Here’s an unexpected surprise as I was browsing the indie action releases on DVD at my Wal-Mart. I just happened across the new release of Fight For Justice: The TRIGONAL which is the underground fight flick from filmmaker Vincent Soberano. I had promoted this film heavily on my older website platform and was wondering if I was ever going to be able to see it and here it is.
Official Synopsis: An international crime syndicate runs a vicious underground fighting circuit, The Trigonal, is looking for the strongest and the best fighters for a high-end, ground-breaking experimental drug-induced competition worth millions of dollars. To force the MMA champion, Jacob Casa, to come to the circuit, they brutally assaulted his wife and murdered his best friend. Leaving him with no other choice, Jacob infiltrates The Trigonal to fight for justice.
The film is loaded with spectacular fight talent including headliner Ian Ignacio, Paul Allica and Sarah Chang who also served as the film’s fight coordinator. Soberano who also wrote the script also has a starring role in the film as well along with Rhian Ramos and Monsour Del Rosario.
I had the honor of interviewing Paul Allica a few years back and we talked extensively about the project. Here’s what he had to say on the project:
The Trigonal is an MMA Epic set in The Phillipines but with an English Speaking all star martial arts cast. There’s guys that flew in from all around the world from it including Li Jiang from the UFC and Tae Kwon Do Olympian Monsour Del Rosario. We were in safe hands as The Trigonal is also directed by World Muay Thai Champion Vincent Soberano and Action directed by Wushu World Champion Sarah Chang.
I play an all round nasty guy named James Lowe, the right hand man to the older oligarchiacal crime boss Henry Tan (Gus Liem). When he wants someone ‘coerced’ or beaten to a pulp, I’m his man. A fast talking, smart ass fighter that loves the ring. I tread a fine line between charming cockiness and cold villainy. Think Connor Mcgreggor. You either love or hate the guy!
Allica also spoke about working with Sarah Chang and he spoke on how she approached him for the role, “I knew Dir. Sarah Chang from working on set with her in Wolf Warrior 2. We spent a lot of time together in the fake African shanty town built in rural China and she knew first hand what I might bring to the table. Ever the smart ass, she called me and said ‘hey Paul I’m looking for an arrogant douchebag villain for my film and I thought you’d be a perfect fit’. I think that level of banter pretty much sums up our friendship.”