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November 06, 2006

WONG JING A SUCCESS IN AMERICA

WONG JING aka NAKED WEAPONThe direct-to-video market is often where foreign films go in America, presumably to die. But while reading a story about the DTV market in the US a sharp-eyed reader sent in the following quote about Joe Amodei, president of Hart Sharp Video, a DTV company:

"Among his biggest successes are 2005's CODEBREAKERS, an ESPN drama about the U.S. Military Academy's 1950s cheating scandal, and 2002's NAKED WEAPON, an Asian action film he purchased for less than $200,000 after seeing it at AFM two years ago. "It's still one of my top sellers," Amodei says, noting that the film already has brought in more than $1 million in combined DVD, electronic and TV sales."

I don't know what I find more incredible: that NAKED WEAPON pulled in over a million bucks or that someone paid $200,000 for it.

November 6, 2006 at 09:20 AM in News | Permalink

Comments

$200,000 for NAKED WEAPON is a steal. You've got very good production values, hot women, violent martial arts action, all filmed in English. This title fits late-night Cinemax-style cable TV slots perfectly. I'm quite surprised this guy didn't get outbid for those rights by a larger company such as Lionsgate or Miramax/Dimension, and now with Maggie Q's fame on the rise in America, more NAKED WEAPON sales are a foregone conclusion. Well played, Joe. Well played. There's always a market for films with sex, violence, and lurid titles. It's an entertaining (if completely ridiculous) film, which doesn't hurt either.

Posted by: Rhythm-X | Nov 6, 2006 10:53:43 AM

ahhhhh,
if only i had that foresight...

Posted by: Buma | Nov 6, 2006 12:34:07 PM

That's totally true, cuz I just saw Naked Weapon on cable last night, and it was just perfect for late night viewing. The hot women in prison thing, kung fu, and lots of gunfire. Wong Jing is King!

Posted by: razz | Nov 6, 2006 8:32:10 PM

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