Chinese Action Drama ‘Never Say Never’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 26 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release the Chinese action drama Never Say Never on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film, when a down-on-his-luck former fighter is accosted by a gang of young bandits, he recruits them for his second shot of glory at his upstart training facility. But after his past shady dealings and get-rich-quick schemes come to life, he’s forced to figure out how to lead his students without passing along the stigma of his troubled past.

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Chinese Actioner ‘Wolf Pack’ Due on Blu-ray Jan. 23 From Well Go

The Chinese action film Wolf Pack will be released on Blu-ray Disc Jan. 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital.

In the film, while seeking answers about his father’s suspicious death, a tactically trained physician infiltrates a mercenary group and soon uncovers a dangerous international conspiracy that could threaten the lives of millions of civilians.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chiang, Wolf Pack stars Max Zhang (Ip Man 3, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, The Grandmaster), Aarif Lee (Kung Fu Yoga, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia), Jiang Luxia (God of War, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai), Liu Ye (Sky Hunter, Age of Legends), Zhang Yi (The Wandering Earth II) and Gianluca Zoppa (Too Cool to Kill, The Wandering Earth I and II). 

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Chinese Actioners ‘Detective Chinatown’ and ‘The Gangster’s Daughter’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 14 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release two Chinese action films, Detective Chinatown (2015) and The Gangster’s Daughter (2017), on Blu-ray Disc via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service Nov. 14.

An action comedy from the producer of Lost in Thailand and Jian Bing Man, Detective Chinatown follows Qin Feng and his second cousin Tang Ren, Chinatown’s top detective, as they investigate a bizarre murder where they become the main suspects. When the only option is to escape from the police to prove their innocence, they find the world against them with just seven days to solve the case.

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The actioner The Gangster’s Daughter follows the kinship between Xinwu Chen, a middle school girl (Ally Chiu), and her gangster father Xi Ge (Jack Kao). What lies behind his gangster style is a focus on shared emotions between a daughter and her long-separated father.

 

 

Chinese Monster Thriller ‘Crocodile Island’ Due on Digital and DVD Nov. 21 From Well Go

The Chinese monster thriller Crocodile Island will be released on digital and DVD Nov. 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after their plane makes an emergency landing near the Devil’s Sea — the enigmatic Bermuda Triangle of the Pacific — the stranded passengers, including a single father and his daughter, are left to fight for their lives on a remote island filled with vicious, man-eating crocodiles.

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Co-directed by Shixing Xu (Sharktopus) and Simon Zhao (The Antarctic Octopus), the film stars Gallen Lo (Flashover), Yinyue Liao (“Meet Yourself”), and feature film newcomer Bingxiang Wang.

 

Chinese Drama ‘Return to Dust’ Headed to DVD and Digital Nov. 14 From Film Movement

Return to Dust — the sixth film by acclaimed Chinese director Li Ruijun, nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2022 Berlinale — will be released on DVD and digital Nov. 14 from Film Movement.

A story of resilience against the conventions of society and the exploitation of farm workers, the film, which unexpectedly topped the box office with $15 million and became the most popular film in China, stirred controversy with its depictions of rural life. Two weeks after opening, it quickly disappeared, without warning, from theaters and streaming services, according to Film Movement. And, although it has never been officially confirmed that the film was banned, it remains impossible to see there, according to the company.

Set in 2010 in the small, rural village in Gaotai, Return to Dust follows two lonely, middle-aged people — Cao, a timid woman suffering from chronic illness and a disability, and Ma, an unassuming farmer with little to his name — who are pushed into an arranged marriage by their respective families. Cast aside as burdens, Cao and Ma’s relationship is tepid at first but warms as the two spend their days fixing up an abandoned house on their small patch of land. Invigorated by a shared purpose and the all-consuming nature of farm work, the couple’s bond grows. However, in the dwindling rural communities of the Gansu province surrounding them, local farmers are being incentivized by local government to demolish their homes and uproot toward the cities. With their livelihood disappearing, the couple attempt to build a new life together with continued patience and determination toward their home and one another. And in the face of much adversity, an unexpected bond begins to blossom, as both Ma and Cao, uniting with Earth’s cycles, create a haven for themselves in which they can thrive.

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Featuring lead performances by Wu Renlin and Hai Qing and meticulously shot over the course of a year, Return to Dust is Li Ruijun’s humanist approach to documenting the rapid urbanization of his native region.

