MASTER: Help ‘The Last Dragon’ Star Crowdfund His New Shaw-Inspired Kung Fu Adventure
Set in ancient China, Master is a martial arts adventure that tells the tale of a reluctant warrior (Taimak) who embarks on an epic journey of vengeance and self-discovery.
Co-written by Taimak, the film’s story centers around a Persian-African soldier on a quest to avenge the murder of his adopted Chinese family. Hunted by a band of ruthless assassins, our hero must battle unknown forces while trying to uncover the truth about his past.
Inspired by the Shaw Brothers classics of the 1970s and the works of Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, Masterwill go back to the roots of classic martial arts cinema – no fight doubles, no unnecessary CGI and absolutely no ‘shaky cam’.
“The story of Master is one I’ve been trying to tell my whole life, as both a martial artist and an actor,” said Taimak. “Like Bruce Lee, I believe martial arts films should be about martial arts – not just the fighting and combat but also the philosophy and spirituality. The Last Dragon achieved this balance brilliantly and I’ve spent many years trying to find a worthy follow-up. Similar to my character in that film, I realized the answer came from within.”
A total of $75,000 is the current goal for the campaign which closes on December 8. Thus, Taimak will also be on the road before then to host event screenings of his hit 1985 kung fu thriller from director Michael Schultz at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the U.S. through November 30 to help advance the campaign. Perks, of course, have been listed per donation so those who are well-pocketed with enough change and a keen interest in some cool memorabilia as well as on seeing the cult martial arts star in a brand new filmic narrative are more than welcome to pony up.
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