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Jan 29, 2015 | 18:31 PM EST

'Running Man' Starring Kim Jong Kook, Angelababy Will Premiere In North American Theaters

BY Adrienne Stanley

“Running Man” will premiere at select North American theaters on January 30. China Lion Film acquired the rights to distribute the film from Wanda Media Group. The Chinese film adaptation of “Running Man” stars Kim Jong Kook, a veteran of the Korean variety show, along with a star-studded cast of Asian celebrities.

Hong Kong’s Angelababy is the lone female in the ensemble cast, serving as the film's version of Song Ji Hyo in the Korean variety show. The cast also includes Wang Baoqiang, Li Chen, Chen He, and Zheng Kai.

The "Running Man" movie will follow the structure of the beloved variety show. The film will focus on the celebrities as they compete in various challenges while highlighting their comedic timing.

Some of the contests may be visually stimulating but one drawback of the "Running Man" film may be the frenetic sprinting of the contestants which distinguishes the program from other variety shows. 

The Chinese version of “Running Man” has become a hit show in mainland China, following the success of other adaptations of Korean programs including "Dad, Where Are We Going?" and “I am a Singer.” 

“Running Man” will premier on January 30 in select North American cities including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Dallas.

China Lion Film will also serve as the North American distributor for the upcoming film, “Somewhere Only We Know.” “Somewhere Only We Know” stars former EXO member Kris Wu and Wang Likun. “Somewhere Only We Know” will premier in select North American theaters on February 13.

Showtimes and ticketing informaton can be found on the website for China Lion Film

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