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After TIFF Debut, Hong Kong/New York Actioner 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' to Go to DirectTV before A24 Release (TRAILER)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2014 at 3:18PM

Talk about mean streets. A24 and DirecTV are partnering to release English-language Hong Kong/New York action film "Revenge of the Green Dragons," a true story directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who won an Academy Award for "The Departed," a remake of Lau’s "Infernal Affairs."
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'Revenge of the Green Dragons'
'Revenge of the Green Dragons'

Talk about mean streets. A24 and DirecTV are partnering to release English-language Hong Kong/New York action film "Revenge of the Green Dragons," a true story directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who won an Academy Award for "The Departed," a remake of Lau’s "Infernal Affairs."

Immediately following "Revenge of the Green Dragon"'s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, DirecTV will have an exclusive 30-day window beginning September 11, followed by A24's theatrical release in October. This is A24's third film released in partnership with DirecTV, following Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeff Baena's directorial debut "Life After Beth," which opens Friday after showing at Sundance and Sundance Next in LA.


The movie is based on Frederick Dannen's New Yorker chronicle of the 80s and 90s Asian-American gang world in New York City. Two poor immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) survive in Chinatown by joining gang "The Green Dragons," rising up the ranks, drawing the attention of NYC cops. After Sonny and Steven fight over the same girl, Sonny seeks revenge on his gang. 

Lau & Loo co-directed the film from a script by Loo and Michael DiJiacomo. The film also stars Harry Shum, Jr., Shuya Chang and Ray Liotta. Financed by IMGlobal’s genre label Octane, the film was produced by Stuart Ford of IM Global alongside Lau and Allen Bain, Jesse Scolaro, and Ara Katz. Scorsese served as Executive Producer along with Steve Squillante, Deepak Nayar, Michael Bassick, and Art Spigel.

This article is related to: Martin Scorsese, Festivals, Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival, Trailers, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.