Directed by stunt coordinator Tanay Genco Ulgen, international martial arts action phenomenon Mike Möller co-produces, fight choreographs and co-stars in the mayhem-packed comedy JACK WALKER! Released in the UK on 3rd May, 2021 on all major digital platforms courtesy of Evolutionary Films!
Stuntman and actor Stefan Morawietz stars as the titular “Jack Walker”, a washed-up action movie star. Stefan has featured in numerous Chinese TV series, movies and commercials, as well as international films, including “Sky Sharks”, “The Legend of Huo Yuanjia” and as the villain Twister’s coach in “Ip Man 2”. Stefan recently returned to his home country of Germany and is currently a successful personal trainer and fitness blogger.
Starring as the slightly unhinged gang boss and Jack Walker fan is actor and stand-up comedian Denis Lyons as “Alexej”. Playing a glamorous actress “Sylvia Meadows” is the glamorous actress Kathrin Höhne! She has previously featured alongside Don “The Dragon” Wilson in “The Hitman Agency”.
Physics-defying action performer Mike Moeller appears as stuntman “Daniel”. Having gotten his big break working with Donnie Yen on the German action series “Der Puma”, he has gone on to appear or perform stunts in movies such as “Resident Evil”, “Half Past Dead”, “Speed Racer”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “The Eagle”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Cloud Atlas”, “Hitman: Agent 47”, “Pound of Flesh”, “Ultimate Justice”, “One Million K(l)icks”, “Plan B”, and many more.
German actor, musician, dancer and choreographer Ron Holzschuh stars as the low-budget movie’s stunt coordinator, “Chris Schmidt”. Ron sadly passed away in April 2020 aged just 50.
Once Jack Walker was Germany’s greatest action star, the hero of countless Germanic martial arts and action adventures. While the millennium has changed, he hasn’t.
The studios no longer answer his calls, while he avoids calls from the people he owes money to, Jack is about to hit rock bottom when he is offered his final chance for a comeback. With his debts mounting and no better offer on the table, Jack reluctantly agrees to star in a low-budget action film.
What starts out as a low-budget, no-name C-movie becomes a game of life and death. When the crew is taken hostage by a gang of ruthless drug runners, it is up to Jack and the stunt team to fight their way out for real!
Walker will have to draw upon all of his action-movie expertise to try and keep himself and the crew safe, and maybe this time, just for once, Jack Walker can save the day for real, and become the hero he’s always wanted to be!
A Bar Brawl Sets the Scene
An intriguing opening in a bar sees a couple of middle-aged men, who think nothing of gulping down half a bottle of whisky in one go, go toe-to-toe in a well-choreographed-but-sluggish fight.
Mike Moeller’s Gravity-Defying Martial Arts Skills
There is a reason this fight sequence is a little sloppy though; it is a scene from an old Jack Walker movie! Cut to Mike Moeller and his team training and we get to see some truly astounding, wire-free, gravity-defying skills, giving us a taste of what is to come.
Chip Cobb on Steroids
When Walker joins the low budget film, pretty soon all the stunts go hilariously wrong. If you are of a certain generation, imagine The Fast Show’s Chip Cobb on steroids!
Things take a sinister turn for the would-be movie makers when a gang of real bad guys turn up. Stunt coordinator Chris and Jack Walker must team up to take on the villains and save the film crew.
There are some funny and impressive stunts as they encounter the various henchmen. Some are bounced down staircases, whilst others are taken out by flying fire extinguishers!
With the head bad guy Alexej being a huge Jack Walker fan, our hero is forced into fighting for his gang’s amusement. Wanting to massage his own ego, Alexej even has a go at beating the aging action star.
Turbo-Charged Final Act Fights
For the final act, the fight sequences are massively turbo-charged as Mike Moeller and his team of stunt performers take on the various henchmen. Stick around for the outtakes during the end credits!
Although this is a low-budget film within a low budget film, it is very well-filmed. Stefan Morawietz is hilarious but also puts in a decent dramatic performance as Jack Walker.
Although funny in places, I did find things a little slow between the comic or action sequences. The choreography when Mike Moeller is onscreen is genuinely astonishing, and he is up there with the best of the current generation of movie martial artists. It’s a shame he didn’t feature more.
The rest of the fight sequences, although occasionally slick, look like a collection of scenes filmed for a show reel.
As a calling card for the respective talents involved with this movie, I hope they get a chance to flash up more of their skills in bigger productions in the future.
All in all this is an easily-digested slice of humorous, hyper-kinetic action!
- “Jack Walker does not play supporting roles.” – Jack Walker
- “Grand gestures for a great performance.” – Jack Walker
- “There are no accidents with Jack Walker.” – Jack Walker
- “Jack, you may not be a hero, but you are a star.” – Chris Schmidt
- Hong Kong film expert, casting director and producer Mike Leeder was an associate producer.
- Director Tanay Genco Ulgen has himself worked as a stunt coordinator and has been involved in various capacities with films such as “Female Fight Club” starring Amy Johnston, “Attrition” starring Steven Seagal, and the blockbusting sci-fi thriller “Skylin3s”.