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Enter the Dragon – Remake could star Stephen Chow, Frank Black and Anne Hathaway

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Stephen Chow is the great actor / director behind films such as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Chow had been due to appear as Kato in The Green Hornet film, but that all fell apart. News on the grapevine is that he is about to make his English speaking debut in a film called Tai Chi. Twitch had the news that this is to be a remake of the classic Bruce Lee film, Enter the Dragon.

If this new story is more than a rumour then the remake will co-star Jack Black and Anne Hathaway.

Channel News Asia says that Tai Chi will have a $60 million budget and will be produced by the China Film Group Corporation and “an unnamed American film company.”

The film tells the story of a Chinese migrant in the US (played by Chow) who works as a dishwasher in Chinatown and hides his skills as a Tai Chi master. He is forced to stand up to gangsters who oppress his fellow migrants and later gets invited to start martial arts schools to share his knowledge.

Chow, a big fan of the late kung fu legend Bruce Lee, reportedly went to great lengths to make sure the script was perfect. He continously refined the script for almost two years and pushed back the production date.

The only other recent news about an Enter the Dragon remake was for one starring Rain (Ninja Assassin). That one is by writer/director Kurt Sutter and titled Awaken the Dragon but things have been quiet for that one.

I still see no need to remake Enter the Dragon, but if anyone is going to do it then Chow could just be the one to do it. I do hope that he doesn’t try and make it a comedy though as that just wouldn’t seem right. As for Black and Hathaway’s involvement I could see it working, but having Black involved would again raise the prospect of this remake have some comedy elements to it. Mind you part of me would want to see him as the Jim Kelly character with the big afro, but that is a very small part of me and even that knows it is wrong. If Black was going to play one of the main characters then I suppose he has more of a resemblance to John Saxon.

If this does happen would you be happen to see a Stephen Chow version of Enter the Dragon? What would have to be in it to work and who could play the villainous Han?

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Ninja Assassin – TV Spot – Secret World

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2009

Due out on 25th November. Not long now.

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UPDATED: Rain Bi Confirms He’s Still Considering Enter The Dragon Remake

Posted by LiveFor on November 16, 2009

Here is Rain from Ninja Assassin sort of saying he is still thinking about the Enter the Dragon remake. First mentioned this back in August.

UPDATE: Awaken the Dragon screenplay writer Kurt Sutter got in touch with ScreenRant, where he questions the claims that Rain is in line for this role.

I just wanted to update you on my status with the “dragon” remake. Unfortunately, the project was a victim of the writer’s strike and I was forced to abandon it because of my commitment to “Sons of Anarchy”. If Rain is attached, I am no longer involved in the project, nor is my original pitch (neo-noir) valid. Honestly, and I could be wrong, but I find it hard to believe that any actor is attached to this project because as far as I know it has stalled in development at Warner Bros. I fear you could be the victim of wishful self-promotion. The next time someone interviews Rain, they should ask if he’s read the script or met with the director.

Thanks to Head Hero of the brill Movies: Past, Present and Future for letting me know.

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Ninja Assassin – Cool Korean Poster. Rain in the rain.

Posted by LiveFor on September 24, 2009

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Ninja Assassin – Clip with a whole lot of ninjas

Posted by LiveFor on September 6, 2009

In the film, Raizo (Rain) is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them…and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Ninja Assassin by James McTeigue is out on 25th November 2009.

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UPDATED: Rain will Awaken The Dragon. What will Bruce Lee think?

Posted by LiveFor on August 5, 2009

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Enter the Dragon, the 1973 martial arts classic that put Bruce Lee on the map. It is pretty much spot on.

Now Latino Review has found out that Warner Bros. Pictures is considering Korean megastar Rain(Ninja Assassin – Check out the clip from that film) for the lead role in writer/director Kurt Sutter’s Awaken the Dragon, which is a noir-style remake of the original.

Apparantly it is a contemporized drama about a lone FBI agent who pursues a rogue Shaolin monk into the bloody world of underground martial arts fight clubs.

