When one thinks of great action directors, a chosen few certainly come to mind. You have the legendary John Woo, Jesse V. Johnson, the master of the gritty and brutal, […]
When one thinks of great action directors, a chosen few certainly come to mind. You have the legendary John Woo, Jesse V. Johnson, the master of the gritty and brutal, and William Kaufman who has helmed epic films like Daylight’s End and Sinners And Saints.
One prolific action director that certainly comes to mind is the great Isaac Florentine who is probably single-handedly responsible for bringing Scott Adkins to the masses in films like Special Forces and the iconic Undisputed franchise. Florentine, who crafted his art in the field of stunt performing and serving as fight choreographer like so many has delivered some of the best that the action genre has to offer. From Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, which introduced us to the great Yuri Boyka to Acts Of Vengeance which showcased Antonio Banderas’ return to action form, Florentine has certainly over time cemented himself as one of the best in the field of adrenaline on film!
In a new interview courtesy of Rossatron on Youtube, Florentine gets to delve into his past and give us some excellent and priceless insight into the making of his now classic action films. Take a listen below and make sure to follow Rossatron on Youtube!
Isaac Florentine’s Official IMDb Profile: Adored by his fans for many years Isaac Florentine has built up his excellent reputation within the movie business. At first attracting the action movie fans, Isaac moved into the mainstream with New Line’s release Undisputed II: Last man standing. The film received rave reviews not only for its groundbreaking fighting scenes but also for its complexity and dramatic qualities. The film was also a financial success and was rated #1 in the “Non Theatrical” category of the DVD renters in February 2007 (source; Video Business Online – Market Data 02/01/07 and 02/11/07). ‘Impact Magazine,’ the world’s leading publication dedicated to the Action/Martial Arts films hailed Isaac as “one of the most talented directors in the genre.” Having over ten features and over one hundred and twenty television episodes under his belt, Isaac has proven his ability to bring leadership to the set, while providing the project with his own unique artistic flair. Born in Israel to Holocaust-survivor parents, Isaac often went to the movies as a child. When he saw a matinee showing of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and The Ugly, he was immediately captivated by Leone’s masterful operatic style. From that day on, Isaac was hooked. He now knew that he wanted to become a filmmaker.
While in high school, Isaac shot three films with his father’s super 8mm camera. After graduating from high school, he completed a mandatory three-year army service, and then went to Tel-Aviv University to attain a degree in Film & Television. Isaac’s first film was an adaptation of Jacques Prevere poem, “Dejeuner Du Matin.” His graduating project was a film called ‘Farewell, Terminator’, which awed critics with its vision, and was awarded Grand prize in the Mograbee Film Festival. In addition, the film won prizes for Best directing, editing, cinematography, costume, production design and music, plus it was chosen to represent Israel in the short foreign-student film category of the 1988 Academy Awards (the Oscars).The following year, Isaac decided to move to the United States to pursue his filmmaking career. This not only was a big move for him and his wife, Barbara, but Isaac also had to give up is highly successful Karate school (he had trained in martial arts since he was 13 years old, and by this time, was considered one of the best practitioners in the country). Isaac cut his teeth in the American film industry working as a fight choreographer and a second unit director. Two-and-a-half years later, he directed his first feature, Desert Kickboxer.
Despite its hectic sixteen-day schedule and ultra-low budget, Isaac’s inspired direction was so impressive that HBO bought the film. Since then, he has worked steadily as a director in film and television, and he continues to impress people with his creative visual style. After rewarding years in the United States, including having four children with Barbara, Isaac can look back and smile. But that doesn’t mean that he’s ready to rest yet. Isaac’s passion for filmmaking has no limit, and he looks forward enthusiastically to even bigger cinematic challenges in his future.
I remember the first film I saw from Florentine which was the 1992 martial arts film Desert Kickboxer which starred John Haymes Newton who was best known for playing Superboy on television. Even though the film was a little slow and rough around the edges I was hooked from the start as a fan of Florentine’s and that was further cemented when I saw some of his other films like High Voltage with William Zabka, US SEALS 2 with Michael Worth and the cult classic Special Forces which introduced me to the action legend himself Scott Adkins. There is also NINJA and NINJA 2: SHADOW OF A TEAR, BRIDGE OF DRAGONS with Dolph Lundgren and the list goes on.
We will be treated in the future to another round of Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins when their newest collabloration Seized is released but in the meantime, we have all the other films in his Mr. Florentine’s arsenal to enjoy! There’s also the mention of the Undisputed films becoming a TV series with Isaac invoved with but we wait for more details on that one. Enjoy the interview and keep it locked and loaded right here for more with Isaac Florentine in the future!
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