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Kun Khmer to feature prominently in upcoming Hollywood filming in Cambodia

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Right: The Riel Team co-founder Matias Andres with Kun Khmer fighters. Left: Swedish-American actor Bo Svenson will lead the filming of a Kun Khmer-themed screenplay in Cambodia. TRT

MagicQuest Entertainment, a well-known Hollywood-based film producer, is looking for a Kun Khmer fighter who star in the leading role for a project they are planning to film in Cambodia.

Matias Andres, co-founder and leader of The Riel Team (TRT), a local fight promotion and management group, said they are in contact with MagicQuest Entertainment CEO and President Bo Svenson, who sought their help in finding talent for the project.

Svenson, 79, and his company are the producers of Charya (Champion for All), an award-winning screenplay which they plan to film in a still-undisclosed location in the Kingdom. Likewise, the schedule for the filming has yet to be released.

Matias said they agreed to act as consultants and help Svenson move forward with the project.

According to him, this will be good opportunity, not only for business, but also to promote Kun Khmer to the outside world. Kun Khmer is a Cambodian combat sport. In Kun Khmer, fighters try to beat their opponents by way of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes.

“This is another major opportunity for Kun Khmer to reach beyond Cambodia’s borders and share Khmer culture with the world,” he said.

In a previous interview, Andres stressed that 2020 will be a ‘critical year’ for the development and promotion of Kun Khmer.

Andres said Svenson’s fame will be a big plus for such endeavor.  “Svenson is a prominent actor that has worked with some of Hollywood’s most prestigious names like Quentin Tarantino and Clint Eastwood,” he said.

The Swedish-American actor, who has been a member of the Oscar Academy since 1985, has starred in numerous films in the 1970s and 1980s, including Mission Impossible.

Svenson is also known as a prolific and highly versatile film writer, director and producer.

“It is an honour to have him shoot his movie in Cambodia and an even bigger privilege for him to turn his award-winning screenplay to a movie about the nation’s pride: Kun Khmer,” Andres concluded.

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