Orlando Bloom and Simon Yam in the Hong Kong Actioner SMART CHASE…What?!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 3, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

Okay, so now you see the above pic and know I’m not playin’. Simon Yam in what looks like a cool movie, but I’ll be honest, he looks great, the co-stars look great.

But Orlando Bloom?!

Lord of the Rings, Kingdom of Heaven, sword-and-sandles-Bloom? I do like him as an actor, but I don’t know, let’s watch the trailer below first:

 

See? He just looks…odd. I don’t know if its the hair, but he just seems so out of place in an action film like this. Of course I’m curious to check this out, and I hope it’s good, but Bloom has an uphill battle to convince me he can do this kind of film. We shall see… in Theaters and VOD August 31st, 2018

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Alexander Nevsky is back in Maximum Impact!

Posted in Alexander Nevsky, Kelly Hu, Mark Dacascos with tags on August 2, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

While it wasn’t the world beater of action films, I really appreciated Alexander Nevsky’s ode to late 80’s B-film actioners with Showdown in Manila. Now he comes roaring back with Maximum Impact, and he’s bringing quite a few people with him. Here’s the presser about it:

 

HOLLYWOOD, July XX, 2018 – Unified Pictures has acquired North American rights to the action/comedy film MAXIMUM IMPACT, starring international action star Alexander Nevsky  (Showdown in Manila).  Written by Ross LaManna (Rush Hour) and directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die), the cast includes Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King), William Baldwin (The Purge: TV series), Tom Arnold (True Lies), Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3: Parabellum) and Danny Trejo (Machete).   MAXIMUM IMPACT will be released in theaters on September 28, 2018, and On Demand, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video on October 2, 2018.

 

When the granddaughter of the US Secretary of the State is kidnapped in Moscow, an agent of the Federal Security Service of Russia (Alexander Nevsky) and the US Secret Service  are forced to pull aside their differences and work together to prevent a full-scale international crisis.

 

MAXIMUM IMPACT is produced by Nevsky through his production company Hollywood Storm.

Nevsky is a former Mr. Universe and is an established movie star in Russia/CIS. His credits include Moscow Heat, Undisputed, Treasure Raiders, 

Somewhere and Black Rose, for which he also directed. Nevsky represents Russia as a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 

MAXIMUM IMPACT will have its Opening Night premiere next month at the 14th annual Action on Film Festival in Las Vegas. Nevsky will be honored with the festival’s 2018 Breakout Action Star Award.  

SVP Acquisitions and Development Steve Break negotiated the deal on behalf of Unified Pictures along with Nevsky on behalf of the filmmakers.

NOTE: **Man, there better be more Mark Dacascos in this!**

 

 

The Trailer for BuyBust is here to kick your ass!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 20, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

From the good folks at WellGoUsa comes Buybust, a martial arts actioner that reminds me a LOT of The Raid, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing (unless you are actually trying to remake The Raid. Yeah I’m talking to you, Frank Grillo!).  The film stars Ann Curtis and Brandon Vera, so far it looks like some good times at the theater. Check out the trailer showing at the SDCC this weekend:

 

The film opens in Theaters August 10th!

Jackie Chan to take on Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4!!!!

Posted in Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Scott Adkins with tags , , on June 21, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

See the above picture? Do you have any fond memories of that film? Well forget that shit! Per the good folks at Jaynestars, Ip Man 4 has completed filming, and more importantly, in addition to Scott Adkins, Ip Man will also go toe to toe with Jackie Chan in what is being billed as THE fight of the film, and if you’ve seen the other Ip Man films (you probably wouldn’t be bombing around this site if you haven’t) then you know this means a hell of a fight is coming, and my anticipation is that it will be one of Jackie’s best, and something he hasn’t done in quite a while: a traditional kung-fu fight, against a fellow badass that I bet will rival his fight with Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom. But who will Jackie play? Sources say he’s playing a Big Brother in Chinatown, perhaps one of those opposing Bruce Lee’s presence?

