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As Filmart got underway Monday in Hong Kong, Crimson Entertainment acquired the rights to Chinese streaming-video giant iQiyi’s sci-fi action film Kung Fu Traveler for a North American release.
Crimson, in association with Hannover House, is planning to bow the film stateside this summer.
Directed by Xian Feng, Kung Fu Traveler stars Asian martial arts master Tiger Chen (Man of Taichi, Matrix) in a story about an alien takeover of Earth. Chen’s character, a Chinese military general, is sent back in time to try to devise a way to defeat the alien invaders.
“Tiger Chen is an incredible martial artist and actor, and we’re very excited to bring his next project to viewers and audiences in North America.” said Jonathan Lim of Crimson Forest Entertainment. “This is not your typical martial arts film.”
Kung Fu Traveler was released in China in February exclusively on iQiyi and China Movie Channel, where it generated more than 20 million views in its first week.
“Kung Fu Traveler has very strong commercial prospects in North America, due to spectacular production values and stunning visual effects,” said Hannover House CEO Eric Parkinson.
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