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Ashes to Ashes (1999)

The Writer: The Story revolves around Gabriel Darbeaux, a young screenwriter and martial arts enthusiast who supplements his income by escorting wealthy women. Gabriel's latest screenplay ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Gerard Trotman Wayne Gerard Trotman ... Gabriel Darbeaux
Gary Cameron Gary Cameron ... Muhammed Armen
Jason Ninh Cao ... Nelson Kong
Keith McCoy Keith McCoy ... Michael Trent
Tessa Brown Tessa Brown ... Arabella Simone
Cecil Cheng Cecil Cheng ... Dennis Cheng
Olivia Carruthers ... Felicity Wood
Chris Gabriel Chris Gabriel ... Valentino Tarontola
John Garcia John Garcia ... Enrico Tarontola
Leighton Young Leighton Young ... Donny Lau
Logan Wong Logan Wong ... Raymond Kong
S. Toby Aldenhoven S. Toby Aldenhoven ... Leo
Giuseppe Nicotra Giuseppe Nicotra ... Mimmo
Andy Nguyen Andy Nguyen ... Ming
Claudine Sinnett Claudine Sinnett ... Emma


The Writer: The Story revolves around Gabriel Darbeaux, a young screenwriter and martial arts enthusiast who supplements his income by escorting wealthy women. Gabriel's latest screenplay is a thriller entitled 'Ashes to Ashes'. The Girl: When a chance encounter brings the beautiful and mysterious Arabella Simone into his life, Gabriel finds that the dangerous world of the Italian Mafia and Chinese Triads, featured in his screenplay, is now his reality. The Tarantula: For Sicilian Valentino Tarontola, there is only one thing worse than stealing his money; stealing his mistress. When Gabriel is suspected of both, the 'Tarantula' sends his most trusted associates to seek him out. The Laundrymen: Dirty men for dirty work. Afro-British Muhammed Armen and Triad Enforcer Nelson Kong lead the cast of villains. Cool and sadistic, Muhammed enjoys burning his victims whereas Nelson favours the 18 weapons of Shaolin. Together with Nelson's brother Raymond, his cousin Ming and the Jamaican Leo ... Written by Wayne Gerard Trotman

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3 November 2003 (UK) See more »

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There were no stand-ins or stunt doubles. The actors performed all their own stunts using real weapons without pads or mats. See more »

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The Greatest Film Ever Made.
30 September 2013 | by sebastianfantastianSee all my reviews

I watched this film not expecting much. What happened over the course of the next 90 minutes changed my life. Up until that point I was of the opinion that the most ground-breaking film in the history of cinema was Citizen Kane. Well shift your fat arse, Welles. There's a new arse in town. Auteur (and fully functioning genius) Wayne Gerard Trotman has made a film that rises above its humble inspirations (Tarantino, British gangster films, Bruce Lee, Holby City) and whether it knows it or not - scales the north face of mount brilliant... And penetrates the summit with its action flag. And THEN some. Everything about this film is RIGHT on the money. The dialogue is reminiscent of Mamet at his most focused, The camera-work and framing bringing to mind the intensity and exuberance of a young martin Scorsese.

Some detractors may say the direction, acting, script, plot, and almost everything that's happening on (and off) screen during, before and AFTER this film is unbelievably, laughably, jaw-droppingly awful and amateurish - an exercise in egomania delivered by a man whose lack of talent is rivalled only by his lack of self-awareness... that the downright embarrassing clichés of every single line in the script are rendered even more toe-curling by the abysmal delivery of a bunch of chumps whose 'acting' makes the people in a crimewatch reconstruction look like Laurence Olivier. But that's just nit-picking.

Overall, this film is nothing less than a triumph. A symbol of what one can do with about £400, a Chinese guy and some free time. Should you see this film?

Ashes to ashes... MUST to MUST!

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