According to Film Business Asia and other sources, Indomina Releasing, a newish US distribution company with a taste for Asian films, has acquired North American rights to Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Phantom Flame (狄仁杰之通天帝國).
The deal was struck with co-producer and sales agent Huayi Brothers Pictures (華誼兄弟影業投資有限公司), which fielded several bids. Eventually the deal was done with Indomina, the highest bidder, for a sum close to US$500,000.
Directed by Tsui Hark (徐克) and starring Andy Lau (劉德華), Li Bingbing (李冰冰) and Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), the film was the runaway winner at the Chinese box office over the lucrative October National Day holiday period.
Official figures show it scoring RMB290 million ($43 million) to 31 Oct, 2010, though other sources suggest that problematic reporting by some exhibition circuits could put the figure significantly higher in the final tally.
Indomina has recently acquired rights to Vietnamese thriller Clash (Bẫy rồng), Chinese titles Bodyguards And Assassins (十月圍城), Fire of Conscience (火龍), True Legend (蘇乞兒) and Australian films Griff The Invisible and Wasted on the Young.
The deal on True Legend was negotiated by Indomina Releasing’s Vice President of Acquisitions, Rob Williams, with producer, Bill Kong of Edko Films LTD. on behalf of the filmmakers.
“We are pleased to be forging a new partnership with Indomina Releasing, a team that is truly passionate about film,” Bill Kong stated. “TRUE LEGEND not only features breathtaking action by the master Yuen Woo Ping but also tells a moving love story and we are excited that Indomina will be sharing this unique film with audiences.”
Launched in 2008 by award-winning artist/executive Jasbinder Singh Mann and Vicini (a leading asset manager based in the Dominican Republic with investments in energy, finance, tourism and real estate within the Caribbean and Central American region), The Indomina Group is an integrated media company that collaborates with content creators to bring innovative entertainment properties to market. Indomina’s global operations include production and distribution of; motion pictures, television, music, interactive games and ownership of world-class studio facilities and production services. The Indomina Group is based in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic.