Loan sharks in Asia inspired me to do “Unsecured Loan II”
In the recent western world, loan sharks have been a feature of the criminal underworld, but are otherwise rare. However, in Asia this type of moneylenders is quite common. They lend money to people who are unable to obtain loans from banks or other legal sources, mostly targeting habitual gamblers. They charge a very high interest rate (about 40% per month) and frequently threaten violence towards those who fail to pay in time using a multitude of tactics. They spray, splash or write threats in red paint on the walls or hang pig heads sometimes outside the borrower’s house. According to local police authorities, there have been cases where borrowers were beaten or had their property damaged or destroyed. Occasionally moneylenders abducted or even killed their victims. Some committed suicide.
As German I found the existence, and furthermore the fact that common people turn towards loan sharks fascinating. Loan sharks were the topic of my first short movie ever in 2007 which did quite well in the festival circuit. Following requests from cast, crew and friends, I decided to do a second movie on this topic with the focus on the human aspect combined with realistic action a la Donnie Yen in 2009. The result: “Unsecured Loan II”.
We are very proud to be able to premiere our work as part of the official selection in the Action On Film International Film Festival – nominated for Best Action Sequence Martial Arts Shorts!
Don’t miss it: Tuesday 27, Academy 4, 5:30 pm in Pasadena. Details at the AOF website: www.aoffest.com. Enjoy the film