XYZ Films Picks Up Cambodian Martial Arts Comedy, JAILBREAK
It was only a matter of time before we heard more from the happenings over at Kongchak Pictures who have been hitting the festival pavement this year for the new action comedy, Jailbreak. The film, directed by Jimmy Henderson and produced by Loy Te, made waves over at Hong Kong FilMart where it nabbed distribution in Korea following its local Cambodian release in January, and has since screened for attendees at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy in the past week.
The film stars martial arts exponents, actors Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our and actress Tharothoum Sam, actor Savin Philip and debut feature film actress Céline Tran in the story of a tactical police escort unit who find themselves trapped inside a prison and forced to protect a notorious key witness from the deadly onslaught of inmates and the murderous Butterfly Gang who have descended from outside. Featuring action sequences choreographed by Ly with brilliant lensing by Godefroy Ryckewaert, the film has stood resonant among fans largely with its action sequences reflective of 2011 thriller, The Raid and its 2014 sequel, which best explains why it probably caught the attention of XYZ Films who have officially been announced as the key international sales reps and likely distributors for its U.S. release.
A due date remains pending while plans for a sequel continue to brew until validity with Henderson possibly back at the helm. Expect further trade news and official statements to confirm more details after this. (Source)
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April 26, 2017 @ 6:08 pm
This movie looks really good, but it doesn't look like a comedy from the trailer that I've seen.. Maybe two parts do.. Hopefully it stays serious & doesn't take a goofy turn, in my opinion. Can't wait for it!