THE SCRAPPER (2021) Preview of gritty crime thriller


The Scrapper is a 2021 American crime thriller about an ex-con who is drawn back into the underworld and must deal with two criminal gangs.

Written, directed by and starring Bari Kang. Produced by Stevan Lee Mraovitch

The movie stars Craig muMs Grant (No Sudden Move), Ava Paloma (Deadlock), Gugun Deep Singh, Samrat Chakrabarti, Anil Kumar, Allison Thomas Lee, Ankur Bhatia, Frank Rodriguez and Andhy Mendez.


Queens, New York City. A criminal playing-field of modern immigrant syndicates: human-trafficking, money-laundering and unflinching brutality.

Uncomfortable in his Punjabi-Mexican skin, ex-con turned ‘scrapper’ Jake (Bari Kang) carries the weight of both his family legacy and a violent past. Caring for a mentally-challenged brother and an unborn child on the way, he is focused on turning his life around.

When one last job presents a way out for good, he must decide between loyalty to blood ties or to his newfound family. His past soon catches up with him and he’s thrown into the middle of a conflict between Punjabi and Mexican factions led by violent, ruthless criminals.


As events explode into brutal violence, with everyone he loves at stake, he may need to go to his own darkest places to finally escape…

Filmmaker’s statement:

“I’ve always been fascinated by the darker side of human nature and drawn to the films of Scorsese, De Palma, Tarantino, and Melville. The underdog, outcast and anti-hero are who captivate me. This is what inspired me to write The Scrapper, a crime thriller with an ethnic twist, set in a world of Punjabi-Mexican criminals. Inspired by my personal experience as an illegal Punjabi immigrant youth in Queens, New York”, says writer/director Bari Kang.

He continues: “The film has a dark gritty tone elevated by a fully ethnic cast and authentic locations. Amidst the outbursts of brutal violence are beautiful contemplative moments of vulnerability and love. On the surface, The Scrapper, is a crime thriller genre film but at its core, it’s about family, loyalty and change.”

Release date:

In the US, The Scrapper will be available to purchase or rent on Digital on December 7th from 1091 Pictures.

Cast and characters:

Craig muMs Grant Craig muMs Grant … Leon
Myles Clohessy … Punk
Ava Paloma … Kitt
Samrat Chakrabarti … Raj
Allison Thomas Lee … Linda
Anil Kumar … Teji
Frank Rodriguez … Oscar
Phae Amara … Shel
Gugun Deep Singh … JB
Rob Giumarra … Oscar Heavy #1
Randall Marquez … Oscar Heavy #2
Laurie Dawn … Dr Wolf
Andhy Méndez … Frankie
Paul Pilcz … Punk #3
Nixon Cesar … Cleaner
Daniel Danca … Punk #2
Ankur Bhatia … Veer
Nayab Hussain … Teji’s Wife
Bari Kang … Jake
Stephen Shore … Punk #4
Gus Scharr … Frankie Heavy


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