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

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. 

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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.

 

Netflix to Bow More Than 25 New Korean Shows and Movies in 2022

On the heels of the Korean hit “Squid Game,” Netflix has announced more than 25 upcoming Korean shows and movies for 2022. 

Global viewing hours of Netflix Korean shows grew six-fold last year, compared to 2019, according to Netflix. To date, “Squid Game” is the biggest show the service have ever launched, reigning as the most viewed Netflix show in 94 countries at its peak. In fact, 95% of Squid Game’s viewership came from outside Korea.

Two months after “Squid Game,” Netflix launched “Hellbound,” which had a premiere that clocked 43.48 million viewing hours. “Hellbound” was among the Top 10 Netflix shows in 93 countries, and ranked No. 1 in 34 countries, according to the service. Sci-fi mystery “The Silent Sea” also made it to the No. 1 spot on the weekly non-English Top 10 lists for its premiere.

From 2016 to 2021, Netflix launched more than 130 Korean titles.

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Shows for 2022 include:

  • “All of Us Are Dead,” a series in which zombies invade a high school;
  • “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area,” an adaptation of the popular Spanish series;
  • Seoul Vibe, an action film where the adventures of a special-ops team take place against the backdrop of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games;
  • Juvenile Justice, which follows a judge who dislikes juvenile delinquents, later realizing the troubles children face in society;
  • “Twenty Five, Twenty One,” a drama series about youths who lost their dream to the zeitgeist of 1998;
  • “Forecasting Love and Weather,” a romance drama series about people at the Korea Meteorological Administration;
  • “Thirty Nine,” a romance drama series that follows the friendship, love and life of three friends who are about to turn forty;
  • “Tomorrow,” a series about how a long-time unemployed man accidentally bumps into grim reapers on a special mission and becomes a contract worker at their Crisis Management Team;
  • “Business Proposal,” an office romance drama series based on the globally famous web novel and webtoon;
  • The Sound of Magic, based on the popular webtoon “Annarasumanara,” about a girl and a mysterious magician;
  • Remarriage and Desires, a satire of Korean society;
  • The Accidental Narco (working title), based on real-life events about an ordinary entrepreneur who has no choice but to risk his life in joining the secret mission of government agents to capture a Korean drug lord;
  • The Fabulous, a romance that explores the dreams, love and friendship
    of young people who devote their lives to working in the fashion industry;
  • Love to Hate You, about the war-like relationship between a woman who hates losing to men and a man suspicious of women;
  • Somebody, about a murder case revolving around a social dating app;
  • Black Knight, about an air polluted world in 2071, where people depend on respirator masks to breathe;
  • Love and Leashes, about a different kind of romance between a man with a
    unique taste and a woman who stumbles upon his secret;
  • Yaksha: Ruthless Operations, a spy action film about a merciless man
    known as “Yaksha” who crosses paths with a prosecutor on a special inspection mission in Shenyang, a city in China notorious for espionage;
  • Carter, about an agent suffering from memory loss who is thrown
    into the middle of a mysterious mission;
  • 20th Century Girl, about a women who rekindles a teenage romance;
  • JUNG_E, which portrays a desolated Earth in the 22nd century that is no longer inhabitable due to climate change;
  • “Celeb Five: Behind the Curtain,” an unscripted series;
  • A Model Family, about a man on the brink of bankruptcy and divorce stumbling upon a car loaded with cash; and
  • Glitch, about a girl who attempts to track down her missing boyfriend
    with the help of members of a UFO club.

FilmRise Hires Emilia Nuccio as VP of International Sales

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has appointed Emilia Nuccio to the newly created position of VP, International Sales. 

Nuccio will oversee all international deals and will be responsible for selling the FilmRise catalog as well as new release and FilmRise co-productions into the international marketplace, among other responsibilities.

She will report to Melissa Wohl, SVP, head of sales.

“We are thrilled to have Emilia bring her unmatched knowledge of the international sales marketplace to FilmRise,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher in a statement. “Her innovative approach and strategic expertise will surely lead FilmRise to new and exciting avenues and opportunities for growth.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with such an innovative company like FilmRise which continues to grow in the digital arena like no other,” Nuccio said in a statement. “I’m honored to be joining such a team of highly skilled and experienced executives.”

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Nuccio has spent most of her career as a leader in the domestic and international sales and digital distribution arena focusing on acquisitions, licensing and merchandising. Past positions include SVP of sales at Dynamic Television; president of international sales at Echo Bridge for two years following four years as their SVP; president of international program and licensing sales at Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co.; VP, Latin American sales at BBC Worldwide Americas; and international director of sales at Televisa. In 2001 she founded her own company, Enoro Media, and she continues to serve on the board of directors of the Worldwide Audiovisual Women’s Association.

