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Skin Trade (2014)

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After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Cassidy
... Tony Vitayakul
... Reed
... Viktor
... Min
... Costello
Matthew James Ryder ... Pongchai
... Kong
... Goran
... Janko
David Westerman ... Ivan
Michael G Selby ... Andre
Tayme ... Nung
... Rosa Cassidy
... Sofia Cassidy


Nick, a tough NY cop, runs afoul of the Russian mob engaged in human trafficking, and they end up killing his wife and daughter for revenge. Determined to make them pay, he follows the kingpin to Bangkok, the hub of their activities. He teams up with a Thai detective and they decide to wipe out the entire organization and terminate their business entirely. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence throughout, disturbing sexual content, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 April 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battle Heat  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162, 10 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,242, 31 May 2015
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2.35 : 1
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In 2010, Lundgren mentioned Steven Seagal was very briefly considered for a part but there were no serious talks about it. See more »


At the start of the movie one of the kidnappers has his hair in a ponytail. In the next shot, the ponytail is gone. See more »


Nick Cassidy: How the hell do you sleep at night? How can you do this?
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Performed by Blake Perlman
Written by Blake Perlman
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For us fans of 80s action flicks
10 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

What's extra entertaining about SKIN TRADE is knowing that 57-year old Dolph Lundgren gets to fight Hellboy a.k.a actor Ron Perlman and Spawn a.k.a actor Michael Jai White, and that Ong Bak dude, Tony Jaa, in this one movie. All joking aside, with all of the superpowered superhero movies out there that keep bombarding our theaters every weekend, it's a nice change for us action fans to receive something like SKIN TRADE, a throwback to those 80s R-rated brutal B action flicks that you and I grew up watching.

In this Ekachai Uekrongtham-directed film, co-scripted and co-produced by Lundgren, a tough NY Cop named Nick (Lundgren) is on a task to hunt down Russian mob and human trafficking kingpin Viktor (Ron Perlman) but in the process, Nick kills Viktor's son and of course, that comes with a retaliation, such that forces Nick to go all the way to Bangkok, the hub of Viktor's activities. Meanwhile, a Thai detective (Tony Jaa) is made to believe that Nick is the bad guy until he learns otherwise. Then they team up to terminate Viktor's human trafficking business OK, I admit, the plot is very thin and if you've seen Liam Neeson's "Taken" a thousand times (the first movie, not the sequels that blew) then the concept of SKIN TRADE is nothing new, in both cases you have this very hard pressing and present modern slavery problem as the background, but most of the time, the action takes a front seat. It's a treat to see Lundgren duke it out with Tony because they have different styles, and the fight choreography itself is more intense than Lundgren Vs. Jet Li in "The Expendables" movie. I think the way the production utilizes the streets of Bangkok is very intricate. The sequences are fast-paced and brutal. You can't help but be impressed at the fact that after all these years, even when his better days and better movies are way, way behind him, Dolph Lundgren managed to get something like SKIN TRADE made just to satisfy us old school action fans Read more at Ramascreen.Com

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