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Operation Mekong Arrived on Digital May 2nd and Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack & DVD June 6

For action film buffs, Christmas has come early when members of an international task force seek justice against the leader of an Asian drug cartel and his murderous henchmen in the action-packed thriller Operation Mekong. Inspired by a true story, acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam (Stool Pigeon,Unbeatable) brings his “shoot first, ask questions later” cinematic approach to this violent crime thriller, which stars Zhang Hanyu (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Eddie Peng (Tai Chi Hero), Chen Baoguo (Moment in Peking), Sun Chun (1911), Feng Wenjuan (Helios), Wu Xudong (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) and Carl Ng (The Viral Factor). Bonus materials include the 6-part “Making-of” featurette that illustrates the craft that went into making the film. Operation Mekong blasts onto digital May 2 and explodes on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD June 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The critics are blown away by Operation Mekong:

“… one of the
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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Hulu in March

Hulu added a handful of love-related movies and TV shows in February, giving the whole month a Valentine’s Day vibe. And although March doesn’t have such an obvious theme, Hulu seems to think it does. Based on some of the movies coming to the streaming service next month, March’s theme is apparently karate, and that sounds pretty damn cool. Is there an official karate day in March? If not, there should be.

Staring on March 1, Hulu users will be able to stream punching-based movies like The Karate Kid, Legend Of Kung Fu Rabbit (a 2011 animated film), The Karate Kid: Part 2, Ninja Masters, Shaolin, Tai Chi Hero, Tai Chi Zero (a prequel, not a movie about a guy who sucks at Tai Chi), Saving General Yang, Young Detective Dee, The Karate Kid 3, and what is arguably one of the greatest kung-fu movies of all ...
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The Adventurers: Andy Lau, Shu Qi And Jean Reno Offer High Stakes Heist Action In Stephen Fung's Latest

After a foray into Us television as a producer and second unit director on Badlands following his massive 2012 two part Tai Chi Hero epic, director Stephen Fung returns to the big screen with upciming effort The Adventurers and - true to form - the first teaser for the summer 2017 blockbuster promises high octane action. Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau - hopefully on a bit of a comeback trailer after recent years of dodgy decisions - anchors a cast that includes Shu Qi and French star Jean Reno in a slick, glossy heist thriller. And while the initial teaser is just a brief one there's a Lot in there. You want guns. cars, motorcycles, explosions and questionable English? This has got it all! Check...

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007/11 Links

Radar Daniel Craig offered $150 million to continue to play 007 twice more. That's rich but the James Bond franchise is worth billions

Billboard Barbra Streisand gets her eleventh #1 album with "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" further cementing her lead as the women with the most #1 albums (Madonna is a distant second). Her first #1 album was in 1964. Talk about staying power.

The Guardian Carrie Fisher on getting older and the new doc about her and her mother

Shadowplay isn't as taken with It Follows as most critics were

In Contention will Moonlight be another Oscar player for A24? I'm seeing this tomorrow. Can't wait.

Film Mixtape a lovely review of Little Men

Awards Daily five Oscar takeaways from Telluride Film Festival from Rooney Mara in Best Actress to Arrival's iffy prospects

Av Club Stanley Tucci not up for reprising his Devil Wears Prada role. Curious. That's exactly what he did in Burlesque.
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The Assassin Plays Ten Nights at Webster University Starting Friday

St. Louis-based We Are Movie Geeks readers may have seen The Assassin when it played at The St. Louis International Film Festival this past November but if you missed it, you can still see it on the big screen when it plays at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium January 15th through the 23rd.

Back with his first film in eight years, award-winning Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon, Three Times) wowed this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring The Assassin is a martial arts film like none other. The visually stunning, action-packed film blends tragic historical drama with thrilling swordplay and martial arts in this story of an exiled assassin (Shu Qi, Tai Chi Hero, The Transporter) who must choose between love or duty when she receives orders to kill a man (Chang Chen, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Grandmaster) from her past.
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The Assassin Arrives on Blu-ray January 26th

St. Louis-based We Are Movie Geeks readers may have seen The Assassin when it played at The St. Louis International Film Festival this past November or can still see it on the big screen when it plays at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium January 15th through the 23rd. If you can’t see it there, the good news is that the acclaimed film arrives on Blu-ray (and DVD) on January 26th.

