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WellGo USA has acquired North American rights to “Wild City,” a noir gangster thriller by Ringo Lam.
Lam is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated directors, but has not headlined a feature in more than seven years.
WellGo, which earlier this week pounced on Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Cannes competition film “The Assassin,” says that it will give “City” a stateside release to coincide with its July 31 release in China and Hong Kong.
International sales are by Distribution Workshop. Local release in greater China is by Bravos Entertainment, the distribution, marketing and sales entity formed a year ago by former Media Asia executive Ricky Tse with backing from mainland Chinese financier Sun Entertainment.
The film is co-produced by Hong Kong’s »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam has been an active fixture among action movie fans since his debut in 1983, working with the likes of Chow Yun-Fat, Jackie Chan, and Jean-Claude Van Damme on movies in both Cantonese and English. With films such as Maximum Risk and Twin Dragons under his belt, many were interested to learn that he was in the midst of working on a new feature, marking Lan’s first foray back into feature-length filmmaking since the release of In Hell and Looking for Mister Perfect in 2003. Titled Wild City, Lam’s newest film is once again in Cantonese, as he takes on both directing and screenwriting duties, working with a cast that includes Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, and Jack Kao. Variety describes the film as follows.
The big-budget action movie is a Cantonese-noir, with bystanders caught up in a maelstrom of gangsters, greed and betrayal.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Ringo Lam, one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated directors, is now in post-production on “Wild City,” his first film in seven years.
The big-budget action movie is a Cantonese-noir, with bystanders caught up in a maelstrom of gangsters, greed and betrayal. The cast is headed by Louis Koo Tin-lok, Shawn Yue Man-lok, Tong Liya and Joseph Chang.
The film is co-produced by Hong Kong’s One Cool Film and mainland Chinese companies including Beijing East Light Film. Bravos Pictures will handle local distribution this summer, while international sales are overseen by Distribution Workshop.
Lam enjoyed huge success in the 1980s with Chow Yun-fat actioner “City on Fire” before transitioning to a Hollywood career that included Jean Claude van Damme starrers “Maximum Risk” and “Replicant.” He directed one of three elements in 2007’s “Triangle,” while his last Hong feature film was 2003 comedy “Looking for Mr. Perfect.”
- Shirley Lau
One of the most important parts of any action movie made before the new millennium is the so-called “boss fight.” For the uninitiated, a boss fight is the ultimate showdown between good and evil. After all the henchmen and various other obstacles-with-limbs have been cleared away, it’s time to get it on with the Big Bad.
Ever since Bruce Lee fought Han and his iron claw in that hall of mirrors at the end of Enter The Dragon, the merit of any martial arts film has largely been judged by its main adversary. And Jean-Claude Van Damme’s filmography is no different.
Running the gamut from muscle-bound pulverisers with nothing between the ears to corrupt businessmen with a penchant for picking the absolute worst Belgium to mess with, Van Damme has spin kicked just about every type of bad guy imaginable.
This article will focus on the »
- Jacob Trowbridge
4 items from 2015
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