Profile: Jean-Paul Ly

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Occupation: Actor, stunt performer, fight choreographer, director.

Style: Hapkido, taekwondo, Capoeira, karate, kickboxing, tricking.

Biography: Jean-Paul Ly was born in Lyon, France, to Cambodian and Chinese parents. His parents fled from Cambodia during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. He began practicing martial arts from the age of five studying Hapkido, Karate, Capoeira, and specialising in ‘tricking’.

In 2011, Ly moved to Cambodia for two and a half years, where he worked in a marketing role for a pharmaceutical company. He then relocated to London, where he worked in a corporate business role before quitting to pursue his dream of working in the …

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Gutshot Straight (2014)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star George Eads plays loveable rogue Jack, a down-and-out gambling loser type in Las Vegas who dreams of becoming a high-roller. He befriends slick, rich playboy Duffy (Stephen Lang) who offers him a large sum of money to sleep with his girlfriend (AnnaLynne McCord). It’s a weird request and the situation quickly escalates until Jack inadvertently finds himself in a fight for his life. Vinnie Jones does his usual menacing turn playing a henchman working for Steven Seagal in one of his mostly sitting-down roles. He gets to channel Brando in a Godfather-like performance as a …

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I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020)

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This DTV sequel moves hard-as-nails British mercenary John Gold (Stu Bennett) from the quiet, domestic setting of the first film and into a leadership role tasked with barking orders at a special ops team assigned to capture notorious war profiteer, Sean Teague (Vinnie Jones). Everyone has got beef with Teague, a rogue operative presumed dead who has previous with Gold and also killed the father of badass super spook, Jen Quaid (Katrina Durden), who is introduced by way of a rocket-launcher to spring Teague out from hiding so she can kill him herself. Once Teague reunites with his own rat-bag …

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KFMG Podcast S05 Episode 57: Loren Avedon

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“I’m just grateful to have been a part of the golden age of Hong Kong cinema.”

When Loren Avedon answered a call to the Jun Chong Martial Arts Academy on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles late one night in 1987, little did he know that the call would prove to be life-changing. With only a matter of days until filming was scheduled to start in Thailand on the sequel to the 1986 martial arts hit, No Retreat, No Surrender, both of the film’s contracted stars – Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude Van Damme – had pulled out, leaving producer Roy Horan with …

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Profile: Loren Avedon

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Date of birth: 30 July, 1962 (Los Angeles, California)

Full name: Loren Rains Avedon

Occupation: Actor, producer, martial artist.

Style: Taekwondo, Hapkido.

Biography: The martial arts film star Loren Avedon was born in Los Angeles in 1962. He is the nephew of the fashion photographer, Richard Avedon. His father, Burt S. Avedon, was a US Naval Aviator who served in the Second World War and Korean War. His mother worked in advertising as a producer and director. His first on-screen appearance was at the age of five in a series of Carnation Milk commercials. From the age of 10 to 11, Loren lived in London, …

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Gundala (2019)

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Big-screen outing for Indonesia’s favourite comic book superhero, Gundala – the ‘Son of Lightning’, inspired by DC Comics’ The Flash and created by Indonesia’s answer to Stan Lee, the late Harya ‘Hasmi’ Suraminata. Writer-director Joko Anwar approaches the subject matter with the same dystopian, foreboding seriousness as Christopher Nolan’s Batman films; in particular, The Dark Knight, not just stylistically, but also in terms of its anarchic characters and bleak setting, with Jakarta stepping in for Gotham City complete with its atmosphere of lawlessness, class division and broiling social unrest. Gundala embodies the spirit of the underdog, born into a divided …

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Profile: Stu Bennett

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Date of birth: August 10, 1980 (Penwortham, Lancashire, UK)

Full name: Stuart Alexander Bennett

Other names: Wade Barrett, Bad News Barrett, King Barrett, Stu Sanders, Lawrence Knight.

Occupation: Wrestler, actor, TV presenter.

Biography: Stu Bennett is a semi-retired professional wrestler, a five-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and former King of the Ring, known by his ring name, Wade Barrett. Bennett lived in Preston, UK, until the age of six (he is still a fan of the local football team, Preston North End) until he relocated with his family to Wales. He watched wrestling as a child and was inspired by WWF stars including British Bulldog and …

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KFMG Podcast S05 Episode 56: Stu Bennett

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“I remember going to the pub and telling everyone, ‘I’m going to be a professional wrestler in WWE’, and they were just laughing at me like it was the most ridiculous thing ever. I was this skinny, shy, awkward kid at the time. Somehow, it managed to work out. Thankfully.”

Stu Bennett‘s transformational story from a shy, skinny kid growing up in the north of England to five-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and ‘King of the Ring’ – known by his pro-wrestling name, Wade Barrett – seems like a dream come true. The story belies years of hard work and even harder …

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The Old Guard (2020)

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In this contemporary-set action fantasy based on a graphic novel by the scriptwriter, Greg Rucka, Charlize Theron plays the world-weary leader of a group of immortal warriors who have seemingly been involved in every major injustice throughout human history; from the Crusades to the Salam witch trials to the Napoleonic Wars to terrorism in the Middle East. Despite such strong lineage, their centuries-old secretive operations have now been sprung by a CIA turncoat (Chiwetel Ejiofor) working in cahoots with an obnoxious tech millionaire-turned-mad-scientist who wants to use their regenerative powers to make a load of money. The film never quite …

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Profile: Isaac Florentine

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Date of birth: July 28, 1958 (Israel)

Real name: Yitzhak Florentin

Style: Karate

Occupation: Director, stunt coordinator, fight choreographer.

Biography: Isaac Florentine in an Israeli filmmaker who works in the martial arts film genre, directing mostly for the direct-to-video market. Isaac is the son of Greek parents and Holocaust survivors. His earliest film memories involve watching Bruce Lee and Sergio Leone films in Israel. He made his own films at high-school using his dad’s Super 8 camera. Upon graduating, he completed his mandatory service in the Israeli army for three years before studying Film & Television at Tel Aviv University.

He began training in martial …

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