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Darak is an aging Sword Master and Juda, his brilliant apprentice son. In a drama of startling consequences, Juda recounts the events leading to the devastation of their relationship, propelling them towards the ultimate challenge – a death duel.

  • David Will No
    Matrix Reloaded, Mr Nice Guy, Battle of Wills
  • David Will No
  • David Will No
  • David Will No
    Key Cast
    Matrix Reloaded, Mr Nice Guy, Battle of Wills
    Key Cast
    Stealth, Sea Patrol, Power Rangers: Jungle Fury
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    Zone 39, Sensitive New Age Killer, Huntsman 5.1
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    Wog Boy, Kangaroo Jack, Head On
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  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Action-Drama, Adventure
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2006
  • Production Budget:
    22,000 USD
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    Super 16mm
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  • 2006 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    World Premiere
  • 2007 Action on Film Festival
    Long Beach
    United States
    Best Costume Design, Nominated Male Performer of the Year; Nominated Best Action Sequence Short
  • 2007 Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival
    Atlanta City, Georgia
    United States
    Best Film (Action & Suspense); Best Kick-Ass Fight (Audience Award)
  • 2007 Melbourne Underground International Film Festival
    Australian Premiere
    Best Short Film
  • 2007 Big Bang Film Festival
    United States
    Best Director (jury); Best Short (Audience)
  • 2008 Park City Film Music Festival
    Park City, Utah
    United States
    Best Music (Gold Medal) in a short film
  • 2008 New port Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, California
    United States
  • 2008 Seoul International Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
  • 2008 Rincon International Film Festival
    Puerto Rico
Director Biography - David Will No

David No started in the film industry in 1993 while studying Physiotherapy at University. Although he completed his degree, his involvement in the industry never waned. His first attraction was acting, which he has studied for many years at various institutions including the esteemed NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). Like most actors in Australia, he has had his fair share of guest and walk-on roles in various TV serials, but his niche was his physical ability.

No’s parents both taught martial arts – in fact, David’s father was responsible for establishing taekwondo in Australia as far back as 1965. This was naturally a big part of No’s childhood, and he would go on to represented Australia in Judo in 1992 and taekwondo in 1995. This martial arts ability has seen him work with some of the best in the field on project like: Jackie Chan’s Mr Nice Guy, the Mel Gibson / Jet Li produced Invincible; and The Matrix Reloaded and Enter the Matrix video game.

No (together with long-time collaborator Brent Houghton) started addressing Australia’s lack of Genre filmmaking under their own banner, Furious Films. In 2000, their efforts won them the annual pitching competition at SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia) which inturn sparked interest from some of Australia’s more prominent film and distribution companies. Their talents as genre screen writers were quickly commissioned by these companies, and they were launched at the Cannes Film Market.

As well as developing feature films, No started Line-producing for the Korean commercial Industry. Extraordinarily, No’s first commercial was a $4.5mil spot starring Jackie Chan. After this his demand as a facilitator of Korean projects escalated, and he has worked solidly with some of Korea’s top director’s and actor’s on films like Typhoon and Temptation of Wolves; tv drama such as I’m sorry I love you, Which Planet are you from? and Game Queen; and commercials such as the Anymotion & Anyclub campaigns starring Hyori Lee.

During this entire period, No has maintained and cultivated his skills as Actor, Producer, stuntman and Action Director – often fulfilling each of these roles in a single project. Finally in 2005, he decided that he wanted to go back to the story-telling, but this time as a Director. His 2006 film Forged is a culmination of all his various skills and exudes a particular style and perspective refreshing to the genre.

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Director Statement

The initial idea for the story actually did come from a student of mine, who was young and talented – but could not grasp the difference between learning a sport and learning a martial art. I have been an Action Director and Producer for a while now. It was time to make something myself – with the ingredients that I would like. I have always been involved in action, but I think it needs to be more cerebral – it needs to be “Intellectual Action” – there needs to be beauty; there needs to be story; there needs to be journey. This is the hardest action to make. Your performers need to be highly skilled physically, but have depth of acting ability to carry out the role.

When you are trying to sell a different style, people always want to pigeon hole you back to something they know and understand. You have to actually show them! Forged was made to show that films can have both a strong narrative journey and world-class action. This way it reaches greater audiences.