Good day folks and welcome to our revamped #Trailer Tuesday. If you are familiar with #trailer Tuesday here’s how it works : we give you a small synopsis and commentary on upcoming Asian action movies either coming to the theaters or on DVD/Digital/Blu Ray (occasionally we will throw in some other action trailers if we are excited about them). We include a You Tube Playlist from our channel in the post and then you watch some cool movie trailers and get hype for the release! Please feel free to comment on the trailers! We want to hear from you! Thanks and enjoy #Trailer Tuesday.
DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS
Accused of wrongdoing by Empress Wu, Detective Dee must defend himself against this formidable foe, all while investigating a crime wave that has engulfed the city, marked by strange and seemingly supernatural occurrences.
Directed by: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Feng Shaofeng, Lin Gengxin, Ethan Juan, Ma Sichun, and Carina Lau
12th Venom Comments: The Detective Dee series is one of the highlights of present day Tsui Hark films. I love Dee’s interaction with Empress Wu and his crime solving abilities. I am definitely watching this!
Zheng Kaisi is in debt of several millions because of borrowing money. In order to pay the debt, he boards a ship called “Destiny” to attend a mysterious gambling party at the instigation of someone. Once he wins, his debts can be canceled.
Directed by: Yan Han
Starring: Yi Feng Li, Dongyu Zhou, Michael Douglas
Film Fan Comments: A guy dressed in a clown suit with super hero like skills had me sold from the moment I saw the trailer! And…Michael Douglas!
After surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, anti-narcotics special operative Nina Manigan (Anne Curtis), is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. But when her new mission in the city’s most dangerous slum goes south, the angry civilians turn on her squad. Trapped between a brutal drug gang and hordes of bloodthirsty citizens, their only option is to fight their way out, turning one claustrophobic street at a time into a symphony of apocalyptic violence.
Directed by: Erik Matti
Starring: Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera, Victor Neri, Arjo Atayde, Levi Ignacio, Nonie Buencamino, Lao Rodriguez, Alex Calleja
12th Venom Comments: This looks to be a gritty, brutal action filled film! It reminds me plot wise ( in some aspects) of The Raid. The addition of MMA star Brandon Vera should provide us with some interesting hand to hand choreography. Buy Bust may be the gritty, intense “realistic” action many of us have been craving in action crime movies. We will see…
Kung Fu League
Directed by Jeff Lau
Starring: Vincent Zhao, Andy On, Dennis To, Danny Chan Kwok Kwan, Bruce Leung
What happens when Wong Fei Hung, Chen Zhen, Ip Man and Hou Yuan Jia team up to fight a bunch of bad guys? Tune into Kung Fu League to find out!!!
12th Venom comments: Judging by this trailer this should be a kung fu comedy for the ages! Wong Fei Hung, Chen Zhen, Hou Yuan Jia and Ip Man on a Kung fu version of the Avengers! I am hoping for crazy fight scenes and all types of mayhem! My first question is how in the blazing hell did they all get in the same timeline? Check out a trailer cameo from non other than Beardy ( Leung Kar Yan)! A must see for me!
The Hidden Man
Directed by Jiang Wen
Starring Jiang Wen, Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, Zhou Yun, Xu Qing
A young swordsman in 1930’s China returns home to try and solve a five-year-old murder case.
12th Venom comments: One of my favorite modern Chinese actors Jiang Wen is in it, fresh off his Wing Chun Knife Master performance in The Final Master Liao Fan is in it, Eddie Peng is in it, need I say more? This is also rumored to be the third part of Let the Bullets Fly and Gone with the Bullets! I am very excited to see this one!
The Hidden Sword
directed by Xu Haofeng
Xu Qing, Chun Xia, Zhang Aoyue, Huang Jue, Geng Le, Chen Kuan Tai
The widow of a famed general teams up with an impostor posing as her late husband and schemes to steal the secrets of an elderly master swordsman. Their plans are complicated by the master’s grandson, who is himself torn between his filial duty and the affections of his adopted sister.
12th Venom comments: I am a huge fan of Xu Haofeng as a director ever since I saw The Sword Identity and his subsequent films Judge Archer and The Final Master. As a traditional mainland Chinese martial artist Xu brings a different flavor to his fight scenes. They are not drawn out duels in most cases, they are short and brutal. As a lifelong fan of kung fu movies I thought I would be turned off by that. In fact, I am intrigued by it because it is done with emphasis on technique in Xu’s movies. I also like how he handles the martial arts world; Xu gives an outsider a view to the sometimes strange martial ethics (in his movies not real life wude or martial virtue) and conflicts which can be quite foreign to us in the audience. With that said I am looking forward to The Hidden Sword and hope it gives us all the aforementioned things that make a Xu Haofeng movie a Xu Haofeng movie (and it also has veteran Shaw Brothers star Chen Kuan Tai).