Back with his first film in eight years, award-winning Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon, Three Times) wowed this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring The Assassin, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD January 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, The Assassin is a martial arts film like none other. The visually stunning, action-packed
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Watch: Get Bad With The First Trailer for AMC's 'Into The Badlands'

Fresh off the San Diego Comic-Con presses, AMC debuted a trailer for its new martial arts/drama/fantasy series “Into The Badlands,” starring Daniel Wu and created, executive produced and showrun by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (“Smallville,” the 2011 “Charlie’s Angels,” “Shanghai Knights,” and “Shanghai Noon”). A panel was also held at Comic-Con with Wu (also an executive producer on the show), Gough, and Millar, as well as co-stars Emily Beecham, Orla Brady, Marton Csokas, Aramis Knight, and director/executive producer David Dobkin (“The Judge,” “The Change-Up,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Shanghai Knights”), along with fight director/executive producer Stephen Fung, most known for helming “Tai Chi Zero” and “Tai Chi Hero.” From the trailer, the show appears to be a fascinating composite of “Django Unchained” (Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg, who produced “Django Unchained” and other Tarantino films such as “Pulp Fiction,” are also executive producers), the “Mad Max” films,
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'Kickboxer' Remake Gets Thai Model Sara Malakul Lane

'Kickboxer' Remake Gets Thai Model Sara Malakul Lane
Just days after Jean-Claude Van Damme signed on to the Kickboxer remake, the project has found its female lead in Thai supermodel Sara Malakul Lane. The story centers on Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), who travels to Thailand to learn how to become a kickboxer, in order to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of the villainous Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Sara Malakul Lane is playing Sloane's love interest, a detective who is investigating his brother's death.

Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre also stars, alongside Scott Adkins. Jean-Claude Van Damme is playing Master Chow, replacing the previously-attached Tony Jaa. Jean-Claude Van Damme played Kurt Sloane in the original 1989 martial arts action classic Kickboxer, a role which, along with 1988's Bloodsport, helped launch his acting career.

Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Hero) is directing from a screenplay by Dimitri Logothetis and Jim McGrath, with Radar Pictures' Ted Field
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Jean-Claude Van Damme Returning for Kickboxer Reboot, Plus Poster

The Kickboxer movie reboot is still moving forward and we have a bit of good news and bad news. Let's start off with the good: Jean-Claude Van Damme is set to return to the franchise! The bad news: Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Furious 7) had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Van Damme is taking Jaa's place, and in this version of the story Van Damme is the master, not the student. He will play an updated version of the original film’s Master Chow.

The actor joins Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

The reboot is being directed by Stephen Fung, who is known for films such as Tai Chi Zero and Tai Chi Hero. The story follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), "a talented
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Further Proof That the 'Kickboxer' Reboot Will Be Glorious

It's hard to replace the Muscles from Brussels, but the reboot of Jcvd's cult classic "Kickboxer" sounds more fun than Jason Momoa in a top hat. Scott Adkins ("The Legend of Hercules," "Ninja: Shadow of a Tear") and "Ong-Bak" star Tony Jaa are in talks to join an already jam-packed cast of fightin' folks. That includes Dave Batista from "Guardians of the Galaxy," Alain Moussi from "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and former Ufc champ Georges St-Pierre. Stephen Fung ("Tai Chi Hero," "Enter the Phoenix") is directing.

Kurt Sloan (Moussi) is hell-bent on avenging his brother's death. Naturally, he heads to Thailand to learn kickboxing, just so he can kickbox his brother's killer, Tong Po (Bautista), to kingdom come. Adkins might take on the role of Kurt's older bro, while Jaa is likely to play Kurt's Muay Thai mentor.

"Kickboxer" is still in pre-production limbo, with no slated start date.
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More Join The Cast Of The ‘Kickboxer’ Remake

More cast members for the planned Kickboxer remake have been announced. Joining the remake/ reboot of the superb 1980s Jean Claude Van Damme actioner, is none other than martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) and Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty). The two join the already cast George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Alain Moussi (X-men: Days Of Future Past), who takes the Van Damme role.

Kickboxer revolves around the story of Kurt Sloan (Moussi), who journeys to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother by taking part in an infamous martial arts tournament. There he fights his way through to get to his brother’s killer, the fearsome Tong Po (Bautista).

The film will apparently feature 20 different martial arts, and will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Hero). Oh, yes, it will also be presented in 3D.

What do we think?
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'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa

'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa
Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Bautista, star of Guardians of the Galaxy, former Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the 3D reboot of Kickboxer will boast two additional action stars: Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty) and martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak trilogy, Fast & Furious 7).

The high-octane Kickboxer remake is directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero).

