Mandarin Films has sold North American distribution rights for kung fu movies IP MAN and IP MAN 2 to Well Go USA. In a written statement, a spokesman for Well Go USA confirmed the news to Kung Fu Cinema.
IP MAN and its sequel IP MAN 2 both star Donnie Yen as Wing Chun Master Yip Man, best known as Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor. In both films, Yip comes into conflict with foreigners and rival martial artists while gradually becoming the first master of Wing Chun to openly teach the martial art.
IP MAN was originally released in 2008 while the sequel is scheduled to premiere in Asia on April 29, 2010. IP MAN 2 will feature a highly anticipated screen re-match between Yen and co-star Sammo Hung. Their last screen battle was in the 2005 hit crime actioner SPL (aka KILL ZONE). All three films have been directed by Wilson Yip.
This acquisition is a substantial step forward for Well Go USA, a well-established North American distributor that first emerged as an Asian action importer with the acquisition and release of a selection of Shaw Brothers martial arts classics beginning in 2008. They have since broadened their scope to include Japanese action films such as GEISHA ASSASSIN, HARD REVENGE MILLY and NEGATIVE HAPPY CHAINSAW EDGE.Related Topics:
Ip Man (2008) • Ip Man 2 (2010) • Well Go USA