Bob and Harvey Weinstein are bringing the East to the West, with the help of some friends, including filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.
The Weinstein Company announced that they are launching the label Dragon Dynasty, under which their Asian titles will be released. Among the new titles are "Ong Bak 2" and "The Protector" -- two films featuring breakout Thai kickboxer star Tony Jaa -- "Born to Fight," "SPL," "Seven Swords," and "Dragon Squad."
"Kill Bill" director Tarantino will be an active participant for all aspects of brand development for the label. The filmmaker has worked with the Weinsteins in the past when they were with Miramax and helped distribute "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown" and "Kill Bill." He followed them to TWC and will release the horror double header "Grind House" with Robert Rodriguez for the company.
Dragon Dynasty will shape up to be the leader in Asian cinema in North America once it licenses 43 titles from Fortune Star Entertainment (the largest contemporary Chinese-language feature film library) along with a special collection of 50 classic Shaw Brothers' flicks and other special independent acquisitions such as John Woo's celebrated films like "The Killer" and "A Better Tomorrow."
"Bob and I are extremely passionate about Asian Cinema and have always been enormous fans of Asian filmmakers from Akira Kurosawa to John Woo," says Harvey Weinstein. "We started building a library of Asian titles years ago and hope to continue adding to it for years to come. Bob and I are proud to launch Dragon Dynasty and hope to continue bringing Asian cinema the recognition it deserves. Alan Bergman and the Disney team have been incredibly cooperative with the collection of Shaw Brothers' movies."
The library already includes numerous films starring Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Stephen Chow, Michelle Yeoh and Sammo Hung.
"I hope this new label brings more fans to our films, so that we have an even bigger audience in the future," says the rotund Hung. "I'm very happy to see "SPL," "Dragon Squad" and some of my older films released by Dragon Dynasty. I'm a heavy hitter myself, and it's good to see TWC throwing its weight behind our industry."
Brian White will be Dragon Dynasty's Director of Asian Brand Management and Post-production.
Upcoming films to be released by TWC and Dimension Films include the J-horror remake of "Pulse" starring "Veronica Mars" actress Kristen Bell in July, the film adaptation of the best-selling Tecmo videogame "DOA: Dead or Alive," "School for Scoundrels," "Grind House" and "Superhero!"Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun