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Join me on this kung fu movie podcast and let's discuss kung fu movies, martial arts cinema, and action TV & entertainment, past, present, and future then interview the actors, directors, writers, stunt performers, and fight choreographers that bring the action genre to life! Just remember ... your kung fu is good ... but MINE is BETTER!
 
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Circle of Bones, a Filipino independent horror/action film written and directed by award-winning Filipino filmmaker Vincent Soberano is showing in US theaters starting October 22, 2021. Released by Vertical Entertainment and repped by Safier Entertainment, the movie is in Tagalog and English language and was filmed in Panglao, Bohol and Cainta, Riz…
 
IRON FIST: IMMORTAL 65 from ROGUE ORIGIN FILMS is out now and we're chatting with filmmaker, director, and martial artist JOSH MABIE and actor, writer, and martial artist CHRISTIAN HOWARD! Josh and Christian talk with me about bringing Orson Randall to life in a way that honors the character and makes him accessible to new fans. We get into the mar…
 
Filmmaker, Action Director, and Jackie Chan Stunt Team member VI_DAN TRAN returns to the show for an extended interview about designing the amazing martial arts action on SHANG CHI, crafting the fighting skills for the sci-fi epic DUNE, and bringing anime dynamism to the big screen with KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: SAINT SEIYA! We talk about working with…
 
Filmmaker, Action Director, and Jackie Chan Stunt Team member ANDY LONG returns to the show to talk KUNG FU WARRIOR (LUC VAN TIEN) which is now airing on Amazon Prime Video! In addition to playing the lead role, Andy served as Action Director for the film and brought the Jackie Chan flair and style to the shoot, complete with crippling injuries tha…
 
Fresh off his work as an Action Designer for SHANG CHI & THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, JOSEPH LE stops by to share some behind the scenes details on the Marvel martial arts superhero epic! We also talk about his work as a Film Director with Team Red Pro and how that got the attention of Brad Allan and Andy Cheng and ultimately got him onto the set o…
 
Martial Artist, Actor, Filmmaker and one of the Founders of The Martial Club, ANDY LE joins the show fresh off his appearance on the big screen as DEATH DEALER in Marvel's new martial arts superhero epic, SHANG CHI! Andy talks with me about his moves from the streets of Vietnam to the red carpet of Hollywood, bringing Death Dealer to life for Shang…
 
Fight Coordinator, Action Director, and member of the legendary Jackie Chan Stunt Team, ANDY CHENG joins the show to talk about his work on the new Marvel martial arts superhero epic, SHANG CHI! Andy talks with me about designing the Shang Chi "no style" with the late Brad Allan. We talk about training the actors and putting in months and even year…
 
Singer/songwriter MASUMI makes her acting debut in the gritty, martial arts action thriller YAKUZA PRINCESS! MASUMI chats with us about connecting with her character, learning the art of the katana for the role, and bringing more representation to Asian leading women in film. YAKUZA PRINCESS is in theaters and On Demand September 3! MASUMI'S YOUTUB…
 
Director, Stunt Coordinator, BRETT CHAN joins us to talk about his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for WARRIOR! Brett breaks down his process for designing the Bruce Lee inspired world of Warrior and talks about pushing the action to the limit! We also get into the commitment from his team and the cast to earn the show a th…
 
Action Director, Fight Coordinator, Filmmaker KENJI TANIGAKI joins us fresh from coordinating the amazing fights in SNAKE EYES to talk about his work in the action film industry with the likes of DONNIE YEN and YASUAKI KURATA. SNAKE EYES is out in theaters right now featuring Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, and Iko Uwais falshing the brilliant fight de…
 
Action Director, Stunt Coordinator, Director THOM KHOURY WILLIAMS joins us to talk about his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for DC's DOOM PATROL! Thom shares his own origin story from stuntman to director and how he brings the insane action of Doom Patrol to life with his amazing stunt team! THOM'S INSTAGRAM: @reactionstu…
 
Capoeira practitioner, fight coordinator, stuntman, filmmaker LOYD BATEMAN joins the show fresh off of Season One of Marvel's LOKI! Loyd served as the fight coordinator for the series and talks with me about designing action for an Asgardian god as he skips through time. Also, we go into his study of the brazilian martial art of capoeira and how it…
 
