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Why Jiu Jitsu could be a B movie fan’s dream come true

Tom Jolliffe runs the rule over the potentially brilliant upcoming sci-fi action film Jiu Jitsu

Occasionally a film escapes my attention that really shouldn’t escape my attention. It’s been green lit for a while now but there’s a certain martial arts action sci-fi film that has the distinct conceptual feel of a late 80’s, early 90’s video special from Albert Pyun (in a good way).

For fans of straight to video shlock, and B movie brilliance, there’s an enticing amount of promise in every fibre of Jiu Jitsu. The plot is as follows:

‘Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious alien in a battle to protect Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have played by the rules…until now. When celebrated war hero Jake Barnes (Alain Moussi) is defeated by Brax, the Alien invader, the
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Mark Dacascos: A Beginner's Guide to a Martial Arts Legend

Craig Lines Jun 6, 2019

Action star Mark Dacascos achieved mainstream attention for John Wick: Chapter 3 – here, we look back at some of his greatest hits.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

2019 has been a good year for Mark Dacascos. Not only did he make a glorious return to the big screen as super-assassin/super-fanboy Zero in John Wick: Chapter 3, but he completely stole the show. Critics and audiences stood up and paid attention to what action connoisseurs have known for some time: Dacascos is the real deal.

If you’re a newcomer, you might find yourself daunted by his massive body of work, so here’s a whistlestop tour of some of the highlights and why they’re worth watching. And if you’re an existing convert? Sit back, enjoy the memories and let us know your own faves in the comments.

In the beginning, there was kung fu…
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Film Review: Blood-Club Dolls 1 (2018) by Shutaro Oku

The underground fighting movie, a byproduct of films like “Kickboxer” and “Bloodsport” but popularized by “Fight Club,” is given another adaptation in this slick, engrossing new effort from director Shutaro Oku adapted from the original anime ‘Blood-c.’ Just now getting to the foreign festival part of it’s run, the film is part of the lineup at Japan Film Fest Hamburg.

“Blood-Club Dolls 1” is screening at Japan Filmfest Hamburg:

Following the news of a heinous tragedy, Mana (Aki Asakura) searches the streets for her missing brother Aiba (Ryo Kitaen), the person accused of committing the incident. Unaware of his true status or location, Aiba finds himself in the employ of an underground fighting ring using inmates like him to entertain wealthy clients, eventually moving up the ranks of the fighters quite quickly. Eventually frustrated at the lack of information from the investigation, she turns to Detective Mito (Tomoto Hachiman) to help him,
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‘The Bouncer’ DVD Review

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Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sami Bouajila, Sveva Alviti, Sam Louwyck, Kevin Janssens, Kaaris, Alice Verset | Written by Jérémie Guez | Directed by Julien Leclercq

In The Bouncer, Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Lukas, a tough nightclub bouncer struggling to raise his 8-year-old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter is taken away from him. Things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter’s custody.

You’ve got to hand it to Jean-Claude Van Damme. Unlike his contemporaries whochurn out action movies like its still the ’90s, making themselves look stupid in incompetent fight scenes and risible love scenes with younger co-stars, Van Damme has instead aged gracefully on-screen – embracing his age with roles that still require him to kick arse but also, thankfully,
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Nicolas Cage will kick some serious ass in the new martial arts film ‘Jiu-Jitsu’

A new martial arts action film starring Nicolas Cage called, ‘Jiu-Jitsu’ based on the comic book of the same name is being showcased at Hong Kong Filmart. Highland Film Group is handling the sales of the movie, according to Variety Magazine. A little-known fact is that Nicolas Cage is a ‘black belt’ and he trains with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Ufc champ Royce Gracie. The cast line-up also includes Alain Moussi, who stars in the 'Kickboxer' franchise. The film is being produced by Dimitri Logothetis with Martin Barab and is also directing from a script he wrote with Jim McGrath. The plot centers around an ancient order of Jiu-Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a...

