Singaporean independent distributor Clover Films is to celebrate its seventh anniversary this month. It will do so with the release of seven Asian films over the festive period that stretches from Christmas to Chinese New Year.
Leading off (on Dec. 15) is martial arts epic “Sword Master,” directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark. That is followed by “10,000 Miles” starring Taiwanese singing sensation and actor Jay Chou (“The Green Hornet”.)
Clover’s past success with Jackie Chan movies is to be followed by the release of two more in a month. Chinese-Indian co-venture “Kung Fu Yoga” will release on Dec. 29. Directed by Stanley Tong, the film also stars India’s Sonu Sood. “Railroad Tigers,” Chan’s nationalistic tale of Chinese immigrant workers fighting against the Japanese army, is currently undated, but aimed at the Lunar New Year holidays.
Releasing at a similar moment is food comedy “Cook Up A Storm,” starring Nicholas Tse, Korea’s Jung Yong-hwa of pop-rock group CNBLUE, Tiffany Tang, Michelle Bai, Hong Kong veteran Anthony Wong and mainland China’s Ge You.
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High-powered Korean crime thriller, “Master,” starring Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin, goes up against Thai horror “School Tales.” Both will release on Jan. 12, 2017.
Clover has distributed more than 200 movies in its seven year run and produced 20 local films in Singapore and Malaysia. The company plans to produce three more this year. “To affirm our support for the Singapore film industry, we plan to be involved in more good-quality local movies,” said Clover Films’ MD, Lim Teck.
Achieving independence is a tough task in Singapore. The limited number of theatrical options mean that independents usually have to involve an exhibitor as a co-distributor.
It recently handled runaway hit “Train to Busan,” “Operation Mekong” and Singapore’s foreign-language Oscar contender “Apprentice.”