Well Go USA has acquired the rights to “Railroad Tigers,” a movie starring newly-minted Academy Award winner Jackie Chan.
From director Ding Sheng, the film will be distributed in major English-language territories including North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The film is tentatively scheduled to open in December for a day-and-date release.
“Railroad Tigers” is set in 1941, with Chan starring as railroad worker Ma Yuan, who leads a team of fearless fighters to stop the Japanese war effort.
The film stars Huang Zitao (“Edge of Innocence”), Wang Kai (“Nirvana in Fire”) and Darren Wang (“Our Times”).
“Jackie Chan continues to be a mainstay with audiences, and ‘Railroad Tigers’ delivers what his fans love,” said Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go USA Entertainment. “The film is an action-packed martial arts comedy that brings Chan back to his Drunken Master days.”
On Thursday, Chan was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2016 Governors Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He will will receive an Honorary Oscar.
“After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career,” read the AMPAS press release. “He starred in — and sometimes wrote, directed and produced — more than 30 martial arts features in his native Hong Kong, charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma. Since “Rumble in the Bronx” in 1996, he has gone on to enormous worldwide success with the ‘Rush Hour’ movies, ‘Shanghai Noon,’ ‘Shanghai Knights,’ ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ ‘The Karate Kid’ and the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ series of animated films.”
The deal was negotiated between Pfardrescher for Well Go USA Entertainment and Clarence Tang at Golden Network Asia Limited on behalf of the film.