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Nicolas Cage Will Star in The Martial Arts Sci-Fi Action Film Jiu Jitsu

Nicolas Cage is set to star in the martial arts sci-fi action film called Jiu Jitsu, which is based on the comic book of the same name. I have no idea if we will get to see Cage engage in a martial arts fight, but I certainly hope that we do!

Jiu Jitsu centers on “an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Cage’s character and his team of Jiu Jitsu fighters band together with Moussi’s character to defeat the Brax.”

Dimitri Logothetis is producing and directing the film from a script that he wrote with Jim McGrath. The movie will also star Alain Moussi, who you might know from the Kickboxer film franchise.

They are looking to bring in a team of world class martial artists, stunt men to bring this movie to life and
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Nicolas Cage to star in martial arts actioner

Actor Nicolas Cage will star in the upcoming martial arts actioner Jiu Jitsu, based on the comic book of the same name.

The cast will also include Alain Moussi, who stars in the Kickboxer franchise, reports variety.com.

Dimitri Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab and directing from a script he wrote with Jim McGrath.?

Jiu Jitsu centres on an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Cage's character and his team of Jiu Jitsu fighters band

together with Moussi's character to defeat the Brax.

Logothetis wrote and directed Kickboxer: Vengeance and Kickboxer: Retaliation, both starring Moussi.?

"Jiu Jitsu is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists and stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi joining

superstar Nicolas Cage for some formidable, no-holds-barred fight sequences set in exotic Burma,
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Nicolas Cage Will Fight Aliens in Crazy Action Thriller Jiu Jitsu

Nicolas Cage Will Fight Aliens in Crazy Action Thriller Jiu Jitsu
I don't know about you but this here genre fan just can't seem to get enough Nicolas Cage. Not that the actor isn't trying my patience with a new low-budget movie coming out every week. But it's all good as the Oscar winner always ends up pulling out a surprise treat such as last year's one-two punch of Mandy and Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse. And it looks like Cage has his next cult classic in the works as today we have word he has joined the cast of Dimitri Logothetis' alien invasion, martial arts movie Jiu Jitsu.

If the quick rundown of "alien invasion, martial arts movie" wasn't enough for you, the plot goes a little something like this.

Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a fearsome alien invader in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have played by the rules.
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Nicolas Cage Joins Alain Moussi In Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’ From Dimitri Logothetis

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Nicolas Cage Joins Alain Moussi In Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’ From Dimitri Logothetis
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Jiu Jitsu, a martial arts action indie written and directed by Dimitri Logothetis based on the comic book of the same title, which Logothetis wrote with Jim McGrath. Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Retaliation) also co-stars in the pic, which Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab.

Here’s the logline: Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a fearsome alien invader in a battle for Earth. When war hero and master Jiu Jitsu fighter Jake Barnes (Moussi) refuses to face Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from severe amnesia, Jake is captured by a military squad who have descended upon the planet and is rescued by Wylie (Cage) and a team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters who must help him recover
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Nicolas Cage to Star in Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’

  • Variety
Nicolas Cage to Star in Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’
Nicolas Cage will star in the martial arts actioner “Jiu Jitsu,” based on the comic book of the same name.

The cast will also include Alain Moussi, who stars in the “Kickboxer” franchise. Dimitri Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab and directing from a script he wrote with Jim McGrath. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which are currently underway at Hong Kong Filmart.

“Jiu Jitsu” centers on an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Cage’s character and his team of Jiu Jitsu fighters band together with Moussi’s character to defeat the Brax.

Logothetis wrote and directed “Kickboxer: Vengeance” and “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” both starring Moussi. “‘Jiu Jitsu’ is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists, stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi
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Nicolas Cage to Star in Sci-Fi Martial Arts Movie 'Jiu Jitsu'

Nicolas Cage to Star in Sci-Fi Martial Arts Movie 'Jiu Jitsu'
Nicolas Cage is set to topline writer-director-producer Dimitri Logothetis’ sci-fi martial arts movie Jiu Jitsu. He will star alongside Alain Moussi, who headlined the last two Kickboxer movies, in which Logothetis was also involved.

