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Review: Furie – Does Veronica Ngo How To Save Her Daughter?

Furie came onto my radar because it’s a martial arts film starring Veronic Ngo. She’s been popping up in movies lately, most notably a small role in The Last Jedi and minor role in the head scratching sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I, however, remember her from The Rebel, a 2007 martial arts film starring and action directed by Johnny Nguyen. You may remember him as the staircase boss from the infamous one take scene in Tony Jaa’s Tom Yum Goon. While it’s been awhile since I’ve seen The Rebel, I remember being pretty impressed with Veronica’s ability as a martial artist. Strangely though, more than 10 years later, I finally get to see her in another martial arts role that isn’t a throw...

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Crowdfund This! The Paper Tigers Need Your Support To Avenge Their Fallen Master!

It was all the way back in 2009 that we first came across the work of writer-director Bao Tran. The occassion at the time was his short film Bookie - a gorgeously shot period drama with heavy action elements with an electric lead performance from Ken Quitugua who really, really should be a movie star now, please - and we knew we'd come across a major talent. Jump forward a few years and Tran was working as editor on Charlie and Johnny Nguyen's ultimately (and tragically) banned Vietnamese action picture Cho Lon and now he's in the process of launching his own debut feature, The Paper Tigers. A dead-beat dad, an insurance scammer, and an Mma coach find themselves in the middle of a gang...

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Thuppakki Villain only Indian to feature in this special list!

Looper is a reputed platform in the United States of America. The organisation recently released a list of 7 martial artists in the world who deserve more recognition. Among them, the only Indian to make the list was Thuppakki villain Vidyut Jammwal. The list contains other stars like Ilram Choi, Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Lateef Crowder, Wu Ji, and Johnny Nguyen

It must be noted that Johnny Nguyen from Vietnam was the antagonist in Suriya's 7aam Arivu. The list consists of people who perform their own action scenes in movies. Vidyut Jammwal is an exponent in the martial art form...

Cine-Sunday: ‘Force of Five’ Review

Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first installment of Cine-Sunday, a new weekly feature here on Nerdly where we revisit the newly-revived Cine-Asia’s back catalogue and review the highlights. Going forward each new review will go live on Sunday’s at noon (UK time). And you can see all the Cine-Asia titles we’ve reviewed, so far, right here]

Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the gang suffers from an acute heart condition, which following a minor scuffle with some local bullies lands him in hospital and desperately in need of a life-saving transplant. Fortunately, a viable heart soon becomes available at another local hospital, but before it can be transferred the building is overtaken by rebel soldiers-turned-terrorists prepared to kill if their politically-driven demands are not met by the authorities.

With only four hours in which the surgery can be performed successfully, the young friends take it upon themselves to infiltrate the hospital and retrieve the donated organ.
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Vietnamese Fairy Tale Gets A Glossy Adaptation With TẤM CÁM: CHUYỆN CHƯA KỂ

Best known around these parts for her key roles in Vietnamese action films The Rebel and Clash - both opposite screen fighter Johnny Tri Nguyen - singer, model and actress Veronica Ngo (Ngo Thanh Van) is adding 'director' to her already impressive resume with a big screen adaptation of a classic Vietnamese fairy tale with Tam Cam: Chuyen Chua Ke. A classic Vietnamese tale with some obvious similarities to the Cinderella story, Ngo seems to be giving the story a bit of the Huntsman treatment with a glossy action-fantasy approach to a previously 'untold' part of the tale featuring large scale battles and some sort of angry, spindly legged cat creature. It's remarkably ambitious stuff for any director in Vietnam - well above the normal...

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Fan Cuong: Watch The Full Trailer For Vietnamese Rock And Roll Time Travel Comedy

Call Charlie Nguyen's upcoming Fan Cuong the reverse Back To The Future. There's no going to hte past to get people together here, nope. Instead, in Fan Cuong, long haired rock and roll fan played by comedian Thai Hoa must travel back in time to prevent the singer of the most important band in Vietnamese history (Johnny Tri Nguyen) from abandoning it all for a woman. The solution, of course, is to land the woman before the singer can. It's a phenomenally silly premise from the entire creative team behind martial arts hit The Rebel and, true to form where these guys are concerned, the production value is absolutely top notch. We shared the first teaser a while back and that has now been followed...

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The Rebel Team Reunites For Time Travel Rock And Roll Comedy Fan Cuong

Thai Hoa takes the lead in upcoming Vietnamese time travel rock and roll comedy Fan Cuong and while Hoa may not be familiar to audiences outside of Vietnam the rest of the team here certainly is. Fan Cuong brings together the entire creative team from martial arts film The Rebel and throws them into an entirely new context with director Charlie Nguyen also penning the script here and The Rebel leading man Johnny Tri Nguyen showing up as the feathered haired potential savior of Vietnamese rock and roll. It's all very silly, of course, but actually looks quite well done. Subtitles included on the trailer, so take a look below!...

