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Film Review: Merantau (2009) by Gareth Evans

Before the international success of “The Raid” , the team comprised of Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian shot another film that highlighted Pencak Silat, “Merantau,” which actually served as the guide for “The Raid.”

Yuda is a young but skilled practitioner of Silat, who lives in West Sumatra. He is about to embark on the “merantau”, a kind of pilgrimage that involves a trip from his village to Jakarta, where he is supposed to open a school and teach Silat. In his way, he meets Eric, a man who has already completed the merantau, and is now living in Jakarta. Eric tells Yuda that he cannot make a living in the city just by teaching, but the young man is too optimistic to believe him. However, his problems start upon his arrival, as the house he was supposed to live is torn down and he is
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Film Review: The Raid (2011) by Gareth Evans

Martial art films are an entertaining genre. Usually, they are simple plot wise, but pulling off a good martial art film is a big challenge; pulling off a great one, a monumental task. “The Raid” is one such great movie. Released on 23rd March 2012, and directed by Gareth Evans, this is an action packed movie, which leaves you at the edge of your seat all along the way.

The story revolves around Rama (played by Iko Uwais), who is part of a 20 man elite police squad. They have a mission to raid a tenement in Jakarta’s slums. The building is run by a crime lord, Tama Riyadi (played by Ray Sahetapy), who rents rooms there to criminals looking for refuge. Tama has two lieutenants, Andi (played by Donny Alamsyah) and Mad Dog (played by Yayan Ruhian). To add to the complexity of the situation, Andi is Rama’s estranged brother.
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Film Review: The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) by Gareth Evans

The 2011 film was a clear example that there is nothing wrong with simplicity if it’s executed correctly. Then it went and became one of the best action films of the last decades, and ended becoming a little cult film for action aficionados. This sequel spreads much more the universe created in the first film, with a larger budget.

The plot is simple: we have our main guy Rama (Iko Uwais) from the previous movie, who has to infiltrate this powerful gang in Jakarta in order to catch all the corrupt police officers and police bosses, especially Reza, who is the main goal. To do this, he must enter in prison to gain the friendship of Uco (Aricin Putra), the son of powerful gang boss Bangun (Tio Pakusadewo), in order to enter the gang as a new member.

Aricin Putra does an incredible job playing this ambitious kid,
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Wu Assassins: Behind The Fight

Go behind the scenes of Wu Assassins and watch Iko Uwais, Byron Mann and Katheryn Winnick break down the fighting styles and impressive stunt choreography that went into making the epic martial arts series. Wu Assassins is now streaming only on Netflix! About Wu Assassins: Wu Assassins follows Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present-day San Francisco, as he becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad’s pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the “Wu Xing.” After an encounter with a mystical spirit, Kai reluctantly becomes the Wu Assassin, using his enhanced martial arts skills to recover supernatural powers from five modern-day criminals threatening to use them to destroy the world. About Wu Assassins: Netflix Launch Date: August 8, 2019 Episodes: 10 episodes – 45 mins each Created by: John Wirth and Tony Krantz Cast: Iko Uwais as Kai Jin, Byron Mann as Uncle Six, Li Jun Li as Jenny Wah, Celia Au as Ying Ying,
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Top 5 martial arts films of all time

The first recognised martial arts film was made in 1949, and since then the genre has been developed and adapted to keep providing audiences with entertaining action. The most impressive part of any good martial arts film is the meticulous detail of the fight choreography, making action scenes flow like a dance routine.

Ever since the peak of martial arts films in the days of Bruce Lee, Asian influences have begun to pervade Western culture. Western Mma is built on the foundation of various Asian combat styles, and the strategy and honour of martial arts have also seeped into the mentality of various other mediums. So, without further ado let’s take a look at some of the defining films in martial arts history

1. Rush Hour

Placing Rush Hour as one of the five greatest martial arts films of all time might be a controversial decision, and I’ll admit that nostalgia is a large influence.
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Wu Assassins Review (Spoiler Free)

Netflix's Wu Assassins is basically The Jackie Chan Adventures with f-bombs and trap music. And we're okay with that.

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Note: the following review for Netflix's original series Wu Assassins contains no spoilers.

Here’s a list of things that Netflix’s original martial arts series Wu Assassins reminds me of, in no particular order:

- Eating Panda Express at a Chipotle.

- Wandering through the Action section at a Hollywood Video in 2003 and not renting anything.

- That weird sequel to Warriors of Virtue that no one's seen or even heard of.

- Having a drunken conversation about The Jackie Chan Adventures in a strip club at 1 Am.

- A Big Trouble in Little China fan film produced by Tommy Wiseau.

- A dark and gritty fanfic where Avatar: The Last Airbender crosses over with the Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog.

- Rolling on ecstasy at a P.
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‘Sextuplets’ Trailer: Marlon Wayans Dons Prosthetics & Wigs To Play 6 Long Lost Siblings In New Netflix Comedy

There was a moment when Eddie Murphy was known for his penchant for playing multiple characters in his comedies. Perhaps his best film featuring this gimmick is “Coming to America.” However, after that film came “The Nutty Professor” and its sequel ‘The Klumps.’ Now, in 2019, Marlon Wayans is here to carry the torch for this brand of whacky, multiple character comedy with the Netflix film “Sextuplets.”

