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Hong Kong’s ‘Everything Under Control’ set for North American release

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Multi-territory distributor, Trinity CineAsia has acquired the UK and North American rights to the Hong Kong comedy film “Everything Under Control”.

The film will be released in the US and UK on January 21, with a commercial outing in Hong Kong on the eve of the Chinese New Year holiday. A theatrical release in Canada will be on February 3.

The film is a remake of the 2021 Taiwanese movie “Treat or Trick”, directed by Hsu Fu-Hsiang. That film itself was a remake of the 2004 Korean horror comedy “To Catch a Virgin Ghost.”

Emperor Motion Pictures director Ying Chi Wen’s story involves two security guards who travel to a village to retrieve some stolen jewelry and encounter rowdy villagers and a ghost.

The film stars an A-list cast from Hong Kong, Hins Cheung and Ivana Wong (“Table for Six”), known for their on-stage chemistry and unique sense of humor; Jeffrey Ngai, Joey Hung, Wong Ching Yi (Ah Jeng), who represent a new generation of fun; and more established names such as Michael Ning and Yau Chung Wai.

Hong Kong films enjoyed a surprising and strong resurgence in the second half of 2022 after a period early last year that included Chinese New Year and Easter when cinemas were forced to close by government order. “This year, audiences can resume the traditional practice of enjoying comedy at the cinema with their friends and family,” said Trinity.

Cedric Behrel, Director, Trinity CineAsia said, “After our release ‘Mama’s Affair’ last summer, we are delighted to once again collaborate with Emperor Motion Pictures. ‘Everything under control’ [is] A film is bound to bring back the festive spirit during Chinese New Year and lift everyone’s spirits [for] audiences, both in the UK and North America, marking our third foray there from 2022.”

Trinity CineAsia is also releasing Edco Films Ltd’s heartwarming family drama “Hong Kong Family” which was another recent hit in Hong Kong. It opens Friday in North America, on 10 screens, with Canada following on February 17. The film stars veteran actress Sylvia Chang, who recently described it as making her “think about how we must learn to forgive the miseducation we received from our parents.”

“Hong Kong Family” tells the story of a family that is torn apart after a restless dinner during a turbulent winter. Eight years later, a cousin living abroad returns to Hong Kong hoping to end a long-standing feud at another traditional festival gathering.

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