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Dead Mine -- The legend of Yamashita's Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in.

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The legend of Yamashita's Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Miki Mizuno ... Rie

Sam Hazeldine ... Stanley

Ario Bayu ... Captain Tino Prawa

Les Loveday ... Warren Price
Carmen Soo ... Su-Ling
Yanda Djaitov ... Papa (as Jaitov Tigor)

Joe Taslim ... Djoko

Mike Lewis ... Ario

James Taenaka ... Ryuichi (as Jimmy Taenaka)
Faizal Razali ... Headphones Pirate
Chief Jumino ... Pirate
Ushe Badu ... Pirate
Fernando Reinaldo ... Pirate (as Sgt Fernando Reinaldo)
Horaz ... Pirate
Byron Hulbert ... Lead Imperial Guard

Chris Nolte ... Lead Imperial Guard

Vernon Lewis ... Lead Imperial Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Afwan ... Imperial Guard
Andre ... Imperial Guard
Asep ... Imperial Guard
Budi ... Imperial Guard
Charlie ... Imperial Guard
Rustam Effendi ... Mutant POW
Hasan ... Imperial Guard
Ijul ... Imperial Guard
Iwan ... Imperial Guard
Ahyar Kuniawan ... Imperial Guard

Trever Love ... Lead Mutant POW
Phil Mitchell ... Imperial Guard
Kosmas Muda ... Imperial Guard
Davide Nicolosi ... Imperial Guard
Khairil Putra ... Imperial Guard
Rahmat ... Imperial Guard
Rizky ... Imperial Guard
Rustam ... Imperial Guard
Saiful ... Imperial Guard
Sony Tobing ... Imperial Guard
Yoga ... Mutant POW

Directed by
Steven Sheil 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ziad Semaan 
Steven Sheil 

Produced by
Catherine Davila .... producer
Daniel Davila .... producer
Bengky Mulyono .... line producer
Erika North .... executive producer
Nicholas North .... producer
Rinaldy Puspoyo .... associate producer: pre-production
Robert Ronny .... producer: Indonesia
David Simonsen .... associate producer
Shoji Udagawa .... associate producer
Mike Wiluan .... executive producer
Mike Wiluan .... producer
Tania Wu .... post production producer
Freddie Yeo .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
 
Cinematography by
John Radel (director of photography)
 
Casting by
Gaby Kester 
 
Production Design by
Ian Bailie 
 
Set Decoration by
Ketut 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Luchetta 
 
Makeup Department
Ida Casmidah .... assistant makeup artist
Iol .... key hair stylist
Ricky .... assistant makeup artist
Jerry Silaban .... special makeup effects artist
Eni Sulismi .... makeup artist
Adi Wahono .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Faby Tsui .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Domdom Dharmo .... first assistant director
Elsa Payen .... first assistant director
Valentine Payen .... third assistant director
Oki Sutomo .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Dondy Adrian .... property master
Ahmad Amien .... graphic designer
Armin .... carpenter
Asep .... carpenter
Dicky Azzybach .... construction manager
Fitrian Bahari .... stand-by props
Muhammad Fatoni .... carpenter
Amin Hakim .... carpenter
Itung .... carpenter
Jamaludin .... carpenter
Ketut .... set dresser
Daniel Ki .... property master
Edi Maryanto .... carpenter
Yudi Me .... stand-by props
Mudin .... construction foreman
Rudiman Safrizal .... carpenter
Yuri Santos .... carpenter
Indra Saputra .... carpenter
Selamet .... carpenter
Hany Si .... carpenter
Ridwan Si .... carpenter
Basuki Triambodo .... painter
Ridwan Yulianto .... set designer
Yunandra .... carpenter
Zainudin .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
James Ashton .... dialogue editor
Susie Chee .... post-production audio
Lin Cui .... foley editor
Bruce Emery .... sound
Rennie Gomes .... sound designer
Rennie Gomes .... sound mixer
Syarif Hidayat .... boom operator
Handi Ilfat Ibrahim .... sound recordist
Xu Miao .... foley artist
Decky Nelwan .... boom operator
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Xander Toh .... dialogue editor
Wei Wang .... foley recordist
Yanchao Yang .... foley editor
 
Special Effects by
Orlando Bassi .... special effects makeup
Robert Giddens .... special effects coordinator
Nengah Suasta .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Dayne Cowan .... visual effects supervisor
Theodore Godwin .... digital intermediate online edittor
 
