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Friday, November 8, 2013
Special ID Episode 2: Blood (Donnie Yen Inspired) Movie Review
I thoroughly enjoy reviewing short films, more often than not, the director and actors work long and hard to perfect something, hoping to get noticed by movie producers, to turn concept into reality. Last year my top short film went to Liberator, and this year Liberator is on DVD! Special ID Episode 2: Blood, is my top pick short film for 2013! The 2 minute and 53 second blast of insanity, is perhaps dare I say, one of the best film fight scenes I have ever seen. Inspired by Donnie Yen's film Special Id, Episode 2 Stars Tamiko Brownlee as The Demon and Tony Chu as The Human. This film is the second film in a innovative Donnie Yen inspired series by talented director Vlad Rimburg The film is available to watch on YouTube @
The fight setting is simple some grass and a high wall, so no escaping the pain. Tony and Tamiko crunch into each other with the same bruising precision as a doctor operating with a steady hand.
Everything about Special ID Episode 2: Blood is top notch quality, the angles the fights are shot at allows the viewers to feel the action, not just watch it. Keep an eye for the point Tamiko's knee hits Tony's face. Rather than shy away from the impact the two pugilists relish the power and grace of the motions. Vlad shatters conventional wisdom when shooting a fight scene, and his efforts need to be witnessed on a larger scale.
Tony Chu and Tamiko Brownlee, have amazing on screen presence. The intense look on their eyes, following each blow, is palpable. If this was filmed without credits and slick music, it would much like a real fight, and people would be suspicious. Tony Chu is such a talented all around individual behind and in front of the camera. According to the Youtube info, Tony, Vlad, and Tamiko took 4 hours choreographing and over 12 hours filming what amounted to be a shade over two minutes of actual screen time. The dedication to technique and precision is commendable.
In my life as a writer, I have never ever watched a more amazing 3 minute blast of one on one combat such as this. Special ID Episode 2: Blood is so beautiful, like a ballet of brutality! I am humbled, by such earth shattering awesomeness! Vlad, Tony, and Tamiko! All I can say is Holy Sh#@! I rate the film a 10 out of 10, my top short film of 2013! The film set proper action parameters, and followed them perfectly. The old ECW wrestling adage applies, "This is AWESOME!"
A few final comments, I would like to see all three individuals work together on a feature length film with a solid budget in place. Tony Chu, Tamiko Brownlee, and Vlad Rimberg, are supremely talented, hardworking, and willing to adapt to a variety of settings and situations.
I Suggest, that all of my readers subscribe to Vlad's YouTube Channel and watch the rest of his amazing videos! @ http://www.youtube.com/user/vjvlad?feature=watch
Follow Tony Chu on his photography Facebook official page @ https://www.facebook.com/tonychuphotography
Follow Tamiko on Her Facebook page and watch for more from her in 2014 exclusively on Dan's Movie Report! https://www.facebook.com/tamikx