Chinese Action-Adventure ‘Code of the Assassins’ Due on Hi-Yah! Streaming Channel March 3, Digital and Disc March 28 From Well Go

The Chinese fantasy action-adventure Code of the Assassins will be available on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on March 3 and will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 28 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Directed by Daniel Lee (Dragon Blade, 14 Blades, The Climbers), Code of the Assassins stars William Feng (Wolf Totem, White Vengeance), Jun Hu (Red Cliff, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils), Gina Jin (Wuxin: The Monster Killer, Hope All Is Well), Qingxiang Wang (The Grandmaster, Red Cliff), Ray Lui (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Flash Point, Raging Fire) and Jack Kao (A Place of One’s Own, Witness).

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The film follows a young assassin, trained by an elite organization, who receives his first mission, only to find himself tangled in a covert political intrigue. He is ensnared in an intricate plot laid by powerful people pulling strings from the shadows. Upon failing to complete the assignment, he is forced to go on the run — from the government and rival assassin groups alike — as he seeks to unmask the players behind the conspiracy.

 

‘Legend of Gatotkaca’ Due on Hi-Yah! Streaming Service Feb. 17, Disc and Digital March 21 From Well Go

The Indonesian action film Legend of Gatotkaca debuts exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! Feb. 17, before landing on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 

In the superhero origin story, a young man uncovers a secret prophecy that will be key to surviving the battle against an ancient evil. After witnessing the shocking murder of his best friend by a masked assassin with terrifying superpowers, Yuda stumbles upon a secret prophecy long concealed by powerful people. After unlocking dormant abilities of his own, Yuda discovers that he — an ordinary college kid with no belief in the old legends — may very well be the key to winning the upcoming battle against an ancient evil.

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Directed by award-winning filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo (Getting Married), Legend of Gatotkaca stars Rizky Nazar (Mecca I’m Coming, Bittersweet Seventeen), Yasmin Napper (Imperfect), Edward Akbar (A Man Called Ahok, Foxtrot Six), Sigi Wimala (Macabre), Yayan Ruhian (The Raid 2, The Raid: Redemption, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens) and Cecep Arif Rahman (The Raid 2, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Gundala).

 

Q&A: Well Go’s Tony Vandeveerdonk Discusses the Indie’s Genre-Focused Niche

A more-than-34-year veteran of home entertainment industry, Tony Vandeveerdonk is EVP of Well Go USA Entertainment. He joined Well Go USA in 2007 and has helped turn the company into a top independent studio. Well Go USA releases films theatrically, on all digital platforms, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Vandeveerdonk manages the company’s physical business, including working on new acquisitions.

Previously, Vandeveerdonk worked at Pioneer Entertainment for 15 years and managed its physical distribution to mass merchants Walmart, Target, Kmart and Best Buy. He’s credited with shaping and growing the anime business in the United States and has worked on countless anime properties. Franchises and brands he managed included “Pokémon,” the “Dragonball Z” movie, “Sailor Moon,” “Dragonball Z,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Sonic X,” “Dragonball GT” and “Degrassi.” 

Media Play News asked Vandeveerdonk about Well Go’s expanding niche in the international genre-focused content marketplace and what’s next for the company.

MPN: Tell us about the genesis of Well Go USA Entertainment and what the company has been known for over the years. 

Vandeveerdonk: We’re certainly known for releasing top genre films from around the world. In the early years we made a strategic decision to start acquiring some of the best action and martial arts action films from China, Hong Kong and Korea. Well Go made the leap to acquiring 2008’s now-legendary Donnie Yen movie Ip Man, and the rest is pretty much history. Our deep catalog contains some of the best iconic international films across several genres with several films crossing over to mainstream audiences.  

MPN: What’s Well Go up to now? How does Well Go acquire product? 

Vandeveerdonk: While we are still best known for our slate of top-notch Asian action movies, as well as international action and indie gems from around the world, we continue to strategically expand into other genres. Our 2023 slate will include several more English-language, Hollywood and original film productions that align well with our action, horror and other burgeoning genres. In terms of curating our collection of titles, we acquire films through long-term industry relationships we’ve nurtured over the years as well as by attending key film markets, such as Cannes, TIFF and EFM.

MPN: How many titles do you have in your catalog and how many do you generally release each year?

