October 13, 2015

Indie Feature: The Challenger


The Challenger is a rather awesome kung fu short but it’s apparently just the beginning and is the prequel to an original feature screenplay.

I’ve posted details about the short film and how you can support it below from the official The Challenger website.

SYNOPSIS: Estranged Kung Fu classmates are reunited when their master is mysteriously killed in a challenge match. Despite work, family demands, and being dismally out of shape, the sworn brothers must keep their vows made long ago – to defend the honor of the clan at any price.


Director’s Notes

Yes, we are making a Kung Fu movie. Full of slamming, whizbang action that will be fun and entertaining to all men with red blood raging through their veins. But I believe we can reach even more people too. We want that blue-haired grandma in Iowa, who hasn’t a mean bone in her body, to rush out of the theater screaming and punching the air. Because deep down it’s a personal story that people all over the world can relate to, the struggle to honor your word. We make fervent promises to our parents, our lovers, our children, and perhaps even our teachers. But what happens when none of them are around anymore to know if you’ve kept them or not?


Slated for production in North America, late 2016, we are in active development and looking for additional investors, sales partners, and production collaborators. Contact us for more information.

Tran Quoc Bao | Writer/Director/Editor
Bao honed his visual sense from Kung Fu movies, silent comedies, musicals, and Hitchcock. Mentored early on by master action director Corey Yuen, he was instilled with an approach to action that doesn’t rely solely on spectacle, but draws on story and character. Twitch Film praised his written-and-directed short Bookie for its “flawlessly realized world populated by entirely fleshed out and believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life.” Following an award-winning film festival run, he directed Black Coffee as part of a film anthology produced by Cinema Seattle. His segment’s unique noir style caught the attention of Seattle Magazine, which awarded him their Spotlight Artist of the Year. He has since traveled back to his homeland of Vietnam to work as a film editor. His editing credits include Cho Lon, one of Southeast Asia’s highest-budgeted action blockbusters, and Jackpot, a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam’s official entry to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. Ain’t It Cool News enthusiastically declared Bao as “a director I expect to see big things from.”

Ken Quitugua | Action Director
An original member of the ground-breaking indie action team ZeroGravity Stunts, Ken has over 20 years of achievement in martial arts, earning a senior instructor rank in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and four Grand Championship titles. He has gone on to broaden his knowledge with Wushu, Capoeira, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has played starring roles and served as action director/fight choreographer in several key independent action films of the last decade, including Unlucky Stars which recently won Best Fight Choreography at the Action on Film International Film Festival. Ken lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicole, where he also works as a graphic artist in the entertainment industry.

Michael Velasquez | Producer
Constantly trying to live up to the examples set by his family and Tom Cruise, Michael routinely submitted school projects as narrative video essays rather than written reports. Fortunately, his teachers eventually gave in, so he has been working in video and post production ever since. As a Creative Producer, Michael’s sole purpose in life is to make sure every individual’s needs are met, at all levels of the production. And he does mean every need. A content creator in his own right, Michael has screened dozens of his films nationally and internationally. He still has trouble referring to himself as an artist and a man. Michael currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son, who are both so beautiful it’s frightening.

Al’n Duong | Producer
Al’n harbored great passion for martial arts films and NBA basketball from a young age. After reaching the staggering height of 5 foot 7 inches, Al’n put all his energy into making backyard Kung Fu films in high school using home video cameras. He continued his education in Seattle at the University of Washington, focusing on post-modern cinema and martial arts films. Having started out in camera department before transitioning to producing, Al’n brings a holistic knowledge in creative problem-solving and film set management – ensuring a productive, fun, and safe environment.

Contact directly for funding, creative material, and production inquiries. Follow us on social media for the latest updates.


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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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