THE LAST ADVENTURE
During World War 2 the Japanese Imperial Army systematically looted Asian
countries of their national treasures, gold, silver and precious gems. The spoils of war
were transferred to the Philippines, where General Yamashita had set up a stronghold.
By October of 1944 over $3 billion ($100 billion in 2003 dollars) of treasure had been
buried in 172 different locations. Tunnels dug by prisoners of war, protected by booby
traps including bombs and poisonous gas. Detailed maps were drawn on rectangular
rice paper, with instructions written in 'Kungi', a 2,000 year old Japanese language. All
of the prisoners who dug the tunnels were killed.
The 172 rice paper maps have disappeared.
Ken Deakins and Conrad Harper just graduated from college and were looking
for a fun way to spend the summer before spending the rest of their lives in some
boring job. They max their credit cards to buy some rice paper treasure maps at an
auction... out-bidding scummy treasure hunter Dr. Leeland Garmes (sort of an evil
Indiana Jones-type). When Deak and Conrad fly to the Philippines to begin their
adventure, they have no idea it may really be their last. Garmes and his henchmen try
to steal the maps, sabotage their search, and scoop the treasure out from under them.
With the help of a feisty female guide, Lari, wanna-be adventurers Deak and
Conrad race Garmes to the treasure - battling stick-fighters on the world's longest and
highest rope bridge, searching an underground city covered by a volcanic eruption,
climbing mountains, fighting off an army of wolf spiders Garmes unleashes in their hotel
room, outrunning a Jeep jitney in rickshaws... and face the ultimate test of friendship.
The Last Adventure is a young, hip, adventure story about fighting for your dreams.
THE LAST ADVENTURE by William C. Martell
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I've written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). I've been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed my work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. I'm quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". My USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 I had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals.