HONG KONG - August 19


(I-Animation Ltd) Co-prods: Yuk LongMultimedia, Mandarin Films. Budget: US$2.3m. Backers: Yuk Long Multimedia,Mandarin Films, I-Animation. Int'l sales: Mandarin Films Distribution.Animation. Animated feature film (2D and 3D) based on the action-packed comicbook Magic Weapons. Exec prods: Tony Wong, Raymond Wong, Man Kung. Prod: TonyWong. Dir: Tony Ching Siu-tung. Scr: Tony Wong. In production in Hong Kong andChina from October 2004 until June 2005. Release date: Summer 2005.
Contact: Virginia Leung, Mandarin Films Distribution (852) 2579 1718

JOYFUL JOURNEY (working title)
(China Star Entertainment) Backers: China Star Entertainment. Int'l sales:China Star Entertainment. Comedy. Ronald has lived in the Himalayas since hewas young and has grown up to become a clean-living yoga master who will soonmarry an Indian beauty. But things change when an absent-minded tourist guideaccidentally leads him onto her bus. Dir: Wai Ka-fai. Cast: Ronald Cheng, LauChing Wan, Cecilia Cheung. Release date: December 2004.
Contact: Ann Hung, China Star Entertainment (852) 2313 1888

(Film Unlimited Production) Budget:US$2.8m. Backers: Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe FilmsDistribution. Romantic drama. A female bar tender never gets drunk even thoughshe has to drink endlessly in her work. No-one can imagine that such "talent"can finally help her find her Mr. Right and bring her a beautiful life. Execprod: Daneil Lam. Prod: Henry Fong. Dir: Derek Yee. Cast: Miriam Yeung, DanielWu. Shooting in Hong Kong from September 2004.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Bliss Distribution, LunchtimeProduction) Budget: US$4m. Backers: Bliss Distribution. Int'l sales: GoldenNetwork Asia. Animation. This summer, while other children enjoy skiing in NewZealand, learn Putonghua in Beijing or study English at Cambridge, McDull isthe only one who has to attend "Traditional Wudang Tai Chi Class for Children".Life in Wudang is slow and boring, but McDull has to practice his kung-fu. Execprods: Alice Mak, Brian Tse. Dir: TBC. Scr: Brian Tse. In pre-production inHong Kong.
Contact: Carrie Wong, Golden Network Asia (852) 2751 1886

(Magic Head Film Production)Co-prods: Universe Entertainment (Hong Kong), Matching Motion Distribution Co(Thailand). Budget: US$5m. Backers: Universe Entertainment, Magic Head FilmProduction, Matching Motion Picture Co. Int'l sales: Universe FilmsDistribution. Horror. After drafting the first chapter of her new novel,Ghost's Land, successful author Chu Xun stops writing and even deletes the filewhich contains the draft from her computer. Later she begins to see things,including a woman who appears repeatedly, which cannot be explained. Execprods: Daneil Lam, Sangar Chatchairungrung. Prods: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang.Dirs: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang. Scr: Oxide Pang, Pak Sing Pang, Sum Lung. Cast:Lee Sin-je. Shooting in Thailand from November 2004.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Film Workshop Co Ltd) Co-prods:Beijing Ciwen Digital Oriental Film & TV Production Co (China), BoramEntertainment (Korea), City Glory Pictures (Hong Kong). Budget: US$12m. Int'lsales: Mandarin Films Distribution. Action/wuxia. Based on the martial artsnovel by Liang Yusheng, Seven Swords Of Mount Tian. A group of swordsmenattempt to rescue Ming Dynasty rebels who are being killed off by Qing forces.Exec prods: Hong Bong-chul, Pan Zhiz-hong, Raymong Wong. Prods: Lee Joo-ick, MaZhong-jun, Zhang Yong. Dir: Tsui Hark. Action director: Lau Kar-leung. Scr:Tsui Hark, Cheung Chi-sing, Chun Tin-nam. DoP: Keung Kwok-man (HKSC). Ed: AngieLam. Prod des: Eddie Wong. Costume consultant: Shirley Chan Ku-fang. Hairconsultant: Kim Robinson. Cast: Leon Lai, Charlie Young. Shooting fromSeptember until December 2004 in Xinjiang, China. Release date: July 2005.
Contact: Virginia Leung, Mandarin Films Distribution (852) 2579 1718


