ABOUT THE FEATURE

“Wild and heavy action!”Ain’t It Cool News
“Kick-ass!”YomYomF Network
“Dope as hell!”Live For Films
“A kinetic, hype-inducing prologue!”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.

Synopsis

Action/Dramedy, 100 pgs.
Three estranged childhood friends are reunited as adults when their old Kung Fu master dies under suspicious circumstances and, despite being out of shape and washed-up as fighters, they set out to find whoever might have killed their “Master Father” and restore his honor.

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?

Status

Slated for production in 2017, we are in active development and looking for additional investors, sales partners, and production collaborators. Contact us for more information.

MEET THE TEAM

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 two sons, 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, positive, and safe environment.