Hong Kong and Beijing-basedproduction house Lotus Entertainment has acquired the Chinese-languageadaptation rights to 1980s Japanese blockbuster Kamata Koshin Kyoku (TheFall Guy).

Based on the successfulJapanese play by Tsuka Kohei, who also wrote the screenplay, the originalJapanese film was produced by Haruki Kadokawa for Shochiku in 1982 and went onto gross more than $25m.

The $5m Chinese adaptationwill be produced by Thomas Leong for Lotus, with Leong's long-time Koreanpartner Jonathan Kim acting as executive producer.

Lotus is in talks withseveral Japanese distributors and co-producers and hopes to announce itsJapanese partner for the film during this week's Filmart convention in Hong Kong.