Family Adventure ‘Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy’ Due on Digital Sept. 6 From Well Go

The Vietnamese family-friendly adventure Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy will debut on digital Sept. 6 with a new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after losing his mother to illness and his best friend to an unexpected move, a grieving 8-year-old boy investigates a mysterious falling star, discovers a crashed spaceship and makes a new friend, an alien girl named Maika with awesome powers (although she does need a little help with her earthly social skills). Together, they embark on a zany, fun-filled adventure while taking on the bad guys and helping Maika find her way home.

From award-winning writer and director Ham Tran (Journey from the Fall), the film stars Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong and Kim Nha. 

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The film, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in the kids section, is Vietnam’s first children’s sci-fi feature and the country’s second-ever entry to the sci-fi genre. The family-friendly adventure is based on a 1970s Czechoslovakian television series that became a cultural sensation in Vietnam throughout the 1980s and ’90s, to the extent that the titular character has been cited as influencing consumer behaviors ranging from children’s haircuts to baby name choices.

During its theatrical window, Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy was selected as an official Common Sense Selection for Families from Common Sense Media. The film also has been named a final nominee for Shine Global’s inaugural Children’s Resilience in Film Award, an accolade that honors filmmakers who highlight and celebrate the power of children globally.

 

Swedish Thriller ‘Mareld’ Due on Digital Aug. 9 From Mill Creek

Mutiny Pictures’ Swedish psychological thriller Mareld will be released on digital Aug. 9 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the story, a film crew sets sail on a catamaran to film a horror film where the scenes are improvised in chronological order, keeping the cast in the dark about the story. But what happens behind the scenes may be the real horror.

Director Ove Valeskog mixes documentary style with narrative film, blending lush cinematography with behind-the-scenes documentary film and blurring the boundary between fiction and reality. 

Mareld stars Hanna Oldenburg (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Animalistic), Viktor Akerblom (Border, Agent Hamilton), Moa Malan (The Giant) and Matti Boustedt (The Unlikely Murder). 

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The film has won more than 50 awards (and been nominated for 34 more) at film festivals around the world, including the Around International Film Festival, New York International Film Awards and IndieFEST Film Awards. It picked up Best Feature at the Creation International Film Festival 2021.

Kino Lorber Acquires North American Rights to Foreign Film ‘Chili 1976’

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American distribution rights to Manuela Martelli’s 1976, which made its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and will be released in North America as Chile 1976.

Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release next winter.

The directorial debut of Chilean actress Manuela Martelli (Machuca, Il Futuro), Chile 1976 is written by Martelli and Alejandra Moffat and stars Aline Kuppenheim, reuniting with her Machuca co-star Martelli, alongside Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina and Alejandro Goic. The film is produced by Chilean writer-directors Omar Zuniga (The Strong Ones) and Dominga Sotomayor (Too Late to Die Young) for Cinestación, Alejandra Garcia, and Andres Wood for Wood Producciones, and co-produced by Nathalia Videla Peña and Juan Pablo Gugliotta for Magma Cine. 

Set during the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship, Chile 1976 builds from quiet character study to gripping suspense thriller as it explores one woman’s precarious flirtation with political engagement. Carmen (Aline Kuppenheim), who leads a sheltered upper middle class existence, heads to her summer house to supervise its renovation, while also performing local charitable works through her church. When the family priest asks her to take care of an injured young man he has been sheltering in secret, Carmen is inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, leading to disastrous consequences.
 
The deal for Chile 1976 was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Jennyfer Gautier, head of international sales for Luxbox Films. 

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“As the tone of Manuela Martelli’s masterful debut morphs from drama to thriller, it relentlessly draws audiences into lead character Carmen’s psyche in a chillingly experiential way,” Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell said in a statement. “Chile 1976 explores political and social issues that remain quite relevant today, and though set in Pinochet’s Chile, we think Carmen’s journey into dangerous waters will resonate with North American audiences.” 
 
“I am glad that 1976 will be part of a catalog along with other important films that have influenced me. Kino Lorber is an amazing partner to reach North American audiences and to have the film be seen as much as possible,” Manuela Martelli said in a statement.

Korean Crime Thriller ‘Paid in Blood’ Headed to Hi-Yah! Streaming Service June 17, Digital July 26 From Well Go

The Korean crime thriller Paid in Blood debuts June 17 exclusively on the martial arts action streaming service Hi-Yah! before hitting digital only on July 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, when a powerful crime ring starts construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a young, vicious gangster (Jang Hyuk) from Seoul who will stop at nothing to gain power. In a desperate attempt to stop the newcomer’s plot to kill his way to the top, the gang’s leader declares all-out war on the man and his followers.

