Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Entertainment plans to return to production next month following a nine-month hiatus with a romantic comedy, My Lucky Year, to star Tony Leung Chiu Wai and hot up-and-coming actress Miriam Yeung.
Vincent Kok is attached to direct the film which is scheduled to start shooting at the beginning of November. It will be released during the lucrative Chinese New Year holiday period which in 2003 falls at the beginning of February.
Leung, one of Hong Kong's biggest stars, will next be seen in Media Asia's cop drama Infernal Affairs, alongside Andy Lau, and Zhang Yimou's Hero. Both films are set for release in Hong Kong in December. Yeung has starred in a string of medium-sized local hits including Frugal Game and Love Undercover.
Golden Harvest, until recently one of Hong Kong's most prolific studios, has not produced a movie since Marry A Rich Man which was released during Chinese New Year this February. The company reported interim losses of $3.1m (HK$23.96m) in March, and in May closed its record label and a corporate communications agency as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Ironically, Marry A Rich Man (pictured), which was also directed by Kok, remains Hong Kong's highest-grossing local release this year with a take of $2.7m.