St. Jude Square is a neighborhood living in fear and despair. The dueling gangs of local kingpins Dash and Antuan terrorize the streets and the citizens live without a shred of hope… until mysterious stranger Ryan Hong (Cung Le) arrives in town. He begins to play one gang against the other using his unparalleled martial arts skills, and by calling on the teachings of his brilliant mentor Tiano (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to find the strength to battle back. However, just as he begins to bring the community under control, Hong is confronted by Mr. V, the town’s ruthless and corrupt police chief. At first Mr. V is impressed by Hong’s skill, but soon sees Hong as a threat to his regime, and the two warriors are locked in a head-to-head battle, pitting the fear and corruption of Mr. V’s regime versus the new beginning Hong represents for the people of St. Jude Square.
Beginning his career in the fine arts, John Hyams graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, earning top awards in painting and sculpture. Hyams exhibited and sold work in Los Angeles and New York before turning his attention to film. In 1997 Hyams wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed One Dog Day, which debuted at the Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival. He directed episodes of the ABC television series, “NYPD Blue” and went on to direct Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in Universal Soldier: Regeneration. –IMDb
I'm so glad I live in a world where the aging JCVD and Peter fuckin' Weller (Robocop!) appear in the same film — a badass action film, at that. This one's as much as a departure from the style of Regeneration as Reckoning is, but Hyams' touch is clear and his versatility is impressive. It's not as flooring as his UniSol movies, but still: has DTV cinema ever been so fantastic?
A film that was perhaps not meant to bear the intense scrutiny and hype of action buffs waiting to see what director John Hyams did after his masterful debut, "Regeneration." This is a quick 'n dirty kind of movie, a throwback to the grindhouse era. The colors are washed out; title cards slap across the screen; and fight scenes are plentiful. The script is horrendous but it's still an enjoyable effort for action fans
Interesting how much more experimental he is with this. Editing wise, Regen is emphasizing the unrelenting, pointless brutality while this is more playing with speed, finesse and his stars prowess. JCVD's 'badass' action one take is nicely undercut, this scene is definitely more in line with Hyams true interests and the melancholy stylings of Regen.
The action director of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning talks violence, movies, methods and mayhem in contemporary digital cinema.
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