Australia's Arclight Films has picked up international rights to another two Asian productions Kenneth Bi's Hainan Chicken Rice and Stephen Fung's Enter The Phoenix (working title) both of which are backed by Jackie Chan's new company JCE Movies.
Hainan Chicken Rice, a co-production between Hong Kong's Kenbiroli Films and Singapore's Ground Glass Images, is a dramatic comedy about a single mother who fears her youngest son is gay. Sylvia Chang and TV chef Martin Yan head the cast.
The film, which is scheduled to start shooting November 11 in Singapore, is the first 35mm feature from Bi who previously directed DV film A Small Miracle. It's backed by JCE and private equity and is the first project to be supported by the Singapore Film Commission's Co-production Investment Programme.
Enter The Phoenix, which starts shooting in Hong Kong and Thailand at the end of this month, is a gangster-related action comedy in which Fung will also star alongside Eason Chan, Daniel Wu and Karen Mok.
Fung an actor whose credits include Gen-X Cops and The Avenging Fist previously directed short film My Beloved, part of the three-segment theatrical film Heroes In Love.
Arclight's growing slate of Asian movies also includes Han Entertainment's Silver Hawk, starring Michelle Yeoh, and JCE's first production, New Police Story (working title), starring Jackie Chan and directed by Benny Chan, which is currently shooting in Hong Kong.
The company previously handled action comedy The Twins Effect which sold to most major territories.
JCE is a joint venture between Jackie Chan and local tycoon Albert Yeung. The company operates separately from Yeung's Emperor Multimedia Group, which has recent credits including The Twins Effect and Jackie Chan vehicle The Medallion. However EMG is expected to handle Asian distribution and marketing of JCE films on a fee basis.