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  • RIP: Chris Bates

    Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 7:32PM / Members only

    Late 2012 saw me given the opportunity to work with a number of very close friends and talented An'D artists on the short film GUS & CHLOE, starring Darren E Scott, Grace Huang and Celina Jade, produced by myself, Jenn Thym and Producer/Director Chris Bates.


    It was a very dark and stylish project, Chris wanted to do it to not only show what he was capable of as a director but also to pitch a full feature featuring characters introduced in the short..it was an intense but very enjoyable shoot, and Chris has been working on the post for the last few months all the while battling Cancer, which had been raging war on him for the last year or so. The last time I saw Chris was for lunch when I was in LA in late March, he was in great spirits, excited about the short and planning for other projects which we were hoping to allow us to collaborate on...

    On Sunday morning i was in Jakarta working on THE RAID 2, a project Chris had been excited about seeing and happy to hear i was working on, when we got word that  we had lost a hell of a film-maker and a hell of a friend, when we got the following news from his family...

    Dear Family & Friends around the World, we are sad to let you all know that after a hard fought battle with Cancer, Christopher Scott Bates passed today, June 1st at 1:15pm pst. He was surrounded by family to the end. We have been attempting to get in touch with his close family and friends, but apologize if we were unable to reach you directly, his list of loved ones is large (like his heart). Funeral services and celebration of his life will be posted soon. Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers ~ We appreciate everyone of you that was part of his life. The Bates Family

    i'd first been introduced to Chris by prolific film-maker Albert Pyun when they'd been talking about rebooting the KICKBOXER franchise several years ago, although that project fell by the wayside, we had formed a friendship and kept in touch and i finally got to officially work with Chris on two very cool films THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS &  MAN OF TAI CHI,both of which feature a number of An 'd artists both in front and behind the camera including Daniel Wu, Terrence Yin, Byron Mann, Grace Huang, Celina Jade, MC Jin, Andrew Lin, Andrew Ng, Osric Chau and many more...

    Chris was a hell of a film-maker and his passion and dedication to the industry will be sorely missed, as will his honesty, his guidance and his friendship. Myself and the rest of the cast and crew of GUS & CHLOE intend to finish the film to honor his memory.

    When the sun got big, and the night came down
    We used to share a drink - and let the demons out.
    We let the good times rock, you made the bad times roll
    We used to laugh a lot, you had a lot of soul
    Old friends... in better times

    And when the going got hard,
    When times were tough
    We put our backs to the wall,
    You used to strut your stuff.
    With a head held high and a heart so big
    One fist at the sky... and shake a leg.

    Old friends in better times

    (even though, even though we miss you now
    Look forward don't look back
    We'll get by somehow)

    And so I raise my glass in a last goodbye
    Sleep in peace old friend, for me you'll never die
    The best thing I can say, after all this time, is
    You were a real friend, of mine

    Old friends... in better times


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  • The Raid 2: Berandal martial arts, guns and high octane vehicular mayhem

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:23AM / Members only

    Long time no blog, my bad...mad busy began the year on IRON MAN 3 but not sure what happened to some of the stuff we shot...oh well

    Now off to Jakarta till June to finish up on THE RAID 2: BERANDAL working with a group of very talented folk including Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais and from Hong Kong Bruce Law, who I am proud to call friends

    Now remember the sheer martial arts mayhem of THE RAID

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My02wp9fsho

    Now add the vehicular skills of Bruce Law and his team to the mix

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPIUemcYnEw

    And well you know its gonna be fun, back in June!

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  • FOG: THE PANTHER movies Re-Examined

    Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 4:53PM / Members only


    My latest column for Forces of Geek sees me revisiting two slices of Australian martial arts movie making from the 1980's
    Day of the Panther and Strike of the Panther, directed by Man from Hong Kong helmer Brian Trenchard-Smith....

    A Look Back at the Adventures of Jason Blade

    I’d wanted to be there at the finish...but with a gun at my back, I wondered if the finish was to be my own? Down there on the deck, two gladiators fought, my friend Jason Blade was one of them, the other Baxter, the thug who killed my daughter…

    It was to be the end of a long struggle that began a long time ago in Hong Kong…
                                                                                                                  – William Anderson


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  • Casting Call: Middle Eastern looking mercenaries needed

    Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 4:18AM / Members only

    working on a top secret project to shoot in China in early Jan 2013

    need to find a bunch of ideally middle eastern looking rough and ready looking mercenaries

    Anyone based in China/Hong Kong will have an advantage

    Will be some fight and stunt work but the look is also going to ply an important part, so middle eastern look, the rougher the tougher the better

    Please send pics, video links etc to bigmikeleeder @ gmail.com

    Will be paid gig

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  • Impact Online: Van Dammage in full effect!

    Monday, Dec 10, 2012 11:57AM / Members only

    Jean-Claude Van Damme was Impact's original cover star and with the recent release of both Six Bullets/The Butcher and the dark Universal Soldier: Day of Retribution...we reviewed both films and talked to directors, writers and co-stars;

    Universal Soldier review:

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrkYCHKltmY

    Scott Adkins Interview;

    Six Bullets review

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5PywbVqerg

    Director Ernie Barbarash interview;

    Scriptwriter Chad Law interview


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    posted on Friday, Jun 7, 2013 9:01PM  [Report]
    Thanks for your comment on my reel, Mr. Leeder. Looking forward to seeing Man of Tai Chi next month. Thank you again for giving me the opportunity.
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    Hi there~~Thx for visit~~!!
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    Hey Mike, nice to meet you. I saw your post about Won Jin Kim. He is in Pennsylvania working on some projects and can be reached at 570-307-5425 and would love to catch up. Eric
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    Hi Mike, nice work on The Man With The Iron Fists. You're from Croydon..it's not that bad!
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    how are you !
    您 好 !
    Well come to China
  • posted on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 12:26AM  [Report]
    Nice little piece on Impact about the passing of Austin Wai Tin Chi. Way too soon. May he rest in peace.

    Five Superfighters is one of my all time faves. Im gonna pop it in tonight, as a small tribute.
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    十一国庆节快乐 开心每一天哦
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    posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 7:11PM  [Report]
    THANK YOU so much, Mr. Leeder. Hope to meet you sometime in HongKong soon.
    Take care .
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    Happy Chinese New Year !
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    Hi Mike, Thank you for visiting my profile
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    Hi Mike! Just wanted to wish you guys in HK a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Hope to see you again in 2012...
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    posted on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 6:22AM  [Report]
    hi mike can you look me up adam richards i am a stuntman in the uk and fight director www.adamrichardsfightdirector.com all best adam
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