BAFTA-nominated John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank 2: High Voltage) have boarded British martial arts actioner, 14 Fists, due to begin filming in Winter 2018.
In 14 Fists, a Chinese family on a British Council estate are terrorised by a local gang, until one day they take in a mysterious drifter.
The film stars rising action talent Jean-Paul Ly, best known from Cambodian martial arts hit Jailbreak which won the coveted GURU prize for Best Action Feature Film at the Fantasia Film Festival 2017 and was recently released by Netflix worldwide.
Gaining a name both in front and behind the camera, Ly action coordinated new Cambodian thriller The Prey which premieres at the BFI London Film Festival this weekend. His next film Nightshooters, nominated for Best UK Feature at this year’s Raindance Film Festival, is releasing in December 2018 through UK distributor Ascendant Releasing, part of Ascendant Films.
Continuing this collaboration, Ascendant founder Bart Ruspoli writes and directs 14 Fists with co-founder Freddie Hutton-Mills producing. Their filmmaking credits include recent Lionsgate sci-fi Genesis, Devil’s Playground and Cryptic.
Bart Ruspoli said: “We’re extremely excited to continue our collaboration with Jean-Paul Ly, whose star is on a meteoric rise. And by bringing together acclaimed actors like John Hannah and Bai Ling with world class action talent, we’re aiming to create something very unique in the UK film industry.”