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Right Stuf's 5 Points Pictures Licenses Finding Mr. Destiny, Penny Pinchers, Punch & Others 
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On March 14, Right Stuf, Inc. announced the establishment of 5 Points Pictures - a live-action label "with a focus on the distribution of eclectic...programming". The same announcement also revealed 5 Points Pictures has a distribution deal going with CJ Entertainment, one of the biggest Korean media company's out there.

So what does that mean for English-subbed Asian media fans? It means more Asian movies, and apparently, some really recent ones, too!

5 Points' first set of license announcements includes Finding Mr. Destiny (Gong Yoo ♥), Penny Pinchers (Song Joong-ki ♥), Punch (Yoo Ah-in ♥), Bleak Night, Moss, Tazza: The High Rollers and The Suicide Forecast (Ryoo Seung-bum ♥). Punch isn't even out on Korean R3 DVD yet!

I'm totally psyched that a few lighter K-movies (Finding Mr. Destiny, Penny Pinchers, Punch) are actually getting released here in the U.S. Outside of K-dramas, we don't really see too many Korean romances or coming-of-age stories getting licensed in the states.

More cool news: the company's already asking for requests on its twitter (@5PointsPictures)!

You can bet I have a list a mile long that I'm going to send its way. What about you guys?

From the PR:
Announces Film Distribution Agreement With CJ ENTERTAINMENT

GRIMES, Iowa, March 14, 2012 – Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to introduce 5 Points Pictures, a new division with a focus on the distribution of eclectic live-action programming.

In conjunction with the new label’s creation, Right Stuf, Inc. and 5 Points Pictures have entered into an agreement with CJ Entertainment to handle the home video releases for several recent and popular Korean films, starting in Summer 2012. The initial roster of CJ Entertainment titles includes:

Bleak Night (2011)
Finding Mr. Destiny (2010)
Moss (2010)
Penny Pinchers (2011)
Punch (2011)
The Suicide Forecast (2011)
Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)

5 Points Pictures releases will feature upgraded English translations for each feature film, as well as translated video extras from the original South Korean home-video releases.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to bring English-speaking fans the chance to experience content that has not traditionally been available to them,” said Right Stuf President and CEO Shawne Kleckner.

Joon Choi, CEO of CJ Entertainment America, stated, “CJ Entertainment has been well known among fans of Asian cinema as the go-to source for the best Korean movies, which are some of the most entertaining in the world. We’re very happy to be working with Right Stuf and its new 5 Points Pictures to get more of our latest films into the hands of our fans.”

Visit www.5pointspictures.com for more information about 5 Points Pictures, to sign up for its newsletter and press release lists, or to inquire about retail opportunities.

5 Points Pictures is the live-action film distribution arm of Right Stuf, Inc., a firm with 25 years of experience in marketing Asian entertainment to English-speaking audiences, via online retailer RightStuf.com and anime specialty label Nozomi Entertainment. 5 Points Pictures is dedicated to acquiring, introducing and distributing an eclectic array of live-action programming to North American audiences who demand both quality presentation and premier content. For more information, visit www.5pointspictures.com.

CJ Entertainment is Korea’s No. 1 filmmaker and distributor and part of Asia’s premier entertainment company CJ E&M (Entertainment & Media), a total content provider encompassing film production and distribution, broadcast networks and original programs, music distribution and concerts, and interactive game publishing and portals. Since 1995, CJ Entertainment has built Korea’s largest and most significant film library of over 270 titles and is the cornerstone of the Korean entertainment industry. For more information about CJ Entertainment, visit www.cjent.co.kr/eng/.

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March, 16th 2012, 07:05 am (UTC)
Squeee! I love Finding Mr. Destiny. I hope it's a good quality company~
March, 16th 2012, 12:40 pm (UTC)
The releases the parent company's anime branch has done have been really solid, so I'm guessing these will be, too.
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