With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, June 19, 2016

THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT coming September 23rd, 2016

Magnolia Pictures
The Lovers & the Despot
Written and directed by Ross Adam and Robert Cannan
Featuring Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok
UK, 2016, 94 minutes

Magnolia Pictures will release The Lovers & the Despot in theatres, on VOD, iTunes and Amazon Video on September 23, 2016. The film tells the story of young, ambitious South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, who met and fell in love in 1950s post-war Korea.

In the 70s, after reaching the top of Korean society following a string of successful films, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to meet Kim Jong-il. While searching for Choi, Shin also was kidnapped, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was reunited by the movie-obsessed Kim, who declared them his personal filmmakers.

Choi and Shin planned their escape, but not before producing 17 feature films for the dictator and gaining his trust in the process.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

RIVER Debuts on Blu-ray™ & DVD July 26, 2016 from Well Go USA

Well Go USA
Written & Directed by Jamie M. Dagg
Starring Rossif Sutherland
Canada/Laos, 2016, 86 minutes

River, the award-winnings first feature from writer/director Jamie M. Dagg, debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The first North American film shot in Laos, the film takes viewers from the shores of the Mekong River, up to the mountains in the north.

Rossif Sutherland (“Reign”) stars as John Lake, an American doctor working in a village in southern Laos. On his way home after an alcohol-soaked evening at a local bar, John intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman, and the violence quickly escalates. The next day, the assailant’s body is pulled out of the water. All the evidence points to John, who recognizes the nightmare that awaits if he’s captured by the local authorities, and realizes that his only hope is to reach the US Embassy. With no time to think and no one to count on, he goes on the run.

River premiered in the Discovery section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Sutherland garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actor at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards and the film was chosen as the winner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Claude Jutra Award, as the year’s best feature film directed by a first-time director.

In the south of Laos, an American doctor (Rossif Sutherland) becomes a fugitive after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. When the assailant’s body is pulled from the Mekong River, things quickly spiral out of control.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Korean War pic OPERATION CHROMITE coming to North American theaters on August 12th

CJ Entertainment
Operation Chromite
Directed by John H. Lee
South Korea, 2016

Liam Neeson Stars in Film Following the True Story of the
Unsung Heroes Who Turned the Tide of the Korean War

CJ Entertainment will distribute the film Operation Chromite in North America on August 12, 2016. From Taewon Entertainment, Operation Chromite is poised to be the largest Korean summer blockbuster this year, telling the true story of the heroes whose lives were sacrificed in order to turn the tide of the Korean War. Liam Neeson stars as General MacArthur, who led the attack against the North Koreans in the Battle of Incheon, forcing them to retreat out of Seoul.

Operation Chromite is already attracting attention in mainstream Hollywood, and is the next great film from John H. Lee,” said Angela Killoren, COO, CJ Entertainment. “We are proud to be the company to bring this true, but often over looked story of unsung heroes and the American hero General MacArthur during a time when South Korea and the United States banded together in war against North Korea.”

The major attack would not have been successful if it weren’t for a group of South Korean Navy Special Forces, led by Captain Jang Hak-soo, and the KLO (Korean Liaison Office) unit. Before the battle, this team is tasked with a covert operation to successfully infiltrate the North Korean army command center. To do so they will need to go undercover, disguising themselves as a North Korean inspection unit. Time is not on their side as the attack will begin with or without the success. To complete their risky mission, the team must make incredible sacrifices to ensure the freedom of South Korea.

Operation Chromite is directed by John H. Lee (The Third Way of Love, Into the Fire, Sayonara Itsuka and A Moment to Remember) and is produced by Chung Tae-Won (the upcoming film Mulgae, The Triangle, 71-Into the Fire and IRIS).

In addition to Liam Neeson, Operation Chromite also stars Lee Jung-Jae as South Korean Captain Jang Hak-soo (Assassination, New World, The Thieves and The Housemaid), Lee Bum-soo as North Korean Commander Lim Gye-Jin (The Divine Move, IRIS: New Generation and The City of Violence), and Jin Se-Yun as Han Chae-sun (Enemies In-Law and Doctor Stranger).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

KILL ZONE 2 making home video debut on July 19th from Well Go USA

Well Go USA
Kill Zone 2 (a.k.a. SPL 2: A Time for Consequences)
Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang
Starring Tony Jaa, Zhang Jin, Simon Yam and Louis Koo
Hong Kong/China, 2015, 120 minutes

