Chinese Films ‘The Sparring Partner,’ ‘Too Cool to Kill’ Among Titles Available Digitally From Well Go

Available now through digital retailers from Well Go USA Entertainment are the Chinese crime thriller The Sparring Partner, the Chinese comedy Too Cool to Kill, the Greek adventure thriller Short Fuse, and the Korean court drama Herstory.

The Sparring Partner is based on actual events. In the film, after a man murders his parents with the help of a friend, the truth proves difficult to untangle in court, leaving the jury to wrestle with their own ideas of right and wrong as two men’s lives lay in the balance. Directed by Ho Cheuk-tin, the film stars Alan Yeung, Mak Pui-tung, Louisa So, Michael Chown and Jan Lamb.

 

In Too Cool to Kill, while pursuing his lifelong dream of landing a starring role, amateur actor Wei Chenggong (Wei Xiang) receives an invitation from famous actress Milan (Ma Li) to play her leading man, “Killer Karl.” However, unbeknownst to Mr. Wei, the new gig has landed him directly in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. As the brutal truth inches closer and closer, he is left to rely on only his good luck and (somewhat questionable) acting skills to survive. Directed by Wenxiong Xing and Ru Qian, the film stars Li Ma, Xiang Wei and Minghao Chen.

 

In the ticking clock action-thriller Short Fuse, a courier’s last delivery of the day may also be the last day of his life. Strapped with explosives, he must fight for his life while trying to solve a mystery involving both his family and a criminal empire. Directed by Andreas Lampropoulos and Kostas Skiftas, the film stars Apostolis Totsikas, Tasos Nousias and Evgenia Dimitropoulou. 

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Herstory is based on the story of 10 Korean women fighting for a formal apology from the Japanese government for their horrific ordeal as WWII “comfort women.” In the film, after learning of the horrors her housekeeper faced during forced sexual servitude as a WWII “comfort woman,” a Korean businesswoman takes on the Japanese government in a trial seeking reparations and a formal apology for ten plaintiffs. Directed by Kyu-dong Min, the film stars Kim Hee-ae, Kim Hae-sook, Ye Soo-jung, Moon Sook, Lee Yong-nyeo and Kim Sun-young.

Director Jacqueline Lentzou Explores Father-Daughter Relationship in ‘Moon, 66 Questions’

For her first feature, Moon, 66 Questions, director Jacqueline Lentzou “wanted to make a film discussing unspeakable love.”

The Greek film, which explores a father-daughter relationship, is available Oct. 11 on digital and DVD from Film Movement.

Lentzou was nominated for a prestigious Best Feature Film Teddy Award at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival for Moon, which follows twentysomething Artemis (Sofia Kokkali) who, after years of distance and separation, decides to return to Athens and care for her ailing father following the sudden decline in his health.

As Artemis intimately tends for the stoic, near-wordless Paris (Lazaros Georgakopoulos), she tries to understand the complicated man she never really knew. Upon the discovery of a well-kept secret from his past, she comes to realize the deep, underlying love that the two of them share. 

“They start off distant, cold, seemingly detached — two strangers, yet parent and child — at points barely looking at each other,” Lentzou said. “Step by step (literally) and day after day, there is an instinctive blooming of love, which gets at its highest point the moment the daughter discovers her father’s secret. Light falls on a darkish childhood, and pure love is expressed through acceptance.”

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The two lead actors have been widely praised for their performances.

“The performances were my biggest worry,” Lentzou said. “I knew that if one of them was weak, the whole film would sink, since the appropriate dynamic would not be in place. That said, when I saw them live and even later when the reviews started praising them in an authentically moving way, I was over the moon. It could not be other actors than these two. They brought different ‘materials’ — Lazaros his innate sensitivity and personal story with a late MS-friend, Sofia her unparalleled esotericism.”

The director and actors also worked spontaneously on some scenes.

“What was really great and unexpected were the scenes we would all three of us design on the spot,” Lentzou said. “An example would be the scene where the daughter tries to tell her father that she now knows the secret. We were not sure about how to use the kid’s toy, yet we all wanted it. After some cups of coffee and some notes, we went there and did it, in one take!”

What does Lentzou hope viewers take away from her film?

“A desire to hug and be hugged,” she said.

Special features with the release include deleted scenes and a bonus short film, The End of Suffering (A Proposal), also directed by Lentzou.