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The Artistic Flair of Low-Budget Auteur Albert Pyun

The Artistic Flair of Low-Budget Auteur ALBERT PYUN

Since his debut in 1982 with the light-hearted sword and sorcery fantasy, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Albert Pyun has directed over fifty feature-length genre films. So to say that Pyun, as a director, was prolific is an understatement… Just like his cybernetic creations, Albert Pyun was a machine!

“We’re trying to save humankind, and you, you protect the machines… Well, no wonder you protect them, you’re mostly machine, you’re not really human anymore are you?”

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Supernatural Martial Arts-Horror SHADOW MASTER Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from Dazzler Media (30 January)

Supernatural Martial Arts-Horror SHADOW MASTER Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from Dazzler Media (30 January)

From producer Prachya Pinkaew, the filmmaker behind modern martial arts classics, Ong Bak, Warrior King and Chocolate, comes a new hero from a world of supernatural horror…

“From the darkness he will rise.”

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Waxwork Records Presents THE SWORD OF DOOM Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Waxwork Records Presents THE SWORD OF DOOM Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Waxwork Records is honored to present The Sword of Doom Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Masaru Sato! Directed by Kihachi Okamoto, The Sword of Doom is a 1966 Japanese samurai movie that tells the bloody and brutal tale of revenge and redemption.

“The sword is the soul. Study the soul to know the sword. Evil mind…evil sword.”

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101 Films x AGFA (American Genre Film Archive): THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP & TREASURE OF THE NINJA AND THE FILMS OF WILLIAM LEE Available Now on Blu-ray

101 Films x AGFA (American Genre Film Archive): THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP & TREASURE OF THE NINJA AND THE FILMS OF WILLIAM LEE Available on Blu-ray (18 July)

The 101 Films x AGFA (American Genre Film Archive) collection is back with a vengeance with a mindbending slice of sci-fi sexploitation from Argentina, and a beloved piece of kung fu DIY moviemaking from Columbus, Ohio’s William Lee.

“The most curious picture of them all…”

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The Legendary Shaw Brothers’ THE CHINESE BOXER Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 8 November)

The Legendary Shaw Brothers' THE CHINESE BOXER Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 8 November)

From the golden age of Kung Fu movies, the legendary Shaw Brothers bring you an action-packed tale of revenge, mayhem and flying fists. When his martial arts school is viciously attacked by a rival gang of Japanese thugs, Lei Ming swears to bring them down with violent justice. Written, starring and directed by Jimmy Wang Yu, The Chinese Boxer (1970) is a fabulously fast-paced feature full of exquisite set-pieces and mind-blowing fight choreography.

“The art of self defense turns into an act of violence and evil…”

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Gritty Filmmaking Becomes a Fight to the Death in NIGHTSHOOTERS Available on Digital HD & Cable VOD from Indiecan Entertainment (USA / 2 November)

Gritty Filmmaking Becomes a Fight to the Death in NIGHTSHOOTERS Available on Digital HD & Cable VOD from Indiecan Entertainment (USA / 2 November)

Indiecan Entertainment has announced the VOD release of Marc Price’s Nightshooters. Nightshooters is the story of a group of filmmakers illegally shooting a low budget film in an abandoned office building slated for demolition. When they inadvertently witness and film a gangland execution in the opposite building, they have to use all their skills and wits to survive the night whilst being relentlessly pursued by the gang who are hellbent on not leaving any witness alive.

“One film, two crews, pure mayhem!”

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Mondo Unleashes THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World

Mondo Books Unleashes THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World

Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali, along with publisher Mondo Books, will be releasing These Fists Break Bricks, 19th September. The New York Times bestselling author, Grady Hendrix, is widely known for his Bram Stoker Award-winning Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties, and now, with film historian Chris Poggiali, they tell the story of how kung fu movies came to America.

“May this book’s history and the culture it revisits inspire future generations to come.”

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RAW FORCE Invades Blu-ray from 101 Films (UK / 8 February)

RAW FORCE Invades Blu-ray from 101 Films (UK / 8 February)

On 8th February, Edward Murphy’s Raw Force (1982) arrives in the UK on Blu-ray for the first time, from 101 Films. A crazy, over-the-top mix of martial arts and horror, this sleazy gem stars exploitation greats Cameron Mitchell and Vic Diaz, and features everything from zombies to cannibal monks. When the Burbank Kung Fu Club travels to this mysterious island, they quickly find themselves facing the bloodthirsty vengeance of flesh-ripping, kung fu fighting zombies…

“One blow! The deathblow!”

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Terracotta Distribution Launches UK’s First VOD Platform for East Asian Cinema

Terracotta Distribution Launches UK's First VOD Platform for East Asian Cinema

Terracotta Distribution launches the UK’s first Video On Demand (VOD) platform dedicated to East Asian cinema. The new streaming service will showcase a range of new and classic genre, arthouse and indie films from across East and South East Asia.

“There are so many amazing films coming out of Asia that really need to be seen…”

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Rogue Director MJ Bassett’s Top Five Action Movie Influences

Rogue Director MJ Bassett’s Top Five Action Movie Influences

With explosive set-pieces and a horde of rampaging wild animals, former wildlife photographer MJ Basset delivers a killer slice of action cinema, with a shrewd critique of poaching and the black-market animal trade. To celebrate the release of Rogue, director MJ Basset tells us her top five action movie influences.

“There’s no point blowing stuff up if the characters around the explosion aren’t of consequence.”

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UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

Having survived the violence and turmoil of his previous existence, Luc Deveraux has started a family and is working as a technical consultant on the Universal Soldier programme. The new generation of cyborg soldiers are overseen by the S.E.T.H. supercomputer and are even more deadly than before. Danger arises when S.E.T.H. becomes sentient and tries to negate Deveraux by kidnapping his daughter. With his family at stake, Deveraux has no choice but to return to action.

“The future has a bad attitude.”

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SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

The time Jackie Chan is on a mission of revenge. As a young boy, he witnesses the slaying of his father at the hands of a deadly masked kung fu assassin. Once Jackie is old enough, he trains as a mute at a Shaolin temple to learn the techniques that will enable him to one day avenge the death of his father. What he doesn’t realize though is that he is actually training in the lair of the man he seeks to kill! Jackie has to gradate and defeat a gauntlet of mysterious robotic wooden men who throw every kung fu style at him…

“Let me teach you what it takes to fight in the Wooden Men Lane.”

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