Guilty of Romance
Sono Sion's black comedy on sex and transgression is bumpy but still entertaining.
| Serbuan maut
In-your-face, grungy martial arts action is good but not very original.
CTE film, TV sales catch fire in region
New slate of Lionsgate titles find pay-TV slots
Asian buyers busy at EFM
Pickups include teen fantasy, paranormal thriller, spoof horror
Dead Mine enlivens sales market
Indonesian horror title in multi-territory deal
HBO Asia film move
Pay-TV group reveals horror title
Mizuno heads Dead Mine cast
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 22 December 2011, 22:49 PM (HKT)
The English-language action-horror picture is directed and co-written by British horror director Steven SHEIL (Mum & Dad), and stars cult Japanese actress-turned-action star MIZUNO Miki 水野美紀 (Sasori 蠍子 (2008), Guilty of Romance 恋の罪 (2011)); British actors Sam HAZELDINE (Weekender, TV's Persuasion); Les LOVEDAY (Mad, Sad & Bad); and Malaysian actress Carmen SOO 蘇嘉敏 (Malaysia-Philippines TV series A Time for Us, Singapore TV series The Pupil).
Other cast include Indonesia's Ario BAYU (The Forbidden Door Pintu terlarang (2009), Macabre Rumah Dara (2009)); Joe TASLIM (Karma (2008), The Raid Serbuan maut (2011)) and Mike LEWIS (Cinta Fitri, Suster Ngesot), and Singapore-based Japanese actor Jimmy TAENAKA (American Yakuza, Dance Of The Dragon).
The story involves a rich amateur treasure hunter and his expert group deep into the Indonesian jungle on the hunt for Yamashita's Gold. Once they find themselves trapped in what is seemingly an abandoned WWII Japanese bunker they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is further in.
The film is being shot entirely in Batam, Indonesia, on location and in Infinite Studios' new sound stage facility. It will be given a theatrical release in selected Asian territories followed by exclusive television premieres across the HBO Asia network in 2012.
Production designer is by Ian BAILIE (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice); director of photography is Australia's John RADEL (Unfolding Florence); Indonesia-based creature designer Orlando Bassi; and stunt and action choreography team Action Horizons (The Usual Suspects, Air Force One).