The summer boxoffice period has been disappointing for Hong Kong productions. Although localfilms were starting to claw back market share earlier in the year, they've lostout whenever they've squared off against Hollywood's tentpole summer releases.But Hong Kong producers remain bullish in the long-term and several big-budgetprojects - aimed at the pan-regional market but with the potential to travelmuch further - are currently in production.
The most expensiveof these is The Myth, produced by andstarring Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, which is currently shooting in Chinaand India. Directed by Stanley Tong, the action adventure about atime-travelling archaeologist has a budget of around US$15m and also stars HongKong's Tony Leung Ka-fai, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat and Korean actressKim Hee-sun. It's the fourth production from Chan and Albert Yeung's JCE Moviesand arguably the most ambitious to date.
In the same budgetrange is Tsui Hark's next directing project, US$12m wuxia action title
Although thehistorical themes and top-notch pan-Asian casts are no doubt inspired by thesuccess of Zhang Yimou's Hero and
On a smaller scale,but also with strong international potential, some interesting horror films arecurrently emerging from Hong Kong. These include Fruit Chan's
Meanwhile,world-renowned horror-meisters the Pang Brothers have started shooting the nextinstalment in The Eye series -
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