KFMG Podcast S07 Episode 100: Best of Actors

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Is Scott Adkins the natural successor to Jean-Claude Van Damme? Why did Andrew Koji almost quit acting only months before landing the lead role in the beloved kung fu series, Warrior? And can we expect a rematch between Indonesian action stars Joe Taslim and Iko Uwais?

The answers to these questions and many more are revealed in Best of Actors, one of three compilation shows released simultaneously to celebrate the 100th episode of this podcast, which started life back in 2016. Over three episodes, I share some of my favourite conversations recorded over the last eight years of the show.

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KFMG Podcast S07 Episode 99: Best of Stunts

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The life of a stunt performer is both exhilarating and dangerous, spectacular yet physically and mentally demanding. Stunt performers put their lives on the line every day for our viewing pleasure, yet are seemingly ostracised from the film world, especially in Hollywood where there is still no Academy Award for their service to the industry.

Since this podcast was launched in 2016, I have had the pleasure of speaking to many of the leading voices in the stunt world, from stunt doubles and performers to fight trainers who work with huge movie stars to make them look awesome for the big …

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KFMG Podcast S07 Episode 98: Best of Directors

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With financing and shooting schedules shrinking, how hard is it to make a decent action movie on a low budget? How can you make your lead actor look like an action hero if they refuse to train? And is there scope in the martial arts genre for tackling more challenging topics, like homophobia and racism?

In Best of Directors – one of three compilation shows available now – I share some of my favourite conversations with directors who have appeared on the podcast since its inception in 2016. This includes: Hollywood stunt legend J.J. Perry, who made his directorial debut in …

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Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In (2024)

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Although Hong Kong action cinema might not be making waves the same way it did in the 1980s and 90s, there is still a rabble of filmmakers – people like Felix Chong, Herman Yau, Wilson Yip, and Soi Cheang – who continue to fly the flag for thrilling crime stories which are utterly unique to the territory. The latter, Soi Cheang (Mad Fate, Limbo, SPL II), continues his tradition of hardboiled, atmospheric, violent tales with this fight film – part triad revenge movie, part nostalgia fest, which recreates an iconic Hong Kong landmark, Kowloon’s infamous Walled City. In its lifetime, …

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Furies (2023)

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Fast and furious rape-revenge movie from the multitalented Veronica Ngo, making her third directorial feature in a fascinating career which has seen her move from singing star to Hollywood to Vietnam’s biggest action filmmaker. A prequel to the excellent 2019 martial arts film, Furie – in which Ngo played a mother on the hunt for her kidnapped daughter – as director, she is unflinching in her depiction of Ho Chi Minh City’s seedy, sleazy side, and the violent criminal underworld who frequent it. As an actor, she plays a different character from before, Jacqueline, a mysterious matriarch who recruits three young street …

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Jawan (2023)

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Hindi-language Indian action epic which crosses generations, hairstyles, and musical genres. Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan – aged 56 – defies the laws of aging (and gravity) playing two characters in the same film; a father and son ex-soldier vigilante duo who use extreme methods to make political statements and inspire social change in modern India. He holds up a metro train in order to con a rich scoundrel into donating his wealth to help India’s poverty-stricken farming community. He kidnaps the health minister to prove how much the state hospitals are lacking in basic provisions and vital equipment. In …

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Polite Society (2023)

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Refreshing, kooky UK indie from Nida Manzoor – making her feature film directorial debut – about two warring sisters in a British-Pakistani household in London. Teenager Ria Khan (Priya Kansara, exemplary) is a kung fu obsessed wannabe stunt performer with her own YouTube channel – “Khan Fu” – who finds it tricky to adjust to the news that her beloved older sister, Lena (Ritu Arya), is arranged to be married to the mummy’s boy, Silam Shah (Akshay Khanna). In a sinister twist similar to Get Out, there’s a brewing sense that not all is what it seems in the Shah …

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Ballerina (2023)

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Jeon Jong-seo steals the show in this slick Korean revenge thriller which follows the trend for bad-ass, female-led Asian punch-a-thons like The Villainess and the excellent series My Name. As ice-cold killer Ok-ju, she ends up smashing, shooting and flame-throwing her way through a gang of Korean drug pushers in her quest to find and kill Choi (Kim Ji-hoon), a billionaire playboy with a side-hustle in rape and revenge porn. One of his victims is Ok-ju best friend (and lover?), a ballerina named Min-hee (Park Yu-rim), who ends up taking her own life after being assaulted by Choi, sparking Ok-ju’s quest …

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KFMG Podcast S07 Episode 97: End of Year Show 2023 with Mike Fury – Part Two

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In Part Two of our annual End of Year Show – featuring the author of Life of Action, the action movie expert Mike Fury – we discuss our favourite fight-centric action films of 2023. Which film will be crowned our favourite of the year? 

We also read out comments from Fu followers around the world who have been telling us their favourite martial arts movies of the year over email and social media. We also discuss some of the films that we disliked in 2023, and look ahead to the martial arts movies we are most looking forward to in 2024.

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KFMG Podcast S07 Episode 96: End of Year Show 2023 with Mike Fury – Part One

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Ho ho ho and happy Christmas to all the Fu followers around the world! Welcome to Part One of our annual End of Year Show, featuring the author of Life of Action Vol. 1 and 2, Mike Fury.

In ‘Part One’, we discuss the martial arts movie news that has been grabbing the headlines in 2023 – from Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan‘s many new projects, to Michelle Yeoh‘s success at the Oscars and the 50th anniversary of Bruce Lee‘s death – and remember the famous people we lost this year. We also play clips from some of the many great guests …

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