A FAST-MOVING AND ACTION-PACKED COMEDY OF ERRORS
One fatal decision leads to a cascade of errors and misjudgments that send the story of “Lust & Found” into a crazy chase through Hong Kong to its comedic denouement where everyone gets what they deserve, though not necessarily what they want.
Thanks to a brilliant cast, a good script and the exciting backdrop of Hong Kong, the multi-layered story of “Lust & Found” will without doubt entertain a wide range of people. It is a big little movie, full of wit and action, and although of a modest budget, it is not modest in ambition.
The film wrapped in November 2012, it is currently in post-production. The producers are seeking distribution deals and completion funding.
“ LOVE, HATE, BETRAYAL, STOLEN MONEY, BAD GUYS, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, BIG FIGHTS, BIGGER GUNS…
ALL WRAPPED IN A LOT OF HUMOUR “
Pops and Jimmy are a mismatched couple who accidentally discover a bag of high quality counterfeit money. They dream of riches for a moment until Andre, a “collector”, kidnaps Luz, the ex-girlfriend of Jimmy and demands the money back. Can Jimmy save Luz, who now loves her captor, before Pops spends all the money? And will Jimmy ever make a decision that doesn’t end up with a gun pointing at his head?
Very few films in the low budget arena can claim to have found so many potential stars, but every single actor in this film is one to watch for the future! Which can only do well for the long-term interest that this film will create.
Lust & Found is a Fat Englishman Films production.
Lust & Found was directed by Lawrence Gray, who has had a long career as a TV series writer, screenwriting tutor, and publisher. He has series credits in the UK and Singapore, and won the Hong Kong Asian Finance Forum’s award for best Hong Kong film project. He is well known in Hong Kong for his wit, charm and ability to encourage creativity in a town more known for its financial acumen than cultural sensitivity.
With his production company Fat Englishman Films, he produces Hong Kong and Singaporean films, and has been directing short films in English and Cantonese. “Lust & Found” is his first full feature as director and he is currently producing “Cold Fish and Glory Boys” and “Trading Girls”. He is also co-producing in Los Angeles, along with Cat Fish Productions (producers of Oscar winning “Walk The Line”), his award-winning feature “Fat Englishmen”.
Andre likes to keep things peaceful. He likes to keep things on an even keel. He is a romantic sailor, who makes his living smuggling this, delivering that, and collecting things from people. He would rather spout poetry, but somehow always ends up wielding a gun and shouting at people.
Pops uses whatever she has to get whatever she wants, which turns out to be money. With money, she knows everyone will love her. And because of that, she despises them and manipulates them and seduces whoever she likes, or dislikes.
THE PROFESSIONAL GIRL FRIEND
Luz can take over your entire life and love you to death. She gives her all for the moment. And then the moment goes and she gives her all to someone different altogether.
THE PSYCHO KILLER
Kimchi’s life is simple. He is given orders. He follows them. He does not care for anything other than this. He is a happy man. He loves being angry and gets lots of practice.
THE BARMY BOSS
Betty has a business to run and idiots working for her. She sells art for a living. And believes in it. Especially if it does well in the auction rooms, and when it does, there is nothing like a bit of sexual harassment to celebrate with.
THE FICKLE ASSHOLE
Jimmy does not know what he wants. He has taste, but he has no style. He sells art that he does not consider art, and he chases women that he does not want. His life is full of the consequences of bad decisions.
THE NICE GUY WITH THE SILVER TONGUE
Alaister is the nice guy in the office who does his job, never quite gets the girls, but his boss loves him in ways that perhaps he would rather she would not. But he likes to oblige all he meets.
Cast & Crew
Emilie Ohana is “Luz”
Emilie Ohana is an actress trained in Paris and New York. She has performed in numerous plays, TV shows and films. Her first part in a feature-length film was in “Vatel” by Roland Joffé in which she played the part of Louise de la Vallière besides Uma Thurman. Her latest film credits include “Paris, je t’aime” and “New York, I Love You” in which she played the main linking character of the video artist, Zoe: Emilie is attached to the development of the Cities of Love franchise, and will keep playing parts in future cities such as Taipei, Tokyo and Shanghai. Relocated in Shanghai since 2009, she has performed in numerous plays discovering and performing contemporary international and Chinese theatre. Recently, Emilie played the lead in “North Bank Suzhou Creek”, a play by William Sun directed by Michael Leibenluft and Jeffrey Sichel, making its world premiere in China; as a musical set in Shanghai’s 1942, Emilie played the character of Shana, a young Jewish refugee, singing in French, English, Chinese and Yiddish. The play became both a commercial and critical success, and a higher scale adaptation is currently being considered. Emilie just came back from touring around China playing the part of Meg Greenfield in “Top Secret, The Battle for The Pentagon Papers” directed by Brian Kite for L.A Theatre Works; as a strong statement in favor of freedom of press, this play became a great success and was performed in the largest venues in the country.Close
Arran. R. Hawkins is “Andre”
Arran is an actor/director/artist from Cornwall in the UK. He studied theatre and art at Truro College, and Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts. No stranger to the stage, Arran, who has made Shanghai his home, has now embarked upon a film career. Prior to this film, he appeared in Roger Corman’s “The Haunted” and “Shanghai Calling” with Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe and Bill Paxton.Close
Philippe Joly is “Kimchi”
Here is another real find. He plays the baddest, high kicking, big punching, gun slinging, and poetry-spouting villain ever seen in a Hong Kong movie. He choreographed the fight sequence and looks set to embark upon a glorious career in action cinema. Following “lust and found”, his skills as a martial artist and fight choreographer have been noticed and he has already been cast in more Hong Kong action movies.Close
Sarah Blackman is “Betty”
A most striking and funny blonde, who cut her teeth on talk radio and many Theatre credits, not to mention Soap Operas in Bangkok, one woman shows, and a stand-up comedy act!Close
Jai Day is “Jimmy”
Born and bred in Hong Kong, he is an Englishman, who has rarely seen the shores of England, and has been appearing in Chinese films, as well as alongside Jason Tobin of “Fast and Furious” with fame in local Hong Kong movies.Close
Michael Chan is “Alaistair”
The star of the award winning web series “Lumina”, Michael has also appeared in Roger Corman productions such as “The Fist of The Dragon” and in Mathieu Weschler’s film “The Borderland”.Close
Vivienne Tseng is “Pops”
Nothing can quite describe Viv’s previous film experience in Singapore, other than hilarious, playing in gory comedies, including Gary Ow’s notorious satire on Singapore “Hsien of The Dead”. She emerges from “Lust & Found” as a star and has already been cast in more Hong Kong action movies.Close
Director/Writer: Lawrence Gray
Gray, who has had a long career as a TV series writer, screenwriting tutor, and publisher. He has series credits in the UK and Singapore, and won the Hong Kong Asian Finance Forum’s award for best Hong Kong film project. He is well known in Hong Kong for his wit, charm and ability to encourage creativity in a town more known for its financial acumen than cultural sensitivity.
With his production company Fat Englishman Films, he produces Hong Kong and Singaporean films, and has been directing short films in English and Cantonese. “Lust & Found” is his first full feature as director and he is currently producing “Cold Fish and Glory Boys” and “Trading Girls”. He is also co-producing in Los Angeles, along with Cat Fish Productions (producers of Oscar winning “Walk The Line”), his award-winning feature “Fat Englishmen”.Close
Producer: Craig Addison
Craig trained as a journalist and is a published author and independent filmmaker. Born in Sydney, Australia, he lived in Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, and returned to Hong Kong in 2009 after seven years living in California. During his time in California Addison wrote and co-wrote three feature length screenplays and produced two documentaries and one award winning short film. Soon after returning to Hong Kong in December 2009 he established Dragon Horse Films Limited. Three feature length films have been produced or co-produced under Dragon Horse Films, including Wan Chai Baby (completed) and two films in post-production, Betel Nut Girl and Deceit.Close
ARTS FUTURES GROUP
The film would not have been shot without the ART FUTURES GROUP www.artfuturesgroup.com who granted use of their offices as a location and put up half the budget, showing their belief in the creativity of Hong Kong’s film makingClose
An amazing backdrop… Hong Kong
We created a script with an action component that could be shot on a low budget in Hong Kong. We wanted a story that was intrinsic to Hong Kong rather than one that could be shot just anywhere. Although it is a basic story about people running after a bag of money, it utilises some of the components of criminal activity taking place in the region, notably the counterfeiting of dollars by North Korea, the smugglers of Hong Kong, and the favourite pursuit of many young men in Hong Kong, that is, young women.
