Belly of the Beast is a 2003 American action film directed by Hong Kong film director Ching Siu Ting in his American directorial debut, and also produced by and starring Steven Seagal. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on December 30, 2003. Steven Seagal plays Jake Hopper, a former CIA agent on a quest and to find his kidnapped daughter.
Jake Hopper (Steven Seagal) is a successful businessman and retired CIA agent who runs a successful private security business. Ten years ago, as a CIA agent stationed in Thailand, things were going the right way until a fight with thugs results his partner, Sunti (Byron Mann) escaping with his life after accidentally killing a woman. However, Jake called it quits and returned to the United States when his wife died, and Sunti became a Buddhist monk to atone for his sins. Jake has since been a devoted father to his daughter Jessica (Sara Malakul Lane) while running a successful private security business, who is now an adult.