The original film starred Lee as a martial artist who is drafted by law enforcement to participate in a martial arts tournament and infiltrate a drug smuggling operation run from the host’s heavily guarded island.

Ninja Assassin is looking pretty cool, so Rain could definitely do the martial arts for the film and it sounds different enough that it may just work. How do you feel about the news?

UPDATE: Here is some footage of Rain talking about the Enter the Dragon role.

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Ninja Assassin – Trailer – Ninja Ninja Ninja

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

Finally, the first official trailer for James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin has hit the web on MTV. If you want some awesome ninja action then this is for you. McTeigue directed V for Vendetta and also worked on the Matrix films so you know he is well suited for some kick ass fight scenes.

The film stars Korean pop star Rain, Naomie Harris and Rick Yune.

Raizo (Rain) is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them…and vanishes.

Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated.

Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Have a look at the trailer and post your thoughts in the comments.

Due out on 25th November.

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Ninja Assassin – New Poster

Posted by LiveFor on April 30, 2009

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Rain – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 3, 2009

The trailer for Rain, also known as Lluvia in Aregentina. Rain will be releaed domestically by IFC Films on Demand starting April 1st.

Rain has been intense for the last three days in Buenos Aires. Alma and Roberto have not met yet. Immersed in their own solitude, condemned to helplessness and defenselessness at the mercy of the rain, they survive their own uncertainties, fears and absences. A few days ago, Alma left the man she lived with for nine years. She has taken to the street with some of her belongings, making her car a temporary home. Roberto has come back to the country after almost thirty years abroad. Here he has nothing, just a father in a coma, with whom he has no relationship, and an apartment that has to be emptied. In the middle of a traffic jam, Alma’s car door open unexpectedly. Roberto gets in. Alma, not knowing exactly why, lets him in, unaware of the fact that this sudden encounter will modify the next days.

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Ninja Assassin – Test Screening Review

Posted by LiveFor on April 2, 2009

AICN have been sent this review of James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin starring Rain and it sounds like we are going to get some cool ninja action. The review is full of spoilers and swearing so if you are averse to either then stop reading……now!

The movie opens with a tattoo artist giving some gang punk some ink on his back. The punk is whiny about it, crying like a bitch that it hurts to much. The old, wise artist goes on to explain that tattoos show how a man lived his life, the journey he took, etc. The punk asks if he has any tattoos, which the old man does. One right over his heart, a ninja slicing a sword where a giant scar is. The man goes on to say that he had seen “one” once. He won’t even utter the word. Ninja. The punk and his friends laugh at the old man, mocking him with the word – ninja, ninja, ninja! An envelope arrives, in it is just black sand. Proceed to the bloodiest opening of movie I have ever seen. Ninjas are the fucking shit. Left and right, bodies are sliced in half. Limbs are cut off. Ninja stars are flying everywhere. If there is darkness, there are ninjas in it. They move in and out of the darkness like ghosts. I have never shit myself in a theatre before, but I almost did out of glee because I knew what I was in for.

Cue the plot of the movie which has to happen to move the story along. Two Interpol agents are working on a case of someone that has mysteriously died. They are brilliantly played by Naomie Harris as Mika, the black chick, and Ben Miles as Douchebag, P.I. (his name was Ryan according to IMDB, but I never heard it). I was being sarcastic when I said brilliant. Epic douche chills whenever they were on screen. Mika wasn’t as bad as her co-star. Here’s the deal. Mika, is working this case when she comes across some shit that leads her to believe someone was killed by ninjas, and there is 100,000 in Euros floating around or some bullshit. The plot sucked, but Joe Public needs their fucking story laid out in front of them or they don’t get it. Apparently, they think there is some ninja clan taking little kids and training them to be full blown assassins. Well gee, they couldn’t be more fucking right.

Rain, an actor whom I have never seen pwns this movie. He plays Raizo, orphan turned death machine. In the first 45 min of the film we cut back and forth with Raizo training to be a ninja, with the glue that is Mika and her obsession to find out what happened to this 100,000 in Euros. I’m dropping the subplot of the Euros now, because they did it in the movie too, but just dragged it out. Hold on for some awesomeness.

