In the action-packed Topakk, Arjo Atayde and Julia Montes fight for their lives while being hunted by corrupt and powerful enemies.
After playing a deranged killer in the six-part international series, Cattleya Killer, and getting critical acclaim for his performance in the socio-political suspense, Bagman, Filipino leading man Arjo Atayde is set to bring us more thrill and action soon as he stars in another gripping and intense offering, Topakk.
FIGHTING INNER DEMONS
First unveiled in November of last year, Topakk (known internationally as Trigger) is an upcoming Filipino action thriller written and directed by Richard Somes. headlined by Arjo Atayde and Julia Montes, the films follows the story of a security guard (Atayde) previously discharged from the military because of post-traumatic stress disorder. When a young woman (Montes) seeks his protection against a corrupt police death squad, he finds himself entangled in a different kind of war and must confront his inner demons as they both fight for their lives.
Apart from Arjo and Julia, Topakk’s cast list also includes Sid Lucero and Kokoy de Santos. Somes’ Strawdogs Studio Productions and Wilfredo Manalang of local production house Fusee will produce the film. Fusee previously produced the Cinemalaya film Blue Room and the Cannes-winning Japanese drama, Plan 75. Joining them are Arjo’s sister, Ria Atayde, and his mother, Sylvia Sanchez, who will co-produce with their own production company, Nathan Studios.
Topakk is also an international collaboration with Toronto-based genre specialist Raven Banner Entertainment to executive produce and handle its international sales and Canadaian post sound house Theo & Atlas Productions to co-produce. As per the Variety report on February 19, 2023, Topakk has already wrapped filming and is currently beginning sales at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.
While there’s no definite schedule of release announced yet, knowing that it boasts a powerhouse cast, an intriguing premise, and creative experts backing it up, Topakk deserves to be included in our watchlist. “We’re excited to bring a new kind of action film from the Philippines,” says Fusee’s Wilfredo Mangalang. “Topakk is hopefully a spark to reignite a trend in such films coming out of Southeast Asia. With our partnership with Raven Banner, we’re hoping to do just that.”
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