Based on the comic book of the same name, which Logothetis wrote with Jim McGrath, the film features Moussi as a Jiu Jitsu fighter who every six years must face off against an alien invader, Brax. Cage’s character teams up with him in a battle to defeat Brax.

The feature will be produced by Logothetis and Martin Barab with Highland Film Group handling worldwide ...
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Filmart: Nicolas Cage to star in Highland Film Group sales title 'Jiu Jitsu'

Filmart: Nicolas Cage to star in Highland Film Group sales title 'Jiu Jitsu'
Cage stars alongside Alain Moussi in sci-fi martial arts saga.

Nicolas Cage will star in the martial arts action saga Jiu Jitsu, which Highland Film Group (Hfg) has introduced to buyers at Filmart.

Dimitri Logothetis will direct from a screenplay based on the comic book of the same name that he adapted with Jim McGrath, and is producing alongside Martin Barab.

Alain Moussi, an actor and stunt performer whom Logothetis directed in Kickboxer: Retaliation, plays Jake, a war veteran and master jiu jitsu fighter who belongs to an ancient order that for thousands of years has battled an alien invader
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Roland Joffé To Direct ‘The Legitimate Wiseguy’ About Chicago Outfit Mobster Tony Spilotro And The Kid He Mentored

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Roland Joffé To Direct ‘The Legitimate Wiseguy’ About Chicago Outfit Mobster Tony Spilotro And The Kid He Mentored
He was one of the most ruthless, feared and notorious criminals ever to come out of the Chicago Outfit: Anthony ‘Tony the Ant’ Spilotro. Now, Roland Joffé and Chicagoan Nicholas Celozzi, who is the grand nephew of the late mob boss Sam Giancana and thought of Spilotro as his second father, are bringing Celozzi’s personal story with the mobster to the big screen. The film, The Legitimate Wiseguy, will be directed by Joffé, who was nominated for two Oscars for his brilliant work in the 1980s with The Mission and The Killing Fields.

The film is being described as a contemporary Bronx Tale and was scripted by Celozzi and James McGrath.

Monaco Films, founded by Celozzi and partner Michael Sportelli, will co-produce with financier/developer John Vojtech. The producers will start casting for the film’s three main lead roles — Spilotro, Celozzi and Celozzi, Sr.

Once casting is complete
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Movies You May Have Missed: ‘Circle Of Pain’

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Welcome to the latest installment in our regular Movies You May Have Missed series here on Nerdly, in which I highlight some of, what I think, are the best movies that have flown under the radar of many or have been “forgotten” in the intervening years since its release. This time round its the Mma-themed action flick Circle of Pain.

Stars: Dean Cain, Bai Ling, Louis Herthum, Tony Schiena, Heath Herring, Kimbo Slice, Roger Huerta, Frank Mir, Miguel Torres | Written by Bobby Mort | Directed by Daniel Zirilli

Official Synopsis: Following a fighting accident, Dalton Hunt retired from the world of mixed martial arts at the top of his game. As Dalton is lured back into the world of fighting, he strides to become the warrior he once was. My Thoughts:

Ah, the straight to DVD action movie, how I love you… Essentially a mix of Kickboxer and Rocky, Circle Of
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in January

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Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in January is here.

The second season of Hulu original “Future Man” will arrive on the service Jan. 11, while the Natalie Portman-Tessa Thompson science fiction film “Annihilation” will be available to stream on Jan. 4. The film is Alex Garland’s follow-up to “Ex Machina” and starred Portman, Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a group of scientists investigating a strange environmental phenomenon known as “the shimmer.”

Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going in January.

Also Read: Here's What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in January

Available Jan. 1

Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)

The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (Drg)

Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)

Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)

X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)

54 (1998)

10 Years (2011)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

9 to 5 (1980)

A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)

A Simple Plan (1998)

A
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From VHS to VOD #7 – A Jeff Wincott Special!