We see Raizo, held against his will as he is trained by his “father” – the leader of the Nine Clans. Raizo is one of many young children being trained. He learns the ways on the ninja, while so, falling for a girl who is the same age and training with him. Don’t remember her name, sorry. She doesn’t live too long anyways, so screw it. Raizo develops a bit of a problem with another student who he is training with. Long story short, his problem buddy end up killing his love interest when she is caught trying to escape the training ground.

Mature Raizo, in his twenties is mysteriously given ( AND NEVER FUCKING EXPLAINED ) picture of Mika. Holy shit, he’s gonna kill this bitch! No. FAIL. Mika goes home to find that the lights have been cut off for three blocks in her neighborhood. BItch, if there are people, waiting outside your apartment complex, and you have been busy at work all day tracking motherfucking ninjas, are you going to go in your dark apartment? Of course she does. Christ. Dumb broads. So, shit for brains Mika goes on up to her pitch black apartment for god knows what reason ( NEVER FUCKING EXPLAINED ) and is of course attacked by a ninja! Holy shit! Raizo was sent to kill her! No. Raizo was sent to SAVE HER – (insert epic YUCK here). Raizo slices some motherfucking ninja ass apart… in her apartment, and escapes with her. So now we have Mika (the plot) and Raizo (epic awesomeness) together.

Raizo and Mika go, they exchange stories as what they are each looking for. Mika wants to know where these Euros are, Raizo, tells her she is basically dead unless she does what he says. There are some comedic moments which the audience laughed at, including myself, involving Mika’s pants size. Raizo and Mika hit it off, so it’s obvious that there is a romance blooming. Mika learns that Raizo left the clan/cult he was in and is looking for revenge. Awesome right? Mika tells Raizo she can help him by calling Douchebag, P.I. Raizo agrees, and is obviously trapped by the Douche and the Interpol/Special Forces. The amount of people it takes to trick one Ninja is unbelievable. They capture Raizo like a dog, literally.

So now, we’re holed up in some hidden building the Douche, P.I. is running. Mika is pissed she was double crossed by Douchey P.I., and Raizo is chained the fuck down to a wall. Fuck the story, here come ninjas. Thirsty for Raizo’s blood. They’ve been searching for him for years, and now they know where he is. Another epic death scene. Agents bodies being sliced in half, limbs everywhere. Mika helps Raizo escape, but only after turning into every character that has ever had to turn a key in a horror movie. Holy fucking shit, we get it. People get nervous, and they drop their keys. I wouldn’t think that an AGENT would be scared shitless and dropping her keys when trying to pull handcuffs off someone. I swear to god, if I could punch film and hurt it, I fucking would. Raizo and Mika escape, EPIC awesome escape sequence. Ninjas fighting on the highway, one of the best HOLY SHIT moments I’ve seen recently, and bam, onto the third act.

Raizo gets captured by his old clan. Mika plants a special tracking device in him. Here comes the epic fucking battle. ONE, with a SWAT team storming the ninja clan’s hideout, 2. an awesome fight between master vs sensei. I have never seen a ninja face Hummers, machine guns or rocket launchers. Until tonight. I witnessed the most over the top violent ending to a movie ever. Mika is killed, thank god, Raizo kills his master, after an EPIC battle.

END SPOILERS.

The movie fucking ruled.

I learned two things. One, ninjas live in the darkness. Two, ninjas will kill the fuck out of me. I couldn’t have been happier leaving the theatre. Watching ninjas move in the shadows was amazing. Overall, I give the movie a B+. Rain stole the show. The blood and violence stole the show. I’m scared for my fucking life because of ninjas. I’m going to suck on a bar of xanax and finish they glass of whiskey I poured. I could not be happier that I drove out to watch this movie. Yes, it had it’s issues, but when it comes down to it, I was happy that I was just spoon fed an abundance of violence and blood. I’ll be there again opening weekend… with a flashlight.

Sleeping with the lights on, if you use this call me, this time,

TED’S FOOTBALL EMPORIUM.

Now that sounds like my kind of Ninja film.

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