Projects by veteran Japanese film-maker Suzuki Seijin and Leon Dai (pictured), the Taiwanese director, among those selected for the 8th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) 2010.

Suzuki, known for the 2005 work Princess Raccoon starring Zhang Ziyi and Joe Odagiri, will present a project A Sense of Honey at the three-day event; while Dai, director of of the award-winning No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti, will present contemporary drama I Love You So Much.

Other filmmakers include Ho Yuhang, who is touted as the most talented new director in Malaysia, and Indian director Deven Benegal, who recently made award-winning Road, Movie. Ho will present a drama titled Women and Children First while Benegal will present Samurai, a US-India co-production with Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) producing.

Renowned film-makers including Fruit Chan, Teddy Chen and Pang Ho-cheung are also presenting projects but as producers rather than directors.

This year’s edition includes more pan-region co-productions than previous years, including Korean film-maker Lee Yoon-ki’s Dear Comrade, which is a Korea-Japan-Vietnam co-production;  Thai film-maker Ekachai Uekrongtham’s Chang & Eng will be jointly produced by Thai, US and Singapore companies; Chinese director Sheng Zhimin’s Cosplay, which is a China-France co-production, and Taiwanese film-maker Wang Tung’s drama The Straits, a China-Taiwan co-production.

Jacob Wong, director of HAF, said that many of this year’s projects are expected to go into production as more than a third have already secured more than half of their funding. He added that it demonstrates the “unlimited market potential of Asian films”.

HAF runs March 22 – 24 during Filmart will runs March 22 -25, The Hong Kong International Film Festival will take place March 21 – April 6.


The Arrival (Singapore)
Director/producer :  Tan Pin-pin
Production Company:  BFG Media

Betok (Malaysia)
Director : Sherman ONG
Producer: Tan Bee-thiam
Production Company: 13 Little Pictures                    

The Blood of Wolves (Japan)
Director : Sakaguchi Tak
Producer: Shiomaki Yuko, Kunizane Mizue
Production Company: Pictures Dept. LLP 

Chang & Eng (Thailand /Singapore/USA)
Director/producer : Ekachai Uekrongtham
Production Company: Spicy Apple Films

Cosplay (China/France)
Director: Sheng Zhimin 
Producer: Olivier Mille, Fruit Chan
Production Company: Artlinefilms

Dear Comrade (working title) (Japan/South Korea/Vietnam)
Director: Lee Yoon-ki 
Producer: Toyoyama Yuki, Sean Shin
Production Company: Esprit Inc.       

The Enchanter (Hong Kong/China/Macao)
Director: Kwok Tsz-kin
Producer: Teddy Chen
Production Company: Sum-Wood Productions Limited

Exit to Exist (South Korea)
Director: Jeon Yun-su
Producer: Peter Chu
Production Company: Jupiter Film, Sidus FNH        

Housekeeping (Lebanon) 
Director :  Mazen Khaled                    
Producer:  Paul Lee
Production Company: ii Films

I Love You So Much (Taiwan) 
Director : Leon Dai 
Producer :  Liu Wei-Jan 
Production Company: Atom Cinema

The Immense Floating Life (working title) (Vietnam)
Director:   Binh Nguyen Phan Quang
Producer:   Hanh Ngo Thi Bich
Production Company: Vietnam Studio & Feature Film No.1

12. Light of Darkness (working title) (China)
Director: Zhao Ye 
Producer: Helen Cui 
Production Company: Tianlin Film Productions        

Mama Eva (Hong Kong/China/Switzerland)
Director: Kit Hung
Producer:  LAM Yat-fung, Kit Hung
Production Company: Keep In Touch Company

Mythteries (Japan)
Director: Tezka Macoto
Producer: Hirasawa Sho
Production Company: PaxEterna Limited

Nanjing East Road (Taiwan/Singapore) 
Director: Arvin Chen
Producer: Lee In-Ah
Production Company: Greenskyfilms

Past Love (Thailand/USA)
Director: Lee Chatametikool
Producer:   Anocha Suwichakornpong
Production Company: Electric Eel Films, Houdini Studio

Private Party of the Dead (Hong Kong)
Director: Chui Tien-you
Producer: Pang Ho-cheung
Production Company: Making Film Productions Limited

Samurai (India/USA)
Director: Dev Benegal
Producer: DevBenegal, Ross Katz
Production Company: August Entertainment

A Sense of Honey (Japan) 
Director: Suzuki Seijun 
Producer: Kito Yukie, Kanda Yuji, Hirata Mikihiko
Production Company: Arcimboldo Inc.

The Straits (China/Taiwan)
Director: Wang Tung
Producer: Terence Chang, David Tang
Production Company: Renaissance Films

Teenage Wildlife (China)
Director: Li Jingyi
Producer: Jia Zhangke 
Production Company: Xstream Pictures

Twins (Philippines) 
Director: Sherad Anthony Snachez
Producer: Ronald Arguelles
Production Company: Salida Productions

Women And Children First (Malaysia/Japan)
Director: Ho Yuhang 
Producer: Ono Kousuke, Sugino Kiki
Production Company: Wa Entertainment Inc.

Written In Red (Hong Kong)
Director: Koan Hui
Producer: Fukazawa Hiroshi
Production Company: Ghostsoup

Youth (Israel) 
Director: Tom Shoval
Producer: Gal Greenspan
Production Company: GREEN productions