This probably isn’t surprising to anyone, but I’ve kept a close eye on the Scott Adkins/Marko Zaror-starring action joint Savage Dog since the first rumblings. Come on, it stars Scott Adkins and Marko Zaror. That alone is enough to make me watch anything. I’d watch them sitting around drinking coffee and chatting about the weather. Fortunately, there’s way more to Savage Dog than that, as confirmed by this new trailer.
There’s jungle training, pit fighting, Keith David narrating—if I didn’t know better, I’d say this Savage Dog trailer was a hidden remnant left over from the mid-1980s and would go into a deep dive spiral of obsession until I tracked down a worn, wearied, bootleg VHS copy. Savage Dog comes out this year, so I don’t have to do that, which is awesome. God damn, that music is so over-the-top epic, it’s perfect.
Most importantly, Savage Dog has Scott Adkins (Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear) pummeling dudes; Marko Zaror (Redeemer) in a dope 1950s suit and hat combo with a machine gun, also pummeling dudes; and Keith David hanging out, being a badass, as Keith David is wont to do. It doesn’t hurt that former MMA fighter Cung Le (The Man with the Iron Fists) is along for the ride, as is rising martial arts star Juju Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, not to mention a Muay Thai champ and Tae Kwon Do black belt).
A couple of brief plot stingers have floated around that basically confirm what we see in this trailer. The first is: “The French have left, the Americans have yet to arrive. But one man has declared war.” The second: “A story set in Indochina in 1959, a land beyond rule and a time without mercy, and the birth of a legend.”
This gives us the time, place, and a rough-and-tumble, lawless environment, which is perfect for a movie like Savage Dog. And any time one man wants to declare war, that’s generally just dandy from where I sit. Indochina—the region home to countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar—in 1959 was a tense, hectic place, especially as things hurtled towards what became the Vietnam War. In short, it’s an ideal setting for this type of gritty, down-and-dirty action fare.
Directed by Jesse V. Johnson (Pit Fighter, Green Street Hooligans 2, and tons of stunt work), Savage Dog marks the first collaboration between Scott Adkins and Marko Zaror since Undisputed 3 (can’t wait for Undisputed 4, or Boyka: Undisputed, which also drops this year). And if that’s not enough to get hardcore action heads excited, this probably isn’t your jam and you’ve likely stopped reading already.
There’s no word on when we’ll see Savage Dog, but given the general realm where this movie dwells, my guess is it’ll hit the DTV circuit sometime this year. Hopefully sooner than later.