Action director Jesse V. Johnson (The Last Sentinel, Green Street Hooligans 2) is currently prepping his next film, Savage Dog (read our review) which is described as “A bold, non-stop action epic unlike any other.”
Savage Dog will feature martial arts stars Scott Adkins (Close Range, Zero Tolerance), Marko Zaror (Redeemer), JuJu Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) and former MMA fighter, Cung Le (Dragon Eyes). Other cast members include Vladimir Kulich (The 13th Warrior), Keith David (The Thing), Sheena Chou (Shanghai Hotel) and Aki Aleong (Pound of Flesh).
From the film’s partial press release (via David J. Moore):
A veteran of stellar action and martial arts films, Scott Adkins remarks on the action in Savage Dog: “The fights in this film are more realistic than most of my other films. We’re not doing so much the long takes or the flashy techniques; we’re trying to be more brutal and gritty because that goes with the story that we’re trying to tell and the character I play.” As the film is set in Indochina in the 1950’s, Adkins observes: “A white guy doing martial arts in the ’50s doesn’t necessarily make sense, but my character Martin is living in Indochina, so we’re saying he’s had some experience training with some Thai fighters.”
On his co-star Marko Zaror, he states, “Marko and I worked on Undisputed III together. He’s an incredible martial artist, and one of the best in the business in screen fighting. We’re quite similar in many ways.”
Mixed Martial Arts star crossover action star Cung Le, who plays antagonist Boon remarks on his role in the film: “My character Boon is just trying to make a living, but because of his military background, he sometimes works for people that he doesn’t necessarily like.” He also discusses why he took on this project: “I jumped on this because it was a chance to work with Scott Adkins and ultimately do a big fight with him. The centerpiece fight we have is savage!”
Savage Dog will be released in theaters (limited) on August 4th, followed by VOD platforms on August 8th from XLrator Media. Until then, check out the film’s new Teaser Trailer below: