The Russian action thriller The Pilot will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 1 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Based on the true story of a World War II pilot whose fighter plane was shot down over the German-occupied Novgorod Region, the film follows the tale of Russian Aleksey Maresyev, who faces a relentless test of physical and mental endurance, battling hunger, extreme cold, and wild animals, all while evading Nazi soldiers — as he attempts to return home.
Directed by Renat Davletyarov (The Dawns Here Are Quiet), the film stars Pyotr Fyodorov (Sputnik, The Icebreaker, The Duelist), Anna Peskova (Good Boy), Pavel Osadchy, Maksim Emelyanov (The Blackout, The Search) and Nikoloz Paikridze.
The South Korean thriller Seobok: Project Clone will be released through digital retailers and on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the film, a former intelligence agent is assigned to transport the first ever human clone to a new safe location. Because the robotic clone holds the secret to immortality, evil organizations are bent on kidnapping him to extract the dark secret. As the enemy closes in, the pair is forced to make an impossible choice.
Directed by Lee Yong Zoo (Possessed), the film stars Gong Yoo (Train to Busan, “Squid Game”), Park Bo Gum (Love in the Moonlight, Hello Monster), and Jo Woo Jin (Steel Rain, The Book of Fish), plus popular television series stars Jang Young Nam (“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” “My Country: The New Age,” “Find Me in Your Memory”) and Park Byung Eun (“Arthdal Chronicles,” “Mystery Queen,” “Your Honor”).
The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Based on a true story, the film takes place as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.
The film won six awards (out of 10 nominations) at the 30th Buil Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay (Ryoo Seung-wan, Ki-cheol Lee). The film received the most nominations of any film this year. In addition, the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards named Ryoo Seung-wan Best Director, plus awarded the film trophies for Best Supporting Actor (Huh Joon-ho), Best Cinematography (Choi Young-hwan) and Best Music (Bang Jun-seok).
Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic La Dolce Vita will be released on Blu-ray Feb. 8 by Paramount Home Entertainment with a new introduction by director Martin Scorsese, who shares his thoughts on the film and its impact on cinema.
Both a critique of the culture of stardom and a look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich, La Dolce Vita follows a notorious celebrity journalist over one crazy week. It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée and Yvonne Furneaux.
The film was restored in 2011 by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset-Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce.
The Chinese anime action-adventure fantasy The Monkey King: Reborn will be released digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Playing off the three “Monkey King” live-action films, The Monkey King: Reborn follows the short-tempered trickster after he is insulted while visiting a temple with his master Tang Monk. Outraged, he destroys a magical tree and accidentally releases the ancient King of Demons, who kidnaps Tang Monk as revenge for his long imprisonment. Now, Monkey King and his fellow disciples must rescue their master within three days, before the demon king regains his full power and unleashes his armies to destroy the Earth.
The French family comedy Operation Portugal will be available for digital purchase and on demand Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the film, Hakim, a French neighborhood cop from Morocco is tasked with infiltrating the Portuguese community to investigate a crime lord. Hakim must become one with the French-Portuguese in three days. It is a big challenge considering he is extremely clumsy and bad luck follows him wherever he goes. Trapped between his feelings and his mission, Hakim discovers not only a community, but also a family to call his own.
The Hong Kong action thriller Raging Firewill be released on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on Oct. 22, before hitting digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 23 with a new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Boasting a cast headlined by international martial arts action superstars Donnie Yen (Mulan, “Ip Man” franchise) and Nicholas Tse (Shaolin, New Police Story), Raging Fire was the last film from acclaimed action auteur Benny Chan (Shaolin, New Police Story).
In the film, Bong (Yen) is a highly respected hardline cop with a long history of success on dangerous cases. However, his past unexpectedly comes back to haunt him when a sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo (Tse), his former protégé, a talented former officer who had once respected and admired Bong. However, a terrible mistake years prior landed him in prison, quickly turning the once rising star into a furious man with a grudge, and the will to destroy everyone who had wronged him — including his former mentor.
The film co-stars Patrick Tam (Master Z, Ip Man 3), Kenny Wong (New Police Story), Deep Ng (Stool Pigeon), Jeana Ho (The Grandmaster, Special Female Force), Angus Yeung, Bruce Tong, Henry Mak (Operation Red Sea), Yu Kang (Ip Man 3), German Cheung (The White Storm 2: Drug Lords), and Tony Wu Tsz Tung (Men on the Dragon); with special appearances by Lui Leung Wai (Flash Point), Simon Yam (Little Q, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), Ben Yuen, Ben Lam (Flash Point, Police Story), Ken Low (Rush Hour) and Carlos Chan.
The Chinese action film The Emperor’s Sword debuts on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the film, during a time of peace, a deadly sword that bestows great power upon its wielder was divided and hidden. After the emperor dies, a deranged rebel seizes power and stages a massacre during his search for the blade, leaving only one survivor. The young daughter of a great general is all that stands between a tyrant and his quest for domination.
Co-directed by Yingli Zhang and Haonan Chen (Thunder Chase), The Emperor’s Sword stars Fengbin Mu (Journey to the West), Yilin Hao, Qihang Zhao and Qiyu Yang (God of War).
Director Akira Kurosawa’s Ran will be released Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.
Kurosawa’s (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) samurai epic blends King Lear, 16th century feudal Japan, and his own notions of loyalty and honor to tell the story of aging Lord Hidetora, whose decision to bequeath his kingdom to his three sons sparks a power struggle that leads to chaos and madness.
Winner of the 1985 Oscar for costume design, Ran is being release with new artwork from artist Zi Xu as well as the special feature “Ran: The Restoration.”
Two horror films, Lust and Through the Shadow, and the science-fiction fantasy I Am Toxic will come out on DVD Aug. 10 from Jinga Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
In the Spanish-language Lust, a famous crime writer becomes a victim after a crazed fan brutally attacks her. Isolated in her apartment she tries to recover but continues to feel threatened after experiencing strange events. Her psychiatrist believes that it’s all in her mind, a result of post-traumatic stress, but she is convinced that her attacker is stalking her and resorts to extreme violence to protect herself. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, stills and a trailer.
The Portuguese-language Through the Shadow follows prim and assuming Laura, who moves to the countryside of 20th century Rio de Janeiro and is unprepared for life on an isolated plantation. Hired as a nanny for two young orphans who live on their uncle’s coffee farm, she soon notices that things are not all as they seem. Confronted with continual apparitions, and noting the children’s increasingly ambiguous behavior, Laura becomes convinced in the presence of hostile spirits whom she believes are intent on taking possession of her young charges. With growing concerns for their safety, she strives to unravel the mysteries of her new home without realizing that it may be herself who is in mortal danger. Based on Henry James classic novel The Turn Of The Screw.
In the Spanish-language I Am Toxic, a man wakes up in a world ravaged by biological warfare with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by scavengers he meets a young woman who helps him escape. As the scavengers pursue them through barren wastelands he discovers that he must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her.