The use of Hong Kong locations that are normally only found in Cantonese movies in an English language film, we feel, will create interest in itself. Applying the Asian eye in a movie for a western audience we hope will blend the familiar with the unfamiliar.
Here are some of the director’s notes explaining some aspects of the film, and the reasons behind certain choices.
Lawrence Gray interviewed by the South China Morning Post – Click here to view SCMP Interview
In addition to a story intrinsic to Hong Kong, we were looking for two other ingredients, humour and a chase that wouldn’t require cars! We couldn’t afford a car chase! And besides, car chases in Hong Kong are pretty impossible given the traffic on the roads.
I thought it would be amusing to contrast romantic love with plain old bonking! And so in this film we have a dangerous assassin spouting poetry and preferring seduction to violence. And then we have the anti-hero Jimmy, who is rather shy of poetry, romance and commitment, and very much tempted by the “porn-star experience”. Love, as far as I am aware, is always fraught with ironies and confusions and rarely very straightforward.
And besides the obvious commercial value of good-looking actors in love and on display, there is a practical benefit of having a story where bedroom antics are given a good weighting. Having a third of the film in a single controllable location enabled us to keep to a tight schedule with a minimal crew.
The film has a sub-text about the arbitrary nature of value. “Does this look like it is worth all the effort?” growls Kimchi as he holds up a real dollar bill instead of the fake one’s he really wanted. In the world of the film the bad guys spout about morality while threatening to shoot everyone, and the good guys steal money and discover that they rather like waving guns around. Everyone lies. Everyone cheats. And everyone feels perfectly justified.
Martial Arts & Fight Scene
Filming in Hong Kong, undoubtedly makes people think about martial arts and action movies. The statue of Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars and the popularity of Jacky Chan reinforce that point. So we decided to have a martial art fight scene as the “grand finale” between Kimchi and Andre. With the help of Philippe Joly, who plays Kimchi and who happens to be a skilled martial artist, and Bey Logan, who you will find providing the commentary on all the Hong Kong martial arts movies on DVD, we choreographed a suitably piece of Hong Kong movie action.
A small tribute to 007
As we were going through the selection of guns for the two bad guys, Andre and Kimchi, we quickly decided that Kimchi would need to carry a big gun, so we opted for the Desert Eagle .50 cal, which is as big and as cool as it gets. For Andre, we wanted a smaller gun, to create a contrast. But we wanted Andre to have a cool gun too. So we decided to give Andre the coolest small gun available on the market, the Walter PPK, in honor of James Bond’s 50th anniversary. It is a perfect fit for Andre’s character, contrasts ideally with Kimchi’s weapon, and is a small wink that celebrates one of the most successful movie characters of all times, James Bond. Or is that a wink towards Johnny English, whose last outing was in Hong Kong? Either way, we wanted cool guns.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Many talented and dedicated people were involved in the production of “Lust & Found” including:
Craig Addison of www.dragonhorsefilms.com, an experienced producer of low budget productions, who developed the initial script of “Lust and Found” with screenwriter Drew Wilson.
Bey Logan (www.bxe-productions.com): World famous expert on Hong Kong movies, and one of Jackie Chan’s writers and producers, who was action director for this film, and made the fights scenes worthy of any big budget movies.
Paul Ducommun-dit-Verron: Experienced line producer of many local movies. Him and his team really knows how to get maximum mileage out of minimum costs.
Malcolm Golding: Art director and local fine artist who is no stranger to exotic productions in exotic lands, having been the art director on “Siddharta” among many other multi-media productions.
Morgan Peline, whose untiring work as Director of Photography, with minimal crew and a very demanding director, did a fantastic job of making this film look like it had a much bigger budget!
The film would not have been shot without the ART FUTURES GROUP www.artfuturesgroup.com who granted use of their offices as a location and put up half the budget, showing their belief in the creativity of Hong Kong’s film making
Pre-Order the DVD
The pennies make the pounds, so if you’d like to help us and contribute to the success of Lust & Found, you can pre-order the DVD in advance. We’ll send you the DVD along with signed photos of the main actors.