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Also Known As: Luis Llosa (Lucho), Luis Locho Llosa Died:
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Birth Place: Peru Profession: director, producer, documentarian, critic, dialogue consultant, political campaign manager

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Significant figure of the Peruvian film and TV industry since the 1970s turned capable director of Hollywood action pictures in the 90s. Llosa began as a film critic and segued into producing and directing made-for-TV documentaries, including the highly regarded "The Gold of the Incas". He also became a busy producer-director in Peruvian entertainment TV, amassing credits like the youth-oriented "Carmin" and the cop show "Gamboa".Llosa hails from one of Peru's most influential families; their activities have encompassed politics, the arts, broadcasting and other media. His cousin, Mario Vargas Llosa (author of "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter"), is a celebrated practitioner of the "magic realism" movement in literature. The pair collaborated on a weekly investigative news program entitled "The Tower of Babel" (Llosa producing and directing) that was distributed throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The filmmaker adapted his cousin's short story for the feature "Dia Domingo". Llosa also served as campaign manager for Vargas Llosa's failed 1990 presidential bid in Peru.Llosa's first involvement with the US film industry was as an assistant to producer-director William Friedkin and a dialogue coach on...

Significant figure of the Peruvian film and TV industry since the 1970s turned capable director of Hollywood action pictures in the 90s. Llosa began as a film critic and segued into producing and directing made-for-TV documentaries, including the highly regarded "The Gold of the Incas". He also became a busy producer-director in Peruvian entertainment TV, amassing credits like the youth-oriented "Carmin" and the cop show "Gamboa".

Llosa hails from one of Peru's most influential families; their activities have encompassed politics, the arts, broadcasting and other media. His cousin, Mario Vargas Llosa (author of "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter"), is a celebrated practitioner of the "magic realism" movement in literature. The pair collaborated on a weekly investigative news program entitled "The Tower of Babel" (Llosa producing and directing) that was distributed throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The filmmaker adapted his cousin's short story for the feature "Dia Domingo". Llosa also served as campaign manager for Vargas Llosa's failed 1990 presidential bid in Peru.

Llosa's first involvement with the US film industry was as an assistant to producer-director William Friedkin and a dialogue coach on the lavish jungle suspenser "Sorcerer" (1977), shot largely in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Exploitation guru Roger Corman later "discovered" Llosa and had him produce and/or direct half a dozen Peru-lensed genre flicks under his expansive auspices. These almost straight-to-video releases included the political thriller "Hour of the Assassin" (1987) starring Erik Estrada and Robert Vaughn, the sci-fi actioner "Crime Zone" (1989) with David Carradine and Sherilyn Fenn, and the suspenser "Full Fathom Five" (1990) headlined by Michael Moriarty. Llosa made his American movie breakthrough helming "Sniper" (1993), a middling jungle-set thriller starring Tom Berenger and Billy Zane. He entered the big leagues as the director of "The Specialist" (1994) a pyrotechnical extravaganza featuring what should have been an explosive pairing of Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone but which fizzled instead. In 1997, he helmed the critically-derided but box-office hit thriller "Anaconda", set in the Amazon basin.

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  Anaconda (1997) Director
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  Fire on the Amazon (1996) Director
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  Specialist, The (1994) Director
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  Sniper (1993) Director
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  Crime Zone (1989) Director
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  Hour of the Assassin (1987) Director

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Began his entertainment career as a film critic
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Became a director of made-for-TV documentaries in Peru
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With his cousin Mario Vargas Llosa, produced and directed "The Tower of Babel", a weekly investigative news program distributed throughout the Spanish-speaking world
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Worked on several popular Latin American TV series including the youth-oriented "Carmin" and the cop series "Gamboa" (both shown in the USA on Spanish-language networks)
1977:
Served as an assistant to producer-director William Friedkin and also a dialogue coach on the set of "Sorcerer"
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Filmed a documentary in Tokyo entitled "A Latin American Vision of Today's Japan"
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Directed "Dia Domingo", based on a short story by his cousin, Mario Vargas Llosa
1987:
"Discovered" by producer Roger Corman (date approximate)
1987:
Produced and directed "Hour of the Assassin", a political thriller; the first of six collaborations with executive producer Roger Corman
1990:
Produced his first feature that he didn't also direct, "Welcome to Oblivion/Ultra Warrior", a sci-fi horror flick
1990:
Served as campaign manager for his cousin Mario Vargas Llosa during the latter's bid for the presidency of Peru
1993:
Directed his first Hollywood feature of note, "Sniper"
1994:
Directed his first major Hollywood feature, "The Specialist", a big-budget thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone
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cousin:
Mario Vargas Llosa. Novelist, screenwriter, politician. Celebrated practitioner of "magic realism" in literature; collaborated on several film and TV projects; Luis Llosa was campaign manager for his failed 1990 bid for the presidency of Peru.
father-in-law:
Jack Rollins. Executive produced "The Late Show with David Letterman" and most of Woody Allen's features.

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