Indomina nabs rights to slew of films

New distributor buys 'Griff,' 'True Legend,' 'Fire of Conscience'

Indomina Releasing is on a bit of a shopping spree.

The new distributor has acquired North American theatrical and home entertainment rights to "Griff the Invisible" and "True Legend," as well as U.S. rights to "Fire of Conscience." "Griff" was picked up in the wake of its world premiere in Toronto, while "Legend" and "Conscience" were acquisitions at the Austin-based Fantastic Fest.

Leon Ford's "Griff," which stars Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood") and Maeve Dermody ("Beautiful Kate"), is about a working stiff moonlighting as a superhero who meets a woman who shares his passion for the impossible.

Nicole O'Donohue produced the film, while Jan Chapman and Scott Meek are executive producers. Screen Australia, Screen NSW and FSM financed the project. The deal was negotiated by Indomina vp acquisitions Rob Williams and Fortissimo senior vp Winnie Lau on behalf of the filmmakers.

"True Legend" stars Vincent Zhao ("Dragon Gets Angry"), Zhou Xun ("Painted Skin"), Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and the late David Carradine ("Kill Bill") in the epic tale of Su Can, Master of the Drunken Fist, and his vengeful path from martial arts teacher to beggar to ultimate warrior.

Directed by martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping ("The Matrix," "Kill Bill"), the film was produced by Edko Films LTD., Universal Pictures International and Shanghai Film Studio. Bill Kong, Cary Cheng, Wang Tianyun and Xu Jianhai produced.

"[Yuen's] creativity and precision elevated action and martial arts films to new heights," Indomina's Jasbinder Singh Mann said. "His work headlines the top fight sequences of all time."

The deal was negotiated by Indomina's Williams and producer Bill Kong of Edko Films LTD. on behalf of the filmmakers.

"Conscience" stars Leon Lai ("Bodyguards and Assassins") and Richie Ren ("Exiled") as policemen from different divisions who are forced together to solve a brutal murder, prove the innocence of one cop's partner and uncover Hong Kong police corruption.

Dante Lam wrote and directed the film, which Lam and Candy Lueng produced. Indomina's Williams negotiated the deal with Media Asia Films assistant general manager Fred Tsui, the copyright owner of the film.

"We are very much impressed by the enthusiasm and expertise of Indomina," Tsui said. "We are convinced that this young company will reinvigorate and breathe new life to the distribution of Asian films in North America."

A division of the Indomina Group, Indomina Releasing was launched in 2008 by artist-executive Jasbinder Singh Mann. It is based in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic.
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