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Detective Dee heads for N American release

Detective Dee heads for N American release

By Patrick Frater

Tue, 09 November 2010, 11:48 AM (HKT)

Sales News

Indomina Releasing, a newish US distribution company with a taste for Asian films, has acquired North American rights to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 狄仁杰之通天帝國 (2010).

The deal was struck with co-producer and sales agent Huayi Brothers Media Corporation 華誼兄弟傳媒股份有限公司, which fielded several bids. Eventually the deal was done with Indomina, the highest bidder, for a sum close to $500,000.

Directed by TSUI Hark 徐克 and starring Andy LAU 劉德華, LI Bingbing 李冰冰 and Carina LAU 劉嘉玲, the film was the runaway winner at the Chinese box office over the lucrative October National Day holiday period.

Official figures show it scoring RMB290 million ($43 million) to 31 Oct, though other sources suggest that problematic reporting by some exhibition circuits could put the figure significantly higher in the final tally.

Indomina has recently acquired rights to Vietnamese thriller Clash Bẫy rồng (2009), Chinese titles Bodyguards and Assassins 十月圍城 (2009), Fire of Conscience 火龍 (2010), True Legend 蘇乞兒 (2009) and Australian films Griff the Invisible (2010) and Wasted on the Young (2010).

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