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Belly of the Beast -- An ex-CIA agent's quest to find his kidnapped daughter leads him on a trail of political intrigue, corruption, danger and betrayal; he will stop at nothing to save her.

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James Townsend (written by)
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Release Date:
20 February 2004 (South Korea) See more »
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A Father's Rage Knows No Limit
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An ex-CIA agent's quest to find his kidnapped daughter leads him on a trail of political intrigue, corruption, danger and betrayal; he will stop at nothing to save her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not great but much better than Seagal's films have been of late See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Steven Seagal ... Jake Hopper

Byron Mann ... Sunti

Monica Lo ... Lulu

Tom Wu ... General Jantapan

Sara Malakul Lane ... Jessica Hopper
Patrick Robinson ... Leon Washington

Vincent Riotta ... Fitch McQuaid
Norman Veeratum ... Suthep

Elidh MacQueen ... Sara Winthorpe
Siu Tung Chan ... Kong

Kevork Malikyan ... Fernand Zadir
Pongpat Wachirabunjong ... Mongkol
Alastair Vardy ... Security Guard #1
Andy Adam ... Security Guard #2

Shahkrit Yamnarm ... Brice (as Shahkritt Yamnarm)
Max Ruddock ... Russel

Martin McDougall ... Tom Collins
Nicolas Rochette ... Masked Man
Ian Robison ... Tom Blake

Colin Stinton ... Jim Cox
Akaluk Oisingo ... Taxi Driver
Wannakit Sirioput ... Tommy Taipei (as Wannakit Siriput)
Malin Moberg ... Woman in Pool
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Ferguson ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Erik Markus Schuetz ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Siu-Tung Ching  (as Ching Siu Tung)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Fenton  uncredited
Steven Seagal  story (uncredited)
James Townsend  written by

Produced by
Jamie Brown .... producer
D.J. Carson .... co-producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
George Furla .... producer
Phillip B. Goldfine .... co-executive producer
Gary Howsam .... producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Steven Seagal .... producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
John Thompson .... executive producer
Charles Wang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Sayer-Wade 
 
Cinematography by
Danny Nowak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson  (as David Richardson)
 
Casting by
Andrea Clark 
Jeremy Zimmermann 
 
Production Design by
Trevor Murray 
 
Set Decoration by
Anuradha Mehta  (as Radha Mehta)
 
Costume Design by
Katrina McCarthy 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Landon .... makeup artist: Steven Seagal
 
Production Management
D.J. Carson .... unit production manager
Jonathan Shore .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Warwick .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wayne Brooks .... sound designer
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor
Greg Chapman .... sound mixer
Mathew Knights .... adr recordist
Chris Roberts .... dialogue editor
Adam Sharpe .... adr mixer
Anna Sulley .... adr editor
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Andy Adam .... special effects technician
Phill Robinson .... special effects technician
Alastair Vardy .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Adlon .... digital compositor: wire/scratch removal
Simeon Asenov .... digital compositor
Scott Coulter .... visual effects producer
Veselina Georgieva .... digital effects artist (as Veselina Haralanova)
Veselina Georgieva .... visual effects compositor
Danail Hadzhiyski .... digital artist
Milosav Hugasian .... visual effects coordinator
Inna Itkin .... roto artist
Jivko Ivanov .... lead animator
Velichko Ivanov .... visual effects
Ekaterina 'Kuki' Korabelnikova .... digital effects artist
Jordan Markov .... visual effects editor
Maria Mavrova .... 3D animator
Peter Nikolov .... visual effects support staff
Iasen Pisarov .... visual effects
Ivan Sarov .... digital artist
Ryan Smith .... digital compositing supervisor
Kiri Stenberg .... visual effects
Stefan Tchakarov .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Tureski .... digital opticals effects
Valia Zaharinova .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Dian Hristov .... stunt double: lead
David Ismalone .... stunts
Erik Markus Schuetz .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ross W. Clarkson .... camera operator: "a" camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brie Thorpe .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Robin Bell .... first assistant editor
Hsun-Wei David Chang .... post-production assistant
Edward Joseph Douglas .... assistant on-line editor
Ryan Hogan .... final colorist
Bejhan Kalantar .... post-production assistant
Mykel Thuncher .... color timer
 
