Martial arts actor Jon Foo is in Manila to promote film Tekken

"Tekken is about Jin Kazama. His mother is killed by the big corporation and he goes out for revenge. And he has to fight all the fighters from different countries. It's like the most dangerous tournament in the world," says the Chinese-Irish actor from London, who is in the country for a whirlwind promotion of the martial arts movie derived from the popular video fighting games series of the same name.


Nasa Pilipinas ngayon ang Hollywood martial artist na si Jon Foo, ang bida ng pelikulang Tekken na hango sa sikat na video game na Tekken. Kahapon, July 24, dumating siya sa bansa at mananatili rito hanggang bukas, July 26, para mag-promote ng kanyang pelikula.

Isa ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa naimbitahang media people na sumalubong at naunang nag-interview kay Jon kahapon sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Excited na humarap si Jon sa media dahil ito raw ang kauna-unahang pagpunta niya sa Pilipinas. Galing siya sa Thailand kung saan siya nagsu-shoot ng bagong movie niya.

"This is my first trip to Phillippines. I've been willing to come but I never have a good excuse," biro ni Jon.

Ikinatuwa rin ng guwapong aktor ang pagsabit sa kanya ng national flower na sampaguita. Aniya, "It smells really nice. Very sweet."

TEKKEN THE MOVIE. Kaagad tinanong si Jon tungkol sa kanyang pelikula.

"Tekken is about Jin Kazama. His mother is killed by the big corporation and he goes out for revenge. And he has to fight all the fighters from different countries. It's like the most dangerous tournament in the world."

Ibinahagi niya ang kanyang most memorable scene sa pelikula.

"I really like the fight scene between Jin Kazama and Brian Fury played by Gary Daniels. That's one gotta lot of soul to it."

Sinabi rin niya kung paano siya napili para sa role.

"Actually, I flew to Thailand to do a screen test. I also flew to America to do a screen test. Luckily, they liked me and they decided to put me as lead role."

First big break daw niya ang Tekken kaya medyo kabado pa rin siya.

"This is the first time I play lead role in the movies. So, there's a lot more pressure."

How does it feel being an international star?

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"It's good and it has opened a lot more doors. Right now I'm working on a movie in Thailand and finish shooting in a couple of months. After that, probably I'll go back to L.A. and see what's available. So, it's a good opportunity."

WHO IS JON FOO? Ang 27-year-old actor ay half-Chinese at half-Irish at laki sa London. Ang daddy niyang Chinese ay mula sa Singapore at ang mommy naman niya ay mula sa Ireland. Mahilig daw siyang mag-travel around the world.

Ngayong nag-uumpisa pa lang ang kanyang movie career, ang wish ni John ay, "hopefully I'll have a successful career. Hopefully, there'll be more to come."

How many movies has he done so far?

"I've done a few but usually I'm just a small role. I've done some action, a fight scene or two. In Tekken, basically I'm doing the whole thing from start to finish. Yeah, I've done quite a bit of roles."

Has he been always fascinated with acting?

"Yes, I have actually. But I've always been fascinated by art and creativity. And then I just needed to find which way I wanted to go. And through acting and martial arts, looks like a good niche for me."

Dahil patok na patok sa international market ang mga British actors ngayon gaya ni Robert Pattinson, na gumaganap bilang Edward Cullen sa Twilight Saga movies, naitanong din kay Jon kung gusto niya bang sumunod sa pack?

"It's not about following the pack. I just want to keep creative and keep positive. And keep everything fresh and new. I wanna bring... I think all the generations of martial arts stars painted a certain picture and I wanna make it more new and bring it to date."

MARTIAL ARTIST IN REAL LIFE. Sa mga hindi nakakaalam, martial artist in real life si Jon.

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"I started with wushu and then after afterwards I get some taekwondo and some muay thai. And then just mix and match and see what works. Whatever's best with your body type, you just have to elaborate."

Who does he idolize among the martial arts stars in the movies?

"Well, always Jackie Chan. But most recently, Donnie Yen has been doing some really good stuff."

How about Bruce Lee?

"Well, Bruce Lee was dead before I was alive. But I've seen some of his movies and he's a great performer."

NEXT MOVIE. Tatlong araw lang siya sa bansa dahil kailangan niya ring bumalik sa Thailand kung saan siya nagsu-shoot ng bago niyang pelikula.

"It's called Rebirth. It's a French movie being shot in Thailand. It's an action movie and hopefully it will pull off."

Mahigit isang buwan na raw siyang nagsu-shooting sa Thailand, kaya naitanong sa kanya kung nandoon ba siya during the turmoil. May political crisis ngayon doon na ilang buwan nang nagaganap at maraming violent incidents na ang nangyari sa Bangkok.

"Oh yeah, we have to stay inside the house and we don't go out. There are bombs going off. We just stayed inside and put some DVDs on. But now it's fine now. It has calmed down."

KNOWING THE PHILIPPINES. What does he know about the Philippines?

"I don't know much about the Philippines. I know there's a lot of good breakdancers here because I'm into all sorts of sports. There's like a massive amount of talent coming from the Philippines. Other than that, I know you have little eggs with a chicken inside that haven't been born yet."

Sinabi ng press sa kanya na ang tawag doon ay balut.

"Yeah, balut, I've noticed that. And there's beaches and sun," dagdag pa niya.

Is he familiar with Manny Pacquiao?

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"Oh yeah, Manny Pacquiao, why didn't I say that?"

Dahil limited nga ang stay niya sa Pilipinas, plano ni John na bumalik dito balang araw para magbakasyon.

Sa ngayon ay busy muna siya sa pagpo-promote ng kanyang pelikulang Tekken. Ngayong araw, July 25, ay sasabak si Jon sa isang press conference at special screening ng kanyang pelikula sa My Cinema sa Greenbelt 3 Makati. Nakatakda rin siyang mag-guest sa iba't ibang TV shows.

Directed by Dwight H. Little (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers), Tekken is locally distributed by Pioneer Films. Mapapanood ito sa mga sinehan simula sa August 4.


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