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Gaga opens ‘Dragon Gate’

Chinese pic slated for wide release in Japan

Gaga Communications has picked up Japanese rights to “Dragon Tiger Gate” and extended its lineup of high-profile Chinese movies being slated for wide commercial release in Japan.

Pic, helmed by Wilson Yip, is a martial arts actioner produced and sold by Hong Kong’s Mandarin Films. It stars Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse. The Weinstein Co. has rights in several English-language territories.

Mandarin Saturday also struck deals on the film with Flashstar for Brazil, Infofilm for India, Italia Film for the Middle East and Cinebox for Vietnam.

“We were attracted to the film because of the look, the concept and the very strong action. The whole package works for us,” a Gaga source said. Company said that it has not yet fixed a release date for the picture.

Gaga has assembled an impressive collection including most of the top Chinese films of the year. It previously acquired Chen Kaige’s “The Promise,” and at the last AFM paid upwards of $5 million through seller Media Asia for Feng Xiaogang’s “The Banquet.” Also on Gaga’s slate are Cannes titles “Babel” and “Volver.”

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