Depending on your personal religious beliefs, the Biblical fifth commandment is either "Honor thy Father and Mother" or "Thou shall not murder" -- at least, according to Wikipedia. Either way, Rick Yune has made a movie about it. His take on the subject, appropriately titled The Fifth Commandment, is a martial arts flick and Freestyle Releasing has just picked up distribution rights to it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Yune qualified for the Olympic trials in Tae Kwon Do when he was 19 and later graduated from the Wharton School of Business, according to IMDb, so he has brains and brawn. He's appeared in several TV shows as well as The Fast and the Furious and Die Another Day, in which he played a North Korean general (for which he was named one of Cinematical's "Very Weirdest Bond Villains"). But I would imagine that, as with nearly all Asian-Americans in Hollywood, opportunities have been few for him, so he wrote himself a lead role in The Fifth Commandment and then got it made, serving as one of the producers.

In the film, Yune "plays a trained assassin who turns down an assignment to kill a pop singer (Dania Ramirez) because her bodyguard is his half brother (Bokeem Woodbine). The siblings soon find themselves targeted in Bangkok by every top assassin in the world, forcing them to rely on the training of their tough father (Keith David)." First-timer John Z. Lee directed; he's not to be confused with the John H. Lee who's attached to remake John Woo's The Killer.

Freestyle co-president Susan Jackson says that the fight scenes "are the real thing, not staged."The premise, the promise of realistic fight scenes, and the presence of Keith David (a longtime personal fave) and Dania Ramirez (a sexy and talented actress) make this a must-see for me. The Fifth Commandment will kick its way into more than 1,000 theaters nationwide in March 2008 -- just in time for Easter? You can watch the trailer to get a peek at the action.

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