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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Sony Canal FAST Service Available on LG Channels, Redbox; Launches New Series

Sony Canal, the free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) suite of channels from Sony Pictures Television for Spanish speaking viewers in the United States, announced its channels are now available on LG Channels and Redbox. Sony Canal also announced new series launched in December, along with special holiday programming.

Sony Canal channels also stream on Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Plex, Xumo and Vizio SmartCast.

New series that made their Sony Canal debut in December include “El Sexo Debil,” “Loco por vos” (Argentina) and “La Niñera” (Argentina). Special holiday marathons and programming include “Doña Barbara,” “Rosario Tijeras,” “La Niñera” (Mexico), “La Suegra,” “Ruleta Rusa” and “Escape Perfecto” (Colombia). 

Sony Canal Novelas, dedicated to the world’s most popular classic telenovelas and modern serial dramas, features several new series. “El Sexo Debil” (Mexico) follows the story of a father and his sons who, one day, are suddenly and inexplicably abandoned by all the women in their lives. “Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa,” based on Johnston McCulley’s characters, follows nobleman Diego de la Vega as he takes sword in hand as the masked hero, Zorro, to fight for justice and defend the poor against corrupt government officials​. “El Mariachi,” based on the Robert Rodriguez film of the same name, follows a young mariachi musician who is mistaken as a hired assassin and inadvertently thrown into a war with the cartels. “Verdad Oculta” is a Colombian action-packed police crime drama.

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Sony Canal Novelas holiday programming includes “Doña Bárbaram,” an action-packed drama taking place on isolated acres of land without any semblance of civilization, and “Rosario Tijeras,” a Mexican adaptation of the popular Colombian telenovela of the same name that brings forward topics of class, race and the impact of drug cartels in a Latino neighborhood.

The Sony Canal Comedias channel brings “Loco por vos,” an Argentinian adaptation of the highly popular American TV series “Mad About You” set in Buenos Aires, following the trials and tribulations of a young newlywed couple; “La Niñera,” an Argentinian adaptation of “The Nanny” following the misadventures of Flor Finkel, an extravagant woman who starts working as a nanny for a very wealthy family; “Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas​,” a character-driven, comedy-drama dealing with modern relationships in contemporary Latin America; “La Suegra” (Colombia), which follows Victoria Maldonado, a famous talk show host in the United States who is forced to return home to Colombia only to discover her children have driven her to bankruptcy and her old flame is in a relationship with her best friend; and “Casado Con Hijos,” a Chilean adaptation of the U.S. TV series “Married With Children.”

Sony Canal Competencias, dedicated to reality competition shows, features “Escape Perfecto,” the Colombian adaptation of the competition series “Raid the Cage,” and “Escape Perfecto,” the Mexican adaptation of “Raid the Cage.”

Sony Canal Competencias holiday programming includes “Ruleta Rusa” (“Russian Roulette,” Chile), a competition series hosted by Diana Bolocco that is the ultimate game of chance, where every question could cause a contestant to literally “drop out” of the game, and “Escape Perfecto” (Colombia).

Ampere: Appetite for International SVOD Content Growing Fastest in English-Speaking Markets

U.S. content historically has tended to dominate on SVOD platforms on the global stage, while in individual countries, local content has been strong, but that is beginning to change, according to new research from Ampere Analysis.

In 2017, 15% of the world’s 100 most popular titles were made outside the United States. This year, that figure has grown to 27%.

Ampere’s analysis reveals that English-speaking and European markets currently have the lowest appetite for internationally produced content, largely thanks to their heritage of strong local film and TV production. These countries generate a significant proportion of global pay-TV and OTT revenues, and by 2022 will be responsible for generating 71% of OTT subscription revenue and 67% of global pay-TV revenue.

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Global SVOD platforms have previously chosen to focus on local content in these markets due to their scale and strong preference for locally produced titles, but preferences in these countries are starting to shift, according to Ampere, with the United States and the United Kingdom showing the biggest changes.

“It has been gradual, but our analysis shows that the audience for internationally-produced content is growing in the key revenue-generating English-speaking and European markets,” Rahul Patel, senior analyst at Ampere Analysis, said in a statement. “SVOD subscribers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada in particular are tuning in to content produced overseas, and the major global SVOD platforms like Netflix are driving this trend by commissioning high quality non-English language titles, and by increasing the number of foreign language titles in their catalogues.

“The pandemic offered a boost to internationally produced content as production shutdowns and release delays led to locked-down viewers looking further afield for shows and movies to watch.

“As the SVOD players expand geographically and continue to make high production value titles in a multitude of global markets we expect the demand for overseas produced content to further increase.”

Fellini Classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ Headed to Blu-ray With New Intro by Martin Scorsese

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.

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Chinese Anime Fantasy ‘The Monkey King: Reborn’ Due Digitally and on Disc Dec. 7 From Well Go

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.

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Directed by Wang Yun Fei (four-film “Yugo & Lala” franchise), The Monkey King: Reborn features an all-new English dub for this release.

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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