We’ve been riding on a wave of euphoria all week, which meant that we were bound for a big crash. Here it is: today at the Cannes Film Festival, Jackie Chan announced his retirement from action films. His final big performance will be in this year’s Chinese Zodiac, the third film in the Armour of God trilogy. Chan still plans to do movies, but he wants to focus on more dramatic roles. Know what, though? The man deserves it. After more than 100 films, I would be surprised if he wasn’t tired and aching all over.
What really disappoints me is that there doesn’t seem to be any fresh-faced martial arts icons in the making anymore. Jet Li, Donnie Yen, even Jason Statham are getting up there in years. Who’s going to take over once they retire? I thought Tony Jaa would be the next big thing, but his latest movies languish in direct-to-video hell out West. Meanwhile, other promising stars, like Yanin Vismitananda from Chocolate and Raging Phoenix, don’t seem to be getting the proper exposure. In this modern industry of CGI pizzazz and big-ticket actors who only receive fight training for single film roles, is there any room for a new breakout martial arts superstar?
While you ponder that somber quandry, check out today’s highlights. We review Warlock – Master of the Arcane and the Origin EON15-S laptop, 38 Studios has big money problems, Rayman Origins finally gets a release date on 3DS, and girlfriends of Diablo III players get free vibrators.
Friday Night Fights: Man on Fire
This weekend Dtoid TV: Put Ashley in the dumpster forever
Weekend PC download deals: God games, Ubisoft, Saints Row
The DTOID Show: Borderlands, Sly Cooper, & Amalur
Community blogs of 5/18
Forum thread of the day: Final Fantasy for beginners
Contest: Win an Xbox 360 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II!
Review: Warlock – Master of the Arcane
Review: Origin EON15-S
Club Nintendo’s 3DS Game Card Case is back in stock!
PSN adds pre-purchase feature for Sorcery
Kingdoms of Amalur dev can’t pay employees
Origin to distribute crowd-funded games free for 90 days
Something seems to be up with Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Sound Shapes teams up with Superbrothers and Jim Guthrie
MLG Spring Arena 2 airing NOW!
Because We May indie game sale should be a memorable one
Grand plans for Tropes vs Women in Video Games
Significant other playing Diablo III? Get a free vibrator
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time coming to PS Vita
NHL 13 announced, will deliver new AI and skating physics
Rayman Origins 3DS’ retail release finally gets finalized
Here’s what 38 Studios’ Project Copernicus looks like
One more trailer for Harley Quinn’s Revenge couldn’t hurt
SkyGoblin releases The Journey Down: Chapter One in HD
The Secret World talks combat and skills