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Pound of Flesh (2015)

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A man's heroic attempt to help a woman in distress ends up with him waking up the next day without a kidney and plotting his revenge.

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Ernie Barbarash

Writer:

Joshua James

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Deacon Lyle
John Ralston ... George Lyle
Aki Aleong ... Kung (as Leonard Gonzales)
Charlotte Peters ... Ana
Darren Shahlavi ... Drake
Brahim Achabbakhe Brahim Achabbakhe ... Nardo (as Brahime Achabbakhe)
Marsha Yuan Marsha Yuan ... Bette
Adele Baughan Adele Baughan ... Isabella
Terese Cilluffo Terese Cilluffo ... Connie
Jason Tobin ... Liam
Andrew Ng ... Father Fong
James Houghton James Houghton ... Young Simon (as Jaime Houghton)
Philippe Joly ... Zoltan
David P. Booth David P. Booth ... Rants (as David Booth)
Danning Fu Danning Fu ... Maitre D'
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A man's heroic attempt to help a woman in distress ends up with him waking up the next day without a kidney and plotting his revenge.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2015 (Vietnam) See more »

Also Known As:

Pound of Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanhai, Guangdong, China See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The opening scenes are in the Capitol Hotel, Beijing. See more »

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(at around 36 mins) The camera crew and mic are reflected on the side of the van. See more »

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Isabella: Our parents got divorced. I stayed with dad and my brother went with mom.
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Featured in Conan: Jean-Claude Van Damme/Nina Dobrev/The Word (2015) See more »

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Performed by Paul Michael Thomas
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Not one of the best Van Damme films, but it's not one of his worst either.
8 May 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'POUND OF FLESH': Three Stars (Out of Five)

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this martial arts action flick; about a man trying to get back his stolen kidney, in order to save his dying niece. It was directed by Ernie Barbarash (who also directed Van Damme in the B-action films '6 BULLETS' and 'ASSASSINATION GAMES') and it was written by Joshua James. The movie costars Darren Shahlavi (another martial arts B-action film star), John Ralston, Charlotte Peters and Akie Aleong. It does have some decent fight scenes but it tries to be a little too emotional, and overly dramatic, as well (which it doesn't quite have the resources for).

Van Damme plays Deacon; a man who just arrived in China, in order to donate a kidney to his deathly ill niece (Adele Baughan). He rescues a woman (Peters) from her attacker (Shahlavi), nearby the hotel he's staying at. She asks to buy him a drink, as thanks, and he wakes up the next morning with a kidney missing. With the help of his extremely religious brother (Ralston), the father of the dying little girl, Deacon decides to track down the criminals that robbed him, and get his kidney back. It helps that Deacon is an expert martial artist and former black-ops agent, of course.

I used to be a huge Van Damme fan (he was my favorite actor, briefly, as a kid) and I still enjoy watching his movies. He doesn't deliver a very good performance here though, because it seems like he really didn't want to be there (he can be a pretty good actor, when he's passionate about a role). Shahlavi, Ralston, Aleong, and a few others, do give decent performances though (on the other hand). The fight scenes are entertaining as well; and there's a decent story hidden in there too. The melodrama, and cheesy production values, do make the film a little hard to bear though, at times. It's not one of the best Van Damme films, but it's not one of his worst either.

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