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Dark Assassin (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  21 February 2007 (Italy)
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After four years Derek Wu is released from prison. Hunting for a regular job he tries to redeem his life by living clean. Then, Derek's old gang buddies turn up murdered and the police make... See full summary »

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After four years Derek Wu is released from prison. Hunting for a regular job he tries to redeem his life by living clean. Then, Derek's old gang buddies turn up murdered and the police make him the prime suspect. When his former crime boss finds out he's back in town, Derek becomes a marked man. Derek finds himself on the run as he is confronted by a dark past he cannot escape! In this homage to the legendary Bruce Lee and films of the 70's, martial arts champion Jason Yee serves up Kung-Fu action with attitude. Written by Jason Yee

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The El Mariachi school of filmmaking goes kung fu.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Filming started in April 2001, after three weeks of shooting and out of money, the film was 80% shot. The last 20% of the film was shot in pieces over two years as Director Jason Yee found the funds. The remaining post production was completed in 2005. The final edit was completed in 2006 to be distributed by HartSharp video. See more »

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Dark Assassin makes me feel as if everybody can be kung fu fighting again!
13 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching Dark Assassin I was enthralled therefore, desiring more information I've watched the DVD extras, "Bonus Features/Making of" and read all that I could find on-line, related to the movie and Jason Yee. Dark Assassin is a very cool, low-budget indie action film. The $80,000 it's a minuscule sum for making a film, especially being shot on film. Comparatively, Hollywood spends millions to make a movie. The story is reality sad but compelling, peppered with surprising humor at times, intelligent twists, the driving element of love and a surprising ending that lets you wanting more. It features the sweet and wise Tony Todd (gotta love him), as the friendly, guiding ghost to Derek Wu in his nightmares. As a bonus, Dark Assassin uses topnotch, real martial arts fighters and champions such as Cung Le, Rudi Ott, Marvin Perry, and Yao Li with real combat skills devoid of wires and silly acrobatics. Camera skills and the post-production tie up the elements to deliver a product that could be a signal for new times in American martial arts movie making and style. Jason Yee who wrote, acted, directed and produced Dark Assassin, pays homage with this film to the 70's and to Bruce Lee, The Master and leading champion, who believed that anybody can be kung fu fighting. We miss you Master! Unlike a Hollywood movie, Dark Assassin is a labor of love for Jason Yee and those who believed in him. It is worth seeing and appreciated for what it has to offer in the present and for the future, while taking in consideration its meager means. By supporting Dark Assassin we might finally see some variation in the world of martial arts movie making, which are a bit stale and repetitive right now. Hurrah!


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