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Win A DVD Action Bundle To Celebrate Sword Of The Assassin

Koch Media

To celebrate the release of Vietnamese martial arts epic Sword of the Assassin, we have a great DVD action bundle up for grabs. The prize bundle contains The Frozen Ground, Red Dawn, Son of a Gun, Redirected, and Tiger House.

In Sword of the Assassin, after the loss of his family during a deadly massacre, a young man joins forces with a beautiful sword-wielding female warrior as they seek revenge against the powerful royal family responsible.

Marking Vietnam’s first foray into the realm of historic martial arts epics, the film features beautiful cinematography and exhilarating action scenes in the vein of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is a must-see piece of action cinema.

The film won awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound at the prestigious Golden Kite Prize of the Vietnam Cinema Association. From director Victor Vu,
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Vietnamese martial arts epic ‘Sword of the Assassin’ comes to the UK

Koch Media have announced the UK release of Sword of the Assassin, which has been described as “Vietnam’s martial arts calling card” by Twitch Film. Marking Vietnam’s first foray into the realm of historic martial arts epics, the film features beautiful cinematography and exhilarating action scenes in the vein of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is a must-see piece of action cinema.

After the loss of his family during a deadly massacre, a young man joins forces with a beautiful sword-wielding female warrior as they seek revenge against the powerful royal family responsible.

Sword of the Assassin has won awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound at the prestigious Golden Kite Prize of the Vietnam Cinema Association. From director Victor Vu, with action by Warrior King’s Johnny Nguyen, Sword of the Assassin stars Huynh Dong, Midu and Khuong Ngoc.
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Tribute Art for Alien Franchise Artist H.R. Giger

As a tribute to artist H.R. Giger, Javi Recio created the sketch above featuring the Giger drawing the Xenomorph alien that helped make him famous. I've included more art from different artists below. The artist passed away on Monday after suffering a fall in his museum. I've been a huge fan of his art since I was a teenager. I worked for an illustrator at the time, and he's the one that introduced me to the artist along with several others. 

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Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘Force of Five’ Review

Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata

Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the gang suffers from an acute heart condition, which following a minor scuffle with some local bullies lands him in hospital and desperately in need of a life-saving transplant. Fortunately, a viable heart soon becomes available at another local hospital, but before it can be transferred the building is overtaken by rebel soldiers-turned-terrorists prepared to kill if their politically-driven demands are not met by the authorities.

With only four hours in which the surgery can be performed successfully, the young friends take it upon themselves to infiltrate the hospital and retrieve the donated organ.
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Review: The Lady Assassin 3D Proves Looks Can Kill

A rare export from Vietnam, The Lady Assassin is a classic martial arts romp in the old Shaw Brothers vein. Employing a simple plot and serviceable martial arts, Nguyen Quang Dung's romantic fantasy is buoyed up by an eye-popping cast of gorgeous performers. It is a rare treat when a film from Vietnam breaks free of its domestic shackles and heads out into international waters. Earlier this month we heard that the eagerly anticipated Cho Lon from Twitch favourite Johnny Nguyen had failed to pass the local censorship board, and as a result was forbidden from being screened either on home turf or overseas. No such problems for Nguyen Quang Dung's The Lady Assassin (aka My Nhan Ke), however, which broke box office records when...

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Vietnamese Directors Speak Out On Cho Lon and Censorship

The banning of the Nguyen brothers' Cho Lon caused extreme rage in Vietnam yesterday. And not just for filmmakers or film geeks, but all over the country; I haven't seen anything like this before. Previously banned films came and went quietly, but Cho Lon is now the focus of a national conversation. The public reactions from Johnny and Charlie Nguyen to the verdict definitely fuelled the debate and led many people to vent their disgust at the Censorship Board. After the banning, actor Johnny Tri Nguyen said everything he needed to in just one sentence: "What's more to be said? It's like losing my son."His brother Charlie Nguyen, beloved director of The Rebel and Cho Lon, also felt immense sadness at the news. His response from the...

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Johnny Nguyen's Cho Lon Banned in Vietnam, Rest Of World To Miss Out

It sucks, I know, but it's official. According to the Vietnam Film Department, Cho Lon (original title: Bụi đời Chợ Lớn) has been banned. Given that local clearance is required before Vietnamese producers are permitted to release a film internationally, this means the film isn't just banned in Vietnam, but won't be seen anywhere.In April, the Nguyen brothers' project was blocked by Vietnamese censors due to the violence of the killing between gangsters in Chinatown. And today, the powers have spoken, ensuring the latest action flick of Johnny Tri Nguyen will go straight to the dusty warehouse of Banned Vietnamese Films. As the Central Board of Film Evaluation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism concluded: Cho Lon violated the Law of Cinema when showing scenes of...

