Archive for December, 2018

Farewell, Ringo Lam (1955-2018)

Posted in Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme with tags , on December 29, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

Superstar HK action filmmaker Ringo Lam has passed away. Director of such films as City on Fire (much of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs owes itself to this film), Twin DragonsSky On Fire, Touch & Go, Aces Go Places IV, Maximum Risk and so many more. He came up during the renaissance of kinetic 80’s gunplay movies like the works of his contemporary John Woo.

In regards to marital arts, he had directed Sammo Hung in Touch & Go, and was part of the group of directors who helmed Jackie Chan in Twin Dragons, and his final film was with Daniel Wu in Sky On Fire, and he had directed Jean Claude Van Damme in a few films, one of which was his last Hollywood A-list film in Maximum Risk, and JCVD in b-movies like In Hell and The Replicant.

Ringo Lam was a great action filmmaker who helped spring Hong Kong action cinema into the international mainstream in the 80’s and early 90’s. His work, particularly with Chow Yun Fat, still stands as some of action cinema’s best works…anywhere. He will be greatly missed.

 

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The trailer for Warrior is here!!

Posted in Dustin Nguyen, Joe Taslim on December 15, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

Based on a story idea from Bruce Lee comes this new Cinemax show. So let’s see, the last ideas from Bruce Lee that was adapted was the Circle of Iron starring David Carradine and Kung Fu, also starring David Carradine (noticing a pattern here…). Let’s see what Cinemax has in store for us, eh?

Hmm. Looks like a well-made production but in the martial arts department the jury’s still out. I don’t know much about star Andrew Koji but believe me I’ll find out. Now two names I DO know is Joe Taslim (The Raid) and Dustin Nguyen ( OG 21 Jumpstreet, Buddha Fire) so there is that. Produced by Justin Lin, Jonathan Tropper and Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee, this is the story of Ah Sahm, a Chinese immigrant who comes to San Francisco Chinatown after the Civil War and finds himself in the middle of the Chinatown Tong Wars.

While I’m curious as to how the fight scenes are choreographed, it’s how it’s shot and edited that concern me. Western TV shows tend to really butcher well-done fight choreography with unnecessary close-ups and slow motion mixed with quick cut editing to make things appear to “look exciting”. So while I’m curious I’m also skeptical. Let’s see if this show can win me over.