Music Department
Jon Paxman .... music arranger
Steven Price .... music programmer
Michèle Spoonley .... music coordinator
Ashley Waldron .... music supervisor (as Ashley Miller)
 
Other crew
Marcin Borkowski .... executive assistant: Steven Seagal
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director (as Tony Ching Siu-Tung)
Siu-Tung Ching .... kung fu choreographer (as Tony Ching Siu Tung)
Patrina Couling-Bell .... production assistant (as Pat Couling)
Helen M. Ferreira .... production secretary
Jennifer Ganton .... production coordinator
Marilyn Jang .... assistant production accountant
Bencharat Labkim .... production coordinator
Nikolette Orlandou .... assistant to producer: Steven Seagal
Samavee Pummoung .... production assistant
Roman Viaris-de-Lesegno .... production financing
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity
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91 min
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Siu-Tung Ching supposedly filmed much of the action scenes without the involvement of Steven Seagal, opting to film Seagal's shots last, but conflict arose when Seagal insisted on filming his shots in a way that wouldn't accommodate the existing footage. Ching is said to have left the set, taking his stunt crew with him and welcoming Seagal to finish the scene by himself. This infuriated the producers, who convinced Seagal to go along with Ching's approach.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Thai have as strong touch-taboo - that's why they use the "wai" as a greeting instead of shaking hands or similar. Our Hero would know this, expert as he is in matters Thai, so he would not have touched the monk's hands after speaking with him.See more »
Quotes:
Jake Hopper:I liked you a lot better as a bitch.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Bah BauSee more »

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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Not great but much better than Seagal's films have been of late, 10 April 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Jake Hopper is ex-CIA who retired from the job after a bad shooting incident, although he still does work on the side for an old Agency buddy. When his daughter is kidnapped along with her friend (a Senator's daughter) while on a backpacking holiday in the far east, Jake's contact tells him. With official channels working to get the girls' back, Jake joins up with his old partner and begins trawling the underworld looking for the gang that has his girl.

Despite getting consistently burnt, I keep on coming back to Steven Seagal films - I can't help it. I always go to the video store (for that is where Seagal now resides) looking for something to veg out in front of that will entertain me without challenging or stimulating me; it is a sad condemnation of Seagal films that they rarely manage to do even that most basic of requests. However, in some regards, Belly of the Beast is actually a reasonable film. The plot is pretty standard and relies on nonsense to move it forwards - stuck with no clues, a girl approaches Jake with a mystery tattoo on her naked chest that only appears when she gets wet! Talk about an excuse for nudity! This sort of plot device is over used; too often the film has things just happen for a way of moving the plot forward.

The plot is poorly developed and it also has elements that just seem to have been thrown in in order to fulfil the formula. The love interest is one good example of an element that is silly and simply doesn't work. What does work is the action. For once in recent Seagal films, the fight scenes are actually pretty enjoyable even if they do overdo the slowmo effects. Seagal himself is quite effective; despite his weight gain he manages to move quite well here - even if most of it involves upper body work rather than full motion.

As an actor though, Seagal is about as bad as ever: his emotional range is rubbish, as seen in his reaction when told his daughter has been kidnapped (`you don't say' he blankly emotes!). He even is blank when kissing the gorgeous Lo - so what hope is there for him? Having said that, the worst moment in the film is one that is another actor's fault. In one scene Seagal is dubbed by an actor who sounds nothing like him - it is a laughable moment and a sad comment on the effort Seagal is putting into his films now (unable or unwilling to show up for ADR). Luckily for him, his support cast is OK. Mann's sidekick is good and Wu makes for a decent bad guy despite having very low screen time. Monica Lo is very beautiful and sexy - just a shame that her scenes where she gradually falls for Seagal make more for laughter than passion! Even these few good performances are still pretty basic though and the standard is no better than Seagal's usual stuff.

Overall, if you watch Seagal films a lot, then this will probably be better than you are used to, despite not actually being that good a film. The acting, script and plotting are as poor as you would expect but it is in the action stakes where this film improves upon his recent efforts. Understand that this is still not saying a great deal in my opinion but it still makes the film a lot better to have well choreographed and quite exciting fight scenes. If you have to watch a recent Seagal film, then this is probably the one to pick.

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