Archive for February, 2013

So why isn’t Matt Mullins playing Johnny Cage?

Posted in Larnell Stovall, Matt Mullins with tags , on February 22, 2013 by Michael S. Moore

Johnny Cage

Put simply? The powers that be at Warner Bros f**ked this up. I contacted Matt and he told me that, basically, he wasn’t a big enough “name actor” (because Casper Van Dien is such a big star, right?). Never mind that he fit the part, and more importantly, IS A REAL MARTIAL ARTIST. Now we can put away any thought of a possible rematch with Michael Jai White (they fought at the end of Blood and Bone). I know it’s a business, and as Matt said, it’s tough out there, but dammit, they made such great moves, getting Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa back as Shang Tsung, reminding Marc Dacascos that he actually knows martial arts (I jest, sorta) and casting him as Kung Lao, but this is a bad misstep that wasn’t necessary. Properties like Mortal Kombat don’t need “name” stars unless they come from the martial arts world. Season 1 got by without a big name star, and Van Dien, no offense to him, isn’t anywhere near that. I doubt most kids even know who he is. I can only hope Larnell Stovall can dip into his magic bag and make CVD look good on screen.

For now, though, we won’t have Matt, but you know what? You can catch Matt starring opposite Michael Jai White, Darren Shahlavi and Scott Adkins in the Metal Hurlant Chronicles, and White Tiger, a film with Cynthia Rothrock and Don “The Dragon” Wilson (I’ll have more on this film later), and he’s also in the upcoming film King of Vajara. In other words, Matt’s keeping himself busy!

-Michael

 

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Johnny Tri Nguyen gets back in action! The Trailer for Chinatown!

Posted in Johnny Nguyen on February 13, 2013 by Michael S. Moore

All thanks go out to the good folks at Asian Movie Pulse for steering me to the trailer for Johnny Tri Nguyen’s newest film, Chinatown! The plot follows one 24 hour period as a gang war erupts. Looks like some down and dirty machete action here! Between this and Dustin Nguyen’s Buddha Fire Vietnam is beginning to stake their claim within martial arts cinema in 2013! Check it out below!

 

Finally! Here is the Trailer for Dustin Nguyen’s Buddha Fire!

Posted in Dustin Nguyen, Roger Yuan, Veronica Ngo with tags on February 3, 2013 by Michael S. Moore

Been waiting to see what Dustin was cooking up ever since I reported about this film. Now we get trailer that looks like all kinds of crazy. A weird amalgam of modern days versus fantasy, and I have to say this looks promising! But check out the trailer for yourself and decide! 2013 just looks to get better and better. I think Buddha Fire is still the name, but I’d be happy if anyone can translate the title from the trailer and let me know! Roger Yuan and the great Veronica Ngo round out the cast!