If there were ever a pair of filmmakers to keep an eye on, it’s Leroy Nguyen and Fernando Jay Huerto, the arbiters of the longstanding hit shortfilm series, Do The Damn Thing. Made with nothing but a love for film, comedy and Hong Kong action among like-minded creatives since 2009, the project now comes to a close with a total of eight performers hailing from five indie film groups, all of whom share the respective cinematic universes of both Nguyen and Huerto via Rising Tiger Films and Jabronie Pictures.
These are people who’ve contributed greatly to the unyielding call for better action and choreography for a market hungry for quality stunts and storytelling, and not for nothing either as its helped each of these folks advance their respective careers in film little by little. For now though, we get this darling labor of love that also reintroduces a slew of cameos, including a final bow from Jabronie mainstay Neil Aguilera among its colorful characters, and as always, an emotive musical outro to last the ages.
Jay (Fernando Jay Huerto) hears that Alex (Alex Chung) is visiting San Diego to meet Neil (Neil Aguilera), Jay’s cousin. When Jay goes to meet up with Alex, he reunites with Andy Long (Alex Chung) instead. Soon after, Jay hears that Lester (Leroy Nguyen), a former brother-turned-enemy from the past, has come back to San Diego to meet up. Upon meeting with Lester, Jay and Alex run into Kung Fu Panda (Eric Nguyen), his brother Irvin (Irvin Nguyen), and Neil-fanatic Anthony (Anthony Noceda). Once Lester summons his brother-in-arms Edmond (Edmond Shum), a battle ensues that the likes of the Do the Damn Thing series has never before seen. This is the end-all test fight to…end all…test fights…
As the 10th and final entry into the indie-action short film series, Do the Damn Thing – Ultimate sees the series’ creators Leroy Nguyen and Edmond Shum collaborate (many for the first time) with Fernando Jay Huerto, Alex Chung, Eric and Irvin Nguyen, and Anthony Noceda. Series’ staple Neil Aguilera makes his final onscreen appearance, as he announced his retirement from dying onscreen shortly after the completion of this short film. Representatives of Mr. Aguilera had no further comments at this time.
On a serious note, this short film is a “THANK YOU” to EVERYONE who has chosen to watch our work over the years, and who continue to stick with us. This one is for all of you.
You can view all previous nine shorts by commencing the playlist here. Otherwise, number ten is just below. Enjoy!
~Lee B. Golden
Ballistic Cinematheque, founder and editor