While Hollywood continues to import notable filmmakers from Asia—top on my list is “I Saw the Devil” director Kim Ji-woon and his upcoming “Last Stand” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but other notables like Fruit Chan (“Dumplings”) and Prahya Pinkaew (“Ong Bak”), to name a few, have recently made their English-language film debuts—a growing trend is American actors moving East. Kevin Spacey in “Inseperable”, Christian Bale in “The Flowers of War”, and Josh Hartnett in “I Come With the Rain”, are a few prime examples. And that doesn’t even take into account “Only God Forgives”, the Thailand-set re-teaming of “Drive” co-conspirators Ryan Gosling and Nicholas Winding Refn. I’m pumped for that one.
Now it is being reported that Mickey Rourke and Kellen Lutz (“Twilight”)—who are about to appear onscreen together in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”—have singed to star in “Java Heat”, an upcoming action thriller from Indonesian company Margate House Films.
Here is a synopsis:
At a time when relations between the West and Islam are hot topics, “Java Heat” stars Lutz as Jake, a reckless tough guy who – like America after 9/11—is bent on vengeance against Islamic terrorists, but finds the world a more complicated place than he can solve with violence alone. Lost in the religious and cultural shock of the palaces, mosques, temples, subterranean labyrinths and red-light districts of Southeast Asia’s criminal underworld, Jake must ally with a cerebral, suspicious Muslim detective. Together they play a cat-and-mouse game against a decadent jewel thief, Malik (Rourke), who masterminds bombings and kidnappings to collect art, jewels, even little boys and a princess – all in a desperate search for the faded beauty of his own lost youth.
While this isn’t a groundbreaking concept, it certainly is fertile ground for a badass action story. Crime, underworld, exotic locations, terrorists, tough guys—you had me at hello. Rourke’s history shows that, moderate career resurgence aside, he’s not above doing a bad movie for a decent payday, and Lutz, well, in a post-“Twilight” world I doubt he has even have a Taylor Launter level of boxoffice drawing power (read: none). Who knows if “Java Heat” will be worth watching, but looking into my magic crystal ball I definitely see a direct-to-video release in the film’s future, good or bad. Oh hell, we all know that I’ll watch this either way, but I have questionable taste, so… “Java Heat” comes from the pen of Connor Allyn (the “Red & White” trilogy), who will also direct.
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