HBO Asia is teaming with China Movie Channel (CMC) on a series of Chinese-language martial arts movies, starting with two films executive produced by Corey Yuen.

Scheduled to premiere at the end of 2016, the first two films – Master Of The Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master Of The Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying – will screen concurrently on CMC and HBO’s channels across 23 Asian territories.

The two films, set at the end of the Qing dynasty, are currently shooting at the Hengdian production base in China, with action choreographer Guo Jian Yong directing.

Award-winning Singaporean screenwriter Koh Teng Liang is among a team of writers from China on the second film.

“Apart from being HBO Asia’s very first Chinese language production and approach to the genre, this also marks the network’s first collaboration with talents from China, Hong Kong and Singapore,” said HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink.

State-owned CMC, which operates flagship channel CCTV6, is an active investor in local film and TV productions, including Slave Mother and The Taking of Tiger Mountain.

HBO Asia is also producing a second series of fantasy drama Halfworlds, which Thai filmmaker Ekachai Uekrongtham is currently shooting in Thailand.