HONG KONG - December 16


(I-AnimationLtd) Co-prods: Yuk Long Multimedia, Mandarin Films. Budget: US$2.3m. Backers:Yuk Long Multimedia, Mandarin Films, I-Animation. Int'l sales: Mandarin FilmsDistribution. Genre: Animation. Synopsis: Animated feature film (2D and 3D)based on the action-packed comic book "Magic Weapons". Exec prods: Tony Wong,Raymond Wong, Man Kung. Prod: Tony Wong. Dir: Tony Ching Siu-tung. Scr: TonyWong.
Contact: Virginia Leung, Mandarin Films Distribution(852) 2579 1718

(Film Unlimited Production) Budget: US$2.8m.Backers: Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe Films Distribution.Genre: Romantic drama. Synopsis: A female bar tender never gets drunk eventhough she 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 beautifullife. Exec prod: Daneil Lam. Prod: Henry Fong. Dir: Derek Yee. Cast: MiriamYeung, Daniel Wu.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Bliss Distribution, Lunchtime Production)Budget: US$4m. Backers: Bliss Distribution. Int'l sales: Golden Network Asia.Genre: Animation. Synopsis: 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


(Milkyway Image) Budget: HK$50m. Backers:Milkyway Image, China Star Entertainment. Int'l sales: Milkyway Image(excluding Chinese-speaking territories). Genre: Drama. Synopsis: Hong Kong'soldest triad society is about to elect a new chairman when its sacred emblem,the Dragon Head Baton, goes missing. Five sectional leaders, known as theTigers, turn all their resources over to retrieving the baton before individualand factional ambitions threaten to break down the society's central control.Prod: Johnnie To. Dir: Johnnie To. Scr: Yau Nai Hoi, Yip Tin Shing. DoP: ChengSiu Keung. Ed: Law Wing Cheong. Prod des: Tony Yu. Cast: Simon Yam, Louis Koo,Tony Leung Ka-fai, Nick Cheung, Cheung Siu Fai, Lam Suet. Shooting in Hong Kongfrom mid-October to early 2005. Release date: TBC.
Contact: Ding Yuin Shan, Milkyway Image (852) 2718 8128

(One Hundred Years of Film) Backers: China StarEntertainment. Int'l sales: China Star Entertainment. Genre: Comedy. Synopsis:Ronald has lived in the Himalayas since he was young and has grown up to becomea clean-living yoga master who will soon marry an Indian beauty. But thingschange when an absent-minded tourist guide accidentally leads him onto her bus.Prod: Wai Ka-fai. Dir: Wai Ka-fai. Scr: Wai Ka-fai. DoP: Jose Chan. Cast:Ronald Cheng, Lau Ching Wan, Cecilia Cheung, Cherrie In. Shooting in Hong Kongand India. Release date: Chinese New Year 2005.
Contact: Ada Lam, China Star Entertainment (852) 2313 1888

(Emperor Motion Pictures) Budget: US$8-10m.Int'l sales: Emperor Motion Pictures. Genre: Action adventure. Synopsis: Actionadventure loosely inspired by the classical Chinese novel "Journey To TheWest". Exec prod: Albert Yeung. Prod: Albert Lee. Dir: Jeff Lau. Action dir:Corey Yuen. Scr: Jeff Lau. Cast: Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, Chen Bo-lin, FanBingbing. Shooting in China from October to December 2004. Release date:December 2005.
Contact: Raymond Liu, Emperor Motion Pictures (852) 2969 7810

(JCE Movies) Budget: US$20m. Backers: JCEMovies. Int'l sales: Emperor Motion Pictures. Genre: Action adventure.Synopsis: Intrepid archeologist Jack and scientist William set out on anadventure that would lead them to the greatest discovery in Chinese history.Exec prods: Jackie Chan, Albert Yeung, Willie Chan. Prods: Willie Chan, SolonSo, Barbie Tung. Dir: Stanley Tong. Action dir: Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong,Richard Hung. Scr: Wang Hui Ling, Stanley Tong. DoP: Wong Wing Hang. Ed: YauChi Wai. Cost des: Thomas Chong. Music: Nathan Wang. Cast: Jackie Chan, TonyLeung Ka-fai, Kim Hee-Seon, Mallika Sherawat. Shooting in Hong Kong, China andIndia from May to December 2004. Release date: Autumn 2005.
Contact: Raymond Liu, Emperor Motion Pictures (852) 2969 7810

