Malaysia’s Sonneratia Capital and Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures are financing Ho Yuhang’s action film Mrs K, which has recently started production.

Produced by Lina Tan of Red Films and Lorna Tee of Paperheart, the film stars Kara Wai Ying Hung, Simon Yam, Taiwanese rock star Wu Bai and Malaysian award-winning actor Faizal Hussein.

The story follows a woman who gives everything she has to protect her husband and daughter when she is hunted by enemies who reappear from her past.

The cast also features newcomer Siow Li Xuan and supporting roles from veteran action actor Lau Wing, Malaysian director Dain Said and Hong Kong filmmakers Fruit Chan and Kirk Wong Chi Keung.

Ho developed the film after working with Kara Wai in his award-winning drama At The End Of Daybreak, for which she won seven best actress awards. EMP is handling international sales on the film, which is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016.

“We are excited to be in business with Lina and the talented team at Red Films on Mrs K. This is the first film in a slate of films that we will be co-financing with them over the next few years,” said Sonneratia Capital group managing director Mike Lake.

EMP CEO Albert Lee said: “Yuhang is a talented director who has already made some exciting films.  We are confident that he will be breaking more new grounds with this new project.”

Sonneratia Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s Rhizophpora Ventures, was established to co-finance slates of films with Malaysian production companies. It is also backing slates from Dain Said and Nandita Solomon’s Apparat and Adrian Teh’s Asia Tropical Films.