(Original Publication Date: May 2nd, 2019) By: John M Jerva
For those action genre fans in the loop, the name Jean-Paul Ly rolls off the tongue with anticipated excitement as the action and martial arts phenom delivers the jaw dropping goods with a fury. Ly, who broke out onto the scene with the Cambodian action-comedy Jailbreak has been on fire ever since having also appeared in the nail biting action flick NIGHTSHOOTERS and will also be seen in the upcoming VENGEANCE 2 where he will team up with Stu Bennett to take on Vinnie Jones and his cronies. Ly is a powder keg ready to explode and we are all the welcomed recipients of what he has to offer in terms of bone crunching fight sequences.
With this, I give you THE DIVISION, which is an action concept short film starring Ly and his longtime partner in crime Laurent Law Plancal who has also starred with Ly in JAILBREAK, as well as VENGEANCE 2. THE DIVISION stars Ly in his labor of love to which he also wrote the script, edited it and served as fight choreographer. Ly just dropped the action short film which is a prequel proof of concept film for a much larger action film currently in development and if this film shows us what Ly can do with limited means then just imagine what he can do with a bigger budget and more resources at his disposal. By all means, partake in all the lightning fisted and extreme fisticuffs below!
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: Set throughout the course of one day in London after the bombing of the national museum, Jake and Lance, members of the Terrorist Unit Division, strive to save the city from terrorist attacks in a race against time and corruption. They are facing Sergei, an old enemy who might know more about the attack than it seems”. This episode stands as a prequel for a full length feature film (currently in development), showcasing a unique and distinctive action design.
Along with the short film debut, Ly also wrote a statement on about how all the blood, sweat and tears were poured into the making of this feature and that everyone involved brought their A game. In his official Face book post, Ly stated:
FINALLY : here’s THE DIVISION Episode 1 (full length and updated cut).
It is my first time directing, writing and editing
I’ve also action directed, designed and choreographed this episode.
With Law Plancel, we decided to tell the stories we wanted to watch. So with our own tiny budget and no external financial support, we produced our film, also with very little resources: no 1st AD (!), no Make Up and Costume depts, no Location Manager, Catering was our own etc
We had help for our DP (Sam Walker and Jordan Ford), Stunt Performers, VFX, ADs etc
We decided to go with a full length time episode, telling the story of a special unit investigating on a terrorist attack :
“Set throughout the course of one day in London after the bombing of the national museum, Jake and Lance, members of the Terrorist Unit Division, strive to save the city from terrorist attacks in a race against time and corruption. They are facing Sergei, an old enemy who might know more about the attack than it seems.”
This episode stands as a prequel for a full length feature film (currently in development), showcasing a unique and distinctive action design from and for a UK production.
I would like to thank every single person who took their time helping us: from our actors, to the amazing stunt performers who rocked the show, the VFX supervisors/artists, props etc. And our friends.
It’s our humble beginning and we can only go higher. But with determination, vision and focus, we’ll do it!
I hope that you will appreciate this episode, and i can only imagine the same but with a proper crew, Mini Alexas, Anamorphic Cooke lenses and high production value
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I had the distinct honor in interviewing Ly for his acclaimed action-thriller NIGHTSHOOTERS and he talked about THE DIVISION in our exclusive chat!
It was my first attempt to direct my own project, which I also wrote, choreographed, edited, action directed and designed. It came from the simple statement: “let’s make a film without any restrictions from a third party”, so we did our own. After making Jailbreak, I am not scared of facing any productions anymore, trust me!
I am working to develop it into a feature, but only as an actor and action designer. I am talking with some productions about it at the moment. Fingers crossed !
For the full interview with Jean-Paul Ly, click below!
At just over 27 minutes long, THE DIVISION is locked and loaded with amazing fight sequences and Ly and Plancal are at their absolute lethal best as they take on a gauntlet of heavy hitters to save the city. This short film is proof positive that with the right talent involved, you don’t need a big budget but just a group of dedicated, hard working individuals who have assembled for a common goal and that goal is to deliver a fast paced and electrifying action film that delivers a barrage of fisticuffs that has to be seen to be believed.
It’s time to stop talking and it’s time to start watching! Check out the full, unedited action short THE DIVISION below! Enjoy!!!