(Films Station Production Ltd)Budget: US$5m. Backers: Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe FilmsDistribution. Action drama. The mysteries surrounding an ill-fated policeman, asuccessful lawyer and a killer could help solve a series of murders that appearto be without motive. Exec prod: Daneil Lam. Prod: Benny Chan. Dir: Benny Chan.Scr: Ivy Ho. DoP: Pun Yiu Ming. Prod des: William Chang Suk-ping. Cast: EkinCheng, Aaron Kwok, Daniel Wu, Lee Sin-je, Ning Jing, Gallen Lo. Shooting inHong Kong from July 2004. Release date: January 2005 (tentative).
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

THE MYTH (working title)
(JCE Movies) Budget: HK$100m. Backers: JCE Movies. Action adventure. Dir:Stanley Tong. Cast: Jackie Chan, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Kim Hee-sun, MallikaSherawat. Shooting in Hong Kong, China and India from May 2004.
Contact: Willie Chan, Solon So, JCE Movies (852) 2794 9432

SEVEN ANGRY MEN (working title)
(Stage Empire Ltd) Action drama. Exec prod: Chan Tat-chee. Prod: Carl Chang.Dir: Wilson Yip Wai-shun. Scr: Szeto Kam-yuen, Ng Wai-lun. DoP: Lam Wah-chuen.Ed: Cheung Ka-fai. Prod des: Mak Kwok-keung. Cost des: Yu Ka-on. Hair/make-up:Fong Sio-i, Chan Sau-han. Music: Chan Kwong-wing. Cast: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung,Simon Yam, Wu Jing, Lau Kai-chi. Shooting from June to October 2004.
Contact: Carl Chang, Stage Empire Ltd (852) 9366 0006


(Panorama Entertainment, People's Productions) Budget: US$3m. Backers: PanoramaEntertainment. Int'l sales: Panorama Entertainment. Thriller. A young femalereporter attempts to uncover the mystery behind her boyfriend's death. Execprod: Allan Fung. Prods: Gordon Chan, Fruit Chan. Co-prod: Jimmy Law. Dir:Gordon Chan. Scr: Gordon Chan, Rico Chung Kai-cheong. DoP: Nelson Yu Lik-wai.Music: Lee Chi-Ngai. Cast: Lee Sin-je, Anthony Wong, Tony Leung Ka-fai, EdisonChen, Eric Kwok. Release date: September 9, 2004.
Contact: Gigi Ko, Panorama Entertainment (852) 2366 9633

(Magic Head Film Production Co Ltd) Budget: US$2m. Backers: UniverseEntertainment. Int'l sales: Universe Films Distribution. Thriller. Aphotography student becomes obsessed with the idea of taking pictures at themoment of death. She attracts the attention of a psychotic killer who finds herunusual behaviour interesting. Exec prod: Daneil Lam, Dou Shou Fang. Prods:Oxide Pang, Danny Pang. Dir: Oxide Pang. Scr: Oxide Pang, Pang Ching Hei. DoP:Decha Srimantra. Cast: Rosanne Wong, Race Wong (2R), Anson Leung. Release date:November 25, 2004 (tentative).
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Emperor Motion Picture Group)Budget: US$2m. Backers: Emperor Motion Picture Group. Int'l sales: EmperorMotion Picture Group. Comedy/fantasy. Moon is a 15-year-old girl suffering fromdyslexia. She regards herself as stupid and has low self-esteem. Since she hasproblems associating words with meanings, she does not do well at school. Oneday, she suddenly hears voices that no one else hears - conversations betweenbugs and plants! Since then her life has never been the same. Exec prod: AlbertYeung. Prod: Albert Lee. Dir: Lo Chi-leung. Cast: Isabella Leong, Chen Bo-lin,Gillian Chung, Boy'z. Release date: December 2004.
Contact: Raymond Liu, Emperor Motion Picture Group (852) 2969 7810

(Filmko Entertainment) Backers:Filmko Entertainment. Int'l sales: Filmko Films Distribution. Drama. Butterflyhad always thought that she is living the happiest life possible. But nothingis what it seems. It all begins on the day when she met Yip at the supermarket.Dir: Yan Yan Mak. Scr: Yan Yan Mak (based on the short story by Chen Xue). DoP:Charlie Lam. Ed: Eric Lau. Prod des: Second Chan. Cost des: Carmen Cheng. Cast:Josie Ho, Tian Yuan, Eric Kot.
Contact: Katherine Lee, Filmko Films Distribution (852) 2379 9999

