Production has wrapped on a Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick titled Pound of Flesh. The film re-teams Van Damme with Ernie Barbarash (Favela), the director behind 2011′s Assassination Games and 2012′s 6 Bullets. Van Damme’s son, Kristopher Van Varenberg (Enemies Closer), and Darren Shahlavi (Ip Man 2) are co-starring. Pound of Flesh is being produced by Kirk Shaw (Driven To Kill, Hardwired).
The plot line of Pound of Flesh is reminiscent of Park Chan-wook’s 2002 thriller, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance:
In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Van Damme), an former black-ops agent, awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city – brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.
Pound of Flesh will be getting a North American release date on May 20, 2015.
Updates: Via the Hollywood Reporter, Pound of Flesh will feature fight scenes coordinated by veteran choreographer and stuntman John Salvetti (Donnie Yen’s Flash Point, Special Identity). | John Ralston (Degrassi The Next Generation), William B Davis (The X-Files) and Charlotte Peters have joined Pound of Flesh.
Ernie Barbarash, the director of Pound of Flesh, spills some details about his upcoming film in this video. He mentions that it is an “action movie that’s very character driven.” | Bruceploitation actor Huang Kin Long (aka Bruce Le) recently visited the set. So what does Le look like today? Well, here’s a photo (courtesy of Impact) of him with Mike Leeder, Darren Shahlavi and Mike Moller on the set of Pound of Flesh. Simply amazing!
Shahlavi has posted a new set photo. | An extremely short fight clip of Van Damme vs. Shahlavi. | Photos from Pound of Flesh. | Pack new stills/photos. | Van Damme is known for doing the splits in nearly all of his movies. In a new official still (click here) from Pound of Flesh, he continues this tradition. | First “real” trailer re-edited with some extra footage not seen in the first “leaked” teaser. | 2nd trailer for Pound of Flesh.
After a series of trailers consisting of broken links, unofficial leaks (and other unexplained uploads), here’s the film’s first official full trailer.