Indonesian action cinema will undoubtedly endure now that it’s found new life since 2009. Thus, with a new decade underway, a new era now gives rise to new, hopeful and emerging film talent as Blood Rush officially launches on Indiegogo.
Ranjeet S. Marwa penned the script and will direct Blood Rush, starring Zack Lee (The Raid 2, Headshot, The Night Comes For Us) in the role of Max, a widower who has since dedicated his life to a secretive cult after witnessing the death of his wife. When his new “family” later decides they don’t want him to rest, Max’s greatest, most brutal fight is yet to come.
Updates in the past few weeks have slowly been ramping up the project since Marwa, whose film credits extend to wearing multiple hats on a variety of projects in the last ten years, announced crowdfunding plans last month. And it’s as serious as it ambitious with Lee rejoining fellow cohorts, the incomporable Yayan Ruhian and Singapore’s Sunny Pang currently lining up the main cast.
To boot, Marwa is also pairing with long time friend, U.K.-based stunt performer and fight choreographer Nick Khan (Redcon-1, Invincible), who has been hard at work in the past year amping up his screenfighting profile online, through several practice fights which can be seen in our biweekly installments of The Hit List.
“You see movies like The Raid and The Night Comes For Us… and everything has just upped the game.” says Khan, who will also star as one of the film’s main fighting villains. Marwa’s YouTube channel currently hosts a pair of pre-visualized action sequences (here and here) filmed by Khan to lend an idea of what he hopes to achieve, as he tells FCSyndicate, while weary of merely recycling and rebranding similar styles of action and star performances.
“The style of action we’re going to use is brutal, fast, aggressive, enticing, realistic, offensive depending on the character, and very energetic.” says Khan, who went on to talk briefly about how he hopes to achieve certain shots for various beats of the action, including the use of long takes for the desired effect. “I know it’s gonna be very fatiguing and very draining, but I know it’ll be very rewarding to watch.”
Marwa’s goal is relatively small in terms of budget, but steep enough to hopefully galvanize a following big enough in willful donations. The perks are awesome as well, and all the more promising as production aims for a six-week shoot during May and June in Indonesia in an effort to help reignite Indonesian action movie fandom once more.
Watch the campaign video above and click here to learn more details, as well as how to help, and possibly donate.