Malaysian filmmaker Michael Chuah is back in cinemas with his latest martial arts flick Red Storm.
Chuah, who plays a cop who is highly-skilled in arts in the movie, says it is his dream role.
“I’ve always wanted to play a cop ever since I was a kid as I grew up watching cop action movies. This is already my sixth movie, but only my first time playing a policeman, so it is a dream come true for me.
“This time around, the character is more serious and has a darker outlook. So, it’s a more challenging role and a great experience for me,” says the industrious filmmaker who served as director, producer, action choreographer, and lead actor in Red Storm.
Chuah admitted that he found the fight scenes most challenging as there were many of them and they required a lot of precision. “I started doing my own action starting from my second movie (Fist Of Dragon). I could see that in the new generation of actors that came after Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, there were not that many who were actually doing their own action scenes,” said Chuah, who also directed other action films such as Call Me Agent (2018) and Special Forces (2016).
Red Storm, which was made with a budget of RM3mil, is also set to open in the rest of Asia as it is a collaboration between Malaysia’s Evo Pictures, Singapore’s Fusion Media and China’s He Nan Media Communication.
“This is a good opportunity to showcase the talents from Malaysia and South-East Asia to foreign markets including China. Red Storm is slated for release in China either in April or May, across 5,000 to 6,000 screens. It is currently still awaiting clearance from China’s film censorship board, as it is regarded as a violent film,” shared Chuah.
The enterprising director has already wrapped filming for his next actioner titled Stormbreaker, which is another collaborative project between Malaysia’s Evo Pictures and China’s Shanghai Bright Pictures and ShaoXing New Media Pictures.
Red Storm is now showing at GSC cinemas nationwide.