Stunts
Ken Clark .... stunt director
Trever Love .... fight choreographer
Peter Nelson .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tan Bert .... gaffer: intro
Habib Bolqiah .... second assistant camera
Agus Demang .... assistant camera
Bela Ginanjar .... digital imaging technician
Harsono .... best boy
Yoseph Yudi Hermawan .... gaffer
Tri Hidayat .... lighting technician
Irwan Iswantoro .... assistant grip
Jaenudin .... lighting technician
Junedin .... electrician
Imam Marsidi .... grip
Nurtoto .... lighting technician
Septian Nur Pratomo .... video assist operator
Bambang Purnomo .... first assistant camera
Peter Stott .... camera operator
Handri Sujarwo .... second assistant camera
Zainuddin Tibay .... additional grip
Untung .... additional grip
Tri Widayat .... electrician
Salih Noor Zam Zami .... best boy
Salim Zamzami .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Felasco .... casting
Bucie Lee .... casting
Pinky .... casting coordinator
Dyah Kumolo Tunjungsari .... casting coordinator
Yudi .... casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Klara Isabella .... costume assistant
Juprianto .... costume assistant
Pritta .... wardrobe assistant
Udin Solehudin .... costume assistant
Wulan .... wardrobe assistant
 
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Marios Takoushis .... assistant to composer
Marios Takoushis .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sean Evans .... marketing and publicity
 

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35 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Dead Mine, 26 September 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Dead Mine chalked up a number of firsts in the region, being HBO Asia's debut original feature, and Singapore based company Infinite Studios' new soundstage facility in Batam, Indonesia being used for the production. Technically, the movie boasts some excellent production values, from stunts to props, sound engineering and special effects to art direction, with the soundstage adding a dimension to filmmaking around the region, with one more slated for Singapore, but as the adage goes, never forget about the story, as it is still king.

The screenplay by Ziad Semaan and director Steven Sheil has an interesting premise, but unfortunately lapsed back to genre clichés. If the pace was kept high, and story tight, then Dead Mine would have been something of a shiny debut for the collaboration between companies and geographies. As an action-horror, it took quite a while for characters to be established around the usual caricatures that pepper the genre already, before the first big set action sequence acted as catalyst for the narrative to move forward, thrusting the entire cast into the titular location. Things slowed down a lot, in between posing, spewing rote dialogue, and traversing the many nooks and crannies of Dead Mine, but when it finally shifted to the high gear, it showed potential that never really reached a high.

Centered around the legend of Yamashita's treasure, the WWII Japanese General who had been rumoured to stash some handsome gold somewhere in the South East Asian region, Sulawesi, Indonesia becomes zeroed in for exploration, funded by corporate rich kid type Price (Les Loveday), who had brought along his girlfriend Su-Ling (Carmen Soo) for the ride, with his engineer Stanley (Sam Hazeldine) in tow, and researcher Rie (Miki Muzuno) to provide the brains for their expedition. Needing protection as they enter a foreign land, they engage the soldiering mercenaries in Captain Tino Prawa (Ario Bayu), with his rag tag team consisting of Djoko (Joe Taslim), Ario (Mike Lewis) and strong man Sergeant Papa Ular (Bang Tigor). My initial fears it may be something like Sanctum, but thankfully this was better, but not without its own illogical moments that exist for plot convenience.

Once they get all chummy and acquainted, the set action pieces are what stands out in the film, aside from the nicely done production sets that made the Dead Mine an incredibly believable location, with two separate tiers being the sandy underground, and the concrete labyrinth above it which suggests the location was more than a potential treasure store, but houses something a lot more sinister, harking back to experiments and torture. There's no lack of gore that adhered to a limit set to keep the ratings as low as possible, so plenty of violence actually happen offscreen, before cutting to show the bloody, gory end result.

And the makeup and costuming department is no slack either, having creature designers work overtime to come up with Mutant POWs, which serve up a lot more terror than the more powerful Imperial Guard type enemies decked in Samurai gear, because as mentioned, the pace could have been kept high to add a degree of urgency, tension and genuine dread to the entire situation. There's plenty of running, and careful treading within the mine, but a little speeding up of lengthy explanations would have been appreciated, and perhaps making it a wee bit more of a fair fight would have sweetened it up a little, than to have it quite one- sided.

Between the cast members, I thought the Indonesian actors triumphed in the film, especially with Ario Bayu's charismatic allure that made it believable that he's the de-facto leader a skilled crew would work under. Anyone who had watched The Raid: Redemption would be familiar with Joe Taslim, and it's interesting now that Hollywood had already come knocking on his door with the Fast and Furious franchise. Unfortunately he has only a bit role here, and doesn't show off his martial arts for his role. Bang Tigor is yet another actor with immense presence on screen, and that's not because he's bulked up.

Still, Dead Mine is a genuine showreel of the kind of production HBO (and its Asia arm) is capable of, with a decent production budget, collaborating with talent in the region, both in front of and behind the camera, and yet again a testament to Infinite Studio's promotion of how a soundstage facility that's really a first of its kind here, could benefit filmmakers to be a little bit more ambitious in telling a story that can be set almost anywhere the imagination dares to venture. So long as it's driven by a strong script, I'm pretty sure we can be set for a lot more variety in the kind of films that could be told in the months to come.

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