The classic Samurai masterpiece Sword Of Doom is to get a new dvd and Blu ray release from the Criterion Collection in the USA.
The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune in the story of a wandering samurai who exists with a life of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of the shoguns rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.
Features: HD digital restoration, with uncompressed mono soundtrack ,commentary by historian Stephen Prince; trailer and an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. Release date is scheduled for January 5th 2015. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
Here is the first official trailer for the film Skin Trade starring Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa. This is Jaa’s first official American movie will be interesting to see how it turns out, but the trailer looks promising.
Now this looks promising. Vengeance Of An Assassin is Sadly the last film by Panna Rittikrai who passed away earlier this year. The film features bone crunching action and stunts and stars Dan Chupong who you may remember as the star of Born To Fight.
Unbeatable was originally called MMA, because one of the main features of the story is the new sport of cage fighting and mixed martial arts.
Fai (Nick Cheung) was once a world champion in boxing but has to escape to Macau and get away from the loan sharks he owes money too. While helping out at a friends gym, he unexpectedly encounters Qi (Eddie Peng), a young man who is determined to enter and win a huge prize at a MMA cage competition. Fai becomes Qi’s mentor and rediscovers his passion to fight not only in the ring but for his life and those close to him.
Out on November the 18th is this new Jimmy Wang Yu DVD box set from Shout Factory in the USA.
Featuring Four movies including One Armed Boxer, Beach Of The War Gods, The Tattooed Dragon and A Man Called Tiger.
All will be anamorphic widescreen, original Chinese language with English subs and English dubbed tracks (tbc).
A great set for anyone’s collection.
Shout Factory in the USA are to release a double bill starring Cheng Pei Pei in December. Two films are included Kung Fu Girl and Whiplash. Directed by Lo Wei and Ding Sin Saii this release continues the great releases coming from the company. Both films should have original Mandarin dialog with English suibtitles. Not sure if an English dub will be included. Release date December 2nd.
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai is yet another retelling of the story of Ma Wing-Jing a poor country bumpkin who goes to Shanghai seeking fame and fortune but ends up on the wrong side of powerful gang bosses. Philip Ng plays the title character who goes with two friends to the big city and almost immediately has to use his powerful martial arts skills to defend himself and his co-travelers.
Shout Factory in the USA are re-releasing the Bruce Lee movies on Blu ray in a Premiere collection edition.
Last year they released an amazing box set which not only included the films but also extra documentaries and a large book.
This release will have the movies only, using the same transfer and audio options as the earlier release which is ideal for those that did what want to spend out on the more expensive box set. The set includes The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, Way Of The Dragon and Game Of Death. Not sure yet if any extras will be on the discs. Region A locked. Released November 11th.
Iron Monkey is probably one of the best of the 90’s cult classic martial arts films that was released in the USA giving Donnie Yen and Yuen Woo Ping exposure to Hollywood and showing how great Hong Kong action movies can be. The problem was, as with most of the Miramax imported releases it was cut and dubbed robbing the audience of the original language and the full experience.
Director Wong Jing is a director that i have liked in the past, although his films tend to be a mish-mash of different ideas and not always coherent they have mostly been fun to watch. He had one of his biggest hits in 1989 with God Of Gamblers starring Chow Yun Fat and Andy Lau and this film From Vegas To Macau is a continuation of that series.