New York Asian Film Festival Honors Well Go USA With Showcase

A week-long showcase will screen five of the Texas-based Asian specialty distributor's latest acquisitions, including cult Hong Kong director Johnnie To's "Drug War."

HONG KONG – Well Go USA’s long-running efforts in distributing Asian films to the U.S. will be put into focus later this month with a showcase of the company’s latest acquisitions at the New York Asian Film Festival.

Celebrating its tenth year in existence, Doris Pfardrescher’s Texas-based company will be highlighted at the festival with screenings of the martial arts drama Ip Man: The Final Fight, Johnnie To’s policier Drug War, the 1920s Shanghai mobster movie The Last Tycoon, the heist thriller An Inaccurate Memoir and Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou’s second directorial effort, The Rooftop.

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Explaining why Well Go has been singled out for commemoration, the festival’s official program guide praises the company for releasing movies quickly, “rather than sitting on them for months or even years," it said. "They make them available uncut, in their original language, with good subtitles, and solid transfers” – all of which is in contrast to the complaints U.S. fans of Asian cinema frequently level at bigger mainstream distributors of Asian fare stateside.

Ip Man: The Final Fight is among a handful of Asian films Well Go acquired U.S. distribution rights for at Cannes, alongside the Jet Li-starring action comedy Badges of Fury, the martial arts movie The Wrath of Vajra, the Donnie Yen 3-D actioner Iceman, Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti’s Directors’ Fortnight entry On the Job, and the Jessica Biel-featuring thriller Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes.

Drug War will screen at the Philadelphia Film Society on June 13 and then unspool at the Los Angeles Film Festival before making its bow in New York.