The release includes a bonus Chinese short film directed by Luo Runxiao, Hair Tie, Egg, Homework Books, about model student Lin Yuqi who is assigned to give a speech about her family at a parents open house event but after a run-in with a mischievous classmate starts having second thoughts.

 

Chinese Actioner ‘Wolf Pack’ Available on Digital From Well Go

The Chinese actioner Wolf Pack is available now on digital from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, while seeking answers about his father’s suspicious death, a tactically trained physician infiltrates a mercenary group and soon uncovers a dangerous international conspiracy that could threaten the lives of millions of civilians.

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Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chiang, the film stars Max Zhang (Ip Man 3, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, The Grandmaster), Aarif Lee (Kung Fu Yoga, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia), Jiang Luxia (God of War, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai), Liu Ye (Sky Hunter, Age of Legends), Zhang Yi (The Wandering Earth II) and Gianluca Zoppa (Too Cool to Kill, The Wandering Earth I and II). 

 

Chinese WWII Thriller ‘Hidden Blade’ Due Digitally July 18 From Well Go

The Chinese World War II thriller Hidden Blade will be released via digital retailers July 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Set during World War II at the height of China’s war of resistance against Japan, it follows citizens who develop a top-secret underground espionage network under the nose of the newly established puppet regime. At increasingly great peril to their own lives, the double-agents extract classified information from deep behind enemy lines, an effort that gives rise to the united front that will help turn the tide of the conflict.

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Written and directed by Cheng Er (Lethal HostageThe Wasted Times), Hidden Blade stars action icon Tony Leung (“Infernal Affairs” franchise, Hero, The Grandmaster), Wang Yibo (Born to Fly), Chengpeng Dong (City of Rock, I am Not Madame Bovary, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia), Xun Zhou (2022’s Hero, Painted SkinPerhaps Love), Eric Wang (Saturday Fiction, Dying to Survive) and Lei Huang (Farewell My Concubine, Phantom of the Theatre). 

The film was nominated for five awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress (Xun Zhou), winning the award for Best Actor (Wang Yibo).

 

Chinese Animated Adventure ‘I Am T-Rex’ Due Digitally and on Disc June 20 From Well Go

The Chinese animated fantasy adventure I Am T-Rex debuts on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after a power-hungry dinosaur from outside the valley attacks the king of dinosaurs by surprise, a young T-Rex escapes and begins to train, vowing never to return until he is the biggest and bravest in all the land — and finally strong enough to challenge the evil Fang and restore peace to Green Valley.

Directed by Cai Shangming and Chen Silin, I Am T-Rex features a new English dub.

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Chinese Martial Arts Adventure ‘Sakra’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD June 13 From Well Go

Action icon Donnie Yen returns to the director’s chair for the first time in nearly two decades, while also playing the lead role, in the Chinese martial arts wuxia adventure Sakra, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD June 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film is available now digitally.

Based on the classic wuxia novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by Louis Cha (known worldwide by his pen name Jin Yong), Sakra stars Yen as Qiao Feng, respected leader of a roving band of martial artists called the Beggars’ Sect. After he is wrongfully accused of murder and subsequently exiled, Qiao Feng goes on the run in search of answers about his own mysterious origin story — and the unknown enemies working to destroy him from the shadows.

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With action direction by Kenji Tanigaki (Raging Fire, Enter the Fat Dragon, Snake Eyes), Sakra also stars Yuqi Chen, Eddie Cheung and Yase Liu.

Bonus content includes a “making-of” featurette.

 

Chinese Actioner ‘Young Ip Man’ on Hi-Yah! Streaming Service April 28, Disc and Digital May 16 From Well Go

Well Go USA Entertainment will debut the Chinese wuxia martial arts drama Young Ip Man exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on April 28 and for sale digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD May 16.

Directed by Li Liming (Ip Man: Kung Fu Master), the film features Zhao Wenhao (White Vengeance) in the title role, with Mou Fengbin (Dragon Hunter), Li Haoxuan, Shao Xia, Shi Yuqing (The Tattooist), Tong Xiaohu (Ip Man: Kung Fu Master) and Xi Erzhati also starring.

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In the film, after an escaped convict infiltrates his school and holds all the students for ransom, a young Ip Man confronts the kidnappers head on. However, he soon finds himself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy involving local authorities as well as some of the last people he would ever have expected to be part of the heinous plot.