(Far Sun Film Co) Backers: Far SunFilm Co. Int'l sales: Panorama Entertainment. Erotic drama. Set in a luxuriousapartment uninhabited for thirty years, Colour Blossoms is a tale of sensualand erotic love. It revolves around five characters - a gorgeous Hong Kongestate agent, an elegant Japanese lady of nobility, a morose photographer, aninfatuated policeman and a mysterious girl from Korea. Exec prod: Fruit Chan.Prod: Yonfan. Dir: Yonfan. Scr: Yonfan. DoP: Wang Yu. Ed: Fruit Chan, TinSan-fat, Kong Chi-leung, Lam Wah-Tsuen. Cast: Keiko Matsusaka, Teresa Cheung,Harisu. Release date: October 21, 2004.
Contact: Gigi Ko, Panorama Entertainment (852) 2366 9633

(Pinnacle Pictures Ltd) Budget:US$2m. Backers: Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe FilmsDistribution. Action drama. Tensions arise when Jack Chan, a spinelessconstable who regards his work as a job but not a career, is partnered with anenergetic and conscientious policewoman, Man Liu. When a serial killer emergesin Hong Kong, Man Liu swears to catch him. Jack is impressed by her bravery anddecides to secretly protect her. Exec prod: Daneil Lam. Prods: Derek Yee, HenryFong. Dir: James Yuen. Scr: James Yuen, Law Yiu Fai, Jessica Fong. DoP: KeungKwok Man (HKSC). Ed: Leung Kwok Wing (HKSE). Cost des: Law Wai Lin.Hair/make-up: Jeff Lee, Carman Man. Cast: Eason Chan, Francis Ng, Joey Yung,Raymong Wong. Release date: Early December 2004.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

DUMPLINGS (Hong Kong segment of Three Extremes)
(Applause Pictures) Backers: Applause Pictures. Int'l sales: Fortissimo FilmSales. Horror. Qing, an aging starlet, uses a lot of influence to getmysterious chef Mei to provide her with her renowned specialty dumplings. Qingis no gourmet but simply dying to restore her youth and beauty. At stake is apossible career as a housewife to a filthy rich guy and Mei's dumplings promiseto deliver the goods. Exec prod: Eric Tsang. Prod: Peter Ho-sun Chan. Ass prod:Patricia Cheng. Dir: Fruit Chan. Scr: Lilian Lee. DoP: Christopher Doyle(HKSC). Prod des: Yee Chung-man. Art dir: Pater Wong. Cost des: Dora Ng. Ed:Fruit Chan. Music: Chan Kwong-wing. Cast: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony LeungKa-fai. Release date: August 19, 2004 (Hong Kong).
Contact: Fortissimo Film Sales (852) 2311 8081

(Mandarin Films) Budget: HK$5.8m. Backers: Mandarin Films. Int'l sales:Mandarin Films Distribution. Black comedy. Raymond, a senior executive, getsfired in the morning and decides to cross the harbour to take up a new job - asimple task which traps him in the most unexpected chaos and hazards. Execprods: Raymond Wong, Peter Chan. Prod: Anita Wong. Dir: Simon Loui. Scr: SimonLoui, Kevin Lee, Chan Tai-li. DoP: Daniel Chan. Ed: Poon Hung. Art dir: NelsonCheung, Or Wai-kong. Music: Law Kin. Cast: Jordan Chan, Chapman To.
Contact: Virginia Leung, Mandarin Films Distribution (852) 2579 1718

(China Film Group) Co-prods: EmergingPictures (US). Backers: Chinachem (Hong Kong). Set in 1948, the story of twosisters - Fei and Ying - bound together by the will of their late father, alegendary fireworks maker, and their shared love for a charismatic ex-wrestler,Huang. Exec prod: Lisa Lu. Prods: Ira Deutchman, Ann Hu. Co-prod: Cheng Zheng.Dir: Ann Hu. Scr: Beth Schacter, Michael Eldridge. DoP: Scott Kevan. Cast: ZhouXun, Wang Zhi Wen, Vivian Wu, Lisa Lu.
Contact: Emerging Pictures (1) 212 245 6767