(Magic Head Film Production) Co-prods: UniverseEntertainment (Hong Kong), Matching Motion Distribution Co (Thailand). Budget:US$5m. Backers: Universe Entertainment, Magic Head Film Production, MatchingMotion Picture Co. Int'l sales: Universe Films Distribution. Genre: Horror.Synopsis: After drafting the first chapter of her new novel, Ghost's Land,successful author Chu Xun stops writing and even deletes the file whichcontains the draft from her computer. Later she begins to see things, includinga woman who appears repeatedly, which cannot be explained. Exec prods: DaneilLam, 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 23, 2004.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Media Asia Films) Backers: Media Asia Films.Int'l sales: Media Asia Distribution. Genre: Action Comedy. Synopsis: Lam, aspecial agent of Japan's national security, teams up with JJ, a thief with ahidden agenda, to find a pair of plates used for the making of counterfeit USnotes. They plan to take the plates back to the US Embassy and split the US$30mreward. However, their adversary Owen, a staff member at the US Embassy, hasstolen the plates and run away to Korea. Prod: John Chong. Dir: Jingle Ma.Action dir: Ailen Sit. Ed: Kong Chi Leung. Art dir: Cheung Ying Wa. Cost des:Dora Ng. Music: Tommy Wai. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Richie Jen, Shu Qi.Shooting in Korea from October 2004. Release date: Chinese New Year 2005.
Contact: Jeffrey Chan, Media Asia Distribution (852) 2314 4288

(FilmWorkshop Co Ltd) Co-prods: Beijing Ciwen Digital Oriental Film & TVProduction Co (China), Boram Entertainment (Korea), City Glory Pictures (HongKong). Budget: US$18m. Int'l sales: Fortissimo Film Sales (ex Asia), MandarinFilms Distribution (Asia). Genre: Action/wuxia. Synopsis: Based on the martialarts novel 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 des: Poon Wing-yan. Hair consultant: KimRobinson. Cast: Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Charlie Young. Shooting from Septemberuntil December 2004 in Xinjiang, China. Release date: July 2005.
Contact: Fortissimo Film Sales (852) 2311 8081, MandarinFilms Distribution (852) 2579 1718

(Milkyway Image) Budget: US$2m. Backers:Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe Films Distribution. Genre: Drama.Synopsis: Internal strife arises among a group of thieves, alias "sparrow",because some of them decide to accept an offer to steal and erase the exhibits,which offends their guild rules. Exec prod: Daneil Lam. Prod: Johnnie To. Dir:Johnnie To. Cast: SimonYam, Maggie Siu, Kelly Lam, Lam Suet. Shooting in Hong Kong.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852)2437 2601


(Emperor Motion Pictures) Budget: US$2m.Backers: Emperor Motion Pictures. Int'l sales: Emperor Motion Pictures. Genre:Comedy/fantasy. Synopsis: Moon is a 15-year-old girl suffering from dyslexia.She regards herself as stupid and has low self-esteem. Since she has problemsassociating words with meanings, she does not do well at school. One day, shesuddenly hears voices that no one else hears - conversations between bugs andplants! Since then her life has never been the same. Exec prod: Albert Yeung.Prod: Albert Lee. Dir: Lo Chi-leung. Cast: Isabella Leong, Chen Bo-lin, GillianChung, Boy'z. Release date: Summer 2005.
Contact: Raymond Liu, Emperor Motion Pictures (852) 2969 7810

(Pinnacle Pictures Ltd) Budget: US$2m. Backers:Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe Films Distribution. Genre: Actiondrama. Synopsis: Tensions arise when Jack Chan, a spineless constable whoregards his work as a job but not a career, is partnered with an energetic andconscientious policewoman, Man Liu. When a serial killer emerges in Hong Kong,Man Liu swears to catch him. Jack is impressed by her bravery and decides tosecretly protect her. Exec prod: Daneil Lam. Prods: Derek Yee, Henry Fong. Dir:James Yuen. Scr: James Yuen, Law Yiu Fai, Jessica Fong. DoP: Keung Kwok Man(HKSC). Ed: Leung Kwok Wing (HKSE). Cost des: Law Wai Lin. Hair/make-up: JeffLee, Carman Man. Cast: Eason Chan, Francis Ng, Joey Yung, Raymong Wong. Releasedate: TBC.
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Films Station Production Ltd) Budget: US$5m.Backers: Universe Entertainment. Int'l sales: Universe Films Distribution.Genre: Action drama. Synopsis: The mysteries surrounding an ill-fatedpoliceman, a successful lawyer and a killer could help solve a series ofmurders that appear to be without motive. Exec prod: Daneil Lam. Prod: BennyChan. Dir: Benny Chan. Scr: Ivy Ho. DoP: Pun Yiu Ming. Prod des: William ChangSuk-ping. Cast: Ekin Cheng, Aaron Kwok, Daniel Wu, Lee Sin-je, Ning Jing,Gallen Lo. Release date: May 2005 (tentative).
Contact: Koris Ha, Universe Films Distribution Co (852) 2437 2601