Vandeveerdonk: Currently, we have more than 450 titles in our catalog, which continues to grow in both depth and breadth. We have historically released more than 20 new movies per year, though we actually released more than 30 each of the past two years, due in part to third-party distribution deals that we’ve added to our slate.

MPN: What is Well Go’s footprint in the digital marketplace on streaming services or digital purchase and rental?

Vandeveerdonk: You can find Well Go USA content everywhere, from all standard streaming services and VOD platforms to our very own streaming and FAST (free, ad-supported TV) channel Hi-Yah!, which caters specifically to fans of martial arts and Asian action films across the U.S. and Canada. A particular film may not be available on all streaming services at the same time — such as when a streamer secures exclusive rights for a set time period — but they make the rounds to most streamers eventually, and each film does land on all major digital platforms simultaneously for rent and purchase. 

MPN: What is Well Go’s strategy on physical media (DVD, Blu-ray, 4K) releases?

Vandeveerdonk: Our physical business is still an important part of our total annual sales volume, and the mass-market retailer class of trade is a key component of our annual success on physical. We strive to curate and street exactly the right genre titles for our retail partners and our fans, meaning films that will appeal to not only our core fans and die-hard audiences but also to new customers (or “fans-in-training,” shall we say). In late Q4, we streeted new 4K titles including Train to Busan and the first three “IP Man” movies. We received support and placement in various sets at mass and early the POS numbers were strong.  The Train to Busan 4K release climbed all the way to No. 1 in horror on many of the large ecommerce sites. We’re excited about the level of demonstrated demand as we plan new 4K releases for 2023, the first being The Wailing and The Man From Nowhere.

MPN: What are the plans for 2023?

Vandeveerdonk: We just launched our new website which has been in development since the pandemic. We have several strong theatricals planned for the year starting with The Wandering Earth 2, a huge sci-fi action release hitting theaters including Imax on Jan. 22. Our digital team continues uber focused on growing our Hi-Yah! streaming channel with new movies added every Friday. This year Hi-Yah! will start programming more episodic content to both its SVOD offering, as well as its FAST channel. We understand the future growth and distribution of Hi-Yah! and FAST will be positively impacted by offering more exclusive premieres including special  events. 

Well Go USA is also producing and bringing to market several original film productions in 2023, including Christmas horror-thriller A Creature Was Stirring (starring Chrissy Metz, Annalise Basso, Scout Taylor-Compton and Connor Paolo) and rodeo heist pic Ride (starring C. Thomas Howell, Annabeth Gish and Forrie J. Smith alongside writer-director and lead Jake Allyn), which is currently in production. We are excited to continue our  investment in promising original film productions like these, while simultaneously maintaining our commitment to the growth and expansion of our digital footprint across new release and catalog titles alike. The physical media business — encompassing DVD, Blu-ray and 4K product — remains an integral part of our annual release strategy, and we expect that trend to continue well past 2023. 

South Korean Actioner ‘Project Wolf Hunting’ Due on Digital and Disc Feb. 14 From Well Go

The South Korean action thriller Project Wolf Hunting debuts on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

From director Kim Hong-Sun (“Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area”), the film stars Seo In-guk (The Master’s Sun, Hello Monster), Jang Dong-yoon (Search, Mr. Sunshine), Choi Guy-hwa (Train to Busan, The Wailing), Sung Dong-il (The Cursed, The Great Battle), Park Ho-san (The Call, Prison Playbook) and Jung So-min (Alchemy of Souls).  

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In the film, while under heavily armed guard, the dangerous convicts aboard a cargo ship unite in a coordinated escape attempt that soon escalates into a bloody, all-out riot. But as the fugitives continue their brutal campaign of terror, they soon discover that not even the most vicious among them is safe from the horror they unknowingly unleashed from the darkness below deck.

The release features an all-new English dub, along with bonus content, including behind-the-scenes and “Making the Alpha” featurettes.

 

Chinese Martial Arts Actioner ‘The Grandmaster of Kung Fu’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 31 From Well Go

The Chinese martial arts film The Grandmaster of Kung Fu will debut on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 31 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

A Hi-Yah! original, the film is available on the martial arts streaming service now.    

Former World Wushu Champion Du Yuhang (aka Dennis To, Ip ManKung Fu League1911) stars.

