Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment launched the division, which will operate alongside Fox International Productions (FIP) and release prestige international films on DVD, VoD and digital download.

Titles include South Korean action tale The Yellow Sea (pictured), set to screen in Cannes in Un Certain Regard, as well as Chinese martial arts thriller The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman, which premiered in Toronto last year.

The initial roster features India’s Dum Maaro Dum and Italy’s Vallanzasca: Angel Of Evil, which screened in Venice and London.

“Filmmakers around the world are creating provocative and entertaining films, many of which are rarely seen outside their native countries,” Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment evp of marketing Mary Daily said.

“With Fox World Cinema, we are committed to introducing these films to passionate audiences in America that are eager to embrace a range of cultures and experiences.”

Sanford Panitch, president of Fox International Productions, added: “Fox has always championed films that transcend language and social differences. In recent years, American audiences have embraced successful foreign films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The universal themes represented with Fox World Cinema will be appreciated by film lovers everywhere.”