CANNES: WellGo USA Buys Quartet of Asian Titles for N. American release

Top Korean titles and Zak Hilditch directorial debut join "Ip Man 3".

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HONG KONG – Specialty distributor WellGo USA has picked up a quartet of Asian titles from the recent Cannes festival for release in North America.

The Texas-based company acquired rights to Korean action film “Kundo: Age of The Rampant” from Showbox, Korean period adventure film “The Pirates” (pictured) from Lotte Entertainment; and Australian thriller “These Final Hours,” from Celluloid Nightmares.

These were in addition to the previously announced acquisition of “Ip Man 3,” the third instalment of martial arts biopic series starring Donnie Yen and represented by Hong Kong’s Pegasus Motion Pictures.

WellGo has set a theatrical release date of Aug 8 for “Kundo.” The film, which stars Ha Jung-woo (“The Chaser”), is set for a release in its native Korea two weeks earlier on July 23.

Like “Kundo”, “Pirates” is a summer release in Korea and is expected to be one of the biggest Korean films of the year. It is directed by Lee Seok-hoon and stars popular TV star Kim Nam-gil as a mountain bandit who ventures off to sea in hunt of a whale who has swallowed a royal icon. It was widely sold at Cannes with other buyers including Japan’s Twin Company, Germany’s Splendid and India’s Superfine Films.

“These Final Hours” is the directorial debut of Zak Hilditch about an arrogant man who attends an end of the world party and saves the life of a young girl, shortly before the world really is about to end. The company plans limited releases in New York and Los Angeles.

Next up on WellGo’s releasing slate is the theatrical outing of ‘new age’ Hong Kong horror “Rigor Mortis” (June 6, 2014) and Korean hit drama “The Attorney” (June 13, 2014).