Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Bullet Riddled Preview of "Project Purgatory Beijing"

When I interviewed Kantz a while back, (click here to read the interview) he spoke of creating a "hybrid film" that merged the genres of horror and martial arts.  At the time it sounded a bit odd to me, but I had conveniently forgotten how popular video games such as the Resident Evil series had been combining elements of horror and action successfully over the last fifteen years.  Then there are the many recent zombie films that casually alternate between guns and fists as a means of dispatching the undead.  At this point, the inclusion of martial arts into that mix would be a natural evolution.

Full Contact: An Interview With Fight Choreographer and Stunt Coordinator Larnell Stovall

Action films are an undervalued form, often dismissed by cineastes and film critics.  They aren’t considered “real movies” by the intelligentsia, since so many of them forgo the basics of cinematic storytelling in favor of empty spectacle.  Modern action films of the super expensive variety have even become inept in regards to the extravaganza.  Modern fight scenes and shoot outs are often a nonsensical clash of sound and fury, lacking anything in the way of coherence.  By contrast, lower budget action extravaganzas have become much more adept at delivering the “money shots.”  Fights are choreographed, shot and edited in a way that delivers on the thrills while still being understandable to a mass audience.