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Blind Detective, Switch make Media Asia bow

Hong Kong’s Media Asia is introducing two high-profile projects at Filmart – Johnnie To’s crime drama Blind Detective and Jay Sun’s action drama Switch.

Starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, Blind Detective tells the story of a former detective, forced to leave service after turning blind, who tries to make a living solving cold cases for the police. It marks the first pairing of Lau and Cheng since Yesterday Once More in 2004. The duo previously starred together in To’s 2000 hit romantic comedy Needing You.

Media Asia has worldwide rights to Blind Detective, which is scheduled to start shooting in the next few weeks.

Switch, formerly known as Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains, is a $20m action adventure which is currently in post-production after shooting in several international locations including Dubai. Andy Lau, Zhang Jingchu and Lin Chi-ling head the cast.

The story revolves around the famous Chinese landscape painting “Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains” by Huang Gongwang, which was split in two 300 years ago and exhibited separately in China and Taiwan. The film imagines that the painting is finally going to be put back together again, and follows gangs of thieves as they scramble to steal it.

Media Asia has South-East Asia rights to the film, with China Film Group holding rights in the rest of the world.

Media Asia is also selling Pang Ho Cheung’s HKIFF opening film Love In The Buff, To’s Romancing In Thin Air, starring Cheng and Louis Koo, and Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s Lacuna, produced by Pang.

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