THE ART OF ACTION: Scott Adkins Kicks Up Next Week’s Epsiode With Johnny Tri Nguyen
Actor and action star Johnny Tri Nguyen (Da 5 Bloods) is still working in movies, though – and in my view – he’s less prolific than he should be at this stage long since landing hard and heavy fourteen years ago with a lead role in Charlie Nguyen’s The Rebel, and following suit with Thai thriller Power Kids, and Le Thanh Son’s Clash; I know for me the most fascinating turning point was when his 2013 gangster thriller, Cho Lon, got kiboshed by Vietnamese censors, only to end up leaked on the internet in its raw, unfinished form.
It’s a shame, frankly. Having seen Indonesia rise to the occasion with a prospective action star in Iko Uwais for barnburners like Merantau, The Raid and The Raid 2 at the time, the momentum in Southeast Asia for trendsetting action on film should’ve been a huge benefit for Nguyen. With a resumè that’s brought him screen credits opposite the likes of Jet Li and Corey Yuen a la Cradle 2 The Grave, and the opportune millieu of working on set for Tom Yung Goong with Tony Jaa, I can only wonder what lies ahead for the Vovinam-on-film trendsetter…
And, thanks to Scott Adkins, whilst busy on set for his latest role in J.J. Perry’s feature debut, Day Shift, we may get to learn just that, and much more with the next episode of The Art Of Action webseries. Peep the teaser, and don’t forget to check out his latest interview with fellow Triple Threat co-star Tiger Chen on YouTube as well!
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