Here are some of the known or suspected martial arts movies for the new year.
RAZE; January 10, 2014
A film to appeal to guys who make the RAARRW noise when they see two girls get in a fight, but to the extreme.
I, FRANKENSTEIN; January 24, 2014
OK, this is better labeled sci-fi as it’s based on the premise that Shelley’s monster lived into the future. However, I heard that Aaron Eckhart spent six months learning Kali for the film, so I’ll throw it in the pot. (Also, all martial arts films are cross-genre anyway.)
ENEMIES CLOSER; January 24, 2014 (US release)
A Jean-Claude Van Damme film in which two enemies must come together to avoid being killed by a common enemy.
SPECIAL ID; The Chinese release was in 2013, but there may be a US release in March 2014
This is a 2013 Donnie Yen action film that was not released in the US, but may be soon.
JOURNEY TO THE WEST; March 7, 2014
For those who liked Kungfu Hustle (and who didn’t) this one should appeal. It’s a period piece, but with the same kind of humor and visual affects as Kungfu Hustle.
THE RAID 2; March 28, 2014
This is a sequel to the 2011 Indonesian film produced by Gareth Evans.
ICEMAN; April 3, 2014
The latest Donnie Yen film. It’s about an ancient Chinese warrior who is unfrozen and kicks ass in the modern age.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES; August 8, 2014
Another attempt to capitalize on the inexplicable popularity of this cartoon. But I’ll give it a chance.
THE MONKEY KING; September 14, 2014
A new play on the popular Chinese folk tale.