The Italian film The First King will be released on DVD and Blu-ray (plus DVD) combo pack and digital Sept. 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
The historical drama follows Romulus and Remus, two shepherds and loyal brothers who are destined to found the greatest empire the world has ever seen‚ but only one can rule. The journey to greatness is paved with blood, and the fate of the chosen one lies in the hands of a brother.
The film is directed by Matteo Rovere (Drifters) and stars Alessandro Borghi, Alessio Lapice, Fabrizio Rongione, Massimiliano Rossi and Tania Garribba.
Well Go USA Entertainment will release its first 4K UHD Blu-ray, the Chinese martial arts actioner Shadow, Aug. 13.
Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the title is also coming Aug. 13 on DVD and Blu-ray (plus DVD).
In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself. He must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the king does not want. The film had a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and a U.S. theatrical release in May.
Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to Japanese director Takashi Miike’sFirst Love following its world premiere in Director’s Fortnight at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
It will be released in select theaters later this year, with the digital and home entertainment release scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and HanWay Films with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.
First Love marks the fourth collaboration between Academy Award–winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) and Miike (Blade of the Immortal, Hara-Kiri, 13 Assassins). A noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres, it’s the story of a young boxer and a call girl who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. The film stars Masataka Kubota (13 Assassins, Gintama 2: Rules Are Made to Be Broken, Tokyo Ghoul), Nao Omori (Ichi The Killer), Shota Sometani (Samurai Marathon) and newcomer Sakurako Konishi.
“Takashi Miikeis one of the most exciting filmmakers working in international cinema today,” Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go USA, said in a statement. “His new film, First Love, continues his extraordinary track record for interesting and provocative films and audiences will be blown away.”
HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales and distribution, alongside TOEI Films who handle Asia and Australasia.
Due Aug. 6 is How Long Will I Love U. The romantic comedy follows a man and a woman who are living in the same apartment nearly 20 years apart and wake one day to find their timelines have merged. The film received a North American theatrical release May 25, 2018.
Coming Aug. 13 on DVD and Blu-ray (plus DVD) is the martial arts actioner Shadow, from director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself. He must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the king does not want. The film had a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and a U.S. theatrical release in May.
The Swindlers, a Korean crime caper film, will come out on Blu-ray Disc July 30 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
High stakes and fast talk are the game in this film starring Yoo Ji-tae, Hyun Bin, Bae Seong-woo, Park Sung-woong and Nana as unlikely allies from different sides of the law. Each member of the team has their own motives, but they’ll have to work together to achieve their common goal — trapping the world’s most legendary con man.
Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping draws on a top-notch cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a martial arts action film in the “Ip Man” universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats, but it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.
Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers.
The Vietnamese action thriller Furie, about a mother’s revenge, is headed to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD) June 25 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the film, a little girl is kidnapped by a trafficking ring, but the kidnappers soon find they messed with the wrong child. Her mother, a notorious former gang leader, is close on their trail and will go to any lengths to bring her daughter home.
The Korean musical drama Swing Kids is heading to Blu-ray June 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the film set during the Korean War, the soldiers at a POW camp plan a tap show to distract both themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of war. Led by a former Broadway dancer and a rebellious North Korean soldier, the band of prisoners finds a new sense of freedom in dancing. Music in the film includes “Shout” (The Isley Brothers) “Modern Love” (David Bowie) “Sing Sing Sing” (Benny Goodman) and “Free as a Bird” (The Beatles).