Hartnett stars in this Exceptional Religious Allegory Gorefest
NOT RELEASED IN THE USA
director: Tran Anh
starring: Josh Hartnett · Lee Byung-Hun · Elias Koteas · Yenke Tran
Nu · Takuya Kimura
director Tran Anh Hung has amassed an International cast - which features
popular Josh Hartnett, Korean superstar Lee Byung-Hun (The Good, The
Bad and The Weird, et al) and Japanese heartthrob Takuya Kimura
- for this English language film, a highly controversial religious allegory
that's both poignant and sadistically violent.
has won numerous prizes on the film-festival circuit but distributors
(especially in America) are queasy about a mass-market release. The
plot deals with 'the father,' an eccentric misanthropic CEO, whose only
son - a 30 year old humanitarian - has vanished in Hong Kong. The old
man hires an ex-LAPD cop to find the missing savior but the American
detective brings some grisly baggage of his own to the hunt.
movie is distinguished by an abundance of blood, gore and sadomasochism,
far removed from the filmmaker's 1993 arthouse hit "Scent of Green
Papaya" however director Hung's eye for both jungle botanica and
limb-hacking gore creates an uncommon mood of queasy horror.