According to Algerian newspaper l’Expressionz.com (I love that I can access any newspaper from almost anywhere in the world, on the web, even though they aren’t always in a language I understand), comes what is being called the first Algerian martial arts film, from French director Jean-Marc Mineo, titled “Gates of the Sun.”
It stars Algerian actors Ahmed Benaissa, Mourad Khan, French actress Loris Pester, as well as French singer Lorie, and Algerian comedian Smaïn.
Mike Tyson also co-stars, playing what looks like a hired goon.
Previously titled “Algeria Forever,” the film centers on a plot against modern-day Algeria, as supporters of the OAS, the French paramilitary organization that sought to keep Algeria under French rule, sets up base in Oran (a major city on the northwestern coast of Algeria), with plans to acquire all the necessary resources needed for an armed strike against the country and its people. But the group has to get through a secret agent, who happens to be a martial arts specialist, who will do whatever it takes to defend the country’s independence, as well as destroy this scheming organization.
Director Mineo says there’s no CGI work in this one, as they relied almost entirely on real stunt work, as the actors were all well-trained in martial arts and weapons handling.
He also insisted on not only casting Algerians, but also hiring Algerians to work behind the camera, with his goal being to produce a feature film with international appeal; Although it is an all-Algerian production behind the scenes.
Mineo’s last film was a 2011 martial arts actioner titled Bangkok Revenge, which is available on home video here in the USA, so if you’d like to check out his previous work, you can. It’s also the only other feature film he’s directed. He’s an actor as well.
This Arabic/French/English-language film is produced by Zakaria Ramdane of Access V Production (which is based in Oran), promising 130 minutes of on-screen action-packed greatness. And based on the below trailer, it looks like it probably delivers.
A March 2015 theatrical release is planned. I expect it’ll travel, even if only because Mike Tyson is in it.
Action-packed first trailer below: