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Kung Fu Film Wins Award For Armenian Filmmaker
Aberdeen Press and Journal

An Aberdeen kung fu film-maker has received a nomination at an international movie awards ceremony.

Ara Paiaya's film, "Death List," was named in the best fight choreography section at the 2007 International Action on Film Festival held in Los Angeles last week.

Paiaya, 29, wrote, produced, directed and stars in "Death List," which was filmed in Aberdeen, London, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The 85-minute action movie was premiered last August.

It tells of a hitman who is double-crossed by the Mafia and left for dead. He seeks out a legendary martial arts master who trains him in kung fu for a revenge mission.

Paiaya, who was born in Armenia, does all his own stunts.

Many of the cast and extras are from Aberdeen, and Big Brother star Cameron Stout, from Orkney, appears in a nightclub scene.

Paiaya said he was pleased to have his film compared to others with much bigger budgets.

His latest project, "Maximum Impact," was shot in Toronto, Canada, and is due for release early next year.

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