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ICHI THE KILLER Gets A Digitally Restored 4K Bloodbath From Well Go USA Starting This November

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It was back in May ahead of the Cannes Film Festival that news broke of a forthcoming remastering and re-release of film auteur Miike Takashi's manga adaptation hit, Ichi the Killer. The controversial ultra-violent crime horror scored a cult following after its 2001 and having only been shot on Betacam and only coverted 35mm film at the time, new technology now deems it possible for a more crisp and pristine finish.
Restoration of the film was handled by L’Immagine Rittrovata Asia, the Hong Kong offices of Davide Pozzi's Bologna, Italy-based film restoration lab which opened to a lucrative streak of restoring Asian film in the wake of bolstering online video demand. Since then, the long-awaited announcement of its acquisition news was made over the weekend with word that Well Go USA have officially acquired distribution rights to the new 4K restoration now dubbed Ichi The Killer: The Digitally Restored Director's.
Asano leads the film as a sadistic Yakuza enforcer whose s…

THE MONKEY KING 3: Legends Return In New Character Banners

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It'll be another bustling holiday release for Soi Cheng's The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women. Aaron Kwok is back in character and costume and readying for an early 2018 release as usually inspired from the pages of Wu Cheng'en's "Journey To The West", taking off from last year's hit sequel in which Kwok reprised Donnie Yen's own 2014 portrayal, and all of which have been box office hits in some capacity.

The film is now rolling out some new character banners in a campaign that will likely profuse further with more and more artwork as the months pass. The ones below are just the start of it so feel free to take a look at the cast in full-tilt threequel mode with Kwok joined by William Feng as the Monk, Tang, actors Shen He and Him Law respectively starring as Zhu Bajie (the pig demon) and Sha Wujing (the water buffalo), and Mainland TV star Zanila Zhao who plays Queen of the Womens' Kingdom as well as Tang's romantic pursuant.

The Monkey King …

INFERNAL AFFAIRS Is Getting An Indian Remake From WB, Azure

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Azure and Warner Bros. India are currently forging a line-up of titles for local production, including a number of remakes and the latest on the roster is one of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's 2002 crime thriller, Infernal Affairs. The film was the first of a trilogy offset with a role reversal tale centered on two men from both sides of the law working as moles infiltrating the triads and the Hong Kong police.
Martin Scorsese adapted the tale for 2006 crime drama, The Departed starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Vera Farmiga and Mark Wahlberg and eventually earned an Oscar for Best Picture Oscar among its accolades. WB TV was attached to that film's advancement as a series for Amazon a little over a year ago with Jason Richman developing a script and while there's been nary a word since, that doesn't mean it's not happening.
However, an Indian remake wouldn't lose its appeal with audiences given the right cast and a look that will undoubtedly …

Yamazaki Takashi's DESTINY: KAMAKURA STORY Tells Of Supernatural Wonder And Intrigue In The Latest Trailer

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Yamazaki Takashi immediately became a favorite of mine upon with his 2002 sophomore outing, hit sci-fi action thriller, Returner. Since then, he's built the brunt of his work on his bolstering ability to engage some purely epic storytelling with ample results on projects like Parasyte: Part 1 and Part 2 as well as sprawling war drama, The Eternal Zero, and his newest, Destiny: Kamakura Story, aims to further continue the trend. Isshiki Masakazu, a mystery writer living in Kamakura who is also a skilled detective. Together with his wife Akiko, he interacts with the demons, spirits, gods, buddhas, and aliens of Kamakura. His acquaintances and friends range from affiliates of the Police to mysterious animals. Adults and children will enjoy this work of mystery as he solves difficult and strange cases with a variety of characters as his side. Hailing from Toho with a release planned for December 9, Yamazaki directs from his own script inspired by the work of author Saigan Ryohei's…

THE CLEARING: Zombie Survival Thriller Now Filming; McIntyre, Noel Star

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Spartacus: War Of The Damned alum, actor Liam McIntyre now brings forth progress with Netflix series GLOW co-star Sydelle Noel on Dave Matalon's feature film debut, The Clearing. The film is now reportedly shooting in Los Angeles and with newcomer Aundrea Smith and actor Stephen Swadling also starring.

