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TAPADO: FIGHT FOR JUSTICE: Filming Starts On Vincent Soberano’s New FMA Action Drama
The film’s title itself is a word that stems from stick fighting in Filipino martial arts, one that no less speaks highly to Soberano’s contined goal of bringing FMA to the forefront of action by next year as there are already a few films brewing in the action genre in the region. Headlining are Soberano in reunion with several Blood Hunters cast, including actor Ian Ignacio for a story centered on a downtrodden MMA champion who journeys into the world of underground fighting to take down an elusive drug lord.
Vincent Soberano Debuts FMA Action Horror Thrills In BLOOD HUNTERS
EXCLUSIVE: Currently in post production is the new Filipino action horror, Blood Hunters, from documentary filmmaker, Muay Thai champion and debut director Vincent Soberano. The film is the latest advancement of the proof-of-concept short of the same name for which Soberano won Best Short Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo in New York City last November prior to acquiring funding.
Poised as an English-language pic with international appeal, the film centers on a team of mercenaries assigned to battle swarms of hybrid, vampiric creatures and hunt down their Queen in order to harness her blood to prevent an Aswang apocalypse. Soberano also makes his lead acting debut in the movie from his own script in addition to designing some of the action, provided in part with Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) serving as the bedrock for most of the film’s fight sequences by choreographer Revirick Jocson and action director Jeff Centauri who last assisted stunt director Sonny Sison on Pedring Lopez’s Nilalang.
The martial arts heavy cast includes USA-born actress Sarah Chang, local Hall Of Famer Levy Ignacio and son Ian T. Ignacio, and longstanding action star and Makati congressman Monsour Del Rosario (Bloodfist 2, The Hunt For Eagle One) in his latest return to film. Joining in as the principal antagonists are former fitness instructor, actress Mayling Ng (Lady Bloodfight, Wonder Woman) who stars as the aforementioned Queen, Maya, along with actor and martial artist Temujin Shirzada as Naga.
Topping out the cast will be a spate of cameos from notable FMA Grandmasters, including Sr. Grandmasters Vicente R. Sanchez and Patrick Jason P. Balos, and Grandmasters Henry Espera, Ronaldo Baxafra and Arnold Narzo.
Production commenced on February 15 this year and subsequently wrapped on March 7 with an official teaser now en route along with some hopeful acquisition and distribution news before long. Until then, we have three fresh, new promotional images courtesy of the production for you to view below. Check them out and stay tuned for some teaser footage and more on Blood Hunters as the film takes shape!
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