Genre: Action comedy
Duration: 16 mins
Setting: Sydney, Australia
Director:Maria Tran, Adrian Castro
Fight Choreographer:Trung Ly
Last year i did a review on the Independent movie Hit Girls which starred Maria Tran and Juju Chan. Now we have heard the news that the movie will be shown at the Action On Film International Festival 2013, which is truly deserved. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you will not be disappointed, it has great action scenes, well choreographed fights and everyone gives 100%. This kind of hard work is taking them far and i fully expect Maria and her team to make it big and very soon.
Hit Girls has now been officially selected to be part of the 2013 Action On Film International Festival, now in its ninth year, which runs from August 17-25, 2013 in Monrovia, California.
Two mismatched killer assassins, sexy elite barbie Pixie Ho (Juju Chan) and hot-tempered, tomboy partner Charlie Vu (Maria Tran) are reaching breaking point in their tag team partnership. The mismatched duo must look past their differences when they take on an unusual undercover school girl assignment and take down son of multi millionaire, playboy Michael Huang – their former primary school crush. But will this be their last assignment?
Maria has been a long time guerrilla filmmaker of the action film genre in Australia and Hit Girls was guerrilla international collaboration with Hong Kong action actress, Juju Chan. The film was shot on the RED camera and in 4 days. Maria Tran said: “Whilst being rejected by several film festivals in Australia, I’m glad to know that there is an appreciation of the action film genre abroad. I want to make films with an international appeal and I think the action genre does it”.
The collaboration of Hit Girls in late 2012 paved way for Maria and the fight choreographer, Trung Ly onto working on a Roger Corman movie made in China called “Fist of The Dragon”, starring US MMA fighter, Josh “The Punk” Thomson early in January this year.
Maria Tran and Trung Ly will be flying to the states from the 20-30 August for not only to attend the festival, but also collaborate on another independent martial arts action film genred movie called “The Gathering”, directed by the prince of piracy, Johnnyray Gasca.
Hit Girls is scheduled to be screened at 8pm at the Krikorian 12, 410 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, California 91016. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the Box Office and they can be purchased online www.aoffest.com of phone 626-325-3406.
Maria Tran and Trung Ly (fight choreographer) will be there in attendance. So if you are in the area then i urge you to get a ticket and go down and show support to a fantastic, hard working team you will not be disappointed.
My Final Thoughts On The Movie:
I have to say i was very impressed with this movie, i thought everyone involved did a terrific job and you can tell we have a very talented team here. The action scenes were very well done, great choreography and directing was spot on picking up every move by all involved. It felt like a good mix with a Western style feel to it, the music, the shots of the desert between scenes then bringing in the new style of action with Arm bars, more street fight style with some acrobatic movements thrown in.
For an independent film company in Australia, they have got some great talent on show, Maria was involved in most aspects on the movie, directing , writing and producing the movie also, shows she as the skills to go on to the next level. I also give props to Juju, she worked very well with Maria and she is great to watch, she as a good presence about her and i expect her to go on and make some great movies in the future. Adrian Castro (Co director, VFX guy and Sound), Justin Gong (Cinematographer) and Trung Ly (Fight Choreographer and owns martial arts dojo – Dong Tam) – the combination of these people really made the project a crazily unique experience that was seriously fast and furious to shoot.
Also the stuntmen on show and the others actors did a great job, this is what Independent movie making is all about. Oh and just to finish off, i love the opening titles with a little nod towards the old Shaw Brothers logo opening, “GS” – GUERILLASCOPE.