The Urban Action Showcase June Jump Off brought together some of the legends behind the WMAC MASTERS! HAKIM "THE MACHINE" ALSTON, ERIK "THE PANTHER" BETTS, WILLIE "THE BAM" JOHNSON, HERB "OLYMPUS" PEREZ, CHRISTINE "LADY LIGHTNING" BANNON-RODRIGUES, and JAMIE "GREAT WOLF" WEBSTER! The Masters talked about their time on the hit show and their passion…
 
Actor, artist, and author RAYMOND J. BARRY joins the show to talk about his work in films like "Born on the Fourth of July", "Dead Man Walking", and the new kung fu mobster comedy "MAde in Chinatown"! Raymond goes into detail on what he brings to the acting world in terms of effort and passion plus how that passion translates to his sculptures and …
 
"THE PAPER TIGERS" is a fresh take on a familiar kung fu movie trope and Director, BAO TRAN mixes it up as he sprinkles in some honest characters with genuine belly laughs along with some good kung fu. Bao, along with Producer YUJI OKUMOTO and Action Director KEN QUITUGUA stop by the Kung Fu Drive-In Live room on Clubhouse to talk about the nearly …
 
Actor, Filmmaker, and Musician MAX HUANG returns from the Outworlds of MORTAL KOMBAT to talk about his role as Earthrealm's deadliest haberdasher, KUNG LAO! Max shares the motivations behind his move into acting, the influence of his mom in his work and life, and the making the meaning of martial arts more prominent in films. Plus. we talk about hi…
 
Filmmaker and Director of the martial arts, horror film TRIBAL: GET OUT ALIVE, MATT ROUTLEDGE joins me to talk about the ups and downs of making a kung fu movie with indie resources. Matt goes into his influences in an dout of the martial arts genre and why he wants to keep the spirit of kung fu films alive on screen. Tribal: Get Out Alive starring…
 
CEO of Powerhouse Animation Studios and Co-Creator of SEIS MANOS, BRAD GRAEBER, joins me to talk about the love and respect that went into the creation of the Netflix "Mexicanime" series. Brad goes into the effort that went into crafting the show's martial arts as well as the influences of the kung fu films that fed the creative team. POWERHOUSE AN…
 
Martial Artist, stuntman, fight choreographer MALAY KIM joins me to talk about his rise in the industry from YouTube videos with the EMC Monkeys to working on the upcoming Marvel martial arts superhero movie, SHANG CHI and the LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Malay shares his insights on the struggles of working your way through the ranks but trusting your…
 
Martial Artist and Actor, SEAN PATRICK FLANERY joins me to talk about his passion for martial arts, and pouring his heart and soul into BORN A CHAMPION. Playing American BJJ fighter, Mickey Kelley, Flanery chats about the central themes of the film: family, faith, fatherhood, love, and legacy. We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and marti…
 
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo Virtual Experience brought together a most powerful panel of femmes fatales with the SHEROES OF ACTION CINEMA PANEL featuring SARAH CHANG, AMY JOHNSTON, MAYLING NG, ZARA PHYTHIAN, and CYNTHIA ROTHROCK! These ladies jpoined me to talk about the role and impact of women in martial arts and action cinema. We discuss, d…
 
Stunt Coordinator, Fight Coordinator, and Fight Choreographer RYAN WATSON shows us the way as he joins the show to talk about designing the amazing action for THE MANDALORIAN! A true martial arts warrior spirt, Ryan talks with me about how his martial arts journey has carried him into the world of stunts and beyond. Whether it's working with superh…
 
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo Virtual Experience brought together living legends past, present, and future with the URBAN FISTS OF LEGEND Panel! GRANDMASTER RON VAN CLIEF, GRANDMASTER CARL SCOTT, THE NEW BLACK DRAGON, MICHAEL JAI WHITE, and DON "THE DRAGON" WILSON took some time out to share their thoughts on how martial arts has shaped action c…
 
The Urban Action Showcase & Expo Virtual Experience brought together some of the amazing talent that crafts the action that we fans love so much with the BEHIND THE ACTION Panel! BRETT CHAN (Marco Polo, Warrior, Kung Fu), DAN RIZZUTO (Wu Assassins) SARAH CHANG (Bloodhunters) VLAD RIMBURG (Lucifer, Peaky Blinders) EMMANUEL MANZANARES (Bloodshot, The…
 
