Indochina-1959. A lawless land controlled by criminals where Vietnamese warlords and European war criminals hold the power. The Den Dhin Chan Labour Camp is the worst prison in the land, run by a quartet of four dangerous men. It is here that a European former boxing champion, Martin Tillman (Scott Adkins), has found himself. He’s survived the prison by taking part in the illegal fight game which sees wealthy criminals gambling on the outcome.With Tillman due for release – and planning on returning home – the corrupted souls who control the jail will do anything they can to keep him locked down and making money for them. But when all that Tillman holds dear is taken away in a vicious act of violence, he will be forced to walk the road of vengeance and unleash the ‘savage dog’ that dwells within…
Scott: “Martin Tillman is exiled from the U.K. because he’s a member of the Irish Republican Army and he has a tattoo on his left shoulder from 1916, which is when the Irish fought back against the English. Obviously, I’m English. I’m not trying to make a statement about what I think about what happened in the past, or in the not so distant past. I just responded to the character and the script Jesse had written. It was a really interesting type of angle on this type of movie.
I liked that it was a period setting. I really enjoyed the character, and this whole vengeance thing is an intriguing plot device. We’ve had it in many movies, but if you do it right and the audience feels for the character, then it’s a great way to bring them along for the ride. My characters goes from seemingly ambiguous to “Is he a good guy or is he a bad guy?” You’re not quite sure, and I do respond to characters like that quite a bit. When we meet him he’s in jail somewhere in Indochina, on the outskirts of the world. It’s a period in history for about five years, it was a lawless land, with a lot of Nazis who’d hightailed it to that part of the world. They were guilty of war crimes, my character included. Really, he’s in purgatory in a way. He’s almost putting penance on himself for the crimes he’s committed in the past. He’s happy to just rot away in this Far Eastern jail. That’s where we meet him, and where he’s given a new lease on life. Some hope is brought into his life, in the form of Isabelle, played by Juju Chan and Valentine, played by Keith David. He hopes that he can find happiness with this new adopted family. But of course it doesn’t stay that way for long, and the shit hits the fan. But yes, Martin is one of these characters who doesn’t say much. He plays his cards close to his chest. He’s a tortured soul. I’ve played this type of character before, but it suits me well.”
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