KUANYIN: ‘Goddess of Mercy’
Tragedy… Guilt…Feud… Forgiven?
When push over bar owner Tak’s estranged brother Ling, suddenly arrives in London, he’s seeking retribution and revenge for the death of Mia, the woman they both loved, over twenty years ago in Hong-Kong. Tak escaped, but now his life and those of whom he loves in the present day, hang by a thread. But, when Tak realizes that if he can steal the proof from right under his brother’s nose, he can expose Ling, now a powerful, but shady property tycoon, for a dark darker crime from his past, it sets in motion a collision course that only one brother can hope to survive.
Kuanyin: The Ancient, universal, Oriental Goddess of mercy and beauty.
An unresolved past always haunts and with a story that starts over forty years ago in Kunming, erupts in Hong Kong in the 1990’s, before the final show down in the present, Kuanyin has a super heightened, almost fantasy reality all its own. Also a glamour-infused, neo noir rollercoaster, Kuanyin pays homage to the romantic, revenge thrillers of the 1980’s, which took their inspiration from the hard noir of 1940’s thrillers. However, with the film set in present day Soho and the wilds of Scotland, as well as the past in China, Kuanyin will resonate with many. For who, like Tak, hasn’t had a broken heart, and who doesn’t hide a few regrets they’re desperate to bury?
Peter Russell, script consultant, (www.howmovieswork.com )said: ‘this is a fast moving, sexy, romantic action thriller – I believe it has a bright future’.
STATUS : An original, polished Spec Script, by Jane A Foster . BUDGET: Medium. contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a copy of the script or synopsis.
GUN PLAY by Paul Emmanuel, screenplay by Jane
When reformed crook David, is inexplicably gunned down, and his three estranged sons also attacked, they’re forced to overcome years of enmity to uncover why, and avenge their father, or join him.
A break neck speed action thriller, set over 18 hours. David, (50’s), once king of a crime empire, has slowly been turning legit. He hopes to make up with his first born, US Marine, JACK, (27) who acrimoniously moved to the United States at 15, to live with his American mother’s family. Jack left behind half- brother, LEE, (26), now a martial arts expert, but the pair have hated each other, since half Chinese Lee came to live with his Father when both boys were 4. Asian RAJ, at 25, is the youngest, whom David adopted when he was 4, after his parents were tragically killed in an accident, which also left Raj unable to speak. Not that it stops him. Raj is strong and silent, and also martial arts master but, is also accomplished, as is Lee and American step mum DAISY, in the visual language of signing. Raj is most loyal to Lee, but he cannot help but wish they could resolve things with Jack, so when the three are forced together to find out who attacked their Father, and who is now determined to kill all the Stanton family, it’s Raj who tries to keep the peace.
But as plot spirals tighter, the three brothers race against time to find out who’s behind it and why. Finally forced back to the Gym they’ve trained at all their lives, they take a stand against overwhelming odds from a quarter none of them ever expected.
With strong action based around gun play and Martial arts, and the themes of redemption, revenge, retribution and family loyalty throughout, ‘Gun Play’, partly pays homage to Hong Kong director, John Woo’s classic films, ‘ Hard Boiled, ( 1992) & The Killer, (1989) ’. However the the minimalist, lean story line, has the speed to rival taut action thriller, ‘The Raid’, (2011). But with a fierce universal heartbeat about a 21st century, multi-cultural family, set against a back drop of crime, and a twist towards ‘car play’ as well, ‘Gun Play’ also has the elements that made the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise so successful. With strong, conflicted, layered characters, Paul Emmanuel’s, ‘Gun Play could easily spin off into prequels and sequels, and is taut action thriller which all those who love to live fast, and live hard, will find impossible to ignore.
STATUS: Second draft, development. We are seeking production partners. For more information and an info pack/script contact me.