Related Reviews

  1. Clash | Bẫy rồng
    Reminiscent of Hong Kong '80s fare, an enjoyably hardboiled action movie.
  2. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame | 狄仁杰之通天帝國
    Entertaining but throwaway whodunit set in Ancient China.
  3. Fire of Conscience | 火龍
    Pacey, action-filled item puts Hong Kong director Dante Lam back in the top league of Hong Kong action directors.

Related News

  1. Huayi, Enlight, LeTV report 2013 earnings
    Profits up for China studios
  2. Korean cinema, Chinese characteristics
    Is the future of South Korean cinema in China?
  3. Huayi forecasts 300% rise in profits
    Television, talent and theatrical up in 2013
  4. Huayi betting on Galloping Horse
    Failed acquisition reported by finance paper
  5. IM Global opens Beijing office
    Huayi's Leslie Chen appointed senior executive
  6. Ms Huayi goes to Hollywood
    Eva Cao appointed head of int'l production
  7. Huayi and its place in Chinese cinema
    James Wang on int'l ambitions, genres and 3-D
  8. Huayi's H-Files unwrapped at Shanghai
    New films from Jackie Chan, Guan Hu and Gu Changwei
  9. Bee returns to Huayi hive
    Former head of international sales is back
  10. Shanghai has another glamorous opening
    Awards presented to Oliver Stone and Tsui Hark
  11. Mr. Go gets July go-ahead
    Ambitious Korea-China co-prod gets synch release
  12. Lost in translation
    Selling and marketing Chinese-language films overseas is becoming trickier
  13. Indomina Releasing to close
    N American distributor of Asian films halted
  14. Huayi, Honto and Atom partner up
    Strategic partnerships across the Strait
  15. Feng's 1942 joins Rome competition
    First of two Chinese films added to festival
  16. Taichi goes 3-D
    Steampunk martial arts films releasing back-to-back
  17. Painted Skin puts China back on top
    Action-fantasy is first local film to lead box office in 22 weeks
  18. Speaking a new language: Chinglish
    English-language movies as a new meeting point for China and Hollywood
  19. Huayi boards Showbox's Mr Go
    3-D creature movie is now in production
  20. General Yang gathers troops
    Big-budget Yu picture ready for end of year
  21. Taichi Zero finds US berth
    Martial arts film sold by Huayi
  22. Chinese movie channel to launch from March
    Edko, We, Huayi joint venture takes to the air
  23. Legendary East funding deal collapses
    China-Hollywood joint venture in disarray
  24. Legendary East details ambitious plans
    New firm "not a Chinese film-maker"; Huayi has weighty responsibilities
  25. Huayi, Bona invest in China Lion
    Chinese studios back North American distributor
  26. Sorcerer casts spell on audiences
    Mural is respectable runner-up in China
  27. Indomina lives Life Without Principle
    Thriller plays Venice and Toronto events
  28. Huayi expands film to TV
    Series to start shooting this month
  29. Great Wall marks Legendary East debut
    New production venture unveils first project
  30. Huayi still confident on theme park
    Early days of response to government ban
  31. Legendary East receives $220 million injection
    Hollywood-China JV wins ambitious HK corporate backing
  32. Yu's Yang epic cranks up
    Big-budget historical adaptation shoots in Hunan
  33. Legendary, Huayi in production pact
    Big budget Chinese pictures to be delivered by JV
  34. NYAFF reveals anniversary lineup
    New York festival includes tributes to wu xia films, Korean thrillers and Taiwan's Su Chao-pin
  35. Huayi has high hopes for hefty slate
    Production lineup includes prequels, 'greater China' talent
  36. Love in Space blasts off
    Fox-backed sequel starts shooting in HK
  37. Clover Films claims dozen deals
    New Singapore distributor pounds acquisition trail
  38. Indomina adds Clash
    US firm's acquisition spree continues
  39. Indomina hot for Body
    US rights acquired for martial arts action film
  40. Bee flees Huayi hive
    Int'l sales head handled key titles
  41. Indomina burns with Fire
    Thriller heads to US market
  42. Griff the Invisible is spotted by Indomina
    Australian film premiered in Toronto
  43. Deals update
    Asian films find way to North American theatres
  44. Toronto adds Asian dozen
    Further top titles added to World Cinema section

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).


Sign up with your email address for our free weekly newsletter: