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Lima: Breaking the Silence, Movie, 1998 IMDB

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stronghold EN

2006-07-29 11:18

the majority of this film is (supposedly) set in Peru.
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sixcyl FR

2006-07-29 12:03

Boeing 727-100 of AeroPeru

Gag Halfrunt UK

2006-07-29 12:59

Because people have started adding pop videos, at first I thought this was a pop video trying to create an exotic Latin American atmosphere on a tiny budget. ;)

stronghold EN

2006-07-29 13:02

Gag Halfrunt wrote Because people have started adding pop videos, at first I thought this was a pop video trying to create an exotic Latin American atmosphere on a tiny budget. ;)

...pop video's probably have a better budget.! :)

Gag Halfrunt UK

2006-07-29 13:28

stronghold wrote
...pop video's probably have a better budget.! :)

Then I saw that it was directed by Menahem Golan, a veritable king of cheapskate B-movies. I suppose that, for Golan, the low cost of filming in Russia outweighed any issues of authenticity.

Edited to add: it's a Nu Image film -- the people who brought you Sofia as Philadelphia. :)

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2007-01-26 02:06

I've just found the trailer for this suckfest. Ham acting and inept action, cut to a grooving rock soundtrack. :)
Link to "www.nuimage.net"

Gag Halfrunt UK

2007-06-11 01:27

I think this was actually filmed in Belarus. The registration number on the GAZelle (/vehicle_44653-GAZ-GAZelle.html) fits the format of Belarus plates but not Russian ones. (It's a background vehicle showing its real registration number.)

ecclefechan SX

2008-03-02 20:05

I believe it was filmed in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2008-03-02 20:19

It's a Nu Image film, but it definitely was not filmed in Sofia. Checking the IMDB, the local cast and crew members have Russian names, and none of them has any credits on films made in Bulgaria. As I noted above, the one real registration number visible in the captures matches the Belarusian system but not the Bulgarian one. In the shot of the Volvo 460 (/vehicle_44623-Volvo-460.html) there's an advertisement for Atlant, a Belarusian kitchen appliance manufacturer.

ecclefechan SX

2008-03-05 13:02

Hmmm, that's odd. I always assumed it was filmed back to back with "Armstrong" in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's the same director and both films have Richard Lynch, Charles Napier and Joe Lara in the cast. "Armstrong" was filmed in Sofia doubling as Moscow. I did notice the cast members had Slavic names, but just assumed it was Bulgarian. But upon closer examination, it looks like you're right. Most of the cast with Slavic names haven't appeared in anything else at all according to IMDB, and the few that have have only appeared either in Belrusian or Soviet Union films.

I really wonder what Menahem Golan was thinking when he made this film. Sure, he's produced lots of dreadful films as Cannon, but as a director he's done some decent ones (Delta Force, Over the Brooklyn Bridge). However, I didn't think he could stoop this low. This one is just hilariously bad. The aforementioned Armstrong is an incredible masterpiece in contrast to this. It couldn't be more obvious that it's a former COMECON state and not Peru. The accents are phony and laughable, the fake palm tree props are ridiculously fake and cheap looking and the Mitsubishi's flip with visible rollbars after driving up a flight of steps is a laughable example of a random stunt for no reason, like in U.S Seals!

And the fact that it appears to be filmed in Belarus is an even bigger mystery. I've never seen any other cheap American B-movies shot in Belarus before and it's the most bureacratic and closed of the former Soviet/COMECON states of Eastern Europe.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2008-03-05 16:37

Nu Image used to make their films in South Africa, but during the 1990s it became a popular location for commercials and fashion shoots. I would hazard a guess that wages for film crews rose and Nu Image decided to look elesewhere, trying Bulgaria and Belarus and perhaps a few other countries with cheap labour and unemployed film workers. Evidently they found Bulgaria to be an attractive film-making environment and Belarus not so attractive, no doubt for the reasons you mentioned.

Incidentally, poking around the IMDB I see that Menahem Golan did make another film in Belarus, "Death Game" (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0321959/). Apparently it's about a young basketballer from da 'hood who gets mixed up with drug dealers, and it's so cheap that, according to a user comment, 'they even try to pull of a $7,000 Hyundai Sonata as a tempting "sports car"'.

But wait, here's the production company's website. You can look at the photos and see how they try to make Minsk look like an American city. And notice that the spectators at the basketball game amount to about a dozen people, all white.

And you can watch the trailer, which features eighties-style music, ham acting, sub-Godfather gangster stereotypes, implied oral sex, unintentional humour, an exploding Ford Cortina...I mean Taunus and a GAZ GAZelle ambulance. :)

P.S. Another version of the "Death Game" trailer, including the Hyundai "sports car".

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ecclefechan SX

2008-03-05 21:22

Haha, thanks for letting me know about Death Game. Just watched both trailers and it looks priceless, I really have to see it now! Love the Hyundai Sonata "sports car"! "New Cannon Group"? I remember reading an article about that production company a while back, but didn't know it ever actually took off.

Yeah, I knew NuImage filmed in South Africa, I've seen the likes of Cyborg Cop, Freefall and Danger Zone. Cyborg Cop 2 has lots of visible foreign cars, including an exploding Ford Sierra 5 door hatchback. Freefall tries to present itself as a globe trotting action adventure and does fairly well at trying to pretend it's taking place in New York, London and France despite being filmed entirely in South Africa.

Interestingly, the 2003 NuImage film "Special Forces" was shot in Vilnius, Lithuania and is set in a former Soviet republic. It's surprisingly slick and polished looking for a NuImage film shot on a 1.3 million budget. I wonder if there's any more of them shot there.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2010-08-09 01:26

I tracked down the DVD of Death Game on Amazon.co.uk and it only cost £1. It should arrive sometime this week. :)

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