Two Women. One Destiny.
Following a daring raid on a harbor drug deal, Sarah; an operative of the
Black Lotus triad, is betrayed and left for dead by her associates. After a
months long recovery, she returns to seek revenge against the crime
syndicate that attempted her murder and killed her only living family
member in her absence. Sarah soon crosses paths with Claire, a young
cop with a strong sense of justice and her own reasons for pursuing the
The two form an unlikely partnership using their individual skill sets in
order to track down Sarah's betrayers. As they cross paths with operatives
from both the Black Lotus and the Red Dragon, their rival organization,
Sarah and Claire forge a friendship with each other that softens Sarah's
dark outlook on the world following the loss of her loved ones.
With the stakes rising, and secrets left unspoken, the one-time gangster
and one-time cop find themselves in the middle of an all out war between
two crime syndicates with both of their lives on the line.
Genre: Action / Thriller
Runtime: 125 minutes
Original Format: Fujifilm 16mm
Master Format: Apple ProRes 422HQ 2K
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16 X 9
Sound Mix: 5.1 Surround
About the Film
'Shadow of the Lotus' is the action packed debut
film of writer and director Jeff L’Heureux. A huge fan
of all genres of film, including action, the film
represents a mix between modern westernized
filmmaking and the older Hong Kong Action style
showcased in classic films such as 'Hard Boiled',
'The Killer' and 'A Better Tomorrow'. The film
features strong performances by the talented,
multicultural asian cast, and female co-leads. With
particular emphasis placed on the action, multiple
full scale shootouts encompass the film, all utilizing
practical stunt and squib work reminiscent of its
Heroic Bloodshed roots.
Post-production on the film was conducted in Vancouver, Canada. The 16mm negative was developed and processed by Deluxe Vancouver before being digitally transferred for post-production work. The film was color graded at Deluxe Vancouver and AlphaCine in Seattle, and SkyLab supervised the production of a 2K DCP master for theatrical presentation.
Evoking Hong Kong Action
Utilizing Fujifilm's distinctive Eterna motion picture film negative series, the cinematography of 'Shadow of the Lotus' is crafted to faithfully evoke the Hong Kong Action style of filmamking made popular by directors such as John Woo and Ringo Lam in the late 1980's. The style's distinctive gritty, grainy look of older 35mm film stock is faithfully recreated on 16mm film, complete with the signature scratches and natural imperfections of film stocks at the time.
Though set in the modern day, 'Shadow of the Lotus' pays homage visually and thematically to the eastern style of Heroic Bloodshed genre films, with practical effects and stuntwork shot on real motion picture film and not digital video. The result is a uniquely organic, stylistic look that adds to the action and excitement on screen.