Matalon is directing from his own script which sees McIntyre as Tom, embroiled in tensions with his wife over the time he spends with his young daughter Mira. To resolve things, Tom takes Mira on a camping trip only for the two to find themselves swept in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, trapped and fighting for their lives.

Mark Mathias Sayre and Jonathan Piumelli are producing alongside Christopher Wolfe and Swadling. Ryan O'Quinn, Wes Halula, and Michael Davis serve as executive producers. (Deadline)

Wes Ball's MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE Journeys Back To Enemy Territory In The Official Trailer

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YA novel action adventure comes full circle next year on January 26 with 20th Century Fox's new release, Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Wes Ball returns to the helm for the latest ensemble cast reprisal led by American Assassin star Dylan O'Bryan who shepherds our heroes on screen based on author James Dashner's dystopian sci-fi novels.
In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.Kaya Scodelario, Aiden Gillen, Will Poulter, Ki Hong-Lee and Rosa Salazar also star with Giancarlo Esposito, Walton Goggins and Patrica Clarkson. View the trailer below!


Chiba Seiji's NINJA HUNTER Gets A U.S. Blu-Ray Combo Release This November!

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I don't know what Alien vs. Ninja and The Kunochi: Ninja Girl helmer Chiba Seiji has up his sleeve after this. I do know that I am as interested as I am in his latest stateside arrival, Ninja Hunter with Koga Mitsuki, Kurokawa Mei and Mimoto Masanori starring and its North American trailer still has my interest peaked.
Tao, a ninja from the Iga clan, wakes up in a cave surrounded by dead bodies, including a beautiful female ninja. Suffering from amnesia, he can’t remember how or why he’s there, or if he’s the one responsible for this massacre. As Tao fights various other ninja, he begins to piece together his memories with their stories. But instead of solving the enigma, a web of betrayal unfolds. Check out the trailer below and Pre-order your Blu-Ray copy ahead of its November 14 release today!


AJIN: DEMI HUMAN Gets An English-Subbed Trailer For Its Singapore Release

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I've seen some okay signs with respect to release news regarding live-action adaptations. Sakurai Gaimon's 2012 sci-fi action horror manga publication, Ajin: Demi Human, is one I'm amply hyped for in its latest treatement from Bayside Shakedown film series and Shaolin Girl helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki and so I'm compelled to help keep the excitement going on my end with the film's Singapore release on October 12.

For this, the latest trailer from Encore Films comes nice and English subbed for not-so-fluent types like myself in lieu of its September 30 release in Japan. The subs lend much more context here so you're not entirely lost in the imagery and spectacle, although the imagery and spectacle aren't don't exactly come dead last. It's an explosive story to follow from start to finish; I speak of the anime with respect to what we're offered in the trailers that have rolled out but Motohiro looks like he's handled himself pretty well on this. …

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Rules In CG In A New Set Pic

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Paving the way for more monster madness is director Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. A March 22, 2019 release date is in tow from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures as this next foray into cinematic MonsterVerse inches forward, and the helmer just teased a new progress image in his latest tweet below.

Day 69. @GodzillaMoviepic.twitter.com/fy4BvBTeic — Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 22, 2017The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, and a cast that includes Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga, and Ken Watanabe and Sal…

DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS: Heroes, Villains And Monsters Emerge In The First Teaser

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Mark Chao is back on the case next summer for legendary auteur Tsui Hark's Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings. Kicking things off is a brisk new teaser to get the mood going and promising of the usual mystery and eerie intrigue to accomodate the ensuing action and adventure.
In the third film of the critically acclaimed and popular Detective Dee franchise, Detective Dee is called upon to investigate a series of strange events during the Tang Dynasty in China. While he is defending himself against accusations of wrong-doing from his most formidable opponent Empress Wu, a crime wave has overtaken the city, marked by strange occurrences where warriors are wearing totem masks, foxes are speaking in human language, the palace’s dragon sculptures are coming to life, and the Heavenly Kings in the temple are showing angry faces - all of which conspire to give the resourceful and cunning detective his most difficult case ever.Chao is joined by William Feng, Kenny Lin and actress Carina …