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Henry Cejudo Says Hollywood Can Bend The Knee!
- Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Olympic Gold Medalist and UFC Flyweight & Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo Boards Award-Winning Boxing Drama IN FULL BLOOM Ahead of Film’s Theatrical and On-Demand Release
Olympic Gold Medalist and UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo has announced his role as Executive Producer of the award-winning feature film IN FULL BLOOM - coming to theaters for a special one-week, Oscar®-qualifying theatrical release. The epic boxing action drama, written and directed by Adam VillaSeñor and Reza Ghassemi, is told in both Japanese and English. After seeing IN FULL BLOOM Cejudo and his team rallied support from MMA, boxing, and action sports communities for the film’s Awards run. IN FULL BLOOM will have a limited theatrical engagement in Los Angeles and Laguna Niguel, CA October 15-21, 2021. The film will also be available On Demand everywhere starting October 15.
Set in post-WW2 Tokyo, IN FULL BLOOM follows undefeated Japanese boxing champion Masahiro (Yusuke Ogasawara) as he trains in the winter wilderness for his upcoming battle against American challenger Clint Sullivan (Tyler Wood). Sullivan, who is haunted by memories of his time in the war, must overcome the Yakuza's warrior-like influence to prepare for the showdown. In Full Bloom explores themes of political tension and the fighters’ parallel journeys as they test the very limits of human spirit against the backdrop of corruption, painful memories, and the magnitude of defending their home countries.
A film festival darling, In Full Bloom made an impressive world premiere at the Oldenburg International Film Festival winning two awards: the top prize German Independence Award, as well as Oldenburg's inaugural Best First Film Award. The film also won the Grand Jury Prize following its North American Premiere at the Mammoth Film Festival.
Produced by Jacob Stein, Ehud Bleiberg, Nick Donnermeyer and Kyle Stroud, In Full Bloom features a spellbinding score by Andrew Kawczynski (Dunkirk, Inception, Top Gun: Maverick) and sound from Wylie Stateman (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Kill Bill, Memoirs of a Geisha) as well as epic fight sequences from Sugar Ray Leonard’s former cornerman, renowned boxing trainer Darrell Foster (Ali, I Am Legend). The supporting cast is rounded out by Timothy V. Murphy (Sons of Anarchy), Hiroyuki Watanabe (Everly), Stefanie Estes, Hazuki Kato and S. Scott McCracken.
“We’re excited to bring In Full Bloom to the big screen. As directors and cinema enthusiasts, we really want to preserve the theatrical experience not only for our film but all films. Having that communal experience of cinema is paramount to the creation of motion pictures.” - Directors Adam VillaSeñor & Reza Ghassemi
Watch Video of Henry announcing his role to bring In Full Bloom to the big screen: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUqP7zyhUzF/
“What’s up everybody? It’s the one-and-only King Triple C. The Olympic champ, the flyweight champ, and the bantamweight champion of the world. I just wanted to remind you guys that Hollywood can officially bend the knee because I’m one of the executive producers, that’s right, I’m one of the executive producers of one of the greatest combat sports movies of all time. The name of the move is In Full Bloom. I don’t want to tell you guys the rest because I want you to go to the second slide to watch the promos. Remember guys, tune in. One of the greatest movies of all time. Be inspired. Slide the second slide and check out the promo. Sincerely, King Triple C.”
At age 21 Henry Cejudo became the youngest American Gold Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he defeated Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan to win the 121-Proud Freestyle wrestling final. He then went on to become the UFC Champion in two weight divisions making him one of the greatest combat sports athletes of all time. Although Cejudo announced his retirement after defending his belt against Dominick Cruz by KO, on October 4, 2021, Henry announced his desire to comeback for a superfight against UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski to try and become the promotion’s first triple champ.
In Full Bloom trailer source: YouTube