Hong Kong Action Thriller ‘Raging Fire’ Hitting Hi-Yah! Streaming Service Oct. 22, Disc and Digital Nov. 23 From Well Go

The Hong Kong action thriller Raging Fire will 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.

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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.

Chinese Action Film ‘The Emperor’s Sword’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 From Well Go

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).

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Korean Film ‘Escape From Mogadishu’ Available on Digital Oct. 19 From Well Go

The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on digital Oct. 19 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 was nominated in a 10 categories — including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay — at the 30th Buil Film Awards, which will take place Oct. 7 in Busan, South Korea. The film received the most nominations of any film this year.

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Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ Available on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Exclusively at Best Buy

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.”

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Whip Media and NATPE Launch New Report on Domestic Consumption of International TV Series

Software platform and data provider Whip Media and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) have announced a partnership to provide a new data report on how U.S. audiences are consuming international TV series.

The new NATPE Navigator report highlights what original content produced outside the U.S. is among the most viewed domestically, according to Whip. It is available every other week on the NATPE, and Whip Media websites and will be distributed in the NATPE newsletter.

Netflix’s Spanish series “Money Heist” topped the first report for Sept. 6-19.

The NATPE report is compiled utilizing Whip Media’s proprietary global panel of consumers who report what programs they follow and watch and, further, how they feel about those shows, according to Whip. The panel is made up of 18 million viewers in more than 170 countries and provides data on more than 4.5 million movie and TV episodes on 1,100 global platforms.

The NATPE Navigator ranks the top 10 most viewed non-U.S. TV series among U.S. viewers. According to Whip, the report also provides a snapshot of a specific global title, including who is watching it, how people feel about it, what else they are watching, and where that title is available on SVOD services globally based on real-time streaming availability data provided by Whip Media’s partner, BB, a media intelligence and content distribution researcher.

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“We at NATPE are proud of our position as a resource for this industry that has seen countless changes to the global content marketplace and are always looking for new ways to provide additional insights and guidance to our members,” J.P. Bommel, president and CEO of NATPE, said in a statement. “This partnership with Whip Media will do just that, and we are eager to see the results of their study as we continue to navigate the shifts our industry is going through.”

“With the growing consumer demand for new TV series and movies, content is no longer staying within its originating territories, but it’s still difficult to predict hits and what content will resonate with local viewers,” Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media, said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with NATPE to provide this new actionable data to the industry along with insights on how to fill gaps in their programming in a marketplace now unbound by geography.”

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Fights to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong battled to No. 1 on the U.K. home entertainment’s Official Film Chart through June 9, stomping up two places from its No. 3 debut the previous week.

On digital downloads only the movie bested two recent releases, former No. 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 2) — the biggest title of the week on physical formats — and Tom & Jerry at No. 3.

The 2018 suspense thriller A Quiet Place climbed 15 spots to No. 4, landing in the top 10 for the very first time. Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, alongside Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, the critically acclaimed film sees a new U.K. chart peak following the release of its sequel released in cinemas last week.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon dropped one spot to No. 5, while Lionsgate’s dystopian action film Chaos Walking climbed one spot to No. 6; Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner) landed at No. 7; and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit is down two spots to No. 8.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall re-entered the chart at No. 9, marking a new peak for the film and its first stint in the top 10 thanks to a surge of digital downloads. Finally, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming rounds off the countdown at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 9, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Studio
1 3 Godzilla v Kong Warner
2 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
3 2 Tom & Jerry (2021) Warner
4 19 A Quiet Place Paramount
5 4 Raya and the Last Dragon Walt Disney
6 7 Chaos Walking Lionsgate
7 5 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
8 6 Peter Rabbit Sony Pictures
9 Return Total Recall Studiocanal
10 8 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony Pictures

© Official Charts Company 2021

Japanese Action Film ‘Hydra’ Coming to Hi-Yah! Streaming Service July 2, Disc and Digital July 20 From Well Go

The Japanese actioner Hydra will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on July 2, before hitting digital, Blu-ray and DVD July 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Directed by Kensuke Sonomura (action director from the Resident Evil games, Vendetta and Degeneration) and starring Masanori Mimoto (Enter the Fat Dragon, Death Note), the film follows retired assassin Takashi (Mimoto), who leads a quiet life as a chef at a sushi bar, where he secretly watches over the daughter of a former associate. His peace is short-lived. Soon, he is recruited for a final job that he can’t refuse.

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The film co-stars newcomer Miu and Tasuku Nagase (Iwane: Sword of Serenity).

Malaysian Martial Arts Film ‘Silat Warriors: Deed of Death’ Hitting Hi-Yah! Streaming Service June 4, Digital and Disc July 6 From Well Go

The Malaysian martial arts epic Silat Warriors: Deed of Death will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on June 4, before hitting digital, Blu-ray and DVD July 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

When a reckless young gambler’s wild lifestyle of illegal betting, drag racing, and brutal street fights pits him against a ruthless criminal enterprise, his luck finally runs out. The gang shows up at his father’s home to collect on the debt, forcing his family to fight in order to save their land — and his life.

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In addition to actors Namron (One Two JagaDukunRedha) and Fad Anuar (Dollah Superstar, TV’s “KL Gangster: Underworld”), first-time film director Areel Abu Bakar selected much of the talent from martial arts training facilities and competitions in order to give a sense of realism the action sequences.

Silat Warriors: Deed of Death won the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 2020 New York Asian Film Festival, the first Malaysian film to win the award.

Japanese Kaiju Film ‘God Raiga vs. King Ohga’ Coming to DVD May 25 From MVD

The Japanese kaiju film God Raiga vs. King Ohga will come out on DVD May 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and SRS Cinema.

In this installment in the kaiju franchise, the giant monster Raiga returns, rising in Atami Harbor and attacking the city. A second kaiju, Ohga, soon joins the chaos, and the two monsters clash, destroying large sections of the city. Defense forces launch two new weapons, the giant tank Kamikaze and the drill tank Gokumei, to meet the monster invasion head on. But as the beasts work their way to Tokyo, will they be enough to stop the monsters from laying waste to the city?

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The film, from writer-director Shinpei Hayashiya, follows Raiga: God of the Monsters and Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters and drafts off the recent American hit Godzilla vs. Kong.

Netflix to Open Office in Colombia

Netflix will open an office in Bogotá, Colombia, the company announced.

“Ten years ago Colombia opened its doors to Netflix, a new way to enjoy the best series and movies directly in their homes,” read a Netflix announcement. “A few years later we embarked on our first local production and quickly witnessed the incredible talent of the country and the opportunity to create Colombian stories, by Colombians. This led to series such as ‘Siempre Bruja,’ ‘Distrito Salvaje,’ ‘Chichipatos,’ ‘Frontera Verde’ and ‘El Robo del Siglo’; comedy specials such as those of Liss Pereira, Ricardo Quevedo, Antonio Sanint, Julian Arango and Alejandro Riaño; and movies such as Lavaperros, but our story in Colombia is only starting.”

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The new office “will allow us to be even closer to the creative community and our members, taking Colombian stories to millions of homes around the world so that they can discover the incredible potential, talent, landscapes and culture of this country,” according to the Netflix announcement.

Additionally, through 2022, Netflix will bow more than 30 new projects, which include the already announced “Ritmo Salvaje,” “Locombianos,” “Juanpis,” “Nada Es Igual,” a comedy show starring Alejandra Azcárate, “Goles en Contra,” ‘Pálpito,” “Perfil Falso,” “Diomedes” and “Chichipatos” season two.

The titles are part of Netflix’s local content investment of more than $175 million since 2014, according to the announce.