Oh, Nicolas Cage, you never fail to surprise us. From National Treasure, to dealing with Lovecraftian horrors, to playing Joe Exotic in an upcoming Tiger King TV series, and even playing as himself in an upcoming meta drama about Nicolas Cage, there is probably no limit to just how far the man will take his craft.
His latest attempt to do so comes in the form of Jiu Jitsu, an upcoming genre-bending sci-fi martial arts movie about “an ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in an epic battle for the survival of earth.” Yup, we’re not kidding; that’s the logline in the description on the trailer above.
In this film, Cage plays Wylie, the slightly off-centre de facto leader of this ancient order of skilled fighters, which includes the likes of stunt-centric actors such as Tony Jaa (Monster Hunter), Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War), and JuJu Chan (Wu Assassins).
Here’s the full synopsis of the movie, in case you want to make sense of the sub-two-minute trailer above:
Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious race of alien invaders in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have won…until now. When celebrated war hero Jake Barnes (Alain Moussi) is defeated by Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from amnesia, Jake is rescued by Wylie (Nicolas Cage), Keung and his team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters. They must help Jake to regain his strength in order to band together and defeat Brax in an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind.
The synopsis seems to raise more questions than answers. Why does the conflict only take place every 6 years? Who the hell is Jake Barnes and why should we care? Why does a movie called Jiu Jitsu seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the martial art itself?
In any case, your many questions could be answered when Jiu Jitsu releases in theatres on 20 November.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.