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XLRATOR MEDIA & INDUSTRYWORKS STUDIOS ANNOUNCE PACT TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE ACTION-THRILLER SLATE GLOBALLY

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 31, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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XLRATOR MEDIA & INDUSTRYWORKS STUDIOS ANNOUNCE PACT TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE ACTION-THRILLER SLATE GLOBALLY

LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2016) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All is By My Side, The Machine) and IndustryWorks Studios (American Mary) have announced a three-picture production slate of action-thrillers, which they will co-produce and distribute worldwide. XLrator Media will handle domestic distribution on its “TURBO” action label. IndustryWorks Studios will release the films in Canada and was selling international rights at Cannes.

The two companies recently collaborated on the award-winning horror film and cult classic American Mary and the action-thriller Wrecker which were produced by IndustryWorks and released in the U.S. by XLrator Media. The co-production partnership follow’s XLrator Media’s recently announced slates of action films with RNR Entertainment and sci-fi thrillers with New Artists Alliance.

“After our successful releases of American Mary and Wrecker, we are pleased to join forces once again with the talented production team at IndustryWorks Studios for a new slate of action-thrillers for our high-energy TURBO label. This co-production deal represents another milestone in our strategy of providing efficiently budgeted, elevated content to the global marketplace,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

The first film in the three-picture slate is the supernatural thriller RESIDUE, written and directed by Rusty Nixon (Candiland), starring Costas Mandylor (Saw) and Taylor Hickson (Deadpool), which will be released in early 2017. The other films are PLAYTIME, to be directed by Micheal Bafaro (Wrecker), and the futuristic action thriller FUSE.

“We’re excited to continue working with XLrator Media and create content audiences will enjoy,”’ said IndustryWorks VP Marketing Caterina Scrivano.

The deal was negotiated by Caterina Scrivano and John Curtis on behalf of Evan Tylor and IndustryWorks Studios with Barry Gordon and Michel Urich on behalf of XLrator Media.

 

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Review: Five Elements Ninjas (1982)

Posted in Chang Cheh on May 23, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

It’s ladies night at La Bare’s.


Starring: Lo Mang, Cheng Tien Chi, Michael Chan, Chen Pei-Hsi, Kwan Fung

Fight Choreography by Cheng Tien-Chi

Directed by Chang Cheh

Shaw Brothers films have ranged the gamut, presenting Kung fu fighting in all its forms, but this film is one that presents Kung fu differently: Ninja insanity.

The film begins as two of the best martial arts schools engage In a little competition. Meaning they manage the order of their fighters and pit them against each other like a game of Magic the Gathering. Chief Hong’s students are getting owned by the students of Master Yuan Zeng, until Hong introduces a fighter from Japan, who defeats one of Zeng’s students, and after a comment about how a loser in Japan would kill themselves, the student suddenly kills himself without anyone verifying if what the samurai said was indeed true. Methinks he really jumped the gun on that one, but Sheng (Lo Mang) uses his bare hands to defeat the samurai, causing him to commit ritual suicide, but not before tossing his ring at Master Zeng, who catches it, realizing too late the ring was poisonous. Weeks later the brother of the Samurai, the head of a ninja clan arrives to take revenge for the death of his brother (even though it was a fair fight, and he killed hims–oh let’s not think too hard on this). He does so by first using his five element ninjas to lure Zeng’s best fighters to a dual that’s anything but fair, and then attacking the Master himself. The ninjas succeed in killing off the entire clan except for Hao, a young fighter who had learned a little bit of ninja skills from a local retired ninja master. He saves himself from the massacre and runs to the ninja master, who agrees to train him and three others in styles and weapons that will defeat the five elements ninjas…

This movie is nonsensical, with giant plot holes and some really fake looking scenes, but dammit I had crazy fun watching this! This is not one of Chang Cheh’s best films, but it is one of his most entertaining films. Cheng Tien Chi is great as Hou, the only real student of Zeng’s who has any common sense, and I love anytime you can give me some Lo Mang, who doesn’t disappoint as a fighter who prefers to use “dem hands” rather than a weapon. Michael (Wai-Man) Chan is sufficiently evil and posturing as the leader of the ninja clan.

The effects work is laughably bad, even by Shaw Brothers standards. Some sword stabs are hilariously bad as you can see the sword just going by their side, and some of the final battles had limbs that tore off a little too easily

The fight scenes are fast paced and rather excellent, as each Element comes with a new way our heroes have to adapt to fight them. The initial attack on the school is well done and showcase some great ninja scenes, but when the elements take over it gets tossed aside for some strange but cool shots of ninjas posing as trees, ninjas not remotely blending in with the water in a stream, and flashy gold ninjas that look like something from Power Rangers.

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 8

Is it the best film in Chang Cheh’s filmography? Hell no, but it is a fun film to watch. I’m sure drinking games already exist for this one!

Vladislav Rimburg and Brendon Huor present OSU 2!!!!

Posted in Brendon Huor, Nate Hitpas, Vlad Rimburg with tags , on May 1, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

The original Osu, which came out in 2014, was a fantastic bit of fight choreography that really showed off karate in a way I haven’t seen since the excellent film Black Belt. It was exciting to watch and reminder of how good traditional karate can look onscreen when done right. Fast forward to 2016, and Vlad, along with stuntman Brendon Huor present another jaunt into the world of Osu, and this is even better than the first short. The fighting here is clear, concise, and beautiful to look at. All of the performers, Brendon Huor, Nate Hitpas, Tony Vittorioso, and Micah Karns really do a fantastic job as the pros they are. I’m glad Vlad chose to leave out the blood in this one. While that fit the mood of Osu, Osu 2 is going for a different feel, and any blood effect would have taken from that.

Once again Vlad and company knock it out of the park. As if anyone expected anything different! Check out this masterpiece of karate below. Sonny Chiba would be pleased!