The Estonian heavy metal kung fu comedy is written and directed by Rainer Sarnet (November) and got its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. Kino Lorber is lining up a theatrical, digital, and home video release in 2024.
The Invisible Fight is a satirical take on the martial arts film, paying tribute to the genre’s Chinese wuxia roots through a Northern European story. In the movie, a guard on the Soviet-Chinese border survives a deadly attack but then decides to become a monk and must continually prove along the way that he’s capable of becoming the enlightened man he set out to be.
The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Tine Klint of LevelK.
The Invisible Fight is a Homeless Bob production, in co-production with White Picture, Neda Film, and Helsinki-Filmi. The film is produced by Katrin Kissa, executive-produced by Rain Rannu, Hiroko Oda, Mami Akari, and Yohann Comte, and co-produced by Alise Ģelze, Amanda Livanou, and Helen Vinogradov.
Estonian writer-director Sarnet previously made black-and-white folk horror November in 2017.
“Delightfully inventive and riotously funny, The Invisible Fight makes it clear that the joy of kung fu cinema is celebrated worldwide, even as far as Estonia. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this wildly entertaining take on the genre to American audiences,” said Wendy Lidell, SVP of Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions for Kino Lorber.