Following on the successful launch of Focus First Cuts in 2005, Andy Lau's Hong Kong-based production company Focus Films is gearing up for a new Focus Fight series and is in production on a new gangster drama, Brothers, to star Lau.

Focus Fight aims to produce a new wave of action dramas, from Chinese kung fu, Thai kick-boxing and other types of martial arts. Young directors, scriptwriters and actors in and outside Hong Kong are invited to take part in the series, as are martial arts experts who have the potential to be consultants. The application deadline is Sept 30.

'Up to four projects will be selected. We plan to start production on at least one project by this year,' says distribution manager Yvonne Law, who joined the company from Golden Harvest in March.

Like Focus First Cuts, the new series will be shot on HD. It is part of the company's continuing efforts to provide a platform for young filmmakers.

Brothers is Focus' first project to go into production this year. Directed by Derek Chiu, the $3m picture looks at the rivalry between two brothers through the eyes of an investigating police officer played by Lau.

The brothers are played by Michael Miu and singer-turned-actor Eason Chan who was last seen in Hooked on You. Co-stars include Wong Yat Wah and Tong Chun Yip who along with Miu and Lau were four of the top five TV actors in 1980s Hong Kong.

Shooting is underway until end of August. A release on Oct 18 is scheduled.

Meanwhile, the company has picked up the Asian rights (except China) to romantic thriller Anna & Anna which features Karena Lam in two roles. Directed by Hong Kong's Aubrey Lam and shot in both Shanghai and Singapore, the film is scheduled for a regional release around October.