Fortissimo Films has boardedTian Zhuangzhuang's highly-anticipated The Go Master, taking international rights outside China.

Fortissimo co-chairmenMichael Werner and Wouter Barendrecht are executive producers on the $6mCannes-tipped epic, which is currently in post-production in Beijing.

The Go Master stars Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Sylvia Chang (Eat Drink Man Woman) and Xin Baiqing (Springtime In A Small Town) and tells the story of Chinese-born Go player WuQingyuan, whose story spans turbulent Sino-Japanese relations across the 20thcentury.

Shot in China and Japan bycinematographer Wang Yu, it features costumes by Oscar-winner Emi Wada.

The Go Master was backed by international investors includingChina's Century Hero, director Tian Zhuangzhuang himself and Taiwan's YeomanEnterprises; the deal was negotiated in Beijing between Tian Zhuangzhuang andFortissimo's Michael Werner.

"The Go Master is very close to my heart," said Tian, whopreviously directed Springtime In A Small Town and The Blue Kite. "Michael and Wouter are passionate about Chinesecinema and my work and I am very pleased to entrust them with my film."

Added Werner: "TianZhuangzhuang is one of the true masters of contemporary Chinese cinema,maintaining his integrity and a strong sense of storytelling across hisfilms. In The Go Master, heuses the strategy of this ancient game as a backdrop to understanding thededication and determination of one person for something he loves to the end."