Only a few weeks out from my new favorite holiday, ActionFest! They just announced a slew of new titles that will be playing at ActionFest. In between Solomon Kane on opening night and Wu Xia on closing night, we have:
* Bad Ass (World Premiere) – Directed by Craig Moss and starring Danny Trejo, Charles Dutton, and Ron Perlman.
“A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime.”
“They messed with the wrong senior citizen.” – For some reason I never tire of watching Danny Trejo beat up people. Here it looks like they let him play his age – did you know that Danny is 67? Still looking forward to him in this and Machete Kills!
* The Aggression Scale (Regional Premiere) – Directed by Steven C. Miller and starring Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, and Derek Mears.
“Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash. “
* The Lost Bladesman (North American Premiere) – Directed by Alan Mak and starring Donnie Yen
“The story of legendary Guan Yu crossing five passes & slaying six generals. He played a major role in the civil war that led to the collapse of Han Dynasty & the establishment of Shu Han of the 3 Kingdoms, making Liu Bei its first emperor.”
Infernal Affairs director Alan Mak and Ip Man Donnie Yen – I am so there. Donnie Yen also stars in ActionFest’s closing film Wu Xia.
* The Day (Regional Premiere) – Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski and starring Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon.
“Open war against humanity rages. 5 survivors; lost and on the run. The pursuit is relentless, the bullets are dwindling and the battle is everywhere. This is a 24hr look into their lives. Fight or die. “
Well I do have a soft spot for apocalyptic scenarios.
* Headhunters (Regional Premiere) – Directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Aksel Hennie.
“An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. “
* Goon (Regional Premiere) – Directed by Michael Dowse and starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, and Jay Baruchel.
“Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. “
* God Bless America (Regional Premiere) – Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Joel Murray and Tara Lynn Barr.
“On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. “
I loved the trailer for this and am looking forward to Bobcat’s demented skewering of American society.
* The Raid: Redemption – Directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais
“A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. “
This was not listed in the latest announcement (possibly because it is not a premiere?) but had previously been mentioned as having a showing at ActionFest. I am very much looking forward to this, especially as it did not open here in Asheville.
* Haywire/Blood and Bone (Pure speculation) – Starring Gina Carano
While not announced at all, I would be surprised if at least one of these two was not playing simply because Gina Carano is a guest of honor. Last year Black Dynamite was played at midnight with Michael Jai White. Fight choreographer J.J. Perry (Haywire, Warrior) is receiving an award as well so my guess/hope would be Haywire.
Side note: On the ActionFest 2012 Facebook page, the event times are listed as Thursday the 12th at noon through 2 am Sunday. In previous years, events started with the Thursday evening premiere and concluded with the Sunday closing film so 8 pm Thursday through about 8 on Sunday. I’m not sure if the new posted time means an earlier start to ActionFest but the more ActionFest, the happier I am.