Just in case you missed this… Between the ceaseless advances of Wi-Fi and the internet and the coronavirus pandemic that has left the world’s collective daily life essentially in state of suspended animation, streaming platforms are being more heavily utilized than ever.
Sinophiles and martial arts aficionados alike have found one such service tailor-made for them in the form of Well Go USA’s Hi-YAH!, which streams all the best in Asian action cinema, though up until now, not as its own independent streaming app. However, that has now officially changed with the launch of Hi-YAH! as an app available for both connected TV’s as well as for mobile devices!
Well Go USA’s official press release offers fans of Asian cinema a look into what the new Hi-YAH! app offers:
“PLANO, Texas (May 8, 2020) – Hi-YAH! (hiyahtv.com), the premier platform for streaming martial arts and Asian action movies in the U.S., today announced its official launch on mobile devices and connected TVs. As part of the launch, new users will be eligible for a 30-day free trial, after which a monthly subscription fee of only $3.99 will apply. Hi-YAH!—available through app stores for devices including iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire TV—offers both exclusive and non-exclusive content that will be refreshed monthly.
Hi-YAH! currently provides subscribers with more than 500 hours of high-quality, commercial-free viewing of films featuring all-time favorite kung fu masters including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa, along with hits from acclaimed directors Johnnie To, Yuen Woo-Ping, Wilson Yip, Tsui Hark and more. As of today, subscribers can take advantage of Hi-YAH!’s exclusive streaming release of Takashi Miike’s 2019 twisty, hyper-violent yakuza romp FIRST LOVE, added as part of the “Miike Madness” collection featuring many of the classic and fan-favorite films from the iconic director.
“With the launch of the app, Hi-YAH! now allows action and martial arts fans unparalleled access to stream our content on any device,” said Jason Pfardrescher, EVP, Digital Distribution at Well Go USA Entertainment. “The app offers an exceptional entertainment experience and makes our extensive library of movies, TV series and exclusive content much more accessible to consumers.”
Subscribers can watch classic martial arts hits such as RISE OF THE LEGEND, FLASH POINT, and THE ASSASSIN as well as Asian action favorites like TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE MAN FROM NOWHERE, and DRUG WAR—all while anticipating the forthcoming additions of Donnie Yen as the Grandmaster in the complete IP MAN franchise and THE VILLAINESS, which inspired the unforgettable motorcycle fight scene in John Wick: Chapter 3. ”
Judging from Well Go’s press release, with the ratio of a $3.99 subscription fee against a boatload of action-packed content from all across Asia, audiences will get plenty of bang for their buck by subscribing to Hi-YAH! The additional carrot of Takashi Miike’s “First Love” is also quite the draw, with the outlandish bonanza that anything bearing Miike’s touch inevitably delivers (see “Yakuza Apocalypse” or “Blade of the Immortal” is you doubt that). In any case, with the vast library of martial arts cinema Hi-YAH! is home to, it’s a streaming service that action fans will definitely want to subscribe to ASAP – and one certainly can’t help but hope that Yuji Shimomura and Tak Sakaguchi’s upcoming “Crazy Samurai Musashi” finds a streaming home on Hi-YAH! when the time comes…stay tuned!