- British-born Guy Orlebar is an award-winning indie movie director who is founder and CEO of Agog Films Productions in Hong Kong. With numerous projects at various stages of development, Guy and his company Agog Films are always on the lookout for exciting new local talent.
Ray Park and Eriko Sato to Star Amongst the Stars in China’s New 3D Sci-Fi EpicSaturday, May 22, 2010 1:07AM / Press Release / Future Fighters / Members only
CANNES – 20 May 2010 – Fans of Asia-influenced sci-fi action films will be delighted to hear the key cast line-up of China's first ever international 3D sci-fi epic co-production, as announced by its producers today. Hollywood action star RAY PARK (“G.I. Joe”, “Heroes”, “X-Men”) and Japanese actress/model ERIKO SATO 佐藤 江梨子 (“Cutie Honey”, “Funuke domo, kanashimi no ai wo misero”) will be joining China starlet LISA CHENG LAI SHOU 鄭麗莎 in the three leading roles of the new 3D FUTURE FIGHTERS movie (www.FutureFightersMovie.com) which is currently in development and is being billed as “a relationship-charged, action-packed, mecha fest”. They join a cast list including fighting legends China kungfu actor GORDON LIU 劉家輝 (“True Legend”, “Kill Bill 1&2”) and, also announced today, Japan martial arts actor YASUAKI “DAVID” KURATA 倉田保昭 (“Blood: The Last Vampire”, “Shinjuku Incident”).
RAY PARK’s California-based talent agency Global Artists Agency (www.globalartistsagency.net) can be reached at [email protected] or +1-323-836-0320. ERIKO SATO is represented by her Tokyo-based management company Yellow Cab (www.yellow-cab.co.jp), which can be reached at +81-3-5410-8088 or via fax at +81-3-5410-8089. LISA CHENG and co-producer GUY ORLEBAR can be contacted through Hong Kong-based production company Agog Films Productions (www.agogfilms.com), at [email protected] or +852-9418-6674. YASUAKI KURATA can be reached at his Tokyo-based stunt agency Kurata Promotion Company (www.kurata-pro.com) on [email protected] or +81-3-3413-3462. GORDON LIU and co-producer RICKY “KK” WONG 王家駒 can be contacted through Hong Kong-based production company Cine-Century Entertainment Ltd (www.cinecentury.com.hk) at [email protected] or +852-2345-2983. Fellow co-producers MIKE LEEDER and BILLIE CHAN 陳玉冰 can be reached in Hong Kong through the production company Screen Ops (www.ScreenOps.com), at [email protected] or (+852) 2104 2600, and the production/promotion/management company Adspeak Ltd (www.adspeak.biz) at [email protected] or +852-2311-8123 respectively.
As a self-described Jackie Chan and Jet Li fan whose movies inspired him to become an actor initially, Future Fighters offers the man behind the masks of such iconic characters as Darth Maul in “Star Wars: Episode I” and Snake Eyes in last year’s “G.I. Joe”, RAY PARK, the opportunity to return to his Asian martial arts roots to act and perform under the fight choreography instructions of Jet Li favorite, action director DEE DEE KU 谷軒昭 (“Matrix 2&3”, “Kill Bill 1&2”, “The Mummy 3”, “Forbidden Kingdom”, “Kungfu Hustle”, “Fearless”, “Warlords”). A popular award-winning actress and model within Japan, Future Fighters provides Eriko Sato with further international exposure following her praised performance by the international anime community as the titular lead action heroine in Hideaki Anno’s 2004 live-action adaption “Cutie Honey”. Twenty-four year-old actress/model/athlete Lisa Cheng (also known as LISA SA) has already achieved major championship successes in competitive climbing, bodybuilding and gymnastics at both national and international levels, and is now launching her film career with a number of projects in China, and, through Future Fighters, the world. Yasuaki Kurata, longtime proponent for Asian action films who is widely known for his sparring with Jet Li in “Fist of Legend”, and who most recently appeared in the live-action adaptation of the anime “Blood: The Last Vampire” and Jackie Chan’s “Shinjuku Incident”, looks to Future Fighters to further promote Japanese and Asian cinema and themes to the Western audience.
