The first poster and trailer have arrived online for Savage Dog, the new film from Jesse V. Johnson (Green Street Hooligans 2, The Package), which sees British martial arts star Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange) leading a cast that includes Marko Zaror (Undisputed 3: Redemption), Cung Le (The Grandmaster), Juju Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), Vladimir Kulich (The Equalizer) and Keith David (The Thing). Check them out below, along with some comments from Adkins about the new movie…
Indochina – 1959. A lawless town controlled by the criminal class: Vietnamese warlords and European war criminals. Den-Dhin-Chan Labor Camp is run by four such dangerous men. The worst prison in the land, it is here that a European, former-champion boxer Martin Tillman (Scott Adkins, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”) has made a name for himself fighting tournaments, on which wealthy criminals gamble in high stakes events. When Tillman is due for release, he just wants to return home, but the corrupt forces running the jail will do everything in their power to keep him locked down. When all that Tillman holds dear is taken away in a vicious act of violence, he is forced to confront the men responsible and take his revenge.
“The fights in this film are more realistic than most of my other films,” states Adkins. “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. It’s hyper violent in a fun way. It’s something that I enjoy. It’s cinematic and violent.”
“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, so we’re mixing some old school boxing techniques with some sort of Thai boxing techniques,” he continues. “Martin is one of these characters that doesn’t say much. He plays his cards close to his chest. He’s a tortured soul. I’ve played this type of character before, but it suits me well.”
“You’re gonna get a really tight and engaging story,” Adkins promises. “It’s something different, set in a time period that you’ve not quite seen before for this type of movie. It’s got strong characters, and it’s got some great action. I’m very happy to be working with Luke LaFontaine the fight coordinator. He’s bringing something interesting to the fights. Luke has done a stellar job.”
Savage Dog is set for release this summer from XLrator Media.