In the film, near the end of the Qing Dynasty, a renowned Chinese martial artist (Du Yuhang) engages in a life-or-death battle with a feared Japanese military commander in order to prevent Japan’s ultimate goal of seizing martial arts stronghold Tianjin.

Directed by Cheng Siyu (Fist of Fury: Soul), The Grandmaster of Kung Fu also stars Gao Xuemei, Yang Yongfeng, Li Ruoxi and Zhuang Han.

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Indonesian Horror Thriller ‘Death Knot’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 17 From Well Go

The Indonesian horror thriller Death Knot will debut on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after the sudden suicide of their estranged mother, two siblings return to their hometown and are immediately confronted by angry villagers. Convinced that the woman was a devotee of a dangerous brand of black magic deemed responsible for a string of mysterious deaths over many years, the locals demand that the siblings leave and allow for the burning of their childhood home in order to rid the town of the curse. While initially skeptical, a string of strange occurrences leads the siblings to believe there may be more truth to the rumors than they ever dreamed possible.

 

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Horror-Comedy ‘The Loneliest Boy in the World’ Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 20 From Well Go

The horror-comedy The Loneliest Boy in the World will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film is already available through digital retailers.

In the modern fairytale — except with zombies — when the sheltered and unsocialized Oliver is tasked with making new friends after the sudden and devastating death of his mother, he discovers that his newly acquired friends have mysteriously come to life overnight, launching them all into a series of misadventures as they try to keep their secret safe from neighbors, classmates and social workers alike. 

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Directed by Martin Owen (The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud), the film stars Max Harwood (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (“After” franchise, The Woman King), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), Evan Ross (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2), Tallulah Haddon (The Last Duel), Hammed Animashaun (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), social media phenom and musician Jacob Sartorius, Ben Miller (”Bridgerton”) and Ashley Benson (Spring Breakers, “Pretty Little Liars”). 

 

Action Film ‘The Ambush’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 13 From Well Go

From director Pierre Morel (Taken) comes the foreign action film The Ambush, available in a new English dub Dec. 13 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film based on a true story, three UAE soldiers on the final patrol of their deployment are ambushed by heavily armed militants, leaving them wounded, isolated and nearly out of ammunition. They are trapped in a remote canyon with only one chance for survival: a daring, midnight-hour rescue mission plotted by their courageous commander.

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The Ambush stars Marwan Abdulla Saleh, Khalifa Al Jassem, Mohammed Ahmed, Abdulla Saeed Bin Haider, Saeed Alharsh, Hassan Yousuf Alblooshi, Khalifa Albahri, Ghanim Nasser and Mansoor Alfeeli. 

 

Korean Sci-fi Actioner ‘Alienoid’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 6 From Well Go

The Korean sci-fi actioner Alienoid will be released on digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 6 by Well Go USA Entertainment.

It will land on the martial arts action streaming channel Hi-Yah! on Dec. 23.

Directed by Choi Dong-hoon and starring Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim Woo-bin and Kim Tae-ri, the feature is the first in a planned series of two epic sci-fi action time-warpers. A tale of two eras, Alienoid follows two Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) gurus seeking a legendary time-bending blade as they unexpectedly cross paths with modern-era people hunting down a dangerous alien concealed inside a human’s body.

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Korean Thriller ‘Emergency Declaration’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29 From Well Go

The South Korean hostage thriller Emergency Declaration is headed to digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, while investigating a terrorist threat that goes viral online, Korean authorities discover that a suspect has recently boarded an international flight bound for the United States. When a healthy passenger on the same flight suddenly dies a gruesome death of unknown cause, panic erupts both in-flight and on the ground. With steadily decreasing fuel and international refusals to offer aid, the captain and crew are forced to take unprecedented emergency measures in an attempt to save the lives of their passengers.

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From writer/director Han Jae-rim (Rules of Dating, The King), the film stars Song Kang-ho (Parasite, Snowpiecer), Lee Byung-hun (“Squid Game,” G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Jeon Do-yeon (No Blood, No Tears), Kim Nam-gil (Pandora, Public Enemy 3), Kim So-jin (Escape from Mogadishu, The Drug King) and Park Hae-joon (Believer, Bakugan: Battle Force).