A second round of action cinema and adrenaline-filled offerings are on tap for the second round of ActionFest in Asheville, North Carolina, taking place April 7 – 10. As previously announced, ActionFest 2 will open with the World Premiere of Jonathan English’s “Ironclad,” while Takeshi Miike’s latest, “13 Assassins” will close out the event, which spotlights contemporary action cinema and classics of the genre in addition to what the fest calls a “world class stunt show” as well as panels and tributes to action cinema.
Other previously announced films include: Jackie Chan’s “Little Big Soldier,” “Hobo With A Shotgun” starring Rutger Hauer, James Gunn’s vigilante thriller “Super,” “Bangkok Knockout” from the stunt team and filmmakers of Ong Bak, Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage,” the surreal fist-and-sword epic “Bunraku,” and the jungle exploitation doc “Machete Maidens Unleashed!”
In related news, the inaugural Action Producer of the Year Award will go to Sahamongkolfilm, founded by Somsak Techaratanaprasert. Credits include the “Ong Bak” trilogy starring Tony Jaa, as well as the upcoming “Bangkok Knockout” from action choreographer and director, Panna Rittikrai. Other notable productions include “Born to Fight,” “Dynamite Warrior” and “Chocolate.”
The following is the list of additional titles unveiled for ActionFest 2 today (with descriptions and other information provided by organizers):
“Bail Enforcers” — A bounty hunting babe tackles the tough guys in this World Premiere starring seven-time WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus, who will be in attendance.
“Never Back Down 2” – World Premiere of this anticipated MMA fight flick, directed by and starring Michael Jai White, who will be in attendance.
“Battle Royale” – The official US theatrical debut of the popular and controversial Japanese cult classic.
“Fightville” – Fresh from SXSW, a hard hitting doc about the art and sport of mixed martial arts fighting.
“Bellflower” – From Sundance and SXSW, this indie gets under the skin of the action genre with a story about two apocalypse-obsessed friends.
“Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie” – World Premiere Kung Fu documentary based on the book by martial arts cinema expert Ric Meyers
“The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch“– Regional Premiere of this adaptation of the popular French action-adventure comic book hero
“Lonely Place to Die” – World Premiere about a group of five mountaineers who find danger while hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands.
“Tomorrow, When the War Began” – North American Premiere of the Australian box office hit flick based on best-selling novel series that pits teenagers against an army invasion.
ActionFest was founded by Bill Banowsky, Aaron Norris, Dennis Berman and Tom Quinn, who also serves as Executive Director. Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.
[For more on ActionFest 2 programming and other information, visit the event’s website.]