Hong Kong's Golden Network has had a busy time fielding sales started at the recent Bangkok Film Market, launching new Thai martial arts pictures and presenting a new Chinese project in Berlin's Co-Production market.
New Select has bought Japanese rights to Takien, a supernatural rural tale directed by Chalerm Wongpin, which it showed in Bangkok. The film was also sold as a package with new action title Maha-Ut and 2002 action flick Goodman Town, to Germany's EMS.
The Unborn, a 3D horror title in post-production, was pre-sold to Sharada for Italy and to CinePro for Germany.
Golden Network chief Carrie Wong is unveiling Born To Fight, a remake of one of the Thailand's best known action titles from 20 years ago, and stuffed with the kind of Muay Thai boxing that made the recent Ong-Bak, Muay Thai Warrior such a hit. 'This will be bigger than Ong-Bak,' said Wong, who handled that film in Asia. 'We will have footage to show at the AFM later this month with delivery by June.'
Also to be unveiled at next week's Los Angeles market will be Bodyguard, an action comedy directed by Ong Bak star Mum Jok Mok.
Wong is now trying to put together the finance for Waiting For Nike, the film directed by '', the highly successful novelist and screenwriter behind Johnny To's Fulltime Killer and Columbia TriStar Film Production Asia's recent Family Secret. Approximately half the Euros 1m budget has been brought to the table from Chinese sources by Hong Kong production house Tomson Films.
Pang's first film Men Suddenly In Black was an action-packed, low-brow comedy that became a surprise hit in Hong Kong. Nike is artier and harder to finance locally. 'This is set in China, completely in a rural setting and does not have stars. That makes it one for international finance, rather than from Hong Kong,' said Wong.