Cannes: Ringo Lam’s ‘Wild City’ Falls to WellGo USA

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.

The big-budget action movie is a tale of gangsters, greed and betrayal. The cast is headed by Louis Koo Tin-lok, Shawn Yue Man-lok, Tong Liya and Joseph Chang.

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 One Cool Film and mainland Chinese companies including Beijing East Light Film.

Lam enjoyed huge success in the 1980s with Chow Yun-fat actioner “City on Fire” before transitioning to a Hollywood career that included “Maximum Risk” and “Replicant,” starring Jean-Claude van Damme. He directed one of three elements in 2007’s “Triangle” while his last Hong Kong feature film was 2003 comedy “Looking for Mr. Perfect.”

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