Ken Watanabe Is Battling Stomach Cancer

It’s disheartening to see anyone we know and love suffer from an ailing disease. The same especially goes to actor Ken Watanabe who was initially supposed to go back to New York City to reprise his role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I.

Instead, the actor reportedly underwent stomach surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, according to several reports. As per MSN.com‘s latest coverage:

Craig Bankey, Watanabe’s press agent, said Tuesday the actor has undergone endoscopic surgery and is recuperating at a hospital in Japan. In a statement, the actor said: “I would like to ask for your understanding that the start of my performance in New York will be a little delayed.”

I love Watanabe as an actor having seen him in The Last Samurai and Godzilla among others, and have often aspired for him to be in films I’ve yet to see movement on; Personally I wouldn’t mind him playing the role of Heihachi Mishima in a live-action Tekken film. But that’s just me, and I’m sure stomach surgery would ultimately be the kind of thing to keep a person abstaining from anything too physical.

At any rate, Broadway is his next stop after this, and I really hope he gets well soon.

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THE FINAL MASTER: Watch The Latest Teaser

If there’s one thing I’ve become especially proud of in the last 10 years or more is how less and less obscure Chinese cinema has become. Acclaimed screenwriter Xu Haofeng is a terrific example of this and with respect to his latest teaser for The Final Master, retitled from its native release last year and repackaged for its upcoming North American release from United Entertainment Partners.

The Final Master is a martial arts film set in a transformational time period in China before World War II. Based on director Xu Haofeng’s best selling novel, The Final Master follows a Wing Chun practitioner’s adventure to open a martial arts school in the northern center to fulfill his master’s death wish. He has to secretly challenge eight martial arts schools with his apprentice, but he does not realize he’s been turned into a chess piece within the power game in the martial arts community at the end of an era.

Watch the teaser and expect more content to come between now and its May release!

Screen Junkies Gets Honest With A Trailer For SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (2010)

I have to say, one of the biggest disappointments I’ve seen in film was the fact that director Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, never made it to a sequel. I missed out on it to go and watch The Expendables and I have no regrets there, but after seeing it on DVD, I was thoroughly charmed and humored by the characters and story, as well as Peng Zhang’s action sequences.
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