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TriStar dons ‘Mask’

Distrib takes global rights to H.K. actioner

Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group has acquired most worldwide rights from China Star Entertainment for “Black Mask 2: City of Masks,” the latest action thriller from Hong Kong director Tsui Hark.

Pic is in production, with martial arts action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping overseeing the martial arts scenes. Ping staged action sequences in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Matrix.”

The original “Black Mask,” which starred Jet Li, was distributed by Artisan Entertainment; it grossed $12.5 million domestically. The sequel stars Andy On and co-stars Tobin Bell, Jon Polito, Tyler Mane and Traci Elizabeth Lords.

Pact is for theatrical, television and home entertainment; it excludes rights in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

“Tsui Hark is one of the world’s great action directors, and CTMPG is delighted to be able to distribute this next installment of the “Black Mask” saga,” said Benedict Carver, veep of acquisitions for CTMPG. “We are especially pleased to be able to partner with Anant Singh and China Star Entertainment on this project.”

Frequent partner

Distant Horizon has collaborated on a number of films, including Jackie Chan titles “Twin Dragons,” “Police Story” and “Police Story 2” as well as “Black Mask” and Hark’s forthcoming “The Legend of Zu.”

China Star Entertainment is a Hong Kong-based film and television production company. It has been responsible for, the Jet Li action films “Black Mask,” “Hit Man” and “Once Upon a Time in China and America.”

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