“Heavy on the action with fun visuals and impressive choreography!” – Ain’t It Cool News
“Kick-ass! As meat and potatoes as you can get to classic Kung Fu fight choreography.” – YomYomF Network
“I want more and the full-length feature sounds dope!” – Angry Asian Man
“Stands out with blood-pumping action!” – Bloody Disgusting
The Challenger is merely the beginning, the prequel to our original feature screenplay. Learn more about our upcoming Kung Fu movie and how to get involved.
Action/Dramedy, 100 pgs.
When their old Kung Fu master dies under mysterious circumstances, three estranged friends, despite being terribly out of shape and washed-up as fighters, must reawaken their abilities to find the killer and restore their master’s honor.
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, it’ll reach more more than just that – we want blue-haired grandmas to rush out the theater screaming and punching the air in excitement. 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 even our masters. So what happens when none of them are around anymore to know if you’ve kept them or not? Oh, and it’ll be really funny along the way!
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. Screen Anarchy 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.”
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 has over 20 years of experience working in video and post-production. As a Creative Producer, Michael’s purpose is to make sure every individual’s needs are met and to help shepherd the director’s creative vision through all levels of the production. He can be a sounding board, yes man, or devil’s advocate as the situation demands. A content creator in his own right, Michael has screened dozens of his short films both nationally and internationally, while his visual effects work has been featured in several award-winning documentaries. His other skills include drawing, design, and photography. Though he began training in martial arts at the age of four, much like the heroes of our film, it’s been decades since he won his last challenge match.
AAl’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. Al’n began his film career directing and producing Number 5ive, the Grand Jury Prizewinner at the 2005 Wazzu International Film Festival. 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, positive, and safe environment. Al’n is currently a video producer in the video game industry and director/producer of the pilot travel show, Casting About with Thao Tran.