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Winning more than 500 awards including the world’s three famous international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice) in the world, and serving as the Chairman of Juries for the Competition Division of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2018, Brillante Mendoza (Center Stage Productions), the Asia’s leading director has announced that his newest film
would be shot in General Santos City in Phillipines, Okinawa and Fukuoka in Japan. Based on the story of a Japanese boxer with an artificial leg “Naozumi Tsuchiyama” for the first time using Lead Japanese actor “Shogen” in his film. Shooting in mid January 2020 at General Santos City in Phillipines. Scheduled for completion in June. The working title is “Gensan Punch”

Director Brillante Mendoza and actor Shogen

Story
A man with a prosthetic leg goes to Philippines, without giving up his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Touching the cheerfulness and vitality of the local boxers, with their different values and pride, the man grows little by little. He aims at a professional ring with an old trainer he meets, overlaying his father who left him when he was young.

Center Stage Productions and Gentle Underground Monkeys Presents
[Gensan Punch] (working title)
Director: Brillante Mendoza
Starring: Shogen, Ronnie Lazaro, Beauty Gonzales, and Kaho Minami

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On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"