Martial Arts


Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson will reteam for Shanghai Dawn

I don't know karate, but I know ka-razy
May 15
As Coming Soon noted yesterday, MGM is finally moving forward with Shanghai Dawn, the sequel to Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson films Shanghai Noon (2000) and Shanghai Knights (2003). As Flixist EIC Matthew Razak said in our staff em... read

The estate of Bruce Lee doesn't want him in Ip Man 3

The CG Bruce Lee is now unlikely
Apr 02
Just last week we reported that production on Ip Man 3 is underway, featuring Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee. While Iron Mike is a lock, it seems that the Donnie Yen sequel has hit a snag with CG Bruce Lee (aka Marshall Law fr... read
Kung Fu Fest NYC photo
Kung Fu Fest NYC

NYC's Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 has so many ninjas

You don't even know
Mar 24
The folks over at Subway Cinema head up the annual New York Asian Film Festival, my favorite of all the year's festivals, and I'm always excited to see what else they cook up. Last month, we brought news of their efforts to f... read

Ip Man 3 will feature Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee

So... will this Donnie Yen sequel be partial schlock or total schlock?
Mar 24
Ip Man 3 (or Ip Man 3D) has been in the works for a while, but the Donnie Yen sequel started shooting today in Shanghai. With the start of production comes news of some really bizarre stunt casting. According to The Hollywood... read
Cult Club:The Last Dragon photo
Kiss my Converse!
The Last Dragon is a sort of time capsule. It's so era-specific with its plot elements--early music videos, a Soul Train analog, arcade culture, grindhouse cinemas, a song by DeBarge--that it couldn't be anything but an 80s m... read feature


Help fund The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 in NYC

There will be ninjas this year--NINJAS!
Feb 24
We here at Flixist love the people at Subway Cinema. Not only do they put on the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and the New York Korean Film Festival, they also hold a great showcase of classic martial arts movies here ... read
OH MY GOD photo
Since its unveiling, I've thought that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has looked cool, but J. J. Abrams movies always look cool, so I wasn't sold on the whole thing. I knew I'd see it eventually, and it will undoubted... read feature


Tony Jaa leaves kickboxer to be replaced by Van Damme

You were upset for part of that title then got really excited
Dec 02
Reboots are better when the aging star of the original show up. It's  fact. I think. Maybe not. However, the Kickboxer reboot is definitely made better by he fact that Jean-Claude Van Damme will be showing up in it.... read
Alec's Kickstarter photo
Whether you want to or not
Sometimes a particularly scathing review is met with some version of "Oh yeah? Let's see you do better." While I don't think it's a valid non-argument, it's an interesting thought. But if you have ever felt that way after re... read feature

Kickboxer remake photo
Kickboxer remake

Kickboxer getting remade with kickass dudes

Kick! Punch! It's all in the mind!
May 14
Normally I'm not fond of remakes or reboots, but when it seems like the newer version might be an improvement over the original, I don't really mind. The original Kickboxer was part of a long line of "Jean Claude Van Damme ki... read
The Raid Remake photo
The Raid Remake

Director Patrick Hughes thinks the US remake of The Raid is really interesting

We'll see.
Apr 17
The upcoming remake of The Raid may be kind of unnecessary, but it's happening anyway, and now director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) has let loose a few details about his next project. "We have a really, ... read
Raid 2: Berandal Review photo
Everything a sequel to The Raid could and should be
I will admit that I have not seen every movie that has ever been made. I have not seen every action film, martial arts film, or even all of the most revered of the action and martial arts films. I’ve seen my fair share,... read feature

Man of Tai Chi Review photo
The excesses of The Cannon Group are alive and well
Most press screenings are pretty stodgy as far as audience reaction goes, even for comedies. When people laugh, it's often the very polite and quiet kind -- almost private -- a synonym for, "Oh my, how absolutely dr&ocir... read feature

The Raid 2: Berandal photo
The Raid 2: Berandal

First art from The Raid 2: Berandal is already fantastic

With 17 action scenes? YES THANK YOU
Oct 23
The Raid: Redemption is one of the best things to happen to action cinema in a long time. The fact that we're getting more of it makes me excited, and it's now bigger than ever? That's even better! Taking place just two ... read
Ip Man Final Fight Review photo
Anthony Wong and the many faces of Yip Man
In the review for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, I mentioned how the character of Yip Man seems to be turning into the new Wong Fei-Hung. Here's a real-life historical figure who's suddenly become an idealized version of the rea... read feature

The Grandmaster Review photo
The flawed US cut hints at a masterpiece on the meaning of the martial arts
While Donnie Yen kicked off the Ip Man craze back in 2008, you could argue that Wong Kar Wai was partially responsible. Wong had announced his own Ip Man film prior to the Yen picture even being conceived, but it took ages to... read feature

Yet another case of Harvey Weinstein's scissorhands
Wong Kar Wai's long-in-the-making Ip Man film The Grandmaster finally hits the US next week, and it will be about 20 minutes shorter than the Hong Kong version of the film. Wong was in attendance at a special screening of The... read feature

Bushido Man Review photo
Eat! Pray! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
There's something about low-budget action movies that's full of real fighting spirit. With so many budget constraints, the films are usually infused with added energy and creativity. (Lacking that, there's always gratuitous g... read feature

Tony Jaa's big comeback
After many delays, after lots of doubt, here it is: our first look at Tom Yum Goong 2 (The Protector 2) starring Tony Jaa and directed by Prachya Pinkaew. And it's darn nice for a first taste. Lots of 80s and 90s-style Hong ... read feature

