Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the Jackie Chan-starring action comedy Railroad Tigers from director Ding Sheng (Little Big Soldier) for distribution in major English-language territories including North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The film is tentatively scheduled to open in December to coincide with its release in China. Railroad Tigers refer to local Chinese heroes of the 1940s.
The announcement comes on the heels of Chan being named as one of this year’s honorees for the Governors Awards, an honorary Oscar given to those who have demonstrated an extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences.
The acquisition also comes after Well Go USA and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment signed a multi-year home entertainment distribution agreement in which UPHE will exclusively manage U.S. sales and distribution of Blu-ray and DVD products to mass retail, spanning Well Go’s entire portfolio of films. The relationship began with the release of Ip Man 3 starring Donnie Yen.
Railroad Tigers is said to be in the vein of other of Chan’s works, including Project A and Drunken Master II. Set in 1941, it stars Chan as a railroad worker who leads a team of fearless fighters to derail the Japanese war effort. Using his knowledge of the train network, he ambushes Japanese soldiers and steals supplies to feed the starving Chinese. The local Chinese call the unlikely heroes the Railroad Tigers.
The film also stars three popular personalities from China and Taiwan: Huang Zitao (Edge of Innocence), Wang Kai (Nirvana In Fire) and Darren Wang (Our Times).
The deal was negotiated between Doris Pfardrescher for Well Go USA Entertainment and Clarence Tang at Golden Network Asia Limited on behalf of the film.