By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood June 24, 2013 at 2:53PM
Well Go USA and Variance Films have partnered to distribute Johnnie To's China-set crime thriller "Drug War" in North America this summer. On July 26, the film will screen at the IFC Center in New York before a platform expansion beginning August 2 in LA and August 9 in additional US markets as well as in Canada.
Set in the seedy underworld of drug production and distribution in which police are pitted against a coveted ringleader, "Drug War" has received critical acclaim since premiering at the Rome International Film Festival in November 2012.
Variance Films and distributor Well Go USA collaborated previously on "Ip Man 2" and "Let the Bullets Fly," among other Asian action titles. Johnnie To -- an admirer and a reinventor of genre -- has directed dozens of films including 2013 Cannes entry "Blind Detective" -- met with mixed reviews -- as well as "Triad Election" (2006) and "Exiled" (2006).