manila guns action feature film screenplay

Logline: When a short-tempered street fighter’s sister is kidnapped he’s ordered to pay her ransom by collecting debts from the toughest criminals in the barrio as he fights crooked cops and vengeful debtors on his way back to freeing his sister. (completed script available)


When hot-head street fighter, Junji Cortez, and his ailing sister, Cathy, are in dire financial straights he asks his gangster friend, Frenzy, for a job. A mean cop, Ramos, now wants Junji to record Frenzy during a drug deal so they can take Frenzy down.

When Cathy gets sick, Junji races her to the hospital and misses the drug deal, pissing off both Ramos and Frenzy. Cathy then goes missing and Junji gets a message from Frenzy’s #2, Dinky, that she’s been taken and he has to collect money from Frenzy’s debtors to pay off her ransom.

With the help of his mentor, Alberto, Junji travels into the dangerous barrio and fights a couple of mean criminals in no-holds-barred fights that end with him victorious and taking their money. Just when he’s about the take on the final criminal he gets a text message from Cathy. Should he finish off collecting the ransom or try to find his sister? Junji has to make life and death decisions in the mean streets of Manila.


"I’m particularly excited about this one because it showcases Filipino martial arts which is known for brutal hand-to-hand combat and various weapons," said writer/director Walter Boholst. "The weapons include fighting sticks, butterfly knives and nunchuks which are all incorporated into the movie."

"Filipino martial arts has been in many of the top Hollywood movies including "John Wick," "Book of Eli," and "I, Frankenstein." This is really the first movie dedicated to Filipino martial arts for the entire movie. But it's not just Filipino martial arts. Junji fights bad guys who are skilled in other various forms of martial arts which gives each fight scene different looks and personalities."

"So it’s kind of a “Taken” meets “The Raid” but set in the colorful streets of Manila and the dingy Philippine slums which is very cinematic."

The Next Action Star


Junji is a good hearted but hot-headed street-fighter who's temper finally gets him in over his head. He has to battle the demons of his past in order to realize that his brain, not his brawn, is the way to save his sister, and himself. This is a prime role to launch the world's next great action star.

Clockwise from top left: Charles Michael Davis (Grey’s Anatomy, Vampire Diaries), Jeremy Marinas (Close Range, The LXD, A-list stuntman), Vincent Rodriguez (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Alex Mallari Jr. (Insomnia , Dark Matter), Michael Copon (Dystopia, Awaken, CSI: Miami, One Tree Hill)
The Kick Ass Sister


CATHY, 20's, is the tough nerd and ever-loving sister of Junji who wishes she could finally set him straight. When she's taken captive she has to use her wits in order to save herself instead of waiting for a hero. But Cathy's not just a damsel in distress. She gets a chance to kick ass too in her own fight scenes.

Clockwise from top left: Jennylyn Mercado (My Love From The Star), Hailee Steinfeld (Barely Lethal), Vanessa Hudgens (Springbreakers), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Maja Salvador (Wildflower)
The Mentor


ALBERTO is Junji's longtime but drug-addled mentor who uses the knowledge from his troubled past to help Junji make his way through the toughest barrio in the city. This is a great role for an established Hollywood actor who can bring his gravity to the film. It also displays some dramatic range as Alberto struggles with overcoming his addiction to help Junji in his time of need. But he also keeps his action fans happy with a climactic fight scene. Alberto's scenes are limited to one location and can be shot entirely in Los Angeles or any other city where the talent is at.

Clockwise from top left: Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Donnie Yen (Mulan, Ip Man 1-4), Ernie Reyes, Jr. (The Librarians), David Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Jon Jon Briones (The Assassination of Gianne Versace), Reggie Lee (Grimm), Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3)


Junji must battle a collection of badasses in order to collect money from each one. But none of them want to give him any without a fight. This is where the fun begins.

Clockwise from top L to R: Joe Taslim ("The Night Comes For Us"), Tony Jaa ("Ong Bak"), Tiger Chen ("Man of Tai Chi"), Scott Adkins ("Triple Threat"), Michale Jai White ("Spawn"), Iki Uwais ("The Raid"), Yayan Ruhian ("The Raid 2"), Brandon Vera ("Buy Bust")
The Fight Scenes


Many of the top fight choreographers in Hollywood are of Filipino descent or have trained extensively in Filipino martial arts.

Jeff Imada (Furious 7, Total Recall, Iron Man 2, Book of Eli)

Jonathan Eusebio (Fate Of The Furious, John Wick Chapter 2, Dr. Strange)

Jon Valera (Thor: Ragnarok, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, John Wick)

Jeremy Marinas (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Agents of Shield, Hitman: Agent 47)

Sonny Sison (Showdown in Little Manila, Nilalang, BuyBust)


Manila provides a rich and colorful tapestry for a series of chases and fights in interesting locations, with precarious architecture and energized by the vibrant people and vehicles in motion.

A maze of high-rises, concrete alleys and plywood slums, Manila is a perfect setting for a man-on-a-mission action movie. Surprisingly this setting hasn't been used that much but when it's been done well its produced electric results. Manila has been portrayed most famously in "The Bourne Legacy" but other Philippine films also show it's potential.

Comparison Films

COMPARISON FILMS in the action/martial arts genre

JOHN WICK: $20M budget/$88M gross

BRICK MANSIONS: $23M budget/$69M gross

THE RAID REDEPTION: $1.1M budget/$9.14M gross

The Worldbuilder


Walter Boholst will be the writer, director and producer of MANILA GUNS. Walter is an experienced creative who wrote/directed/co-produced the horror feature film "Voodoo Possession" with Danny Trejo that was distributed in the US by RLJ Entertainment and is available worldwide including territories in Europe, all of the Middle East and all of Latin America. He is also an entertainment attorney of almost 20 years with a specialization in film/TV distribution and foreign sales. His business consulting clients and employers have included RLJ Entertainment (distributor), Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment (production, distribution, foreign sales) and XYZ Films (foreign sales). His previous industry stints include Assistant Story Editor for MGM Pictures, as a reader for John Davis' Davis Entertainment (Predator, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and in foreign sales at Initial Entertainment Group founded by Graham King (The Aviator, The Departed)

Walter also has extensive contacts in the Philippine film industry. He's visited there 4 times since 2013, has participated in numerous film festivals and film conferences there, and has built solid relationships with most of the major studios and the top genre film producers there. He also has an ongoing business affairs consulting relationship with the largest media company in the Philippines, ABS-CBN. He is currently in the process of applying for dual citizenship with the U.S. and the Philippines.

Last but not least, Walter is one of the leaders of the Filipino-American film scene. He is the co-founder and on the board of the directors for the largest and longest running Filipino American entertainment organization, FilAm Creative, Inc. Walter's mission is to bring the American and Philippine film industries together and expose their beauty to the world through his English-language genre films.

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