In this giddily frenetic follow-up (though not a sequel) to modern martial arts epic Kill Zone (aka SPL: Sha Po Lang), action icons Tony Jaa (Furious 7, the Ong Bak franchise) and Zhang Jin (Ip Man 3) team up with Hong Kong megastars Simon Yam (Ip Man), Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior) and Louis Koo (Drug War) for the critically-acclaimed, action-packed martial arts extravaganza Kill Zone 2, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang (Accident, Motorway), the film is a breakneck story of dirty cops, prison riots, and black market organ transplants, all brought together by a non-stop series of inventive, bone-crunching setpieces. Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, Kill Zone 2 was named a “Film of Merit” at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and Chung Chi Li (Ip Man: The Final Fight) won a Golden Horse at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Action Choreography. Bonus materials include a deleted scenes and a 3-part making-of featurette.

When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate, his cover is blown. Double-crossed and under a false identity, he's thrown into a Thai prison, where a guard discovers the inmate - claiming he’s a cop - is a bone marrow match for his dying daughter ... and his warden may have an even deadlier operation hidden within the prison walls.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tubi TV and Sentai Filmworks announce deal for streaming of new and classic anime


Deal brings hundreds of hours of high-quality anime for on demand
streaming across connected TVs, mobile devices, and the web

Tubi TV, streaming the largest library of popular movies and TV series free-to-users, and Sentai Filmworks, a leading global supplier of anime and anime merchandise, recently announced the availability of several popular new Spring anime series which will stream on a nearcast schedule following its Japanese air date. Additionally, several classic hit anime series, including Gatchaman and Clannad, will be available for users to stream in their entirety any time for free. The deal enables Sentai Filmworks’ anime library to stream on Tubi TV on connected platforms including Apple TV, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Samsung televisions - in addition to iOS and Android mobile devices and the web.

The deal includes two Sentai Filmworks titles that will stream two days after airing in Japan (Onigiri and RIN-NE 2), three that will stream via nearcast 15 days after airing in Japan (Bakuon!!, Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless, and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto), and one title that will air 31 days after Japan (Flying Witch). In addition, many enduring classic TV series will be available to stream on demand (Angel Beats, Gatchaman, Mezzo, Bodacious Space Pirates, Persona 4: The Animation, Clannad, Clannad After Story, and Dream Eater Merry).

“Sentai Filmworks strives to deliver anime to our fans, wherever they are,” said John Ledford, President and CEO of Sentai Filmworks. “Tubi TV allows us to give our fans more options to watch their favorite shows on multiple platforms.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Sentai Filmworks as a content partner in bringing their incredible array of hit anime series to fans for free,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi TV. “Anime is a popular channel on Tubi TV and the addition of these TV series further help us to deliver the best streaming experience for passionate anime fans, wherever and whenever they want.” Tubi TV has partnerships with over 200 diverse content producers, including MGM, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, and Starz Digital. Since announcing MGM and Lionsgate’s investment and licensing agreement in November 2015, Tubi TV’s audience has grown over 140% in the last five months and the platform expects to see strong growth continue through 2016 and beyond.

Series Synopsis
Onigiri (two-day nearcast): It’s time to forge alliances between humans, gods, and oni in a high-flying new anime based off the popular MMORPG of the same name. This can’t-miss adventure will take you deep into the world of mystical Japan, where our heroes battle against malevolent dark beings, the Kamikui. Next new episode streaming for free June 9, 2016.

RIN-NE 2 (two-day nearcast – coming soon): Based on the manga by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku), RIN-NE 2 picks up where the first season left off with poverty-stricken Rinne Rokudo still desperately trying to make ends meet through a series of (very) odd jobs, including purifying spirits and escorting them to the Wheel of Reincarnation. In between fights with malevolent damashigami, Rinne has to deal with meddling black cats, love struck shinigami girls, and even more romantic misunderstandings with Sakura Mamiya! New episode schedule will be announced soon.

Bakuon!! (15-day nearcast): Moe and motorcycles have never looked better together in this sports comedy about a group of students in the motorcycle club of their all-girls school. When Hane Sakura sees the wild-hearted Onsa Amano riding a motorcycle to school, Sakura is inspired to join the motorcycle club and get her license. However, nothing could have prepared her for the challenges, or the joys, that come with hitting the road on the wings of a real bike! Next new episode streaming for free June 14, 2016.

