After his family is murdered, a detective (Dolph Lundgren) tracks the culprit (Ron Perlman) to Thailand and teams up with a Thai agent (Tony Jaa) to bring him to justice and take down his human-trafficking ring.
Nick, a tough NY cop, runs afoul of the Russian mob engaged in human trafficking, and they end up killing his wife and daughter for revenge. Determined to make them pay, he follows the kingpin to Bangkok, the hub of their activities. He teams up with a Thai detective and they decide to wipe out the entire organization and terminate their business entirely.
Continuity At the start of the movie, one of the kidnappers has his hair in a ponytail which goes missing in the next shot.
Dolph Lundgren wrote the script with the intention of directing the film himself before deciding to let somebody else take the helm letting him to focus on the producing duties. He chose art-house and stage director Ekachai Uekrongtham after seeing his film Beautiful Boxer (2004).
Dolph Lundgren had written the script after he had read a newspaper artivle on human trafficking. This was before Taken (2008) came out or was produced.
When asked to co-star with Tony Jaa in the Thai western A Man Will Rise, Dolph Lundgren made a deal with Jaa in 2013 to be in Skin Trade (2014) as his American movie debut in exchange.
Ron Perlman and Peter Weller also acted in the Sons of Anarchy (2008).
The script was originally written to be set between New York and Moscow.
Steven Seagal was briefly considered for a part but there were no serious talks
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