September 25, 2006


Exiled Johnnie To's EXILED got great reviews at its festival screenings but the fun doesn't stop there. Hot on the heels of acquiring Bong Joon-Ho's THE HOST, Magnolia has picked up the North American rights to EXILED. No news about a release date, yet, but it's hard not to be excited.

Magnolia has had a tough time with some of its Asian releases in the past but here's hoping that a one-two punch of EXILED and THE HOST in 2007 will make them so much money they have to throw it all into a big room and swim around in it like Scrooge McDuck.

EXILED has a pretty barebones (but good looking and free of annoying Flash) website up over here featuring lots of pretty, sepia-toned stills.

The Hong Kong release date for EXILED, which stars Francis Ng (among others), has been set for October 19, when it will go up against another Francis Ng movie: WO HU. A Wong Jing project, WO HU looks like one more installment in the recent spate of triad/cop movies from Wong Jing, although with Eric Tsang and Shawn Yue in the cast it can't be all bad. You can watch a trailer of WO HU and marvel at how it looks exactly like the love child of INFERNAL AFFAIRS and ELECTION.

And as a final tidbit, Simon Yam has been talking to the Hong Kong Mainland Chinese press and saying that there will be two sequels to Johnnie To's PTU and that he's involved with them.

(Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader for all the news. And thanks to Little Sam for posting the WO HU trailer)

September 25, 2006 at 02:45 PM in News | Permalink


woohoo just can't get enough! but what's with richie ren bio ("jen" they claim) pimping a simon "fashion god" yam picture?

Posted by: ed | Sep 25, 2006 2:57:15 PM

I think THE HOST will be a box office hit in the United States, but EXILED will be a boc office flop in here.

Because most Asian films' fans / movie geeks will have already seen EXILED on Hong Kong DVD when EXILED comes to the United States theaters.

Posted by: no name | Sep 25, 2006 4:32:02 PM

I heard that THE HOST's stance against current USA politics were not favorable (I haven't seen the film though so this is second hand information) so this may affect the film's box office in USA.

Posted by: elizabennet | Sep 26, 2006 12:51:28 AM

Wo Hu trailer in direct DL and without pixels > http://www.cinemasie.com/fr/depeches.html#1283

Posted by: ****** | Sep 26, 2006 3:17:22 AM

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