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Welcome back to our ongoing From VHS to VOD column – our guide through the strange and obscure – the odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on streaming and on-demand services.

in the intro to our last installment I mentioned the explosion of obscure movies hitting Amazon Prime Video – available for streaming rather than purchase, some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form! So with that in mind I thought over the next few columns I’d take you through a few of the films I have lined up in my “To Watch” list… Some of which I still haven’t seen!

So sit back and check out what weird and wonderful films I’ve discovered in this edition of From VHS to VOD
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‘Female Fight Club’ DVD Review

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Stars: Amy Johnston, Dolph Lundgren, Cortney Palm, Rey Goyos, Sean Faris, Shaun Brown, Levy Tran, Folake Olowofoyeku, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Jeanette Samano, Briana Marin, Amanda Bell | Written by Anastazja Davis, Miguel A. Ferrer | Directed by Miguel A. Ferrer

[Note: With the film finally available on DVD in the UK now here's a repost of our review of Female Fight Club - originally posted last year for the films Us VOD release]

Fresh off her starring role in Lady Bloodfight, Amy Johnston returns in yet another Dtv action flick that, this time around, makes excellent use of not only her fight skills (which are as impressive as ever) but also her acting skills…

Here Johnston plays Becca, a former underground fighter who abandons the sport for a life at an animal shelter after a brutal family tragedy invovling her father. However when her sister Kate comes to her and begs her to help repay a massive debt, Becca must re-enter the world of illegal underground fighting and resume her fight career as “Bex the Beast”. Whilst training Kate’s team of fighters – hence the
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DVD Review – Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Kickboxer: Retaliation, 2018.

Directed by Dimitri Logothetis.

Starring Alain Moussi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert, Sara Malakul Lane, Mike Tyson, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, and Sam Medina.

Synopsis:

After the brutal defeat of Tong Po, kickboxer Kurt Sloane is kidnapped and forced to take on the hulking Mongkut in another fight to the death.

It doesn’t seem that long since Kickboxer: Vengeance hit our screens with all the impact of a slap with a wet fish rather than a close-fisted punch, mainly thanks to a messy script, dour tone and Alain Moussi, an actor with all the charisma of a potted plant and none of the presence. It did, however, feature an awesome Dave Bautista as villain Tong Po and original Kickboxer star Jean-Claude Van Damme now in the trainer’s role but it wasn’t enough to make the film anything other than a curiosity to fans of the 1989 original.
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‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’ DVD Review

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Stars: Alain Moussi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, Sara Malakul Lane, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Sam Medina, Steven Swadling, Miles Strommen, Jessica Jann | Written by Dimitri Logothetis, Jim McGrath | Directed by Dimitri Logothetis

One year after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. But while he is preparing for an Mma title shot, he is drugged and wakes up in a Thai prison. His captors want him to face a colossus named Mongkut – in return, Sloan will get $2million dollars and his freedom. If he doesn’t fight, his wife will die. So Sloan has no other choice but to undergo his most rigorous training yet, under some very unexpected mentors, in order to take on this dreaded opponent.

Given the affable reception afforded the previous film, a loose remake of the 1989 original, it comes as no surprise that a sequel was in order.
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Christopher Lambert interview: Kickboxer: Retaliation, Highlander, Fortress and more

Duncan Bowles Feb 26, 2018

Christopher Lambert chats to us about Kickboxer: Retaliation, Fortress, Highlander and a whole lot more...

When faced with writing an introduction to Christopher Lambert's work, it transpires that even when you try to resist making puns, it's borderline impossible not to make a reference to there being only one of him. Indeed, such is the enduring legacy of Highlander and his performance in it, that it's what many of us think of first when hearing his name.

The beauty of his career though, is that it encompasses so many films that are beloved by audiences worldwide – he's had mainstream hits, movies that have become major cult classics and accumulated accolades in independent French cinema.

We were fortunate enough to get some time with him as Kickboxer: Retaliation breaks its way onto DVD and Blu-ray on the 5th March, the second film in the newly rebooted trilogy. The first,
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