Check out the trailer for Hiroshi Adachi’s directorial debut “Detective Story”, starring Adachi and Eric Jacobus. The film is still in production, and as of now Adachi plans to release it online once complete. Planned running time is roughly 45 minutes.
|Date:||Saturday, September 26, 2009|
|Time:||7:30pm – 10:30pm|
|Location:||The Victoria Theatre|
|Street:||2961 16th st.|
|City/Town:||San Francisco, CA|
Shot on a shoe-string budget and molded from the blood, sweat, and tears of a group of dedicated filmmakers, OWNED is a crime drama set in the more obscure neighborhoods of San Francisco. OWNED features Dennis Ruel, Troy Carbonel, Jose Montesinos, and Sari Sabella.
… albeit… satirical publicity.
I love it. I haven’t had anyone rag on me since The Official Eric Jacobus Thread at the forum. It reminds me of the days in 2001 when we’d get daily emails from disgruntled viewers who would opine that we were “ruining the action film industry” and that we should “go die,” except those comments were far more vicious than the ones at the link above. Enjoy the article. I know I did. I even commented! So did Blake the producer!
“Owned is a crime drama about not being able to escape one’s past, or one’s past debts.” The film stars Stunt People members Dennis Ruel and Troy Carbonel and features Stacie Rashel, with Ray Carbonel and Ed Kahana working behind the scenes. The film is currently in post production.
Day 2 – Saturday – November 15, 2008
I started the day off by being dropped off at Micah’s place before any of them woke up. Showered, ate, and a bunch of folks arrived to shoot the big scenes for the day. We packed up and went over to a legal office building where Matt Sumner (from the restaurant fight in “Dogs of Chinatown”) and I had a comedic fight scene involving some decent stunts and a lot of powder… or ‘joint compound’ as the bucket described.
Manny and Shawn had their scenes with the girls and a few of the guys, including Brian Lee (Wei from “Dogs”), and they did some brutal Korean-style fighting upstairs.
End of the day, we all went to Andrew’s art studio and did a little more chaos fighting followed by some acting. Everyone went to Micah’s afterward and ate, and we called it a day.
Day 0 – Thursday – November 13, 2008
Micah Moore and Blake Faucette (“Dogs of Chinatown”) flew myself and Emmanuel Manzanares and Shawn Bernal of Lazy Brown Productions out to North Carolina to shoot a teaser for their upcoming feature, “Beat Down Boogie.” We’re going to put our parkour / tricking / fighting skills to the test for Moore and crew with the hopes that All Aces can take this teaser to investors and raise some cash to make a funky hiphop-style heist/chase action film.
Day 1 – Friday – November 14, 2008
We started Day 1 by getting some breakfast at a swank cafe near Raleigh where the prices ended up underselling the decor. Upon entry Micah muttered, “Oh no, what’s this place gonna cost?” But it was so early that this was the only place open, and we weren’t willing to trek to the next town to find a more dingy place. And it was cheap. We ate some big breakfasts, talked shop, and went outside hoping to shoot in the foyer, but seeing that the management was out of office we had to ditch the idea.
At Micah’s place in Greensboro, Shawn passed out from a cold, and Manny and I played some Megaman 9 waiting to go to Green St. At the Green St. club, we did some acrobatic fighting near a stage, and upstairs we did a tiny bit of indoor parkour, followed by good ol’ fightin. Manny and I had never fought together, but nobody would’ve guessed it.
Dinner downtown after Shawn woke up, rested and less sickly. At the Green Borough we ate, and we went to the back of the restaurant to shoot a 2 on 1 between the LBP guys and myself. A few acrobatic kicks, group fighting, and a painful backfall was all we needed to call it a night.
Off to a storage facility to do some green screen shooting for titles and promo stuff. I was allowed to ditch the group to go meet up with someone while they finished up their shooting, and that was that!
[me in BDB]
“Dogs of Chinatown” producer Blake Faucette sent me this email today. It’s a list of short reviews from various important folks, all of whom seem to like “Dogs.” Rad.
Here’s a few recent quotes we got about Dogs Of Chinatown. There’s been a lot of positive response to the film and we are very appreciative of the following people for taking the time to give us some kind words that will help us promote the film.
Steve Wang, Director “DRIVE”: “Dogs of Chinatown is visually kinetic, full of fun action sequences and has a compelling story to boot!”
Impact Magazine: “not only delivers top notch action but takes the independent action film to new and successful stylistic heights…bursting with style, creativity and kick ass action”
HK Flix: The Stunt People’s Eric Jacobus is given an opportunity to stretch his acting legs in “Dogs Of Chinatown”, which is his best performance to date. Director Micah Moore’s visuals give The Stunt People their best-yet backdrop to kick some serious ass. All in all, a visually-pleasing crime-thriller with fight scenes to rival some of Hollywood’s best.
Quiet Earth: Dogs Of Chinatown is a great, fast-paced gangster flick which leaves no time to dwell on any philosophical or moral ramifications, it just gets right to the ass-kicking point.
Kung Fu Cinema: Director Micah Moore displays traces of filmmakers like Wong Kar-wai, Tsui Hark and Corey Yuen. The Hong Kong influence is strong with this one. Speaking of the Hong Kong influence, the action of Eric Jacobus and Ray Carbonel is first-rate. The level of their screen fighting is superior to Hollywood standards and favorably comparable to Hong Kong’s best standards. Dogs Of Chinatown displays a level of unapologetic audacity, visual panache and ass-kickery rarely seen outside of Asian action cinema.
Justin Richards (PhantasmaGoria film festival organiser): A ballsy love story, Dogs Of Chinatown should win over both fans of high-octane, high- kicking Hong-Kong style action films and those after something with perhaps a little more emotional substance.
Dogs Of Chinatown hits AFM Film Market starting November 5th with our good friends from Fantastic Films International. Hopefully they will do good business with it and Dogs can start hitting retail stores in 2009.
Thanks for all the support and we’ll update you soon,