Weinstein eyes Viet 'Rebel' for home vid

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BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Weinstein Co. appears set to buy U.S. home video rights to "The Rebel," a Vietnamese film by director Charlie Nguyen that packed the house this week at the Bangkok International Film Festival, sources said Thursday.

The Weinstein Co. and producers Chanh Phuong Phim and Cinema Pictures have been in talks about the title -- "Dong mau anh hung" in Vietnamese -- since before the American Film Market last November, sources close to the negotiations said.

The resolution of minor details are all that remain before the Weinstein Co. can carry "Rebel" on its Dragon Dynasty label in the U.S. and six other English-speaking territories, they said.

Theatrical distribution rights to the $3 million "Rebel" are still being negotiated, said the sources at the Bangkok Film Market, which ended its three-day run Wednesday.

The cast of "Rebel" walked the red carpet opening night at the festival, where it was one of 18 titles competing for the best regional film award to be presented Saturday.

The audience erupted in applause after its international premiere screening at the festival.

The film stars actress Ngo Thanh Van, well known in Southeast Asia as a model and singer, and Johnny Nguyen, best known in Thailand for his role as a villain in the Tony Jaa action film, "Tom Yum Goong" (released in the U.S. as "The Protector").

Dustin Nguyen, best known for 1980s U.S. TV series "21 Jump Street," portrays the films' bad guy.

Janine Stein in Singapore and Saul Symonds in Hong Kong contributed to this report.
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