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As seen in the trailer, and as the title suggests, “Sextuplets” tells the story of a man (Wayans) that discovers that his biological mother gave birth to six children at once, leaving him to find his five long lost siblings.

Continue reading ‘Sextuplets’ Trailer: Marlon Wayans Dons Prosthetics & Wigs To Play 6 Long Lost Siblings In New Netflix Comedy at The Playlist.
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Awesome Trailer For Netflix's Martial Arts Sci-Fi Series Wu Assassins with Iko Uwais and Summer Glau

Netflix has released a trailer for you to watch for a badass-looking new martial arts sci-fi series called Wu Assassins and it looks like a blast! I love martial arts films and shows and this is gonna be good! It stars The Raid actor Iko Uwais and Summer Glau and this is the synopsis that was released:

He’s on a mission to save Chinatown, even if it means killing his own father. Kung Fu meets sci-fi meets Asian street food in Wu Assassins

Wu Assassins follows Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, as he becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad’s pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the "Wu Xing." After an encounter with a mystical spirit, Kai reluctantly becomes the Wu Assassin, using his enhanced martial arts skills to recover supernatural powers from five modern day criminals threatening to use them to destroy the world.
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Mister Rogers Biopic, Linda Ronstadt Doc

Trailers of the Week: ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Mister Rogers Biopic, Linda Ronstadt Doc
On deck: Tom Hanks asks if you would be his neighbor; Cynthia Erivo goes underground; Helen Mirren gets regal, Russian style; Linda Ronstadt gets the documentary she deserves; Zombieland gets a sequel, for better or worse; and we get a second peek at two major upcoming awards-season movies. Behold, your trailers-of-the-week round-up.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Hanks as the late, great Fred Rogers — ’nuff said, right? Getting the movies’ modern incarnation of Jimmy Stewart to portray TV’s personification of kindness is a casting coup, and it
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Stallone's Balboa Productions Aims to Be the Blumhouse of Action Studios

Stallone's Balboa Productions Aims to Be the Blumhouse of Action Studios
In May 2018, Sylvester Stallone formed his own production company in Balboa Productions. And today we have word that Stallone wants his production banner to become the Blumhouse of action movies. More specifically, Braden Aftergood, the executive in charge of scripted development at Balboa Productions says this.

"My goal is for us to be the go-to place for action. I appreciate that statement is grandiose, but Blumhouse has done an extraordinary job owning the horror space. There is no reason why we can't own the action space in a similar way."

Blumhouse for those of you that might not know is the company behind most of today's top horror movies. These include the Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Insidious franchises along with hit fright flicks such as Sinister, Split, Glass, Get Out, Happy Death Day, and the recent hit sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween. And that's just to name a few.
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First trailer for Netflix’s supernatural martial arts series Wu Assassins

Ahead of its arrival on Netflix next month, the streaming service has released a trailer, poster and images for its supernatural martial arts crime series Wu Assassins which sees Iko Uwais lead a cast that includes Byron Mann, Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan, Tzi Ma, and Mark Dacascos; take a look below…

Wu Assassins follows Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, as he becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad’s pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the “Wu Xing.” After an encounter with a mystical spirit, Kai reluctantly becomes the Wu Assassin, using his enhanced martial arts skills to recover supernatural powers from five modern day criminals threatening to use them to destroy the world.

Wu Assassins arrives on Netflix on August 8th.

The post First trailer for Netflix’s supernatural martial arts series Wu Assassins appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Iko Uwais is a supernatural warrior in trailer for Netflix's Wu Assassins

  • JoBlo
Gareth Evans' The Raid and The Raid 2 are two of the best action flicks out there, and a huge part of their success can be attributed to the charismatic and ass-kicking performance of Iko Uwais. The Indonesian actor/martial-artist's next project will see him heading to the small-screen to lead Wu Assassins, an upcoming Netflix series which also stars Katheryn Winnick (Vikings),…
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TVLine Items: Wendy Williams Biopic, Wu Assassins Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Wendy Williams Biopic, Wu Assassins Trailer and More
Wendy Williams‘ life is about to get even more public: The talk show host will executive-produce a Lifetime biopic based on her story, the cable net announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The project — airing in 2020 — “provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show,” per the official release.

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First Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Wu Assassins’ Finds Iko Uwais Powered by 1,000 Monks

Imagine that you're just living your life as a chef in San Francisco's Chinatown, doing your best to stay out of the way of your father/Chinese Triad leader, and then Bam you get socked with the power of 1,000 monks. That's the premise for Wu Assassins, a martial arts extravaganza series coming to Netflix this August, and it's all out there for your viewing pleasure thanks to the series' first trailer. From John Wirth (Hap and Leonard) and Tony Krantz (24) and starring Iko Uwais as Kai Jin, Byron Mann as Uncle Six, Li …
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‘Wu Assassins’ Trailer: Netflix Drops A Mystical Martial Arts Series Starring Iko Uwais’ Version Of Iron Fist

If you have already seen “The Raid” and other films with star Iko Uwais, you know that this guy deserves to be a massive star. He’s one of the best action film actors on the planet, and it’s just a shame that he hasn’t broken out in a big way around the world. Well, Netflix is hoping to change that with the upcoming series “Wu Assassins.”