Actor, Producer VINCENT PASTORE joins me to talk about his career from rock club manager to tough guy movie star in films like GOODFELLAS, TVs THE SOPRANOS, and the kung fu mobster comedy MADE IN CHINATOWN! Vincent shares tales in the industry with the likes of Sean Penn, Madonna, and even a moment of being starstruck with Eddie Murphy! ONLY on the…
 
Actor, singer, comedian TONY DARROW joins me to talk about his career on stage, in nightclubs, and in films like GOODFELLAS, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and the kung fu mobster comedy MADE IN CHINATOWN! Tony shares thoughts on his career, breaking into acting, and swatting away Martin Scorsese's hand just because he could. PLSU Tony sings us a Frank Sin…
 
Martial artist, writer, producer, and filmmaker DR. MARK WILEY joins me to talk about the making of the award-winning kung fu, mob, comedy MADE IN CHINATOWN. We talk about the trials of bringing the film to the screen, working with the amazing cast, and some of the great behind the scenes stories during production. Plus we talk about his extensive …
 
Champion martial artist, actor, and director ROBERT PARHAM joins me to talk about his upcoming documentary, "The Hanged Man: The True Story of Ron Van Clief". Plus, we chat about the state of martial arts and martial artists in today's Hollywood and where the genre evolves from here. We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and martial arts ci…
 
Stuntman, Actor, and Champion Martial Artist SIMON RHEE joins me to talk about his rise in both the martial arts and movie worlds and where the two began to intersect in his career. Known worldwide as the infamous Dae Han from the martial arts classic, BEST OF THE BEST, Master Rhee recounts his "backwards" entry into Stunt Coordination as well as t…
 
Stuntman, Actor, and Martial Artist CHIU CHI LING joined me at the Chinese Kung Fu and Karate Expo to talk about his Hung Gar style and making it work for him in film! Strict training from his parents got him noticed by film studios like the Shaw Brothers and soon films like Enter the Fat Dragon and Kung Fu Hustle followed! PLUS, Sifu tried to show…
 
Stunt performer, martial artist, and all around femme fatale, MICKEY FACCHINELLO joins me to talk about her daring moves on and off screen! From stepping out at a young age and following her passion to stepping out of moving planes, trains, and automobiles, Mickey shares somme highlights from her time on shows like Into the Badlands, and films like…
 
WWE Wrestler turned actor, and now starring as "John Gold" in the "I Am Vengeance" franchise, STU BENNETT joins me to talk about going from the wrestling ring to the silver screen, John Gold vs John Wick and where he goes from here. And does that future possibly include BananaMan!? We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and martial arts cine…
 
Writer, Director, and Filmmaker ROSS BOYASK joins me to talk about I AM VENGEANCE: RETALIATION, starring Stu Bennett and Vinnie Jones, now streaming on all major services. Ross talks with me about his influences and approach to action film, why he's still a fan of the genre, and what's next in line for himself and Evolutionary Films. We discuss, de…
 
Whether fighting kung fu zombies in the award-winning indie flick REDCON-1, or brawling with Scott Adkins in AVENGEMENT, or even exchanging blows with a young Bruce Lee in IP MAN $, MARK STRANGE always brings 100% to the table. We talk about his work ethic on and off screen plus keep an eye on future projects for the muscle-bound martial artist. We…
 
In an open love letter to classic kung fu films and retro video games, FIVE GODS OF KUNG FU is game developer GREGOR BESTELMEYER's action packed effort to marry the two and drop us all into a world where mastery is the goal and martial arts is the game. Follow FIVE GODS OF KUNG FU on KICKSTARTER and keep the spirit of kung fu alive! We discuss, deb…
 
Fresh off his FIGHT COORDINATOR duties for the hit Netflix film, EXTRACTION, Stunt Performer, Fight Coordinator MICHAEL LEHR joins us to talk about moving from mocap to movies and the martial arts that helped it all happen. PLUS an uncanny impression of the God of Thunder himself and a delicious donut debate. We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu …
 
Actor, Writer, Producer, ALAIN UY, set to star as DANNY in the kung fu comedy, THE PAPER TIGERS, and as CHRIS YEN in the Hulu series from Marvel, HELSTROM, joins me to talk about finding the truth in his characters, rusty kung fu, the future of Asians in cinema, and that delicious delicacy, Balut. We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and m…
 