(Kenbiroli Films) Co-prod: GroundGlass Images (Singapore). Budget: US$1m. Backers: JCE Movies, Singapore FilmCommission. Int'l sales: Arclight Films. Dramatic comedy. A single mother, whoruns a Hainan chicken rice restaurant, arranges to take in a female French exchangestudent when she notices that her youngest son is not showing any interest ingirls. Prod: Rosa Li. Co-prods: Juan Foo, Duncan Jepson. Dir: Kenneth Bi. Scr:Kenneth Bi. Cast: Sylvia Chang, Martin Yan, Maggie Q.
Contact: Arclight Films (61) 2 9955 8825

(Singing Horse Productions)Co-prods: Beijing Film Studio, China Film Group Corporation. Budget: US$1.7m.Backers: Mei Ah Film Production. Int'l sales: Mei Ah Film Production. Comedy.Policeman Chi meets Mei Ling, a robot from the future, during a drug raid.Chi's supervisor wants to pocket the drugs from the raid and discovers that Chihas picked up the piece of paper with the address of where the drugs arehidden. The supervisor tries to frame and kill Chi but Mei Ling has been sentto protect him. Prods: Joe Ma, Ivy Kong. Dir: Joe Ma, Cheang Pou Soi. Cast:Ronald Cheng, Charlene Choi. Release date: August 19, 2004.
Contact: Sara Law, Mei Ah Entertainment (852) 2751 3353

(Basic Pictures Ltd) Budget: US$13m.Backers: Media Asia Films, Sil-Metropole Organization. Int'l sales: Media AsiaDistribution. Action drama. From a popular Japanese manga comes this liveaction blockbuster about a delivery boy who metamorphoses into a racingchampion. Exec prods: John Chong, Dou Shou Fang. Prod: Andrew Lau. Dirs: AndrewLau, Alan Mak. Scr: Felix Chong. DoP: Lai Yiu Fai (HKSC), Ng Man Ching (HKSC).Prod des: Silver Cheung. Music: Chan Kwong Wing. Cast: Jay Chou, Edison Chen,Anne Suzuki, Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong. Release date: Summer 2005.
Contact: Jeffrey Chan, Ricky Tse, Media Asia Distribution (852) 2314 4288

KUNG-FU HUSTLE (working title)
(The Star Overseas, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia) Co-prods: ChinaFilm Group's Fourth Production Company (China), Huayi Brothers & Taihe FilmInvestment Co (China). Dist: Huayi Brothers (China), Columbia TriStar (rest ofthe world). Action comedy. A hapless wannabe gangster, Sing, aspires to be amember of the notorious Axe Gang, a ruthless mob focused on gaining controlover the one area in their territory that's remained out of reach. Exec prods:David Hung, Bill Borden. Prods: Stephen Chow, Chui Po Chu, Jeff Lau. Ass prod:Rita Fung. Dir: Stephen Chow. Scr: Stephen Chow, Tsang Kan Cheong, Chan ManKeung. DoP: Poon Hang Sang. Ed: Angie Lam. Prod des: Oliver Wong. Cost des:Shirley Chan. Special effects: Centro Digital Pictures. Cast: Stephen Chow,Yuen Wah. Release date: December 23, 2004.
Contact: Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia (852) 2105 8888

(Magic Head Film Production) Budget:US$2.3m. Backers: Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe FilmsDistribution. Action drama. Twin brothers learn some harsh lessons about love and life afterexchanging their identities. Exec prod:Daneil Lam. Prods: The Pang Brothers. Dir: Danny Pang. Scr: Danny Pang, LungWah Sum, Pang Ching Hei. DoP: Vichen Reungvichayakul. Cast: Ekin Cheng,Charlene Choi, Dayo Wong, Kenny Bee, Jan Lamb. Release date: November 11, 2004(tentative).
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(JCE Movies) Budget: US$15m.Backers: JCE Movies. Int'l sales: Arclight Films. Action comedy. The Hong Kongpolice force's resident super cop unwittingly teams up with a police imposterto hunt down the ruthless Gang of Five. Exec prods: Jackie Chan, Albert Yeung,Willie Chan. Prods: Willie Chan, Solon So, Benny Chan, Barbie Tung. Dir: BennyChan. Stunt director: Jackie Chan. Stunt choreographers: Lee Chung-chi & JCStunt Team. DoP: Pun Yiu Ming. Prod des: Wong Ching Ching. Cast: Jackie Chan,Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu, Wang Chieh, Charlie Young. Release date: September 24,2004.
Contact: Arclight Films (61) 2 9955 8825

