WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT CAPTURES NORTH AMERICAN
RIGHTS TO HOU HSIAO- HSIEN’S “THE ASSASSIN”
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MARTIAL ARTS EPIC TO SCREEN IN
COMPETITION AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
(May 11th, 2015 - New York, NY) Well Go USA Entertainment announced today
that it is acquiring all North American rights to master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-
Hsien’s martial arts epic THE ASSAS,SIN starring Shu Qi (MILLENIUM
MAMBO) and Cheng Chan (THREE TIMES). The film was produced by
Stephen Shin, Wen-Ying Huang, Chen Yiqi and Stephen Lam. It was shot by
Hou’s longtime collaborator Mark Lee Ping-Bin. In the works for nearly a decade,
the film will premiere among the most-anticipated titles in competition, according
to John Powers' "10 Must-See Movies At This Year's [Cannes Film] Festival"
April 16th article in Vogue magazine.
The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO of Well Go
USA Entertainment, with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.
THE ASSASSIN is set in 9th-century China. Nie Yinniang, the 10-year-old
daughter of a decorated general, is abducted by a nun who trains her in the martial
arts. She is transformed into an exceptional assassin, charged with eliminating
cruel and corrupt government officials. After a failed mission, she returns to the
land of her birth with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be: a cousin who
now commands the largest military force in North China. After 13 years of exile,
the young woman must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed
feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice
the man she loves, or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.
"We have a proud history of supporting films from Taiwan, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien
is a legend," said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO of Well Go USA.
"It's like someone made a wish list, and we got everything we could have hoped
for: Iconic director, stellar cast, and this exciting, moving story - we're very excited
to bring this to North America.”
ABOUT WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT
Well Go USA Entertainment (www.wellgousa.com) is a theatrical and home
entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing top content, including
the best in Action, Genre and Independent films from the US and around the
world, to North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. As a leader in
independent film distribution, Well Go's titles can be seen across a variety of
platforms, including theatrical, digital, subscription and cable VOD, packaged
media and broadcast television. Well Go currently releases three to five films per
month. Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas,
with offices in Taiwan and China.