A Brief Overview of Black Action Cinema (Podcast Companion Piece)

Journey with Electronic Jack as he narrates his thoughts and selective highlights of cinema from across the globe that features spectacular moments of Black performers tackling the action genre. Whether you are looking for gunplay, sword fighting, martial arts, or stunts, he covers characters with these abilities in motion pictures that you may have not even seen yet!

Listed below are Electronic Jack a.k.a. Linwood Storm’s Top Ten for moments in Asian Cinema and English-Language Cinema.

Link to Podcast Episode: https://youtu.be/q1bG5TJmd4Q

“A murder witness is followed from Seattle to Hong Kong by the victim’s colleagues and the underworld.”
“A young fighter (Tony Jaa) travels to Australia to retrieve stolen elephants that were promised originally to the king of Thailand. Once there, he enlists the aid of a Thai-born Aussie detective to help him achieve his goal, and he uses his fierce Muay Thai moves to battle an evil woman’s gang of deadly bodyguards.”
“Martial artist Kham (Tony Jaa) must rescue his beloved elephant from poachers and thwart a plot to start a war.”
“A simple escort mission hits a snag when the prisoners of Koh Kla, a Cambodian prison, take over the grounds and trap the task force. The team must fight their way out to survive and protect a key witness at the same time.”
“Martial-arts master Ip Man takes on a crooked developer and his gang of brutal thugs who are trying to take over the city.”
“The legendary master is forced back into the game by Sio, a deadly woman from his past. She won’t stop attacking until Afro gets schooled in the brutal lessons he dealt to those who stood in his way.”
“A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.”
“Sammo Hung plays a cop on the trail of drug dealers. Customs officer Yuen Biao is investigating the same gang. Sammo’s new partner is eager-beaver Takeshi Kaneshiro. Despite each having their own ideas on how best to proceed, they are teamed together and must put aside their differences in order to crack the case. Romance, plot twists, comedic asides, and, of course, plenty of fights bring the film to a climatic and bruising conclusion.”
“Las Vegas magician and would-be crime boss Buddy `Aces’ Israel agrees to testify against former partner and friend Primo Sparazza in return for admittance into the Witness Protection Programme. However, before the deal can be hammered out, Sparazza orders a hit on Israel, and a host of hit men and women race to kill the snitch and kill the bounty, while the FBI endeavours to keep their source of information alive.”
“After gunning down a member of the High Table — the shadowy international assassin’s guild — legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization’s protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world’s most ruthless killers.”
“Top assassins (Ian Somerhalder, Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames) gather for a competition where the last one alive wins a cash prize.”
“An assassin has a midlife crisis after his contractor takes out a $1 million hit on him, and every assassin in town comes after him.”
“A film crew wants to witness a gangland hit, and instead have to fight for their lives to survive the night.”
“During a routine prison work detail, convict Piper (Laurence Fishburne) is chained to Dodge (Stephen Baldwin), a cyberhacker, when gunfire breaks out. Apparently, the attack is related to stolen money that the Mafia is after, and some computer files that somebody wants desperately to bury. The pair, who don’t exactly enjoy each other’s company, escape and must work together if they are to reach Atlanta alive. Luckily, they meet a woman (Salma Hayek) who may be willing to help them.”
“A group of mercenaries is double-crossed during a mission and are approached by Church to overthrow the ruthless dictator of a South American country. It isn’t long before the men realise things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of betrayal. Although their mission is compromised and an innocent is in danger, soldier of fortune Barney and his comrades decide to get the job done.”
“To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.”
“Baby, a music-loving orphan also happens to be the prodigiously talented go-to getaway driver for heist mastermind Doc. With the perfect soundtrack picked out for each and every job, Baby ensures Doc’s violent, bank-robbing cronies – including Buddy, Bats and Darling – get in and out of Dodge before it’s too late. He’s not in it for the long haul though, hoping to nail one last job before riding off into the sunset with beautiful diner waitress Debora. Easier said than done.”
“Thirty years after war turned the world into a wasteland, a lone warrior named Eli (Denzel Washington) marches across the ruined landscape, carrying hope for humanity’s redemption. Only one other man (Gary Oldman) understands the power of what Eli carries, and he is determined to take it for himself. Though Eli prefers peace, he will risk death to protect his precious cargo, for he must fulfill his destiny to help restore mankind.”