EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has partnered with film finance executive Gregory Chou to launch Caspian Media Capital, a new film fund that will finance and produce two to four indie films per year with budgets up to $20M. The venture will also seek out co-financing opportunities with studio partners for certain projects. The new partners hope to exploit a niche in the marketplace as studios continue to generate polarizing slates of low-cost genre and big-ticket tentpoles. There is a mid-range of films in between and makers of those films will find funding from Caspian Media Capital. Well Go USA is putting up the funds for the new venture.
Well Go USA And Gregory Chou Launch Caspian Media Capital To Fund Indie Pix
Well Go USA President Doris Pfardrescher named among Home Media Magazine's "Women In Home Entertainment 2012"
by HM Editorial Staff
• DORIS PFARDRESCHER, President and Head of acquisitions, Well Go USA Inc.
Since joining the company in 1994, Pfardrescher has used her expertise for international film to make Well Go known as the top importer of Asian film to North America. Popular titles include the “Ip Man” franchise, Legend of the Fist, The Man From Nowhereand War of the Arrows. With a spirit of partnership among studios, directors, producers and distributors, Pfardrescher has a reputation of being a valued resource in North American theatrical and home media.
Examiner.com: Well Go USA "has their best year ever"
November 8, 2012
by Jenny Sherman
Plano, Tx film distributor Well Go USA is having their best year ever. Wait, there's a film distributor in Plano? Yes, and a highly respected one at that.
Well Go USA is primarily known for their US distribution of Asian films such as "My Way", "IP Man", "Shaolin", and "Karate-Robo Zaborgar", but they are currently expanding their market to include films from all over the world including "The Courier" starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke.View slideshow:Well Go USA
Well Go USA has also been one of the sponsors of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, which is one of the top Asian Film Festivals in the entire country. The festival is held in every year in July at the Magnolia Theater in Uptown Dallas.
This year, however, Well Go USA has acquired the distribution rights to several key films that will only increase their visibility in the market.
For example, Well Go has recently released "The Thieves" in the US, the highest grossing Korean film to date. Originally released in Korea in July, "The Thieves" broke box office records for first day ticket sales, and has already grossed $82 million dollars in Korea alone. They also snatched up the rights to "Tai Chi Zero" which has been their biggest US theatrical release to date at over 30 theaters. "Doomsday Book" will be getting a home media release on December 11 and has become a festival favorite, winning the prestigious Cheval Noir at Fantasia Fest, one of the biggest genre festivals in the world. "Let the Bullets Fly" broke Chinese box office records earlier this year, and remains #4 on the list of highest box office grossing films of all time in China.
And that's another one of the beauties of Well Go. Their relationship with Asian distributors has been cultivated for twenty years, and because of this, foreign films can be released in America only a few short months after their release date overseas. Fans of Asian cinema had to wait years in the past for their favorite titles to get a proper US release. With Well Go, Asian film gets to fans at a much more rapid pace.
The meticulously maintained relationship between Asian distributors and Well Go USA can be attributed to the dedication by Well Go's President and head of acquisitions Doris Pfardrescher. Doris joined the Well Go family in 1994 and her perseverance and dedication to the industry has paid off immensely; the fruits of her labor is enjoyed by audiences across the country. She has done the legwork and created a presence among Asian distributors that is unprecedented. Many US distributors seek out well performing Asian film, but thanks to Doris, Well Go is "nearly alone in this pursuit."
Doris's love for cinema has taken Well Go from Asian film to film from around the world. In 2012, the company has doubled the number of titles from the previous year, and are expanding their warehouse room to store many more titles to come.
Doris was also recently nominated by her peers for Home Media Magazine's annual Women In Entertainment special, a high honor in her industry.
The pride that Well Go USA takes in its library is admirable as well. They have even earned the phrase "The Well Go Treatment" from film critics, due to the extra content in their DVD and blu-ray releases, the care in their cover art, and the treatment of their fans.
The Well Go USA family IS still family. Started by Annie Walker - still the CEO - and her son Dennis and daughter Doris started the company twenty years ago, and while the company continues to grow, the family mindset still remains.
Fans of Asian cinema are grateful to Well Go - and to Doris - for their years of dedication and service to make sure that US fans have access to current content. Congratulations on your well deserved Home Media Magazine nomination, Doris. North Texas thanks you.
WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: DVD Disc Defect Notice
We have learned that some of the DVDs for the International DVD version of WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE (4.5-hour full version) have a playback error on Disk 2 that may cause the disc to stop. This error is only found on Disk 2 of the DVD International version, UPC #81249101325O, Item # WGU01325D. No other versions of SEEDIQ BALE have playback defects
We have corrected the problem and are re-shipping updated versions to all retail and online outlets. As this issue is being corrected at the store level, we would like to ensure that your copy of the DVD has the corrected disk. If you would prefer to send your disk to us for direct replacement, please mail it to the address below. We will replace your Disk 2 with the corrected version and return it to you free of charge.
Well Go USA Entertainment
ATTN: RAINBOW Disk Replacement Program
1601 E. Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas 75074
Our sincerest apologies for this inconvenience. Our goal is to provide an outstanding experience to every viewer, at home and in theatres. We appreciate your purchase, and hope you enjoy WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE.
The Front Line: VILLAGE VOICE- January 17, 2012- Review By Ernest Hardy.The Front Line
Directed by Jang Hun
Well Go USA
Opens January 20
There’s a jolting moment in one of The Front Line’s early battle scenes in which a soldier rises from behind a barricade to throw a grenade, and has his hand shot off by the opposition. Director Jang Hun doesn’t linger on this shock of violence, however. In fact, it takes place in such a frenzy of action that if you blink you might miss it. Such quick, unexpected flashes engross the viewer in this Korean War tale even as the script is filled with conventional war movie tropes and types. Hun, working from a screenplay by Park Sang-hyeon, focuses on the little told (at least on film) story of the brutal and bloody end of the war. When Kang (Shin Ha-kyun), a South Korean lieutenant, is sent to the frontlines to investigate the possibility that soldiers are colluding with the North, he discovers an old friend he thought had died as a POW years before, as well as a relationship between North and South soldiers that is surprisingly layered, complex and humane. But he’s also pulled onto the battlefield where his naïve notions of honor and fair-play put himself and others in danger. Tightly directed and well acted (even though many characters are cut-outs from every war movie you’ve ever seen), The Front Line shoehorns little known history into a familiar format, and it works.