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The Purifiers -- The story of martial arts clubs who have created their own city infrastructure after tiring of government initiatives...


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  (in credits order)

Kevin McKidd ... Moses

Gordon Alexander ... John

Rachel Grant ... Li

Dominic Monaghan ... Sol

Amber Sainsbury ... Frances

Robyn Kerr ... Sam

Jamie Hayden ... Raz (as Jamie Cho)

Fraser James ... Angel Leader
Rico Pillai ... Angel
Luke Sharaz ... Angel
Patrick Ng ... Angel
Atesh Salih ... Angel
John Edwards ... Angel
Shiraz Hussain ... Angel
Chris Johnstone ... Angel
Fiona MacMillan ... Black Suit
Sarah Riddel ... Black Suit
Karen Parr ... Black Suit
Pamela Clarke ... Deputy

Lewis Macleod ... Deputy
Benedict Relton ... Deputy
Chris Atkins ... Drug Dealer
Olivier Allgrove ... Drug Dealer
Brendan Carr ... Moz
Nuton Stephenson ... Eel
Jay Stephenson ... Eel
Ross Bowers ... Eel

Chloé Bruce ... Eel
Greg Randall ... Eel
Matt King ... Eel
Scott Gray ... Eel
Adrián Gras-Velázquez ... Eel
Thomas Barrett ... Eel

Stuart Sinclair Blyth ... Stalker
Austin Goh ... Mr. Han
Billy Martin ... Mr. Han's Man
Helena Petit ... Pumas Leader

Catherine McQueen ... Pumas
Nairi Bagirian ... Pumas
Meble Tin ... Pumas
Lea Jerova ... Pumas
Beth Caterer ... Pumas
Angharad Jones ... Referee

Cecily Fay ... The Waitress

Silvio Simac ... Wolves Gang Leader
Scott Hinds ... Wolves Gang Member
Chris Jones ... Wolves Gang Member

Oliver Hollis ... Wolf Deputy
Shane Steyn ... Wolves Gang Member
Gary Payler ... Wolves Gang Member
John Ritchie ... Wolves Gang Member
Andrew Lucas ... Wolves Gang Member
Keith McBey ... Wolves Gang Member
Steven Mill ... Wolves Gang Member
Lynne Greenshields ... Woman in House
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashley Beck ... Eel
Mike Krause ... Gang Member
Steve Krause ... Gang Member

Directed by
Richard Jobson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Jobson 

Produced by
Chris Atkins .... producer
Claire Chapman .... executive producer
Richard Jobson .... producer
Bill Kenwright .... producer
Su Lim .... executive producer
Angela Murray .... line producer
Original Music by
Arban Ornelas 
Steven Severin 
Vincent Watts 
Cinematography by
John Rhodes 
Film Editing by
Yannis Sakaridis 
Production Design by
Erik Rehl 
Art Direction by
Jamie MacWilliam (supervising art director)
Costume Design by
Francesca Oddi 
Makeup Department
Fiona Harvey .... makeup designer
Celine Noonon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ollie Allgrove .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hedges .... third assistant director
Fiona MacMillan .... second assistant director
Dave Moor .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Alan Hill .... sound recordist
Hugh Johnson .... dubbing mixer
Marcus Oliver .... assistant dubbing mixer
Darren Paskal .... sound facility
Vincent Watts .... sound designer
Brian Fredrickson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Perry Costello .... rigging supplier
Visual Effects by
Mark Tremble .... digital artist
Oliver Hollis .... assistant fight coordinator
Chris Jones .... stunt performer
Shane Steyn .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jaspreet Bal .... first assistant camera
Paddy Blake .... camera operator
Ian Murray .... sparks rigger (as Ian Vincent Murray)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Weldon .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Dan Bentham .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mark McGhee .... location manager
Other crew
Gordon Alexander .... fight choreographer
Lynne Greenshields .... production accountant
Amy Gunzenhauser .... Distribution Consultant
Abigail Howkins .... production coordinator

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Rated R for violence and language
UK:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | USA:R

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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Edinburgh film festival will never recover!, 23 August 2004
Author: Richard Kingdom from Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

Lots of lovely shots of urban wastelands and futuristic cityscapes generate initial promise. BUT one would expect a fighting movie to be realistic...if you're going to bother making a British MA movie the fights have to look good. As they are trying to emphasize "fancy" moments they ruin it because in slow motion tricks of how they did stuff (eg. Stand in's) is sadly revealed and fighting in slow motion does not look all that pretty if it's not up to standard (only Jet Li and Bruce Lee are masters of it). I would expect a better job on that to be a prerequisite of a MA (martial Arts) movie. In a nutshell it's a painfully simplistic remake of that old gang movie "The Warriors" but with MA added, the writing though is very poor and has very few good lines, mostly just a load of half-baked re-hashed ideas but chances are you aren't watching this movie for the plot! No, most of us came for the fighting and, in that regard the film is not worth seeing. Jobson, (the director) focuses on showing us the difficult moves by using slow-mo occasionally but what he forgets to do is inject any of the fights with any real excitement, tension or passion – even the last fight seems rather by the numbers in terms of watching it; I observed it rather than got into it! His material is weak, I guess he enjoyed himself making this movie more than I or anybody else watching it will! The other supporting fighters are OK but wasted, few really make an impact or are just to paper thin for you to care about, it's just a shame that plotting, dialogue, structure, tone and acting are pretty much mediocre at best, I really, no desperately wanted this film to work!

Overall I guess the quasi-political pretensions of this film, more than anything else, killed it dead for me, you know the kids can look after themselves type (Summer Holiday mentality) stuff that died in the sixties, why resurrect it...naff, it seems to be the curse of all British filmmakers that they believe they must make worthy films? The fights lack passion and excitement but are quite fun to watch in a comical way if you compare them to the similarly themed recent film from Asia, Volcano High, which was thankfully much more tongue-in-cheek. I saw Jobson's first film at the festival last year, it showed real promise, if being heavy viewing, his laziness now though has caught him out with this one; not a really bad all told, but not much cop neither. To sum up - The plot: is empty, if not silly. The arch of the story was really not going anywhere. Character depth: nonexistent. The fight scenes: The one - and only - thing I really wanted to see work were cumbersome and unrealistic. Without it seemed any camera movement (could they not afford tracks?)loads of quick editing failed to hide the fact that the fights were just not very good, all of it, just embarrassing. But there is worse, I guess. There was some effort put into the costumes and the attempt to keep up the semblance of a story. But it was just too shallow and empty beneath to redeem this movie. Good, though, if you have other things to do and just want something to run in the background when it eventually makes it to free TV. You can just look at the movie from time to time and are certain not to miss anything of importance. So disappointed I could spit!

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