PH film out to conquer int’l market next year

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RICKY CALDERON

Actor-director-writer and martial arts champion Vincent Soberano has announced the filming of “Fight for Justice,” which has its eyes set on the international market in 2018. According to the multi-hyphenate, the movie will be the Philippines’ answer to Thailand’s “Ong Bak” and Indonesia’s “Raid: Redemption.”

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Fight for Justice is the story of small town martial arts champion Jacob Casa who infiltrates an international drug syndicate’s underground fighting circuit called “The Trigonal.” He does so after his wife was brutally assaulted and his best friend murdered by the drug lord’s henchmen.

The film features a lesser known but extremely effective Filipino martial arts system that originates from the island of Negros. Called Tapado, this fighting method had been kept secret until now by practitioners fortunate enough to be taught by its masters.

Starring Monsour del Rosario, Ian Ignacio, Levi Ignacio and Soberano himself, the movie also brings in international action stars such as Sarah Chang from China, Paul Allica from Australia, and China’s top UFC contender, Jingliang aka “The Leech” in his debut acting role.

A full-throttle, high-intensity action film that gathers all the elements of Hollywood action films, the movie presents incredible action cinematography and audio-visual compositions by Japanese cinematographer, Takeyuki Onishi, who directed the photography of “Blood Hunters.”

Line-produced by industry veteran, Elaine Lozano, with set design by award-winning production designer Fritz Solorio, Fight For Justice is poised to be an indie blockbuster worldwide, setting the bar for local action films.

Principal photography will commence between July and September in Negros, with various picturesque locations such as Bacolod City and Lakawon Island. Executive producers are Jessie Efeno, Tony Aguirre of Piaya Network, and Oli Laperal of RS Video and Film Productions.

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