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PLF client's Hong Kong romcom secures North American distribution

Updated: May 1, 2023


PLF entertainment attorneys provide production legal services

PLF's entertainment attorneys negotiated the distribution deal on behalf of the producers, including Byron Mann who currently stars in The Night Agent. PLF also served as production counsel for the film, shot in China at the height of the pandemic, pre-vaccinations.



Set in Hong Kong’s high-octane, ultra-rich fast-lane, The Modelizer follows Shawn Koo (Mann), son of a Chinese tycoon family, and his partner-in-clubbing Narin “Bucky” Sakpiporn (K-pop star Nichkhun), who enjoy a lavish lifestyle of parties, privilege, and international model girlfriends. After a string of short-term relationships, Shawn gets a wake-up call, realizing that all the money in the world is not enough to buy the love of a woman. As he begins falling for the charming yet defiant Camila (Rayssa Bratillieri), a Brazilian model unaccustomed to his lifestyle, Shawn must change his tactics and clean up his act if he intends to win her heart.


Also starring Dominika Kachlik, Han Hrzic, Celinde Schoenmaker, Julia Nickson and the late Kenneth Tsang, The Modelizer is produced by Waxman, Mann and Jacob Silver, with executive producers Dene Anderberg, Aaron Shershow and Andrew Ooi. Damon Criswell (I, Tonya), Brian Jackson Harris and Michael Wickstrom penned the score, with featured songs written and performed by Hong Kong rapper Dough-Boy and Tokyo-based Japanese American singer Emi Meyer.


“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Vertical to bring this romantic comedy to theaters and homes across the US and Canada,” Mann said in a statement to Deadline. “To be able to bring together an incredible cast from Brazil, Korea, Poland, Croatia, London, and the US to tell this unusual story about international models in my hometown of Hong Kong, it’s beyond my wildest dreams. This film is a miracle. I can’t wait for the world to see it.


[Read more at Deadline].

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