Pound of Flesh (2015 film)

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Pound of Flesh
Theatrical release poster
Directed byErnie Barbarash
Produced byJonathan DuBois
Jeffrey Giles
Mike Leeder
Henry Luk
Michael Lurie
Kirk Shaw
Written byJoshua James
StarringJean-Claude Van Damme
Darren Shahlavi
Narrated bykelton
CinematographyCliff Hokanson
Ace Studio
Odyssey Media
Release date
May 15, 2015 (VOD)

Pound of Flesh is a 2015 Canadian action thriller film directed by Ernie Barbarash, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Darren Shahlavi.[2] It is the third collaboration between Van Damme and Barbarash (following Assassination Games in 2011 and Six Bullets in 2012).


In Manila, Philippines, to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon, a former black-ops agent, awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city - brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood; Deacon with the help of his former underworld connections and his civilian brother will journey through society's seedy underbelly, proving to anyone who crosses their path, nothing means more to a man than his flesh and blood.



Principal photography and production ended on May 24, 2014.[3]

On January 14, 2015, Shahlavi died in his sleep at the age of 42.[4] The film's end credits start with an In memoriam to him.


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 17%, based on 12 reviews, and an average rating of 3.7/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Ace Entertainment. SJ Strategic Investments. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Vlessing, Etan (January 17, 2014). "Jean-Claude Van Damme Joins 'Pound of Flesh'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "On The Set For 5/27/14: Johnny Depp Starrer 'Black Mass' Starts For Warner Bros., 'Jem and the Holograms' Wraps". Studio System News. Total System Services. May 27, 2014. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Stedman, Alex (January 20, 2015). "Darren Shahlavi, Martial Artist in 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Arrow,' Dies at 42". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Pound of Flesh (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pound of Flesh Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

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