Co-producer Billie Chan describes their choice of cast: “Heralding originally from his legendary stunt team, Dee Dee [Ku] is widely considered within the industry as Yuen Wo Ping’s protégé. With someone of that top caliber and Hollywood experience as our Action Director, we absolutely need actors who can really step up and deliver not just emotional but also the most physical performances of their careers. So we’ve been tremendously lucky to receive the support of these talented and, within their respective markets, high-profile individuals.” Fellow co-producer and casting director, Mike Leeder (“Fearless”, “The Mummy 3”, “Rush Hour 3”) elucidates further: “Last September we announced Lisa [Cheng]’s involvement as a supporting actress, but once immensely-talented Ray [Park] with his reputation for taking his characters to their physical limit came on board, we couldn’t think of any other actress who could better play his character’s female equal in this movie.” Fellow co-producer and co-writer Guy Orlebar concludes: “On the Japan side, both Eriko-san and [her management company] Yellow Cab have been extremely supportive of this project ever since we first reached out to them in Tokyo last Fall… as has Kurata-sensei who we approached in the Spring… so I’m very proud to welcome these two versatile actors officially… in roles which will be anything but conventional.“
And who will be the director? “I can’t really give too much away at present, since talks are still ongoing, but we’re expecting to announce our director in time for July’s San Diego Comic-Con. I think giant robot fans are going to be amazed and ecstatic at who we have in mind– it’s someone whose next theatrical release the West has waited quite considerably and patiently for, and, I believe, who can help us make up for certain of Hollywood’s recent unpopular giant robot indiscretions.” hints Guy Orlebar cryptically.
Future Fighters is a new live-action 3D science fiction movie to “put the science back into science fiction” and featuring a band of freedom fighters and their mechanized warriors in the 22nd Century defending the solar system from an encroaching enemy. Co-written by STEVE TYMON (“Backflash”, “Bloodsport II”) and co-producer Guy Orlebar, and co-starring REUBEN LANGDON (“Avatar”, “Spiderman 2”, “Pirates Of The Caribbean 3”) and KAZUYA SHIMIZU 清水一哉 (“Azumi”, “Big Man Japan”, “Returner”), Future Fighters also features the talents of production designer GUIDO GUIDI (“Transformers”, “X-Men”, “Fantastic Four” comics), 3D cinematographer HENRY CHUNG (“Peony Pavilion”, “My Fair Gentleman”), orchestral movie composer, scorer and conductor ROBERT ELLIS-GEIGER (“Election 2”, “After This Our Exile”), sound designer MARTIN CHAPPELL (“Accident”, “Sparrow”, “Turn Left Turn Right”), and New York Times best-seller novelist ALAN DEAN FOSTER (“Alien” trilogy, “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”, “Terminator Salvation”, “Transformers”), with LA/Tokyo-based Just Cause Productions Inc (www.for-the-cause.com) providing pre-production and motion capture services, Toronto-based Stereo 3D Unlimited (www.stereo3dunlimited.com) providing 3D stereoscopic production services, and Beijing-based Crystal CG (www.crystalCG.com) providing high-end CG modeling.
Co-producer Mike Leeder is also heading up the newly created Stealth Asia, a sub-label for UK's Stealth Media Group (www.stealthmediagroup.com), which was announced at Cannes on Monday, and fellow co-producer ex-Lehman Brothers banker Guy Orlebar’s feature film debut “Lost In Love” (www.lostinlovemovie.com) is currently being represented by California-based sales agent LONG TALE (www.longtale.com) at this year’s Cannes film market. Co-producer Billie Chan has marketed numerous films from high-profile directors including John Woo, Tsui Hark and Fruit Chan at all major international film festivals, including Wong Ka Wai's Cannes-winning “Happy Together” and this year's Berlin festival winner “Echoes of the Rainbow”. Mike Leeder and Guy Orlebar, with fellow co-producer RICKY WONG, are also behind the new Triumphant Film Funds investment vehicle (www.TriumphantFilmFunds.com) which was set up in March 2010 to allow investors to tap into the burgeoning global theatrical and blu-ray film markets, with its two Series 10 funds currently open for subscription until the end of June.
Founded in 2007, Agog Films Productions is one of Hong Kong's newest and most dynamic film production houses, specializing in quality independent movie-making with the freshest global talents, as well as in related comic and video-game development.
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