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Diamond Dogs -- A mercenary is hired to protect an expedition group while they search for a Tangka, a Buddhist artifact worth millions of dollars.

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Director:
Writer:
Léopold St-Pierre (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 November 2009 (China) See more »
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Tagline:
Meet Ronson: Adventurer, world traveler, always short of money, a man of a few words, a gun for hire. The solution to your problem. See more »
Plot:
A mercenary is hired to protect an expedition group while they search for a Tangka, a Buddhist artifact worth millions of dollars. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Dolph Lundgren ... Xander Ronson

Nan Yu ... Anika
Xue Zuren ... Ang Shaw

William Shriver ... Chambers

Raicho Vasilev ... Zhukov
NuoMing Huari ... Sonia (as Noming)
Hu Sha ... House Manager
Gregory MacIsaac ... Sinister Man
Zhang Chunnian ... Eye Patch
Huriga ... Mongolian Man
Wang Heping ... Old Monk
Wang Xinmin ... Main Judge
Wang Lusha ... Young Judge
Wang Jun ... Female Judge

David A. Williams ... Jim
Gabriel Alejandro Carrillo ... Steve
Senggerenqing ... Goldentooth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gangzhaorige
Siqinggawa ... Mongolian girl
Slavi Slavov ... Zhukov's Guard

Shawn Zimmerman ... Narrator

Directed by
Shimon Dotan  (as Samuel Dolhasca)
Dolph Lundgren (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Léopold St-Pierre  screenplay
Frank Valdez  re-written by (uncredited)

Produced by
Shimon Dotan .... producer
Barry Glasser .... executive producer
Helena Ling .... co-producer
Louis Liu .... producer
Dolph Lundgren .... executive producer
Danny Rossner .... co-producer
Ernst Etchie Stroh .... executive producer
Shahar Stroh .... associate producer
Yang Xu .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Larry Cohen 
 
Cinematography by
Bing Rao 
 
Film Editing by
Gaétan Huot 
 
Production Design by
Xianchang Li  (as Li Xiancheng)
 
Art Direction by
Xianchang Li 
 
Costume Design by
Han Li  (as Rose Han)
 
Makeup Department
Sheng Libo .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lin Pei Pei .... first assistant director (as Lee Peipei)
Christina Trbovich .... second second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mario Choquette .... sound effects editor
Louis Collin .... supervising sound editor
Dong Wang .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Chen Chen .... stunt double
Barry Evans .... fight coordinator
Fei Gao .... stunt double
Liu Hongliang .... stunt double
Du Jinghuai .... stunt double
Zhu Lei .... stunt double
Chai Liangliang .... stunt double
Slavi Slavov .... stunt double
Wang Xiaojia .... stunt double
Cheng Yalin .... stunt double
Ma Yi .... action director
Ma Yi .... stunt director
Zhang Zhiye .... stunt double
Ruan Zijian .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Zhang Huai Yong .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Bruno Rosato .... casting: Canada
 
Editorial Department
Edith Bellehumeur .... assistant editor
Mathieu Boulanger .... assistant editor
Kate Hickey .... editor: fine cut
Sylvain M. Lebel .... first assistant editor
Etienne Patry .... colorist
 
Other crew
Titi Cong .... assistant: Dolph Lundgren
Barry Evans .... fight consultant
Joe Sisto .... legal services
Christina Trbovich .... assistant: Dolph Lundgren
 
Thanks
Michael Stewart Grant .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Target 0" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and some language
Runtime:
94 min
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Trivia:
While "Diamond Dogs" was still in preproduction, a second Xander Ronson adventure was already in the works, with Lundgren attached as Director. Titled "Tumbling Dice", the plot supposedly involved Ronson traveling to Shanghai to battle the twin descendants of Genghis Khan for control of a mystical spear. However, after the less than spectacular result generated by "Diamond Dogs" messy production, Lundgren bowed out and all plans for future Xander Ronson films were canceled.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Chambers picks up the Tangka it is full of dust and dirt, but when you see it after they come out of the cave there is not a spot of dust on it.See more »
Quotes:
Sinister Man:The toughest one is the donkey.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making of 'Diamond Dogs' (2008) (V)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not much appeal even for Mr. Lundgren, 17 August 2013
Author: moviefanman76-blogspot-com from United States

Dolph Lundgren is an action actor. He plays characters that are always one step above everyone. He always has the best skills, the best lines and the most screen time. But no matter how strong these particular elements are, if everything else is bad, the movie will be bad. And that is exactly where this movie falls down the tubes. Dolph Lundgren plays an ex-military man, Xander Ronson who had a bad history with friendly fire. Now, he lives in Asia to escape his problems by taking part in illegal gambling.

After being ambushed by the police, he is told that he owes a huge debt to many people he borrowed money from and if he doesn't get it within 2 weeks, he goes to jail. Luckily for him, a greedy artifact collector named Mr. Chambers (William Shriver) approaches Ronson. If Ronson helps Chambers find the ancient artifact, Ronson will be able to pay off the debts. That's about it for plot and from there, it doesn't go anywhere else. The writer, Léopold St-Pierre, probably didn't review his screenplay enough because the film ends exactly the way it starts out, which could make many viewers feel like watching this movie wasn't even worth the parts that were credible.

Here's the good parts. First is Dolph Lundgren, if you're a fan of him. There's not doubt that he puts in the best performance. It is frustrating because most of his films contain a lot of good lines. Here, Mr. Lundgren only spews out a couple. The only other actor I enjoyed was Nan Yu, the actress who is now best known for playing Maggie in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 2 (2012). But it's funny too because after watching this picture, it'll be obvious to why Lundgren's character hit on Maggie so much in EXP2. The music provided by Larry Cohen was OK but not fantastic either. The good thing is that it reflected a lot of the culture that was on screen so I'm glad Cohen respected that.

And if there's one thing to learn from this movie on a moral standard, it is that greed always makes everyone lose. That's just how the cookie crumbles. That's it for what is considered good, and by good I mean passable for this movie. What really brings this production down are the bad guys, action and camera shots (along with the writing already mentioned). A lot of the time, the camera just can't stay focused, which can make the viewing experience very annoying. Plus, for a Lundgren film, the action was very light. It made Detention (2003) look like an action packed blockbuster. It'll be a half-hour or more before any shooting starts.

Lastly, the villains are what will anger people the most. William Shriver as the greedy Mr. Chambers has a squealy little voice and a puny figure compared to Mr. Lundgren, which makes them seem very mismatched in a bad way. And although the Chambers character is suppose to come off as threatening, Shriver doesn't pose himself as one because when he makes threats to Lundgren's character, he just roles it off like it didn't mean much to begin with. Chambers just comes off as a sniveling weasel with no backbone instead of a real villain, making any real threat obsolete. I thought it couldn't get any worse than Detention (2003), but I was wrong. I don't even know what the title has to do with anything in this movie!

Dolph Lundgren and Nan Yu act passably but they are far too overshadowed by the weak villains, minimal action sequences, unsteady camera shots and poor writing. This is a time waste of a movie.

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