Asia signs up ‘Bodyguards’

Cinema Popular inks raft of pacts

We Distribution has inked multiple territory deals around Asia for the Donnie Yen actioner “Bodyguards and Assassins” at Cannes, an early success for the Cinema Popular shingle.

The $23 million “Bodyguards,” formerly known as “Dark October,” is currently lensing in Shanghai with Yen, Leon Lai, Nicholas Tse, Eric Tsang and Hu Jun.

Pic is produced by Peter Ho-Sun Chan and Huang Jianxin and is the first of five pics on their Cinema Popular slate.

Mediacorp Raintree Pictures and Festive Films co-acquired for the territory of Singapore. Malaysia and Brunei rights go to RAM Entertainment while PT Teguh Bakti Mandiri picked up for Indonesia. Parkit Films took Vietnam and Applause Entertainment will handle Taiwan.

Pic features three-time world kickboxing champion Cung Le and also marks the debut of Li Yuchun, past winner of China’s “American Idol”-styled singing contest “Super Girl.”

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