Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast

Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast

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Welcome to the Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast. Listen to exclusive, in-depth interviews with actors, stunt performers, directors, choreographers and writers discussing their careers and their passion for martial arts cinema. Hosted by Ben Johnson, the creator of kungfumovieguide.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and may Buddha bless you! Joe Taslim always wanted to be an actor, even before he became a martial artist. Growing up poor in South Sumatra, Indonesia, his family only took him to judo lessons because they were free. With his dad as his coach, he would go on to become a national judo champion in a career spanning well over a decade. Ironically, it was his skills in the martial arts which would eventually lead him back to his true passion – acting – when his breakthrough role as the tough special forces sergeant Jaka in Gareth Evans’ smash-hit film, ‘The Raid: Redemption’ (2011), saw him become an overnight sensation. Joe has since enjoyed success in multiple territories; in Indonesia, where he has worked consistently with the Uwais fight team on projects including the violent masterpiece, ‘The Night Comes for Us’ (2018), and the action comedy, ‘Hit & Run’ (2019); in Hollywood, where he has collaborated with the producer and director, Justin Lin, on ‘Fast & Furious 6’ (2013), ‘Star Trek Beyond’ (2016), and the TV series, ‘Warrior’, based on the writings of Bruce Lee; and now in South Korea, where he has made his acting debut in the period martial arts film, ‘The Swordsman’ (2020). In 2021, Joe will continue to make great strides into the Hollywood action mainstream with his turn as Sub-Zero in the new big-screen adaptation of the hit video game, ‘Mortal Kombat’. It is his role as Li Yong in ‘Warrior’ which is currently bringing Joe the most joy, allowing him the freedom to express his full range of acting and action abilities, as well as providing the opportunity to truly develop his antihero character. He says he would jump at the chance to return to the show, should it be recommissioned for a third season. In the meantime, however, it seems the world is Joe’s for the taking. ‘Warrior’ Season Two is screening now in the USA on the Cinemax network, with both seasons moving soon onto the streaming platform, HBO Max. LINKS Joe Taslim on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3029144/ Joe Taslim on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joe_taslim/ Joe Taslim on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joetaslim.page/ ‘Warrior’ theme by Reza Safinia and H. Scott Salinas. Download the soundtrack on Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warrior-Cinemax-Original-Soundtrack-Clean/dp/B07TDSYY44 ‘Warrior’ Season Two trailer: https://youtu.be/V_wSj_1fWtY ‘The Raid: Redemption’ review on Kung Fu Movie Guide: http://bit.ly/TheRaidKFMG ‘The Night Comes for Us’ review on Kung Fu Movie Guide: http://bit.ly/TheNightComesForUsKFMG

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