horror-comedy starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson, will be released in theaters September 18th. 

Waller, Noah, Bleiberg and Donnermeyer previously collaborated on the cop drama McCanick, starring David Morse and the late Cory Monteith, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

XLrator Media and Bleiberg Entertainment previously teamed on Under the Bed, Feed the Gods, Strange Blood, i-Lived, Hunting Elephants starring Patrick Stewart, and the upcoming Scott Adkins action film Close Range


One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC ( will release 25 films in 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels and the PACE multicultural film label. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER, IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD and FIVE STAR.

Review: Wolf Warrior (2015)

Posted in Jacky Wu Jing, Scott Adkins on August 31, 2015 by Michael S. Moore


Starring Wu Jing, Scott Adkins, Nan Yu, Kevin Lee, Kyle Shapiro, Ni Dahong, Zhou Xiaoou

Fight Choreography by Wu Jing

Directed by Wu Jing

Wolf Warrior heralds the coming together of two martial arts titans: Wu Jing and Scott Adkins, both some of the best onscreen action stars today. But something went terribly wrong here, as the fight of century never actually happens, and, to put their fight best…


Wolf Warrior stars Wu Jing as Leng Feng, an expert sniper in the Chinese army who has a tendency to do his own thing rather than take orders, and this comes to bear as he kills a known drug lord during a bust against orders. Rather than toss him in jail for subordination (they actually do) they transfer him to a special forces unit known as the Wolves. Meanwhile, the brother of said drug lord, Ming Deng, plots his revenge against Leng Feng, by hiring a group of mercenaries led by Tom Cat (Adkins) to ambush and kill Leng Feng, regardless of the fact that he’ll be surrounded by an entire military battalion. Of course Ming Deng has more to his plan that he doesn’t even reveal to Tom Cat, who strikes at Leng Feng during a Wolves training mission. What follows is a run-and-gun film as the Wolves take on the mercenaries and brings Leng Feng to a showdown with Tom Cat, but will their battle allow Ming Deng to escape China?

The story here runs at a fast clip, even with the subplot of Leng Deng’s father still coping with having to shoot his own squad mate during a battle long ago, and Leng Deng having to face the same scenario later in the film. Wu Jing is fun to watch here, playing his character not unlike Tom Cruise does in his Mission Impossible films, with a wink and a smile at the ready, which is actually refreshing from many characters he’s played in the past. The one thing that doesn’t work is his flirtations with his commanding officer Colonel Long Xiaoyun (Nan Yu). There isn’t much chemistry, and they spend much of the film separated from each other and only speak by radio. Scott Adkins is formidable as TomCat, but we never really get to know him beyond the fact that he’s a Really Bad Guy. The same goes for the entire mercenary crew.


Wu Jing directs the film with confidence and energy, and it comes out in every one. There are some big set pieces and a lot going on, but at no point was I ever confused or disoriented in regards to where everyone is in relation to the action.

The action scenes are top notch, and play out in a classic action military film manner. There is the classic army type characters: the comedian, the lover, the Dad, the gruff but fair commanding officer. Many soldiers bite the dust, and there is suspense from sniper fire and redemptive scenes of sacrifice and honor from the Chinese soldiers. However, what we, the audience really want to see is Scott Adkins vs Wu Jing, as classic a scene as Bruce Vs. Chuck, Jackie Vs. Benny, Sammo Vs Billy, and so many more…


What we got was as weak as fight as I’ve seen in quite a while. The fight never lasted very long, and what was there just didn’t gel. Both men looked great, but Adkins never cuts loose the way you know he can, and Wu Jing just doesn’t do much aside from a good kick here and there. The knife fight, which you hope brings memories of SPL, is short and not fill of the moves we would expect. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but too much wirework where it wasn’t necessary.

So that brings me to a bit of a conundrum: do I judge the film as a whole or base my judgement solely on the great fight that was touted but failed to deliver?

I think in this case I have to find that middle ground, so…

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 5

Wolf Warrior is not a bad film, but it doesn’t have the martial arts scenes you want, which to me is the price of admission, Wu Jing does have a good future as a film director, however.

The film will be released tomorrow from the good folks at Wellgousa! Let me know in the comments what you thought of the film. Do you agree with my assessment?


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