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Bare-Knuckle Shatters Stereotypes with Groundbreaking Premiere at Beverly Hills Film Festival



Los Angeles, CA – May 5, 2024 – Last night, the 24th Beverly Hills Film Festival was set ablaze with the premiere of “Bare-Knuckle,” an 80’s throwback Hong Kong-style action film that not only thrilled audiences but also broke new ground in cinematic representation. Directed by Alex De Ocampo and written by the acclaimed Mark Labella, whose notable credits include producing the 2022 international hit Labyu with an Accent, the film has already sparked considerable interest and anticipation for its full-feature version, with funding firmly in place.

Starring Kevin Kreider of “Bling Empire” fame, Devon Diep, and led by promising newcomers Jordan Mahr and Michael Naizu, “Bare-Knuckle” introduces a groundbreaking Asian action lead who is openly gay, challenging long-standing Hollywood stereotypes and offering a fresh perspective on heroism. The film’s premiere saw a packed house and received rave reviews, signaling a strong appetite for diverse and dynamic storytelling.

The cast also features memorable cameos from Tommie Mopia in his big-screen debut and Celebrity Chef Marvin Aritrangoco, adding to the film’s unique flair and appeal. “It was an honor seeing Filipinos lead this action film with powerful male and female Asian characters,” said Mopia, reflecting the sentiment of empowerment and pride that permeates the project.

“At its core, ‘Bareknuckle’ is a mirror reflecting the harsh reality faced by AAPI LGBT youth, echoing the struggles that persist in a society that is meant to be progressing towards acceptance and understanding,” stated Director Alex De Ocampo. This poignant message resonates deeply with audiences and critics alike, positioning “Bare-Knuckle” as a film that transcends its action-packed sequences to touch on significant social issues.

The Beverly Hills Film Festival, known for attracting major stars like Sharon Stone, Al Pacino, and Jeff Goldblum, touted “Bare-Knuckle” as one of its most well-attended showings, further solidifying its status as a must-see film. With the script for the full feature already underway, the filmmaking team, led by De Ocampo and Labella, is gearing up for an exciting journey ahead, pushing boundaries and setting new benchmarks in the industry.

“Bare-Knuckle” is not just an action movie; it’s a vital commentary on the challenges and triumphs of the AAPI LGBT community, offering both exhilaration and enlightenment to its viewers.

About ‘Bare-Knuckle’

“Bare-Knuckle” is an innovative action film directed by Alex De Ocampo and written by award-winning screenwriter Mark Labella. The film stars Kevin Kreider, Devon Diep, Jordan Mahr, and Michael Naizu, and features cameos from Tommie Mopia and Marvin Aritrangco. Set against the backdrop of the 1980s, the film blends thrilling action with deep social commentary, challenging stereotypes and championing diversity.

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