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The Rebel Director Hitting The Road With Buddy Comedy Young Teo

The Nguyen Brothers are getting back together, writer-director Charlie and star Johnny teaming up for what is being billed as Vietnam's first ever road comedy, Young Teo. The Nguyen Brothers, of course, are best known for their first team up on martial arts film The Rebel while more recent action effort Bui Doi Cho Lon has made headlines for its difficulties in clearing censorship in their native Vietnam. But Charlie is a director known for his diversity and he's going for the laughs with his next effort, a film that will star Thai Hoa as a country boy on a bus trip between Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) to Sa Dec with Johnny Nguyen playing his unwilling travel partner. Watch for more as we...

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Johnny Nguyen's Cho Lon Blocked By Vietnamese Censors

Been looking forward to seeing star Johnny Nguyen and the creative team behind The Rebel kick some more ass? You're going to have to keep waiting. It was announced today that the film has not been able to pass Vietnamese censorship and the release date is now on indefinite hold.Producers have reportedly submitted multiple versions of the film to local censors in an attempt to pass local requirements and meet their April release date but all have been denied. And given that local clearance is required before Vietnamese producers are permitted to release a film internationally - breaking this rule can result in producers being blacklisted from the local industry - this means it won't be seen anywhere else, either.What happens next? Perhaps more significant...

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Get Behind The Scenes With Vidyut Jammwal In Commando - A One Man Army

A new action star is rising in Bollywood and his name is Vidyut Jammwal. From his stunt performances to busting out some spectacular moves without the assistance of CGI or cables, the martial artist/model-turned-actor turned many heads when the Commando - A One Man Army trailer debuted back in January, with some action fans comparing him to Tony Jaa and Johnny Tri Nguyen. If there is any doubts on whether or not this guy is the real deal, there is a "Making Of The Action" video to further prove his case.  The verdict? A resounding Hell Yes.Vidyut Jammwal plays a special-ops secret agent for the Indian Armed Services. During one of the missions the commando's chopper is shot down & is now behind enemy-lines. From...

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New Posters for Once Upon a Time in Vietnam and Chinatown

A couple of updates on a pair of highly anticipated Vietnamese movies today. First up is the official poster for Dustin Nguyen’s directorial debut, the very badass looking “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam” (aka “Lua Phat”), which will also star Nguyen: If you missed the teaser trailer for “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam”, you can rectify that by watching it here. Meanwhile, here’s a new poster for the Vietnamese gang actioner “Chinatown” (aka “Cho Lon”), which co-stars Johnny Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen’s (no relation) co-star from “The Rebel”, the film that really put Vietnamese action movies on the International map: The first trailer for “Chinatown” can be found here. In the meantime, check out a quick behind-the-scenes look at the film below: Both films are due out later this year in Vietnam. Stateside fans will probably have to wait for import DVDs in 2014 or thereabouts
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Get Behind The Scenes With Johnny Nguyen In Cho Lon

See that man with the knife? That's Johnny Nguyen, one of only two people on the face of the planet to have fought both Jet Li and Tony Jaa on screen. He's not only lived to tell the tale, he's also one of the most badass screen fighters in the world and has been steadily building a loyal following around the globe setting up shop in Vietnam and strutting his stuff there. The Rebel - directed by Nguyen's brother, Charlie - kicked things off, Clash proved it wasn't a fluke and now they're upping their game with Bui Doi Cho Lon.We ran the first fantastic trailer for this a few weeks back and now that has been followed with a behind the scenes reel that...

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It’s a Knife-Slashing Throwdown in Vietnam’s Chinatown Courtesy of the Nguyen Brothers

If you’ve never seen writer/director Charlie Nguyen’s 2007 martial arts flick “The Rebel”, you really should give it a try. It’s a damn fine action movie starring Nguyen’s brother Johnny Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, and Dustin Nguyen (no relation to Charlie or Johnny). Dustin’s moved on to bigger and better things, directing and starring in the very cool looking “Once Upon a Time in Vietnam”, while the Nguyen brothers have re-team on “Chinatown”, a gang film that, from the looks of the trailer, promises plenty of melodrama and action. As for the plot of “Chinatown”, the whole thing apparently concerns a gang war in Saigon’s Chinatown between two rival factions during a 24-hour period. The film’s Facebook Page probably has more on the plot, though of course it would help if you can read Vietnamese. Besides the Nguyen brothers, the film also stars Hoang Phuc Nguyen,
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