Independent filmmaker, martial artist and stuntman Godefroy Ryckewaert is starting to have an affect on me. I first wrote about him late last year and he’s beginning to stand out more and more with each project.
This time around, he’s collaborated with select members of France-based Casade Demo Team for their newest shortfilm, Shadows Of 13. Martial artist and actor Daren Nop stars in his first ever shortfilm role on top of writing the story and script, as well as designing the action sequences and stunts. However, there is more here than just watching an amazing display of martial arts action, and it comes with a damn good story setup.
Shadows Of 13 is a terrific character study on heroism, and the importance of never taking an act of kindness for granted. It’s one of the best online action pieces I have ever seen and I never thought it would have the kind of affect it did on me. Needless to say, you may want to have some tissues handy by the end. This one tuggs at the heartstrings something fierce.
Merci, Godefroy and Daren. Merci.
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