Friday, March 27, 2009


Perhaps you've seen him on "The Crow" television series.
Maybe not.
But he is a world class martial artist, and bears more than a passing resemblance to the late, great Brandon Lee, so he was excellent casting.

Most people don't realize he's a better than average actor for the b-grade fair he's generally involved with. "Brotherhood of the Wolf" is a masterpiece of some kind released out of France several years back and his combination of steely eyed intensity and whiplike martial arts skills gave him one of the most underrated roles of that 2001. And God, those fight scenes were visually beautiful.

He also was involved in "Double Dragon", "Kickboxer 5", and the respected under the radar flick, "China Strike Force". He has some recent fairly high profile fare, "The Nomad" and Sony's "Hunt for Eagle One".

According to his website, he has purchased the rights to produce and star in author Tess Uriza Holthe's "When the Elephants Dance", a film about Filipinos thrown together to survive Japanese occupation in WWII. That could be interesting to say the least.


megGT said...

Hi Mike,

Sadly, Mark's deal to film Tess Uriza Holthe's "When the Elephants Dance" fell through.

You should really hunt down two of Mark's masterpieces: Crying Freeman (also directed by Gans from Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Drive (Preferably the UK collector's edition) - fans consider it one of Mark's best action movies.
It totally ROCKS!

Brewer Bertram said...

Thanks for the update. It sucks to find that out about "Elephants". I'll try to dig up "Freeman" and "Drive", but around here that's nigh on impossible. Probably have to dig it up on the net and bite the purchase bullet before seeing it.