As seen in the new trailer, “Wu Assassins” features Uwais as a simple chef that gets imbued with the power of 1,000 monks to take on the evil that seems to be populating San Francisco.

Continue reading ‘Wu Assassins’ Trailer: Netflix Drops A Mystical Martial Arts Series Starring Iko Uwais’ Version Of Iron Fist at The Playlist.
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Sylvester Stallone’s Production Company Wants to Be the Blumhouse of Action Films

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Sylvester Stallone’s Production Company Wants to Be the Blumhouse of Action Films
“I don’t believe Sylvester Stallone carries around a wallet,” says Braden Aftergood, the executive in charge of scripted development at the movie star’s content company Balboa Prods.

It’s not that Sly, as he’s known to friends and fans alike, is trying to duck out on a dinner bill. He never seems to have his license when the two men arrive at security at the various Los Angeles studio lots where they’ve been pitching film and TV projects since they partnered up last year.

“We’ll get in line and get to the security guard, and they ask for ID,” says Aftergood. “I give mine; then they look at Mr. Stallone. There’s a lot of exchanged glances, and the guards never know if they should demand something from him, and invariably he just passes through.”

Many of the projects they’re pitching clear similar hurdles.
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‘Stuber’ Review – Second Opinion

  • Nerdly
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Steve Howey, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan | Written by Tripper Clancy | Directed by Michael Dowse

Stuber, directed by Michael Dowse, stars the oddball pairing of Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista as Stu and Vic Manning. Bautista’s Manning is on the verge of bringing down a known drug lord but is predisposed with laser eye surgery. In comes Nanjiani’s Stu. An Uber driver who is randomly brought into the chaotic plot after picking up Manning and inadvertently joining the investigation with much disdain. After Bautista’s latest comments of not wanting to be a part of the Fast and Furious franchise. Rather starring in “good” films instead of the hugely successful box office burners. The internet set alight. His career has been under the microscope as of late. Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 and the upcoming release
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Movie Review – Stuber (2019)

Stuber, 2019.

Directed by Michael Dowse.

Starring Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpen, Jimmy Tatro, Karen Gillen, and Iko Uwais.

Synopsis:

Short on time and heavily visually impaired, a police detective recruits an Uber driver to escort him across town on the hottest day of the year, following clues to lead them to a notorious criminal.

“Who parked a boat here?” Is it fair to say that Dave Bautista has made the brilliant transition from pro-wrestler to one of the big screen’s funniest new faces? Trading in his McU tats and knives for a police shield, Bautista plays up the unexpected laughs in the latest feature from director Michael Dowse. On a mission to take down an infamous drug lord, Tedjo, who killed his partner just months earlier, what could possibly stand in Detective Vic Manning’s way? A pesky eye operation provides the stimulus gimmick for Dowse’s film,
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Movie Review – Stuber (2019)

Stuber, 2019.

Directed by Michael Dowse.

Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Karen Gillan, Jimmy Tatro, Amin Joseph, Betty Gilpin, Joshua Mikel, Julia Vasi, and Mira Sorvino.

Synopsis:

A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.

The weirdo step-son of Collateral and Planes, Trains and Automobiles nobody asked for has arrived, and try though Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista might to elevate a glorified product placement exercise into a gonzo comedy, the material they’re working with is just too damn tepid to suffice.

Stu (Nanjiani) is a downtrodden Uber driver desperately trying to save enough money working the side-gig to better his life, but his very existence is put at risk when he crosses paths with brash Lapd detective Vic Manning (Bautista). Having had eye surgery performed earlier in the day but chasing a lead that might bring down a notorious drug kingpin,
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Film Review: Kumail Nanjiani is the Only Reason to See ‘Stuber’

Chicago – Kumail Nanjiani is reaching the next level of stardom. Recently, he was the best thing in the rebooted “Mib: International” (as a cartoon sprite), and now he is the only reason to indulge in “Stuber.” Kumail portrays a nervy Uber driver named Stu (get it?), and upholds everything about the buddy movie that is enjoyable. The rest of it, including his buddy Dave Bautista, land with a dull thud.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

There was something there, but maybe it needed ten more rewrites or so. The lazy screenplay – by Tripper Clancy, I kid you not – seemed content with rehashing plots from the 1990s, as the Kumail/Bautista team pursuit an Asian martial artist running a heroin ring … complete with exotic Asian branded drug packaging. But Kumail is blissful in his zen surrounding this illogical scenario, and gets off a few hilarious lines. The Über Critic Rule … if it makes me laugh several times,
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