Noh is an ancient Japanese theatrical art form. Its sacred backbone might help us understand modern Japanese action.
John Salvitti, the Bostonian who's been by Donnie Yen's side since the late 80s, has just released a reel from his new Yen effort Special ID. The trailers gave us a hint as to what kind of action to expect, but this new reel is something else entirely. Salvitti (bald head or in hat) is mixing [...]
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I'm making action filmmaking tutorials now for indie action filmmakers, martial artists, and stuntmen and stuntwomen, a series I'm calling "Indie Action Essentials". The first skill I'm tackling is the Hong Kong spin, or the "HK". The video includes all the steps plus what padding I recommend when doing the stunt on hard surfaces. If [...]
After we spent a week at 87eleven, Alvin Hsing and I came away with this video to show what came of our efforts - a pre-viz (choroegraphed and shot rough version) for the final knife fight in A Good Day to Die Hard (that's Die Hard #5). The scene called for McClane to face off against [...]
Having just been released in China yesterday (January 8th), The Grandmaster, which is based on wing chun master Yip Man - portrayed by Donnie Yen in the Ip Man movies and with a third installment ready to be shot in March this year - and starring top-class actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Bullet in the [...]
Shooting of The Iceman Cometh 3D has already started and been ongoing since December 17. Helmed by long-time Johnnie To/Milkyway Image associate Law Wing Cheong (Punished) and written as well as produced by original Iceman Cometh writer/producer Stephen Shiu, this remake puts Donnie in Yuen Biao's role and is led by a cast consisting of principal [...]
In The Running Man the future is depicted as an authoritarian police state with a broken economy. When our man Richards (Schwarzenegger) faces airport security and has no travel pass, he rummages through his bag until a line of anxious tourists forms behind him. "We got a plane to catch!" one yells, so the guard lets [...]
The Terminator searched for Sarah Connor's address in a phonebook. Somehow he didn't have a photo of her nor knew what she looked like. A mistake like this would not pass today, but did this bother anyone in 1984? I don't think it did. Photos weren't very important then - we took a few of [...]