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So since we have threads for general discussion of sci-fi, anime, and other genres, I figure why not have a thread for martial arts movies? Come talk about any good asian martial arts movies, from hong kong, japan, korea, thailand, etc. Yesterday, i watched Azumi, a great samurai/assassin kinda movie set in japan in about the 1600's. Really cool sword fights, great choreography, good cinematography, and a super cute assassin girl. I would describe it as a live action anime. I've loved this movie since i first saw it a few years ago and developed a huge crush on Aya Ueto because of it. So, if you can find a copy of it i highly recommend it. For anyone just getting into hong kong action movies, I really have to suggest my favourite kung fu star, Donnie Yen. He's a guy that never gained the recognition in the west that his peer Jet Li has, but I believe that he is as good, if not better, than Jet. He has the skill (just as Jet does) to make the fighting style of each one of his characters different. Watch Flash point to see MMA inspired fight scenes and Ip Man for Wing Chun. He is also one of the best fight choreographers in HK cinema, working on the action scenes in Blade 2, the Princess Blade, and Highlander Endgame. Some good donnie yen movies: Sha Po Lang Ip Man 14 Blades Iron Monkey Flash Point Legend of the Wolf Hero (he has a great fight with Jet Li)
Everyone's favorite action film retirement home franchise is back. The Expendables 3 marks the return of the world-famous mercenary team: Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross Jason Statham as Lee Christmas Jet Li as Yin Yang (who will now have more screen time than in the last film) Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen Randy Couture as Toll Road Terry Crews as Hale Caesar Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench Mauser Joining the cast will be the following: Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks (he's been on a roll with bad guy roles) Wesley Snipes as Surgeon (first big work out of jail) Antonio Banderas as Galgo Harrison Ford as Max Drummer Kellan Lutz (Hercules 3D, Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga) as Smilee Ronda Rousey (female MMA fighter; also confirmed for Fast & Furious 7) as Luna Victor Ortiz (former WBC Welterweight Champion) as Mars Glen Powell (a stock manager in The Dark Knight Rises) as Thorn Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand) as Bonaparte Robert Davi (Jake Fratelli in The Goonies, Sanchez in Licence to Kill) as Goran Vogner Not returning for this stint: Mickey Rourke (Tool from the first film) Bruce Willis (Church from the first two films) Chuck Norris (Booker from the second film) Rumored in the casting call: Jackie Chan Nicolas Cage Steven Seagal Clint Eastwood Jean-Claude Van Damme (as the twin brother of Jean Villain from the second film) Milla Jovovich The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes. Filming has begun in Bulgaria, and it is set for a release date of August 15, 2014. The Expendables 3 @ IMDb