I made my feature film debut as a martial arts student in Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon and am looking forward to experiencing it on the big screen on Saturday, November 9 during The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Celebration at AMC Empire 25 Theaters as part of Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE).
From 10am to Midnight, The Last Dragon Tribute and Daetrix Productions is sponsoring The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Celebration which will feature a day-long celebration of Cosplay, Photo Experiences, a screening of The Last Dragon at 8pm, and a Fan meet and greet with Taimak Guarriello, star of The Last Dragon.
Grab your TLD 35th VIP Fan Experience pass and join Taimak aka Bruce Leroy, screenwriter Luis Venosta, Rudy C. Jones and other cast members for autographs, photo ops, VR Photo and Video experiences, an exclusive TLD 35th Swag Bag and more!
- Preferred Seating for the TLD 35th Screening
- Special TLD 35th Anniversary Swag Bag
- 1 Autograph of the special TLD 35th Poster
- 1 Selfie Photo with Taimak The Last Dragon
- All Festival and Showcase Films (1st Come 1st Served)
- All Free Action Panels (1st Come 1st Served)
- All Free Action Seminars (1st Come 1st Served)
- Urban Action Expo
- VR Anniversary Photo Experience
- UAS Afterparty
- *Note You must Be On Time to get your Preferred Seat!
- *Note You are allowed 1 VR Photo Experience per turn.
- Get the Glow at https://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/eventpasses.html
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Cinemax® is sponsoring the Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) at the AMC Empire 25 Theaters (234 West 42nd Street Times Square in New York on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. Click here for tickets and more information.
I had terrific time with my Big Trouble in Little China castmate Peter Kwong in 2016 when the UASE celebrated the 30th anniversary of the making of the film.
Inside the 2016 Urban Action Showcase and Expo with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s Peter Kwong and Lia Chang; Full List of 2016 Honorees
The UASE is the premier Action entertainment platform advocating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre bringing awareness and access to heroes of color. Showcasing Independent and Mainstream Action content in the multifaceted Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Urban Action content. The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences through its International Action Film Festival, Action Expo and Action Film Awards platforms.By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration, the UASE sets itself apart from other festival platforms as the only one of its kind. The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre.
HBO/Cinemax® VIP Red Carpet Reception and Awards:
Friday, November 8th, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at AMC Empire 25 Theaters (234 West 42nd Street Times Square NYC)
• UAS International Action Film Festival Awards
• Diversity in Action Awards (Honoring the Past Present and Future Mainstream Achievements in the blockbuster Action genre)
• Behind the Action Awards (Honoring the Hidden Heroes in the Action genre)
Knighting of The Black Dragon
There is a new Dragon on the horizon. Michael Jai White will receive the mantle of The Black Dragon from Grand Master Ron Van Clief. This will happen during the Awards presentation on Friday November 9th at 8 pm.
Urban Action Showcase International Film Festival and UASE 14 Hour Cinema Mega-Thon: Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. – Midnight at AMC Empire 25 Times Square: Screening of Features, Shorts and Showcase Films.
Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater
• Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Feature Documentary Film and Panel (Special Guests: Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Jai White, Warrington Hudlin, Robert Samuels, Ron Van Clief, Ric Meyers)
• Above The Law (Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock)
• Blood Fist (Don The Dragon Wilson)
• Blood and Bone 10th Anniversary (Michael Jai White)
• Ninja Assassin 10th Anniversary
• Street Fighter: Legend of Chung Li 10th Anniversary
Showcase Anniversary Screenings
• The Warriors 40 Anniversary
• The Last Dragon 35 Anniversary
Back 2 Black Action Cinema
• Black Dynamite 10th Anniversary
• Black Belt Jones 45th Anniversary
• That Man Bolt 46th Anniversary
• Blood and Bone 10 Anniversary
Retro Action Cinema
• Universal Soldier The Return 20th Anniversary
• Avatar 10th Anniversary
• G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra 10th Anniversary
Official Selections of the 2019 UAS International Action Film Festival Urban Action Expo:
Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. – 7p.m. at AMC Empire 25 Times Square
Featuring Entertainment Industry Exhibitors, Comic Book and Graphic Artists, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Seminars, Master Classes and more
Action Icon Experience (Master Classes with Cynthia Rothrock, Don The Dragon Wilson and Michael Jai White)
Blunt and Bladed Weapons 4 Film (Grand Master Felix Cortez)
Firearms 4 Film (Hanshi Nikwan Murphy)
JKD 4 Film (Guru Chris Moran JKD NYC)
• Batman 30th Anniversary
• Kickboxer 30 Anniversary
• The Matrix 20th Anniversary
• Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary
• Urban Fists of Legends Panel featuring the legends of Action cinema
• Sheroes in Action: Women in Action Cinema Panel
• The Warriors 40th Anniversary Panel
• Martial Arts in Cinema Panel
• Behind The Action: Stunt and Fight Choreographer Panel
Celebrity talent attending the 2019 UASE celebration:
• Nafessa Williams (Thunder of Black Lightning)
• Michael Jai White (Spawn, Universal Soldier, Black Dynamite, Triple Threat)
• Taimak (The Last Dragon)
• Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock (Lady Dragon, Sworn To Justice, Yes Madam)
• Don The Dragon Wilson (Blood Fist, Ring of Fire)
• Fred The Hammer Williamson (That Man Bolt, Three The Hard Way, From Dust to Dawn)
• Perry Yung (Father Jun in Cinemax’s “Warrior”)
• Henry Yuk (Long Zii of “Wu Assassins”)
• Celia Au (Ying Ying of “Wu Assassins”)
• Ron Van Clief (The Black Dragon’s Revenge)
• Robert Samuels (Made in China Town, Gambling Ghost)
• Vincent Lyn (Operation Condor)
• Ric Meyers (The Kung Fu Movie Movie, Martial Arts Film Historian)
• David Harris (Cochise in The Warriors)
• Brian Tyler (Snow in The Warriors)
• Dorsey Wright (Cleon in The Warriors)
• David Worth (Director of Kickboxer)
• Stuntman, Actors, Stunt Coordinators
• Other guest TBA
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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