The campaign continues for Tricity Pictures with a brand new Nepali trailer for writer/director Pema Dhondup’s action adventure, The Man From Kathmandu: Vol. 1. Host to the action and drama stylings of breakout Puerto Rican martial arts star, Jose Manuel, moviegoers in Nepal will be the first to see the story unfold beginning March 15.
A disaffected American – Nepali half Hindu – Muslim boy detours to Kathmandu on his way to find his father who thinks has joined the war in Syria, but his battle against a local don who kills his grandfather grounds him to the reality of his relationships and and in the process he re-connects with his roots, culture and traditions of the Himalayan nation, which he had forgotten and both his external and internal journey changes.
At least one noticeable difference is that the title now brandishes with a Vol. 1 suffix, which makes things seem prospective to a degree as a larger-planned investment.
Manuel hit it big debuting in Andre Ramirez’s local 2012 indie martial arts thriller, Testigo, putting the genre on the map for the industry in the U.S. commonwealth and essentially planting a seed for other local talents. He’s also set for a small role in producer Mark Wiley’s upcoming crime comedy, Made In Chinatown, a worthy milemarker for Manuel as he now sets eyes toward international appeal with a role that’s sure to expand his presence from the annals of YouTube history to the big screen and even the mainstream.
Next year will be interesting to see how this film circulates through the markets as deals and acquisitions commence from the EFM to BiFan or Fantastic Fest, or even the AFM less than a year from now. Hopefully the title will stay as is, because Lord knows some hack U.S. distributor will snag this and give it some cheesy cover art with a weak re-title like “Ninja Warrior” or “Ninja Rebel” or something similar and equally subpar – whereas I’m of the opinion that Dhondup and a talent like Manuel deserve the respect of being sold better, and if I may say so myself, T Man From Kathmandu: Vol. 1 is a title that definitely resonates.
Let’s hope this fact doesn’t fall on corporate deaf ears. And speaking of ears, TriCity has some listening gems online from the movie featuring the vocal stylings of Nikita Shrestha. Listen below, and peep the newest poster as well.