Donnie Yen's 'Fat Dragon' and 7 more action-packed August films

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  • Monday, 05 Aug 2019

Enter The Fat Dragon

And just like that, August has rolled in, guns blazing, engines roaring, and bald heads glinting like yet another Fast And Furious sequel, or rather, in Hobbs & Shaw's case, a spin-off (now showing).

Dave Bautista also weighs in on the Hollywood action stakes with action-comedy Stuber ((Aug 15), while Quentin Tarantino teams up with Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Aug 15). If it's more family-oriented fare you're looking for, there's always Dora & The Lost City Of Gold (Aug 8)

However, it's the Asian flicks that have caught our eyes mostly this month. The BTS ARMY would do well to start booking their tickets for their idols' upcoming concert movie, Bring The Soul: The Movie (Aug 7), judging from the way tickets flew off the shelves the last time the boys released a movie.

From Hong Kong, we've got a double-whammy of Nick Cheung this month, first teaming up with Louis Khoo in Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy (Aug 8) and then facing off with Richie Jen in Bodies At Rest (Aug 15).

Oh, and a certain fellow called Donnie Yen is releasing a film as well, called Enter The Fat Dragon (Aug 29).

Last but not least, just in time for the upcoming school holidays, we've got Malaysia's very own BoBoiBoy The Movie 2 (Aug 8), which will be hoping to seriously bother the Malaysian box-office record this month.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (Now showing)

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren

Director: David Leitch

Two years after Fast and Furious 8, reluctant allies Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw have to put aside their intense dislike of each other to take down a cyber-genetically enhanced terrorist, Brixton, who has gained control of a deadly virus.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: "This may be the most good-naturedly hostile relationship we’ll get to see on screen all year – given breath, life and comfortable familiarity by two action stars at the top of their game here."

Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy (Aug 8)

Cast: Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Francis Ng

Director: Jazz Boon

A reboot/sequel of the 2016 flick Line Walker that also starred Koo, Cheung and Francis Ng, the film kicks off with a car crash that takes place in downtown Hong Kong involving a hacker. The HK’s Criminal Intelligence Bureau is called in to look into the accident.

Why you should watch it:

Adapted from the hugely popular, critically acclaimed 2014 TVB drama series, the first Line Walker film in 2016 was a taut, tense thriller that became quite the major hit. With the same leading cast and director, here's hoping this will be more of the same.

Also read: Catch HK actors Louis Koo and Nick Cheung in KL on Aug 7

BoBoiBoy Movie 2 (Aug 8)

Cast: Nur Fathiah Diaz, Fadzli Mohd Rawi, Dzubir Mohammed Zakaria, Wong Wai Kay, Nur Sarah Alisya Zainal Rashid, Yap Ee Jean

Director: Nizam Abdul Razak

BoBoiBoy has to face off with a powerful ancient being called Retak'ka, the previous owner of BoboiBoy's Elemental Power. Retak’ka seeks to regain the power so he can achieve his dream of conquering the galaxy. BoBoiBoy, along with his friends, must figure out a way to stop this megalomaniac and save the galaxy.

Why you should watch it:

With the school holidays coming up, why not bring the family to a local movie for a change? BoBoiBoy is one of Malaysia's most popular local animated franchises, and its 2016 feature film, BoBoiBoy: The Movie, became the then highest-grossing local animated movie ever, with a box office collection of RM18mil.

Also read: Oh boy! BoBoiBoy is back with another movie this August

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (Aug 8)

Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo

Director: James Bobin

Dora grew up in the jungle and has faced all sorts of dangers, but this might be her biggest challenge yet... going to high school in the city! After making a group of new friends while in the concrete jungle, she has to travel back to the actual jungle to save her parents and search for a lost Incan city.

Why you should watch it:

If you grew up watching Dora The Explorer, you'll be curious to watch this. If you have kids who are still watching Dora, they'll want to watch this. Altogether now! "Do-do-do-do-Dora, let's go! Dora, Dora, Dora the explorer!"

Stuber (Aug 15)

Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Mira Sorvino

Director: Michael Dowse

Meet Stu, He is an Uber driver. All he wants is to make sure his five star rating stays a five star rating. But he didn't count on picking up a police detective with anger issues, who is chasing after a violent terrorist. Can Stu keep his five star rating?

Why you should watch it:

The trailer looks funny as heck, and while we're not expecting this to be a movie with a five star rating, we at least hope that it will be able to provide us with a lot of great action and a barrel of laughs.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Aug 15)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Timothy Olyphant, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Former Hollywood TV star Rick Dalton and his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth are former Western genre stars trying to make a comeback, but they soon find out that the Hollywood today is very different to the one they used to know.

Why you should watch it:

Tarantino. Di Caprio. Pitt. Pacino. If those four names together are not enough to make you want to see this movie, I'm afraid we can't be friends.

Bodies At Rest (Aug 15)

Cast: Nick Cheung, Richie Ren, Zi Yang, Clara Lee, Feng Jia Yi

Director: Renny Harlin

A forensics scientist and his intern are pulling a late night at the morgue when a group of masked thugs break in and demand access to a body that contains evidence to a crime that was committed recently. Cue a game of cat and mouse within the eerie confines of the morgue, where dead bodies rest.

Why you should watch it:

Its director, Renny Harlin has described it as 'Die Hard 2 in a morgue'. Of course he would say that - he's the same guy who made Die Hard 2. And Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and, er, Cutthroat Island. (Ok, maybe just forget I mentioned that last one). But come on: DIE HARD 2 IN A MORGUE.

Enter The Fat Dragon (Aug 29)

Cast: Donnie Yen, Niki Chow, Teresa Mo Sun Kwan, Wong Jing, Louis Cheung

Director: Wong Jing, Kenji Tanigaki

A remake of the Wong Jing-directed 1978 Enter The Fat Dragon, starring Sammo Hung, this one has Donnie Yen playing a once great fighter who has become overweight due to personal issues. That doesn't mean he can't fight though...

Why you should watch it:

Look, we've said this before and we'll say it again - we'd watch anything with Donnie Yen in it, even if it's him in a fat suit.

(Except for another Iceman Cometh movie. Please don't make another one, Donnie).

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