Korean Crime Thriller ‘The Gangster, the Cop and the Devil’ Due on Blu-ray Oct. 1 From Well Go

The Korean action crime thriller The Gangster, the Cop and the Devil will come out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 1 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film follows fierce gang boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) who is violently attacked after a fender bender on a rainy night. After fighting back, he barely escapes, however his reputation as a feared leader is damaged beyond repair. The only way to restore his image is to find his attacker and exact revenge. Jang teams up with Detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to find the assailant, but soon discovers the attacker is actually a serial killer. With no support from the police department, detective Jung is forced to use gang boss Jang’s resources in order to track down the killer. The two men must work together to find a man simply known as “K.”

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Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions has confirmed plans for a remake of the film, according to Well Go.

Remastered ‘Phantasm,’ ‘Train to Busan’ Steelbook Blu-rays Coming From Well Go in November

Well Go USA will release steelbook versions of the horror classic Phantasm, remastered from 4K, and the Korean film Train to Busan Nov. 6.

Phantasm, the first of five films from Don Coscarelli’s classic cult horror series, follows strange things happening at the Morningside Cemetery. At a funeral, Mike (Michael Baldwin), watches as a tall mortician clad in black (Angus Scrimm) tosses the unburied coffin into a waiting hearse as if it were nothing. Seeking the truth behind this unusual sight, Mike breaks into the mortuary, where he comes face-to-face with the sinister Tall Man. After barely managing to escape with his life, Mike enlists the help of his brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Together they set out to uncover the secrets of the Tall Man and those who dwell in his hellish world.

Special features include new audio commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada; audio commentary with Coscarelli, Baldwin, Thornbury and Scrimm; the graveyard carz episode; a vintage interview with Cascarelli and Scrimm; behind-the-scenes home movies with commentary; deleted scenes; the theatrical trailer; TV and radio spots; and a still gallery.

In the Korean film Train to Busan (also coming in a steelbook), during a countrywide outbreak of a mysterious virus, a few terrified passengers must fight their way through an infected, blood-drenched bullet train if they want to make it to the safe zone — which may or may not still be there. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a trailer.

‘Afraid’,’ Asian Actioners on Tap From Well Go for the Fall

The Halloween month kicks off Oct. 2 for Well Go USA Entertainment with the horror film Afraid on DVD and digital.

Alanna Masterson (“The Walking Dead”) and George Byrne star as a couple on a romantic getaway at a secluded cabin that takes a frightening turn. Shortly into their vacation, the young couple realizes that the cabin isn’t nearly as secluded as they think because their every move is being watched by the cabin’s creepy owner. The film is directed by Jason Goldberg (co-creator, “Punk’d”).

Coming on VOD and digital Oct. 9 is the South Korean sports comedy Champion, in which a former arm-wrestling champion raised in the U.S. returns to South Korea for a tournament that could return him to glory, but finds his life complicated by the appearance of the biological family he never knew.

Due Oct. 16 is the actioner Buybust, from the Philippines, on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. In the film, after surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, an anti-narcotics special operative is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. But when her new mission in the city’s most dangerous slum goes south, the angry civilians turn on her squad. Special features include a making-of featurette and a 2018 Comic-con panel.

Also on tap Oct. 30 from Well Go is the South Korean film Believer, directed by Lee Hae-Young (The Silenced), the remake of Johnnie To’s Drug War. The film is available on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The story follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss.

Coming on digital Oct. 2 and DVD Nov. 6 is the Chinese film Girls Vs. Gangsters, the sequel to 2014’s Girls. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits at an out-of-control bachelorette party, five friends wake up naked on a beach to discover one of them is handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before.

Cinedigm Ups Distribution of Asian-Themed Action Movies

Indie distributor Cinedigm Jan. 10 announced a partnership with Crimson Forest Films to distribute the latter’s Asian-themed titles across all home entertainment channels, including DVD/Blu-ray Disc/4K, digital platforms, cable and satellite VOD and broadcast television.

The new partnership covers North America and, for select titles, international territories as well.

The pact underscores Cinedigm’s recent infusion of funds from Hong Kong-based Bison Entertainment Investment, a subsidiary of China-based Bison Capitol Holding Limited.

Bison Capitol’s $30 million investment last summer made the investment company a majority stakeholder of Cinedigm.

The Crimson Forest deal affords Cinedigm a library of Asian content for its over-the-top (OTT) digital networks, including CONtv.

“Crimson Forest is quickly becoming the premium, go-to label for truly exciting genre pictures with strong production values and talent immediately recognizable to fanboys and fangirls everywhere,” Yolanda Macias, EVP of acquisitions for Cinedigm, said in a statement.

The first release under the deal will be the Hong Kong-Chinese action thriller, Shockwave, which stars Hong Kong action star Andy Lau, as a bomb disposal specialist battling a criminal mastermind.

The movie generated $58M in 2017 global box office revenue. Cinedigm released the title Jan. 2 on DVD/Blu-ray and digital.

Cinedigm will also release the Hong Kong actioner, Extraordinary Mission on Feb. 6.  Crimson Forest previously released title theatrically last spring in limited markets in the U.S.

Cinedigm releases The Tag-Along Collection, featuring Taiwan’s highest grossing horror film and sequel, on digital Feb. 6, and on DVD in April.  Cinedigm will also release the sci-fi, time-traveling epic, Kung Fu Traveler, starring international martial arts champion Tiger Chen, in April.