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AFM: WellGo Takes on Yuen Woo-ping’s ‘Thousand Faces of Dunija’

WellGo USA has acquired North American rights to “The Thousand Faces of Dunija,” the Yuen Woo-ping-directed fantasy action picture that is expected to be one of the largest Chinese films of the year.

Rights were acquired from Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop, which is representing the film at the American Film Market this week.

The story involves a secret underground society of Wuyinmen, who have supernatural abilities which they use to prevent the destruction of mankind. Those powers are called on when two paranormal creatures emerge from hiding.

WellGo plans to give the film an outing in theaters on Dec. 15, which would be a day-and-date release coordinated with its debut in mainland China. Although Christmas is not an official holiday in China, December is often the biggest month of the year for cinema-going in the Middle Kingdom, and many of the major commercial titles are time to hit screens in this season.

“Dunija” has a strong pedigree. Yuen is China’s foremost action director and has credits including “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Kill Bill.” His directorial credits include “Drunken Master” and “The Tai-Chi Master.” The film is produced by iconic fantasy director Tsui Hark (“Detective Dee”) and his long-time producing partner Nansun Shi (“Infernal Affairs,” “Journey to the West — The Demons Strike Back.”

Texas-based Well Go has become one of the leading North American distributors of Chinese movies. Its recent releases include “Kung Fu Yoga,” and “Wolf Warriors II.”

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