Chinese Thriller ‘The Procurator’ Due on Blu-ray Disc April 16 From BayView

The Chinese thriller The Procurator will be released on Blu-ray Disc April 16 from BayView Entertainment via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film — from Alan Mak, the award winning co-director of Infernal Affairs and Overheard — when the death of an unethical and dangerous businessman starts an investigation by the procurator’s office, layers of his shady dealings reveal more at play, from stolen artifacts, to under-the-table promises and extreme life threatening danger for those investigating. The truth is flexible and a few dedicated individuals are forced to choose sides when history catches up to them.

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Hong Kong Drama ‘A Light Never Goes Out’ Headed to Blu-ray Jan. 30 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release the Hong Kong drama A Light Never Goes Out on Blu-ray Disc Jan. 30 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film, while dealing with her husband’s passing, a woman discovers his neon workshop is still inhabited by his apprentice. They work together in putting up a neon sign, fighting against the forward movement against the traditional craft that defined Hong Kong.

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Directed by Anastasia Tsang, the film stars Sylvia Chang, Cecilia Choi and Cecilia Choi.

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 Drama ‘Stonewalling’ Headed to DVD from MVD

The Chinese drama Stonewalling will be released on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, 20-year-old Lynn is told she needs English classes, flight attendant school, and a go-getter attitude. She perseveres along this path of upward mobility until she finds out she’s pregnant. Indecisive and running out of time, she tells her boyfriend she’s had an abortion and instead returns to her feuding parents and their failing clinic to try and figure out (if she can) what’s next.

The film is built from interviews with college women happy to invest in themselves, observations of a post-TikTok China, and their own lived experiences.

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Starring Yao Honggui (Foolish Bird, Egg and Stone), the film takes a look at the new norms of the gig economy, grey markets, multi-level-marketing companies, and hustling in modern-day metropolitan China through the experiences of one ordinary young woman.

The film was selected at the Berlin, Toronto, and New York Film Festival.

Martial Arts Action Film ‘The Postman Fights Back’ Due on Blu-ray Sept. 12 From MVD and 88 Films

The 1982 martial arts actioner The Postman Fights Back will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 12 from 88 Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, when a courier (Ka-Yan Leung), alongside three other mismatched allies, is sent on a mission to deliver a secret cargo to a rebel leader, he soon finds himself on a patriotic quest to save the country and himself.

The film also stars Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), is directed by Ronny Yu (Bride of Chucky, Freddy vs. Jason) and comes from legendary Hong Kong studio Golden Harvest.

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Special features on the release, which contains both the Hong Kong and export cuts, include audio commentary with Frank Djeng and Ronny Yu; archival audio commentary with Stephan Hammond; an interview with Chow Yun-Fat; an interview with Leung Kar-Yan; a second interview with Leung Kar-Yan; an interview with Ronny Yu; and the original Hong Kong trailer.

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).