The Chinese horror films The Lingering and The Legend of the Demon Cat are coming to disc from Well Go USA Entertainment in October.
In The Lingering, due Oct. 15 on Blu-ray and DVD, Dawa and his mother spend a terrifying night alone in the basement after being tormented by a strange and dangerous presence. Years after his mom’s death, Dawa is forced to return, again facing the presence that once tortured him as a child. The film comes from the writer of the martial arts franchise “IP Man.”
The Legend of the Demon Cat, coming on Blu-ray Oct. 29, is a horror fantasy about a poet and monk who join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and is wreaking havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes an unexpected twist, leading the pair to unravel a mystery behind a decades-old death of a legendary and beautiful courtesan. The film is directed by Kaige Chen (Farewell My Concubine) and written by Hui-Ling Wang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) with Kaige Chen based on the novel by Baku Yumemakura.
The Chinese fantasy actioner Kung Fu Monster will come out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In this epic fantasy in the waning years of the Ming Dynasty, the Bruneian Empire wants to offer a rare creature to the nation as a gift and has tasked Ocean, a member of the Imperial Secret Police, to capture and tame the beast. Upon discovering the beast’s gentle and kind nature, Ocean works in secret to release the beast back to the wild, keeping it from being turned into a killing machine.
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.”
Jirga, an Australian drama about the impact of war, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and Lightyear Entertainment.
The film, Australia’s pick for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Oscars, is unique look at the impact of war on both sides, and specifically at the war in Afghanistan, where armies from all over the world fought for the United States. In the film, a former Australian soldier (Sam Smith) returns to a village where he was involved in war crimes. Seeking relief from his torment, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system — the “Jirga.”
Director Benjamin Gilmour shot in Afghanistan after the Pakistani Secret Service cancelled permission to film and filmed in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan, using some non-actors, a few being former members of the Taliban itself.
The film was an official selection at the Toronto and Palm Springs film festivals and won the Best Independent Film Award from the Australian Academy.
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.