With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, Kickboxer features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. Guardians of the Galaxy star Bautista has long wrestled professionally for WWE but has formal backgrounds in Kali, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moussi is a practitioner of Karate, Kickboxing, Aikido, Goshindo, Kobudo, Filipino martial arts, Sambo, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. St. Pierre practices Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing,
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Kickboxer Remake Adds Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa to the Cast

A few months ago casting news began to trickle out for the remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Kickboxer. Stunt man/martial artist Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was announced as the lead alongside George St. Pierre (Bartoc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer himself, Dave Bautista. Now it’s been announced that Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tony Jaa (Fast & Furious 7) are joining the cast. Hit the jump for more on this Kickboxer remake casting. Stephen Fung will direct the film. Here's the official press release: Aug 5, 2014 - Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Batista, star of Guardians Of The Glaxy, former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-men: Days Of Future Past, the 3D reboot of Kickboxer will boast two additional
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Adkins, Jaa, Bautista, St Pierre And Newcomer Alain Moussi Star In Stephen Fung's Kickboxer Remake

While it may fall to newcomer Alain Moussi to fill Jean Claude Van Damme's shoes in the Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Hero) directed remake of Kickboxer he's going to have some familiar - and dangerous - faces around him rounding out the cast with Tony Jaa (Ong Bak), Scott Adkins (Ninja), Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Georges St Pierre (Ufc badass) rounding out the principal cast. And, really, with a cast like that, the only question is who gets to hit who and how hard?Aug 5, 2014 - Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Batista, star of Guardians Of The Glaxy, former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-men:...

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Full Cast Revealed for Kickboxer Reboot

The full cast of the upcoming 3D Kickboxer reboot has been revealed today as Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced that Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty) and Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Fast & Furious 7) will join the previously-attached Dave Batista (Guardians of the Galaxy), former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero) is directing.
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Cast revealed for kickboxer reboot; now includes Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa

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The upcoming 3D Kickboxer reboot has added two more cast members to round out the martial arts flick. Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) will join the previously announced Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy), former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Alain Moussi (X-men: Days Of Future Past). Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Hero) is directing the story that follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to...
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Dave Bautista and Georges St. Pierre Join 'Kickboxer' Remake

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Next up on the remake circuit is Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1989 revenge flick Kickboxer.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that David Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ufc's George St Pierre have signed on for roles in the film, along with Alain Moussi (White House Down, Pompeii), who will be the lead.

Producer Ted Field of Radar Pictures:

"Alain is a star and will be an amazing leading man. Like Vin [Diesel] in Riddick, Alain will make this movie very special, and this Kickboxer will be the start of an amazing franchise."

Here's the plot from THR:

Kickboxer tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, Calif., fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother's protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels
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Kickboxer Remake Announced Starring Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista, And Georges St. Pierre

Another day, another bit of news coming out of Cannes, another Hollywood remake – the life of a film journalist sure is a bag full of surprises, isn’t it?

The 80s were a grand period for action and martial arts, and one of the most pivotal players in the action genre was none other than Jean Claude Van-Damme, but unfortunately it looks like one of his most iconic turns is going to be remade without his Brussels-influenced badassery. While searching for financing at Cannes, producer Brian O’Shea revealed that 1989′s Kickboxer will be remade by a foreign filmmaker, a young stuntman and a duo of WWE/Ufc stars.

According to O’Shea:

““We have a visionary director, a strong Hollywood producer, great cast and an action-packed script based on a well-known property,” producer Brian O’Shea told THR. “What more can you ask for?”

That visionary director is China’s Stephen Fung,
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'Kickboxer' Remake Announced with 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Dave Bautista

'Kickboxer' Remake Announced with 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Dave Bautista
Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced a deal to sell the big budget reboot of the 1989 classic Kickboxer. The Exchange will begin selling this action packed remake at this year Cannes market.&#8232&#8232 Brian O'Shea will be directed by Chinese phenomenon Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Hero) and produced hit maker Ted Field of Radar Pictures (Riddick; Spring Breakers).

Kickboxer will star Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and WWE superstar Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy.)

The film will also be introducing Alain Moussi as its lead. Mr. Moussi is a world-renowned stunt man / martial artists, performing in such films as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Immortals, Pacific Rim and White House Down.

Says Ted Field,

"Alain is a star and will be an amazing leading man. Like Vin Diesel in Riddick, Alain will make this movie very special and this Kickboxer reboot will
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Batista To Star In Kickboxer Film Remake

Batista is set to star in another time. This time it’s a remake of the 1989 film Kickboxer, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to Batista, Ufc star and long time Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will be in the movie as well. The lead role will be played by martial artist Alain Moussie. Stephen Fung of Tai Chi Zero and Tai Chi Hero will be directing.

The 1989 version starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio. While the movie was not a big budget film (it only cost a reported $1.5 million to make), it did bring in around $15 million in the box office. It was more known for being one of those films you might watch on a boring Saturday afternoon. Van Damme had a few movies like that. Another good Van Damme fighting film from that era was Bloodsport.

It makes a lot of sense that Batista
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