Well Go Nabs Jackie Chan's 'Railroad Tigers' for North America

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the rights to Jackie Chan-starrer Railroad Tigers for distribution in major English-language territories including North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Directed by Ding Sheng, the action comedy is set in 1941, with Chan (who, it was announced Thursday, will receive an honorary Oscar) starring as railroad worker Ma Yuan, who leads a team of fearless fighters to derail the Japanese war effort. Using his deep knowledge of the train network, Ma Yuan ambushes Japanese soldiers and steals supplies to feed the starving Chinese, who call the unlikely heroes the "Railroad Tigers." The film also stars Huang Zitao (Edge of Innocence), Wang Kai (Nirvana In Fire) and Darren Wang (Our Times).

Well Go plans to open the film in December to coincide with its release in China.

"Jackie Chan continues to be a mainstay with audiences, and Railroad Tigers delivers what his fans love," Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go, said in a statement. "The film is an action-packed martial arts comedy that brings Chan back to his Drunken Master days."

The deal was negotiated between Pfardrescher for Well Go USA Entertainment and Clarence Tang at Golden Network Asia Limited on behalf of the film.

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