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Release Date:
28 August 2012 (USA) See more »
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Zheng Liu - the next Bruce Lee!
Plot:
A Colombian drugs cartel joins forces with a group of Hong Kong Triads and the hottest Hitman on the planet, to ship two tonnes of cocaine into Australia and China. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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May incite self-harm. See more (10 total) »

Cast

 

Byron J. Brochmann ... Toscani Mafia #1

Alex Castro ... Esteban Cabrera

Pauline Egan ... Kylie Mitchell
Jeronimo Garcia ... Raul
Masson Ge ... Angie Ho
Nancy Ibarra Grande ... Podium Dancer

Nelson Grande ... Kako
Shiga Lin ... Ping Ho

Chia-Hui Liu ... Shaolin Monk
Zheng Liu ... Zhou

Alana Lowes ... Sam

Brad McMurray ... Mario Toscani
Jason Neibling ... Wolf

Pitbull ... Himself
Natisha Rai ... Kisha

Carlos Alberto Vazquez ... Martinez
Mario Vega ... Alvaro
Jimmy Ga Lok Wong ... Steven Ho (as Jimmy Wong)
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Directed by
Gregory McQualter 
 
Writing credits
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Gregory McQualter 

Produced by
Alex Castro .... co-producer
Steven Cheung .... co-producer
Ian McDowell .... executive producer
Glenda McPherson .... co-producer
Gregory McQualter .... producer
James McQualter .... producer
Carlos Alberto Vazquez .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Dan Macarthur (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anna Térmens 
 
Casting by
Madalena Chan 
 
Makeup Department
Eva Bergstrom .... special makeup effects artist
Lisa Jouet Mosenson .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Jordi Cirbian .... production sound mixer
Jordi Cirbian .... sound designer
Alex Silva .... assistant sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Milo F. Rodríguez .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Cory Beeston .... stunt performer
Martyn Dance .... stunt assistant
 

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Rated R for bloody violence, language, drug content and some sexuality/nudity
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Trained since a young age at the famed Shaolin Academy in Henan Province China, star Zheng Liu has the magical ability to break solid steel bars over his head and throw steel pins at extreme speed through solid sheets of glass.See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
May incite self-harm., 24 November 2012
Author: Johnny Hollywood (jnatsis@iprimus.com.au) from Sydney, Australia

Advertised as 'the next Bruce Lee', Zheng Liu makes his acting debut in Blood Money as Zhou, an unnamed hit-man for hire that changes his morals to suit whoever is offering the biggest cheque. But when his family is murdered by a ruthless drug lord, his job becomes somewhat more personal as he sides with the Asian Triads and goes looking for sweet revenge.

That's about as explanatory as anybody could be in attempting to synopsise this utterly plot less endeavour. Each formulaic scene plays out in the same fashion: rival drug gangs sit down for a meeting, tempers flare, shots are fired and any number of expendable baddies are removed from play, only to have an almost identical character take their place within mere minutes. Deaths, or at least death threats, are omnipresent, with the barrel of a gun often enjoying more screen time than the man holding it.

Those who disapprove of rapper Pitbull's glorified, self-indulgent music are not likely to enjoy his glorified, self-indulgent performance, but not all the blame rests with the hip-hop megastar.

The 'so-bad-it's-good' overacting and sketchy line delivery becomes very tired very quickly to the point that even the respected Gordon Liu, best known by Western audiences as Pai Mei from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill saga, can't salvage an out-of-place role as Zhou's Shaolin monk mentor.

Often, the lone saving grace of films like this one is the action, but not so here. Being a martial artist first and an actor second, Liu's physical skill is apparent, but his fight sequences are shot and choreographed so poorly that they make Sonny's infamous miss on Carlo Rizzi look like a send-off offence.

In case the point hasn't been made clearly enough already, there are no redeemable qualities to draw from Blood Money, which is at best an embarrassing excuse for an action thriller and at worst an unmitigated disaster of a film.

*There's nothing I love more than a bit of feedback, good or bad. So drop me a line on jnatsis@iprimus.com.au and let me know what you thought of my review. If you're looking for a writer for your movie website or other publication, I'd also love to hear from you.*

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