This movie looks tough as hell
Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen has been keeping busy. He's got The Monkey King and Iceman 3D coming out soonish, there's the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel shooting next year, and there's still talk about Ip M... read feature

Ip Man Legend Born Review photo
Is Yip Man becoming the new Wong Fei-Hung?
Ip Man starring Donnie Yen and directed by Wilson Yip is one of the best martial arts films of the last 10 years. It cemented Yen's reputation as a major star, and it began a craze for Yip Man films. Wong Kar-Wai has bee... read feature

The Raid 2 info photo
Hell yeah.
Did you know that The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans co-directed a short for the upcoming V/H/S/2? It's true, and it's freaking awesome. It's by far the best part of either V/H/S film, so I was extremely excited when ... read feature

Dragon Girls Review photo
Kung fu meets Charles Dickens
One of the first shots of the documentary Dragon Girls is part David Lean and part Busby Berkeley. From a high angle we watch as thousands of children run in ordered rows and columns with their arms out, stopping on a di... read feature


Trailer: Iceman 3D

Donnie Yen gets thawed out in this remake of a Yuen Biao film
May 22
Donnie Yen is going to have a crowded 2013, with three films coming out this year: the big-budget fantasy movie The Monkey King, the crime/martial arts yarn Special Identity, and Iceman 3D, a remake of the enjoyable 1989 fil... read

Check out new photos for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster

They are full of martial artistry, lol
May 21
Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster has had a long and bumpy road to production, but it's finally coming to US theaters this summer. While opinions have been relatively lackluster about the film since it's international debut at t... read
Yuen Woo-ping will direct Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny
Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh are set to star in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is currently titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny. Shooting will start in March 2014 with legendary f... read feature

Rumble in Manhattan with The Film Society and The New York Asian Film Festival
Oh damn, fellas! Jackie Chan is going to be in New York City on Monday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 11th. This appearance is thanks to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival, and the Hong Kong Ec... read feature


Trailer: The Grandmaster

It's in English this time!
Apr 23
Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster has been stuck in production and post-production h-e-double-hockey-sticks for about three years now. While we can hardly say at this point whether or not the movie will be worth the wait, we ca... read

Poster and pics for Keanu Reeves's Man of Tai Chi

Reeves's directorial debut will feature fight choreography by Yuen Woo-ping
Apr 15
It's been a little while since we've heard anything about Keanu Reeves's directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi. Last report we had featured a proof-of-concept video for the Iris motion-controlled camera system, which will ought t... read

Tony Jaa & Dolph Lundgren team up for A Man Will Rise

Jaa is also directing the film
Apr 12
Tony Jaa is gearing to make a comeback after a few years away from the silver screen. His new film shooting right now is called A Man Will Rise, which co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Conan Stevens, David Ismalone, and Jakkrit Kanokp... read
Check out Gordon Liu, Lau Kar-wing, and a secret screening at Anthology Film Archives
If you live in New York and are a fan of old school kung fu movies, you need to head to Anthology Film Archives next weekend. From April 19-21, the team behind the New York Asian Film Festival is putting on the Old School Kun... read feature

Partake in the Citizen Kane of Florida-based taekwondo movies
Rediscovered by Drafthouse Films, Miami Connection is the kitschy action gift that keeps on giving: the best VHS action movie you never rented at the videostore when you were a kid. I mentioned in my review that the ideal way... read feature


New G.I. Joe: Retaliation clip brings the ninja action

Snake Eyes vs. Storm Shadow, plus mountainside badassery
Mar 21
No matter what happens with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, there's at least going to be this scene in which ninjas totally ninja out and do ninja things. You know... they should really just do a Snake Eyes movie, or maybe just a har... read
It promises to be very different from 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
A new film about Bruce Lee is in the works called Birth of the Dragon. To my knowledge this is the first big screen narrative film exploration of Bruce Lee's life since 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The film will be wri... read feature


Wong Kar-wai may do sequel to The Grandmasters

Star Tony Leung would not return; film cut by 15 minutes for international release
Feb 05
After two years of development, three years in production, and some release delays, Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters finally opened in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore last month. It's the director's biggest hit by far ... read
Stephen Chow's latest film looks goofy as hell in the best possible way
Of the two Monkey King movies coming out this year, I think I'm looking forward to Stephen Chow's Journey to the West more than the one starring Donnie Yen. (It might be because of my love of all things Stephen Chow and my o... read feature


Trailer: Commando - A One Man Army

Jan 25
I've mentioned before that one of the big holes in my film knowledge is movies from India. Apart from a few Satyajit Ray movies and the work I caught at the South Asian International Film Festival, I'm mostly ignorant about ... read

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel in the works

Ronny Yu may direct, Yuen Woo-ping could return as fight choreographer
Jan 25
For years there has been speculation about a sequel or prequel to Ang Lee's 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The movie was an adaptation of one novel in Wang Du Lu's Crane-Iron Pentalogy, which meant there was ample ... read
The Cult Club photo
If you were me, you'd be good lookin'
[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favourite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the pa... read feature


Wong Kar-wai rushing to finish The Grandmasters

The film screens for Chinese censors and press on January 5th
Jan 04
Roughly five years in the making and oft-delayed, Wong Kar-wai's Yip Man biopic The Grandmasters is almost done. Almost. The Hollywood Reporter says that Wong is doing last-minute post-production right now. How last minute? T... read

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