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Chinese films opening in N. American cinemas

Chinese films opening in N. American cinemas

By Kevin Ma

Thu, 25 July 2013, 15:05 PM (HKT)

Distribution News

Several Chinese films will be released theatrically in North American cinemas over the next two months.

Well Go USA Inc released Jay CHOU 周杰倫's The Rooftop 天台 (2013) last weekend on 17 screens in the United States and Canada. In its first three days of release, it made US$47,259. It is already the US-based company's second highest grossing film of the year, behind South Korea crime drama New World 신세계 | 新世界 (2013).

Well Go – in partnership with Variance Films – will next release Johnnie TO 杜琪峯's Drug War 毒戰 (2012) in one New York City cinema this weekend. They will then expand the release across the US and Canada in August. Well Go will also launch pre-theatrical VoD for Ip Man: The Final Fight 葉問 終極一戰 (2013) on 20 Aug before a limited theatrical release on 20 Sep.

China Lion Film Distribution Inc is releasing GUO Jingming 郭敬明's Tiny Times 1 小時代 (2013) (pictured) this weekend. The hit youth drama will open on three screens in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. The multi-national distribution firm released Vicki ZHAO 趙薇's So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春 (2013) in the three cities in June.

The highest profile Asian release in the upcoming months is WONG Kar-wai 王家衛's The Grandmaster 一代宗師 (2013). The Weinstein Company is set to release the martial arts epic in cinemas on 23 Aug. The distributor has already started its publicity campaign in North America with Wong Kar-wai's visit to the Comic-Con in San Diego and a special event devoted to the director hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 22 Jul. Wong and actress ZHANG Ziyi 章子怡 both appeared at the Academy event.

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