(China Star Entertainment) Backers:China Star Entertainment. Int'l sales: China Star Entertainment. Action. It's aserious problem when millions of dollars go missing from a top-rated investmentbank - especially as the money was being laundered and the triad kingpin thatit belongs to wants it back. Everyone involved is so busy pointing the fingerat everyone else that it comes as a huge surprise when the real mastermind isdiscovered. Prod: Tiffany Chen. Dir: Marco Mak. Cast: Raymond Wong, Ning Jing,Isabel Chan. Release date: Mid-September 2004.
Contact: Ann Hung, China Star Entertainment (852) 2313 1888

(Filmko Entertainment) Budget:US$2m. Backers: Filmko Entertainment. Int'l sales: Filmko Films Distribution.Comedy. Six losers make a suicide pact but are so disorganised they fail tokeep the appointment. Exec prod: Lawrence Cheng. Dir: Barbara Wong Chun-chun.Scr: Barbara Wong Chun-chun, Lawrence Cheng, Tang Kit Ming. DoP: Cheung Man Po.Ed: Maurice Li. Prod des: Raymond Kwok. Cost des: Lee Pik Kwan. Music: ChanKwong-wing, Ken Chan. Cast: Ekin Cheng, George Lam, Andy Hui, Hacken Lee, ShaunTam, Chapman To. Release date: September 2004.
Contact: Katherine Lee, Filmko Films Distribution (852) 2379 9999

(One Hundred Years Of Film, SingingHorse Productions) Backers: China Star Entertainment. Int'l sales: China StarEntertainment. Action. Hei-fung is a talented student singer who is in lovewith a prince. But suddenly her world of dreams is turned upside down when thepowers of a legendary female fighter are transferred to her. She has to facemany adventures and the danger of the blind swordsman. But is he really theenemy and can she save her prince from death' Prods: Joe Ma, Ivy Kong. Dir:Wilson Yip. Cast: Cecilia Cheung, Francis Ng, Andy On. Release date: November2004.
Contact: Ann Hung, China Star Entertainment (852) 2313 1888

(Media Asia Films) Co-prods: HuayiBrothers & Taihe Film Investment Co (China), China Film Group (China).Budget: US$5m. Backers: Media AsiaFilms, Focus Films, Huayi Brothers & Taihe Film Investment Co (China).Int'l sales: Media Asia Distribution. Action drama. A Bonnie-and-Clyde couplebecome the guardian angels of a country bumpkin when faced off with a gang ofcon artists on a train. Exec prods: John Chong, Wang Wei, Wang Zhongjun. Prods:Wang Zhonglei, Liu Zhenyun. Dir: Feng Xiaogang. Scr: Feng Xiaogang, LinLisheng, Wang Gang, Ah Lu. DoP: Zhang Li. Ed: Liu Miaomiao. Prod des: ZhaoJing, Zhao Hai. Music: Wang Liguang. Cast: Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Ge You, WangBaoqiang, Li Bingbing. Release date: December 2004.
Contact: Jeffrey Chan, Ricky Tse, Media Asia Distribution (852) 2314 4288

(Milkyway Image) Budget: HK$40m.Backers: Media Asia Films, Sil-Metropole Organization. Int'l sales: Media AsiaDistribution. Action romance. A gentleman robber and a cat burglar try tooutwit each other only to find their old flame rekindled. Exec prods: JohnChong, Dou Shou Fang. Prod: Johnnie To. Dir: Johnnie To. Scr: The Hermit, AuKin Yee. DoP: Cheng Siu Keung (HKSC). Ed: David Richardson. Prod des: Bruce Yu,Tony Yu. Cost des: Steven Tsang, Stephanie Wong. Music: Chung Chi Wing, BenCheung. Cast: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Jenny Woo, Carl Ng, Lam Ka-tung. Releasedate: October 2004.
Contact: Jeffrey Chan, Ricky Tse, Media Asia Distribution (852) 2314 4288