I don’t care. I now have my biggest film of 2019. To hell with Superheroes and Light Sabers. Donnie Yen. Jackie Chan. Scott Adkins. I’ve got my heroes right here.

Source: Jaynestars

Vlad Rimburg and company return with OSU 3!!!!

Posted in Brendon Huor, Tony Vittorioso, Vlad Rimburg on June 7, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

That’s right, Vlad returns to melt your eyeballs with more fight choreography goodness, with the third short in his amazing Osu series. If you haven’t seen the first two, you can see it here and here. Brendon Huor and Tony Vittorioso are excellent here, as they always are, and can’t tell you how much I love karate presented like this. This is special, folks. Watch this goodness below and just watch it again and again. Stunning work!

 

Review: Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)

Posted in John Machado, Rigan Machado, Sasha Mitchell, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 24, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

Starring Sasha Mitchell, Brad Thornton, Kamel Krifa, Michele Krasnoo, Jill Pierce, Rigan Machado, John Machado, David Efron

Fight Choreography by Burton Richardson and Shuki Ron

Directed by Albert Pyun

Sasha Mitchell returns as the last remaining Sloane after Kurt and his brother basically got killed off in Kickboxer 2. Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor finds David Sloane in prison after the events of Kickboxer 3, and Tong Po, who seems to survive damn near everything, is now living in Mexico as…I can’t believe I’m typing this–a Mexican drug lord. The explanation for this is barely understandable, but anyway, Tong Po, to make sure Sloane suffers, kidnaps his girlfriend Darcy, and keeps her in captivity. Fast forward two years later finds Sloane, still in prison, but apparently receiving photos of Darcy being violated by Tong Po. For TWO YEARS. David, now a brooding figure with a half-assed attempt at a Clint Eastwood growl. After he strikes a deal with the Feds, he gets released with the job of bringing in Tong Po dead or alive, but in order to get close enough to do so he must enter a tournament held at Han’s fortres–I mean Tong Po’s fortress and fight his way to a one-on-one fight with Tong Po, and save his girlfriend…

Okay, right off the bat this film combines Kickboxer, Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport into one film that isn’t remotely as good as any of them. Oh hell, they even copy from American Ninja in one insanely baffling sequence. Sasha Mitchell returns as David Sloane and is pretty much the same as every other film as things go on. He’s still the martial arts teacher, which in a weird way I found endearing. Kamal Krifa is nowhere near what Michel Qissi was, and the fake bald cap and makeup is truly embarrassing to watch. I mean, the acting in this film is pretty atrocious across the board, and Albert Pyun, he of many low budget films that I quite enjoy, can’t make this one interesting, and the story just doesn’t work. There were some nice things. I noted one of the fighters wore a Dacascos KungFu uniform, so that was a nice shout out to the Dacascos family. I wish Mark had been in the film (wish granted; he’s in the next one).

What else I don’t like? I don’t like how women in the film are treated as either sex objects, damsels in distress, and the few who display martial arts are treated as woefully bad fighters and are nearly all embarrassed by the men they fight.

And the one girl who does win her fight gets Kanye-ed by a black dude who just jumps in. Unlike Kanye he gets what he deserves but it’s still embarrassing. And yeah, pretty much every black dude except one just gets owned, except for the Capoeira fighter ( but as usual these dudes can’t win more than one damn fight in a tournament film) It was cool to see the Machado Brothers in the film, but I wish they had more to do.

Speaking of which, the fights in this film actually aren’t bad for an American low budget feature, with the bar fight a funny standout ( the guy who ties to avoid getting punched or kicked through a window was pretty humorous) and the final fight that was basically a lower-budget version of the final brawls in Enter the Dragon. Many different styles get displayed here, from BJJ, Kickboxing, Karate, Capoeira, and more. It’s easily the best stuff of the film, unless it involved any woman not named Michele Krasnoo, but there it is.

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 4

The decent fights here are wrapped in a terrible story with equally terrible characters. Unfortunately this is the last film in the series featuring Sasha Mitchell (still looking for him in the new films, with the hope they give him a better final Kickboxer movie)