The $8m martial arts actioner is set to open in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia on July 19. In mainland China, local distributor Polybona is planning one of the biggest releases ever for a film from a Hong Kong director on around 500 prints.
Innoform will release the film in Singapore while Grand Brilliance has Malaysian rights. Universe has also sold the film to Thailand, Indonesia, India, Turkey and Brazil, but has been holding back on major European territories until after its pan-Asian release.
The Hong Kong-China co-production follows three police officers, played by Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan, all driven by different motives, who join forces to bring down a ruthless gang of thieves. Beijing-born martial arts champion Wu Jing plays the head of the gang in a role that gives him ample opportunity to display the brutal edge of his wushu talents.
Chan has become a steady supplier of big-ticket action dramas and comedies, including Rob-B-Hood and New Police Story, both starring Jackie Chan, and Divergence with Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng.