ConnectedDir: Benny Chan
Warner China Film and Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures are teaming up on this Chinese-language remake of New Line's kidnap thriller Cellular. Benny Chan is directing the $4.5m film with Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu and Liu Ye heading the cast.
Contact: Emperor Motion Pictures, (852) 2835 6688
An Empress And The Warriors Dir: Tony Siu-tung Ching
Directed by acclaimed action choreographer Tony Ching, this $15m martial-arts fantasy features a top Asian cast including Donnie Yen, Leon Lai and Kelly Chen. Scheduled for release in March, it concerns a siege on an ancient kingdom.
Contact: Golden Network Asia, (852) 2751 1886
Missing Dir: Tsui Hark
This $8m romantic thriller was partly filmed at ancient underwater ruins off the coast of Japan, along with Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan. In post-production, the film stars Lee Sin-je, Isabella Leong, Chang Chen and rising Chinese star Guo Xiao Dong.
Contact: Mandarin Films Distribution, (852) 2579 1718
The Nobles Dir: Feng Xiaogang
In his return to contemporary satirical comedy, Feng takes on China's nouveau riche. The story follows a rich man who attempts to learn about culture from an artist, only to discover he is a fraud. The cast includes Ge You, Jiang Wen and Shu Qi. Beijing-based Huayi Brothers is producing the film, which is in pre-production.
Contact: Huayi Brothers Pictures, (86) 10 6457 9338
Painted Skin Dir: Gordon Chan
A remake of the 1965 Hong Kong film of the same title, which tells the story of a scholar's affair with a woman who turns out to be a bloodthirsty demon. The cast includes Donnie Yen, Zhou Xun and Chen Kun. In post-production, the film is produced by several Chinese partners with Hong Kong-based Salon Films and Singapore's Raintree Pictures.
Contact: Salon Films, (852) 2969 8383
Plastic City Dir: Yu Lik-wai
Set in Brazil, Plastic City follows a Japanese Brazilian as he struggles between his Asian gangster family and his childhood friends. The cast includes Huang Yi, Joe Odagiri and Chen Zhaorong. Beijing-based Xstream Films and Brazil's Gullane Films are co-producing the film, now in pre-production.
Contact: Xstream Pictures, (86) 10 8235 0984
The Silver Medalist Dir: Ning Hao
Ning Hao's highly anticipated follow-up to sleeper hit Crazy Stone tells the story of a bicycle racer's encounters with gangsters and thieves. Scheduled for release in May, the film is co-produced by China Film Group and Warner China Film HG Corporation.
Contact: Warner China Film HG, (86) 10 8204 1631
Sniper Dir: Dante Lam
A new style of police action thriller from the director of Heat Team and M, the story follows a police sniper who vows to take revenge after he is unjustly imprisoned. Richie Jen, Edison Chen and Huang Xiaoming head the cast. Local release is scheduled for May.
Contact: Media Asia Distribution, (852) 2314 4288
The Storm Riders II Dirs: Pang brothers
Fresh from directing Nicolas Cage in a remake of their crime thriller Bangkok Dangerous, the Pang brothers are preparing a sequel to Andrew Lau's 1998 martial arts fantasy The Storm Riders. Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng will reprise their roles in the $12m film, which starts shooting in March for delivery next year.
Contact: Universe Films Distribution, (852) 2437 2605.