It’s easy to feel down about the state of things, but know this: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Scott Adkins are teaming up for a movie.
This movie is one Donnie Yen away from securing world peace and prosperity. That’s my prediction. Over the past 10+ years, the world of martial arts cinema has been overflowing with talent, especially if you’ve been importing movies from Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Chile, France, and wherever Scott Adkins movies are made. Fans who get into the weeds of this outside-Hollywood actioneering will tell you that there is a short list of great action stars working on the world stage at the moment. This list would include, at the very least, names like Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen, Iko Uwais, Scott Adkins, Tiger Chen, and Cyril Raffaelli. There are times when these stars show up in larger movies, like when Raffaelli did the motion capture for Tim Roth in The Incredible Hulk, or when Tony Jaa appeared briefly in Furious 7, or Donnie Yen’s larger role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But fans know that their best work is done in their own movies.
What’s great about Triple Threat, a film that just dropped a trailer today at Comic-Con in San Diego is that four of the names I listed above are present for the first time in the same movie. Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, and Scott Adkins all star in the fantasy baseball version of a modern martial arts movie. It’s the all-star game of ass-kicking cinema. And they’ve added Michael Jai White for good measure.
It’s easy to get lost in what feels like a cultural death spiral. No one agrees on anything and it feels as if everything is sliding off a cliff. But that’s not true and Triple Threat proves it. If these martial arts madmen can come together and kick the everloving shit out of countless bad guys, what’s stopping us from coming together and making this world a better place?
Ok, that metaphor sucks. This movie appears to not suck. Let’s just leave it there and hope we all make it to the film’s undisclosed 2018 release date.