Tanaka-Kun Is Always Listless (15-day nearcast): Adapted from the popular web manga series published by Square Enix, this unconventional, surrealist comedy follows an exhausted high school boy who, despite multiple attempts from his friends, still manages to spectacularly… sleep. Much to the chagrin of the energetic (at times bossy) Ohta, Tanaka is often found in a blissful state of lethargy, possessing the ability to doze off in any situation, especially in mid-sentence! Next new episode streaming for free June 12, 2016.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (15-day nearcast): Just who is Sakamoto? He’s enigmatic. He’s clever. He’s dashing. No challenge is too great and no cause is too small for Sakamoto. Girls love him, guys hate him for it, and despite efforts to humiliate him, Sakamoto is flawlessly able to emerge from the fray, even cooler than ever. Who knows what Sakamoto is going to do next? Whatever it is, it will be fabulous! Next new episode streaming for free June 12, 2016.

Flying Witch (31-day nearcast): Based on the manga by Chihiro Ishizuka and serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, Flying Witch follows the adventures of 15-year-old Makoto Kowata, a teen witch whose only talent (currently) is being able to fly. In this supernatural coming-of-age tale, Makoto and her familiar, a black cat named Chito, move in with her second cousins in the beautiful and quaint Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan, where she learns to hone her magical skills. Next new episode streaming for free June 8, 2016.

Angel Beats (catalog): It sucks being dead. It sucks even more to be trapped in a surreal afterlife where you’re caught between the living and the dead – and where a mysterious, violent Angel is trying to pull you over to… somewhere. What do you do? Well, if you’re this group of rough and tumble teens, you grab every weapon you can get your hands on and give Heaven hell! High caliber action and locked-and-loaded comedy meet on a rock and roll battleground in Angel Beats! Streaming 13 episodes now.

Gatchaman (catalog): In the near future, the international community is thrown into chaos by a series of attacks by the evil criminal organization known as Galactor, and the only Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is capable of stopping the threat. Hand-picked by the brilliant scientist Dr. Nambu, the five young members of Gatchaman are ready to face the most nefarious plans of Galactor, and win! Streaming 105 episodes for free now.

Mezzo (catalog): Mikura, Kurokawa, and Harada are the three members of the Danger Service Agency (DSA). Mikaru is the brawns of the group, Harada is the brains, and Kurokowa just a bitter ex-cop that likes to think he’s in charge. They’ll take any job as long as it involves lots of danger and, of course, money. Streaming 13 episodes for free now.

Bodacious Space Pirates (catalog): Marika Kato is a high school girl living a rather ordinary life as a member of the space yacht club. One day she learns of her recently deceased father, Gonzaemon, who is revealed to have been a Space Pirate who performed legal acts of piracy under the letter of marque. In order for her father’s ship, the Bentenmaru, to continue sailing, Marika, Gonzaemon’s direct descendant, is chose to become the ships new captain. Streaming 26 episodes for free now.

Persona 4: The Animation (catalog): Recent transfer student Yu Narukami and his new friends are caught up investigating bizarre murders in a rural Japanese town. They discover a nightmarish world through a portal in TV screens, where they are threatened by vicious monsters called Shadows. Luckily for them, they also discover they can summon powerful beings known as Personas. Streaming 25 episodes for free now.

Clannad (catalog): Tomoya Okazaki is a junior in high school and has had a very rough life. When he was little, his mother died in a car accident which made his father turn to drinking and gambling. Due to his father’s behavior, Tomoya and his father do not get along and Tomoya has become a delinquent. One day Tomoya meets a girl named Nagisa, they start to hang out together and eventually she changes his life. Streaming 24 episodes for free now.

Clannad After Story (catalog): Picking up where the Clannad series left off, Tomoya has confessed his love for Nagisa, taking their relationship to a new level and direction. The second semester starts and Tomoya continues to meet new people, who alter his perspective of family and relationships. As time passes, the path which Tomoya and Nagisa walk is filled with challenges and struggles that will test the strength of their love. Streaming 25 episodes for free now.

Dream Eater Merry (catalog): Yumeji has a unique talent - he can predict his friend’s dreams by reading their auras. But his special ability makes him a target for a sinister force trying to use him to enter the real world. An unlikely ally appears when Merry, a donut-loving dream demon desperate to return to her own world, literally falls into his lap. Streaming 13 episodes for free now.