Here we go again!
The sequel to THE MARTIAL ARTS KID; THE MARTIAL ARTS KID 2: PAYBACK is pivotal to what we are trying to create. It is our goal to build a franchise of films that show the profound impact that martial arts can bring into people's lives that also contain exciting action, yet wholesome enough for the whole family to watch together. Our all-star production team is at it again by bringing our goals straight to the source. YOU. THE MARTIAL ARTS KID was a crowd-funding success because of our backers from the last campaign and we would like to share that same success once again. We are not in the business of making movies for Hollywood and do not have a studio's backing. We want people to be a part of what we do and what we create. We want everyone to be proud of what can be done together.
The Plan and The Perks
Our goal is to make the sequel bigger and better than the original. Once again we will have the most real martial arts Grandmasters, Masters, and Champions than any film has had in history. We plan to shoot in three locations: St. Petersberg, FL; Cocoa, FL; and Los Angeles, CA. As some of you may know, picking up and moving a production across state lines can be pretty pricey. Every penny that is raised will go towards the production and marketing of the film. We've set this campaign at $150,000. But if we pass our goal, all of the extra funding will go towards making the movie EVEN BIGGER and BETTER. In return, we have some great perks that lead up to the ultimate swag bag for you die-hard fans out there. We're also offering a few mega-fans the opportunity to come to set, party with our cast and crew, and even be in our film and on screen with the stars! We also have options for our fans on a budget that just want a little piece of the pie like seeing behind the scenes or obtaining collector's items. Every backer will have their name in the ending credits of the movie, this is your chance to be a part of something BIG.
Martial Arts movies should be more than a hero out seeking revenge. This is not what martial arts is about. THE MARTIAL ARTS KID had a positive effect on the youth that watched it because they identified with the very real story of bullying at school. It showed kids of all ages that not only can martial arts make you strong, but it can also make you responsible, and gives young adults a support system that teaches them to channel the negatives into positives. THE MARTIAL ARTS KID won multiple awards and are now available in many countries around the world. We want to continue this narrative with THE MARTIAL ARTS KID 2: PAYBACK. This time showing how martial arts can be applied to real-world situations that are more serious and adult while keeping our wholesome level of family entertainment.
Meet Our Cast
Brandon expressed an interest in acting at the age of 3 and by 5 was already a member of SAG. His biggest role to date was his lead role in the feature film, Smitty (2012), which was released in April 2012. Brandon plays the lead role of Ben Barrett and worked alongside: Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Louis Gossett Jr., Lolita Davidovich, Jason London, and Booboo Stewart. Since filming Smitty, he has gone on to film supporting roles in Wiener Dog Nationals (2013) and The Martial Arts Kid (2015). He also had a lead role in the UPtv holiday movie, Beverly Hills Christmas (2015). Brandon has also been seen on Tosh.0 (2009), Supah Ninjas (2011), and Instant Mom (2013). Later, he portrayed Peter Michaels in Fishes 'n Loaves: Heaven Sent (2016) alongside Patrick Muldoon and Dina Meyer.
Matthew, born and raised on the East Coast, began modeling with the Wilhelmina Modeling agency in New York, at the age of two months. Matthew has worked in various genres in such films as Mansion of Blood (Robert Picardo), Hard Flip (John Schneider, Rosanna Arquette), Among Friends (Danielle Harris, Jennifer Blanc), Six Gun Savior (Martin Kove, Eric Roberts) and Treachery (Michael Biehn, Richard Gunn). In 2012, Hollywood Magazine named him "Hollywood's Newest Heartthrob". In addition to acting, he has been involved as a producer, ("Never a Neverland"). Matthew has his second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has studied Hapkido as well as Kendo (swords). In July 2012, he represented the USA in the International Quidditch Association's Summer Games during the Olympic Torch Relay in England, where Team USA won the Gold medal.
Considered the greatest kickboxing champion in the sport's history. A native of South Florida, Wilson began fighting in the late 1970s. In a career which spanned 4 decades, he won 11 world kickboxing championships, among them the WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO Lightheavyweight World Championships, WKA, STAR, ISKA World Cruiserweight Titles, and the WKA and STAR Super-Lightheavyweight World Championships. He posted a record of 72-5-2 with 47 wins by knockout. Wilson defeated such world champions as Dennis Alexio, Oaktree Edwards, and Dick Kimber. He retired from the sport in 1990 but launched a comeback on May 14, 1999. Since his return, he has knocked-out Dick Kimber and defeated Dewey Cooper.
Cynthia began training when she was 13 and now has black belts in 5 different systems: Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do (both Korean), as well as Wushu, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu (all three Chinese). She is the Five-time undefeated World Karate Champion in Forms & Weapons (1981-1985) and the first woman to appear on the cover martial arts magazines "Inside Kung Fu" and "Black Belt". She was the inspiration behind the character "Sonya Blade", in the video game Mortal Kombat. Her trademark kick is the Scorpion Kick. She was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Cynthia has over 60 credits and one of the biggest action stars for the golden age of action movies.
Chuck has black belts in Isshinryu Karate, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt In Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and was a four-time New York City Golden Gloves competitor. Before becoming an actor, Chuck was a bodyguard for Liza Minnelli, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Penn, Pamela Anderson, Mickey Rourke, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Cher, Charles Bronson, Joan Jett, Joe Pesci, Robin Wright, and Michael Jackson. Best known for his role as Chucky Pancamo in the HBO series OZ, Chuck has over 60 acting credits and counting.
Brought up in the Asian/Polynesian culture of Honolulu, Hawaii. Storm truly is an "All American" - melting pot meets cultural mosaic. In high school Storm was shy and started break-dancing as a way of trying to "fit in". This quickly became his passion and eventually led to Storm winning over 200 dance competitions in the genres of hip-hop and break-dance. Storm received a dance scholarship, which paved the way for him to move to LA and dance in music videos. Wanting to further pursue his creative energies, Storm began acting. He then graduated from the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Acting Academy. His brand of action is a combination of martial arts, acrobatic skill, comedic timing, and an almost balletic grace. Storm has since gone on to work with Jet Li, Samo Hung, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Kelly Hu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michelle Rodriquez, Neal McDonough and Kristanna Loken.
A model, actor, and kickboxer, who will forever be known for two roles. From 1990 to 1993, he took over for Jean-Claude Van Damme in the Kickboxer series, ending it with the fourth installment, Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994). A black belt in tae kwon do, Sasha was once an amateur kickboxing champion, and it helped him land the role of a boxer in 1988's Spike of Bensonhurst (1988). In 1991, Sasha got the role of Cody Lambert on the popular TV series Step by Step (1991). He played Cody from 1991 to 1996 and returned for its final season in 1998. Sasha is also known for Kickboxer 2, 3, and 4. Now even more beefed up, he is the proud father of three daughters and one son and continues to make movies. Sasha loves to cook, is a certified welder, and speaks fluent Spanish.
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Risks and challenges
The making of THE MARTIAL ARTS KID was very ambitious, to say the least, but through the help of our backers from the previous campaign, we were able to pull off something pretty amazing. We know that THE MARTIAL ARTS KID franchise is a unique and rare form of entertainment just waiting to be realized and we are confident that once we can get the ball rolling, it will be a treasured item in family households for generations to come. As in most film projects, it always comes down to the funding and is always a huge risk. We are not backed by a studio, so every dollar counts. The more dollars we can bring in, the more special this project will be. If you have had a chance to see the level of quality our production team has provided in the past, then you can understand just how exciting being a part of this project is going to be for all involved. We hope that you are as excited as us to continue our journey of providing quality content for you and your family.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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