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Written and directed by Yoon Youngbin, the actioner stars Yoo O-Seong (Beat, Champion, Spy), Jang Hyuk (The Swordsman), Park Seong-geun (Stranger, Into the Ring), Oh Dae-hwan (Deliver Us From Evil, Veteran, The Great Battle), Lee Hyun-kyun (“To All the Guys Who Loved Me”) and Shin Seung-hwan (Vagabond, The Battleship Island, Veteran).

 

‘Ip Man: The Awakening’ Due on Hi-Yah! Streaming Service May 20, Disc and Digital June 21

The Chinese martial arts drama Ip Man: The Awakening will be released on the streaming service Hi-Yah! May 20 and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and digital June 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, while visiting Hong Kong, a young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man’s close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group’s notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on.

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Co-directed by Li Xi Jie and Zhang Zhu Lin, Ip Man: The Awakening stars the rising wing chun martial arts master Miu Tse (aka Miao Xie, My Father Is a Hero), assuming the legendary title role alongside cast members including Chen Guan Ying, Zhao Yu Xuan, and Hao Yan Fei. The bonus features include a new English dub.

 

Japanese Fantasy ‘Sayo’ Due on Digital May 24 From Mill Creek

Mutiny Pictures’ Japanese fantasy Sayo will be released on digital May 24 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the film, Nagisa lost her twin sister Sayo two years ago. One night, on her way home, a strange taxi driver picks her up and takes her to another world, the land of the souls where she goes on a journey to reach out to her sister one last time. 

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The fantastical twist on the road-trip genre stars Nagisa Chauveau (Sumire, Unsaid) and Jai West (Equals, Love Exposure). 

The film has English subtitles.

Korean Sci-Fi Action Thriller ‘Spiritwalker’ Due on Hi-Yah! Streaming Service March 18, Digital and Disc April 12 From Well Go

The South Korean sci-fi action thriller Spiritwalker will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on March 18 before hitting digital, Blu-ray and DVD April 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Director Yoon Jae-keun (Heartbeat)​ and award-winning martial arts choreographers Park Young-sik and Chung Seong-Ho (SAG Awards, Best Stunt Ensemble, “Squid Game”) bring to life the story of a man who loses his memory and subsequently wakes up in a new body every 12 hours. He must piece together his identity, all while evading attacks from pursuing agents and dangerous criminals.

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Winner of the Daniel A. Craft award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 2021 New York Asian Film Festival, Spiritwalker stars former K-pop singer Yoon Kye-Sang (Chocolate, The Outlaws), Park Yong-Woo (Nailed), Lim Ji-Yeon (Obsessed, High Society) and Park Ji-Hwan (The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure).

Bonus features include an all-new English dub and behind-the-scenes content.

The film has been optioned by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” series) for a possible Hollywood remake.

 

 

Russian Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Project Gemini’ Due on Digital and Disc March 15 From Well Go

The Russian sci-fi thriller Project Gemini will be released for digital purchase, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after centuries of destroying Earth’s resources, humankind faces the grim reality that its last shot at survival may require creating an entirely new home — in outer space. An international expedition is quickly formed to find a suitable new planet, but when plans go awry, the crew is suddenly stranded without power on a strange planet. Unfortunately, they’ll soon learn that something truly unimaginable has been out there watching, lying in wait for the unwary human scouts.

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The first feature film from director Serik Beyseu, Project Gemini stars Moscow International Film Festival “Spirit of Fire” award winner Egor Koreshkov (Dostoevskiy), Alyona Konstantinova (Involution), Dmitriy Frid (The Balkan Line, Heroes and Cowards), Nikita Dyuvbanov (Superdeep, Beyond the Edge), Lisa Martinez, Kostya Samoukov, Viktor Potapeshkin (Let’s Name Her Lisa) and Petr Romanov (I Am Dragon, Lovi Moment).

 

Russian Thriller ‘The Pilot’ Due on Digital and Disc March 1 From Well Go

The Russian action thriller The Pilot will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and through digital retailers 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. 

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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.

Bonus features include an English dub.

 

South Korean Thriller ‘Seobock: Project Clone’ Due Digitally and on Disc Feb. 15 From Well Go

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 release includes an English dub.

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