Martial artist, Fight Coordinator, Stunt Coordinator, and Action Director BRETT CHAN joins me to talk about his action stylings on Warrior, Marco Polo, the upcoming Snowpiercer and the new Kung Fu reboot! We chat about his influences in the industry, how he approaches previs and design, and what it takes to make the action feel real on screen. We d…
 
Martial Artist, BJJ practitioner, Instructor, Owner of Sion BJJ STEVE AUSTIN joins me to talk about overcoming disabilities, disastrous surgeries, and dark times with the help of BJJ. Now he shares his passion for the sport with his students, celebrities, and anyone willing to get rolling! We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and martial a…
 
Martial Artist, Actor, and Director of the upcoming supernatural, martial arts, comedy, KUNG FU GHOST, JENNIFER LINCH joins me to talk about her approach to making movies, her passion for martial arts, and her pursuit of Dim Mak! We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and martial arts cinema & tv, past, present, and future! JENNIFER LINCH'S …
 
Martial Artist, Actor, and Director of BLOOD HUNTERS: RISE OF THE HYRBIDS (now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Fandango, Viemo, and FlixFling) VINCENT SOBERANO returns to the show to talk about what went into crafting the martial arts-action-horror feature, Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids! Vincent explains his focus on Filipino Martial Ar…
 
Stuntman, Fight Coordinator, Filmmaker NATHAN BARRIS joins me fresh off his work as stunt double for Sam Heughan in the Vin Diesel feature, BLOODSHOT! Nathan talks about his rise through the stunt game from his days as a parkour athlete and working on cool projects like INTO THE BADLANDS, BLACK SAILS, RESIDENT EVIL and more. We discuss, debate and …
 
Martial Artist, Stunt Performer, Filmmaker, and Founder of New York Combat Sambo STEPHEN KOEPFER joins me to talk about his discovery of the Soviet martial art of Sambo and how it led him into the world of stunts and film! Stephen has consulted on the John Wick films and also worked on Ray Donovan, The Blacklist, The Punisher, Devs and much more! F…
 
Filmmaker, Fight Coordinator, Action Designer, EMMANUEL MANZANARES returns to the show to talk about his work as Co-Fight Coordinator on the upcoming film BLOODSHOT starring Vin Diesel! Emmanuel discusses working with an amazing stunt team to bring the Valiant Entertainment superhero to life, expressing himself through his indie film work, finding …
 
You wanna talk MORTAL KOMBAT? GET OVER HERE! Playing KUNG LAO himself, Actor, Stuntman, MAX HUANG joins me to talk about his journey from JACKIE CHAN STUNT TEAM MEMBER to Outworld Warrior. Find out what it takes to make it in the stunt world and how a little bit of help from a chance encounter on the red carpet changed his life! MAX'S IG: @maxhuang…
 
Huge thanks to The WU WOMAN, Svitlana Zavialova, for talking with me and sharing her important and deeply personal journey from Crimea to Shen-Fa. If you want to follow along, you can go to her website at http://www.svitlanazavialova.com/ or check out her instagram page at WU.WOMAN. She is also on Facebook and Twitter and I will post all those link…
 
"...a Martial Artist before everything else that has fallen in love with the film industry." Martial artist, stuntman, fight coordinator, and now director, DAN RIZZUTO joins me to talk about his journey from martial arts to the MMA to the movie screen! Dan's worked in TV and film on projects like LUCIFER, WU ASSASSINS, and BOSS LEVEL. He takes his …
 
Champion martial artist, instructor, and now Publisher of the re-imagined ACTION MARTIAL ARTS MAGAZINE, MASTER JOSE TORRES joins me to talk about the evolution of martial arts training through the years and the new evolution of ACTION MARTIAL ARTS MAGAZINE! Plus we talk about special events in the works for Team Torres including a stint in the page…
 
Teacher, actor, champion martial artist, and kung fu film icon BENNY "THE JET" URQUIDEZ joins me to talk about going from a born fighter to a born teacher to a born kung fu film star and all the stops in between. Sensei Benny shares his philosophies on a warrior mentality and how it shaped the formation of Ukidokan Karate. Plus, he shares stories f…
 
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