(Applause Pictures) Budget: US$3.5-4m. Int'lsales: Fortissimo Film Sales. Genre: Horror. Synopsis: Five teenagethrill-seekers embark on a journey to explore the lurid landscape of theother-world. Oblivious to the underlying principal of the "8", their morbidappetite for fear is to be met with more thanfear. Prod: Peter Ho-sun Chan. Dirs: The Pang Brothers. Scr: Mark Wu andthe Pang Brothers. DoP: Decha Srimantra. Ed: The Pang Brothers. Music: PayontTerm Sit. Cast: Chen Bo-lin, Isabella Leong, Kate Yeung, Ray McDonald.
Contact: Fortissimo Film Sales (852) 2311 8081

(JCE Movies) Int'l sales: Emperor MotionPictures. Genre: Action comedy. Synopsis: On the surface, Teddy is a Chinesechiropractor and widowed father. His son and daughter learn the art of kung-fufrom him but don't believe his claims about having a hidden life as a heroicbodyguard for retired secret agents. However, they begin to change their mindswhen a man arrives in a wheelchair asking Teddy for information on a formeragent code-named Dragon. Exec prods: Jackie Chan, Albert Yeung, Willie Chan.Prods: Willie Chan, Solon So. Dir: Stephen Fung. Action director: YuenWoo-ping. Scr: Lo Yiu Fai, Stephen Fung. DoP: Poon Hang Sang, Tsou Lin Yau. Ed:Cheung Ka Fai. Art dir: Mak Kwok Keung. Cost des: Au Yeung Ha. Cast: AnthonyWong, Gillian Chung, Stephen Fung, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi, Michael Wong.Release date: First quarter 2005.
Contact: Raymond Liu, Emperor Motion Pictures (852) 2969 7810

(Basic Pictures Ltd) Budget: US$13m. Backers:Media Asia Films, Sil-Metropole Organization. Int'l sales: Media AsiaDistribution. Genre: Action drama. Synopsis: From a popular Japanese mangacomes this live action blockbuster about a delivery boy who metamorphoses intoa racing champion. Exec prods: John Chong, Dou Shou Fang. Prod: Andrew Lau.Dirs: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak. Scr: Felix Chong. DoP: Lai Yiu Fai (HKSC), Ng ManChing (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

(China Star Entertainment) Co-prod: China FilmGroup. Backers: China Star Entertainment. Int'l sales: China StarEntertainment. Genre: Action. Synopsis: It's a serious problem when millions ofdollars go missing from a top-rated investment bank - especially as the moneywas being laundered and the triad kingpin that it belongs to wants it back.Everyone involved is so busy pointing the finger at everyone else that it comesas a huge surprise when the real mastermind is discovered. Prod: Tiffany Chen.Dir: Marco Mak. Cast: Raymond Wong, Ning Jing, Isabel Chan. Release date: TBC.
Contact: Ada Lam, China Star Entertainment (852) 2313 1888

(1618 ActionLimited) Budget: US$3.8m. Backers: Abba Movies Company Ltd. Int'l sales: AbbaMovies Company Ltd. Genre: Modern action. Exec prod: Chan Tat-chee. Prod: CarlChang. Dir: Wilson Yip. Action dir: Donnie Yen. Scr: Szeto Kam Yuen, Ng WaiLun. DoP: Lam Wah Chuen (HKSC). Ed: Cheung Ka Fai (HKSE). Prod des: KennethMak. Costume consultant: Bruce Yu. Costume designer: Steven Tsang. Music: ChanKwong Wing. Cast: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Wu Jing, Liu Kai-chi.Release date: After May 2005.

Contact:Syllina Tong, Abba Movies (852) 2711 1722


(Making Films) Co-prods: Mei Ah Entertainment(Hong Kong), Beijing Jinyingma Movie & TV Culture Co, Shanxi Film Studio,Sichuan Haotian Film & Video Co (China). Int'l sales: Mei Ah Entertainment.Genre: Drama. Synopsis: A girl takes revenge on her boyfriend after he postsnude pictures of her on the internet. Exec prod: Catherine Hun. Prods: LiKuo-hsing, Teng Zhan, Li Shuihe. Dir: Edmond Pang Ho-cheung. Scr: Edmond Pang,Wong Wing-sze. DoP: Charlie Lam. Ed: Wenders Li. Art dir: Man Lin-cheung. Costdes: Tanaka Toshimi. Music: Alan Wong, Yong Wing-ying. Cast: Gillian Chung, TaoHong, Daniel Wu, Jim Chim, Jimmy Wong. Release date: November 11, 2004.
Contact: Sara Law,Mei Ah Entertainment (852) 2751 3353

(Colourful Base Production) Backers: EmperorMotion Pictures. Int'l sales: Emperor Motion Pictures. Genre: Comedy drama.Synopsis: Two idle high school students inadvertently attend a gangster'sconference where they're given $300,000 to perform a Mission of Glory by 6amthe next day. The boys see this as a shortcut to fame, but a deadly missionawaits them. Exec prod: Albert Yeung. Prods: Albert Lee, Tsang Kan Cheong. Dir:Adrian Kwan. Scr: Tsang Kan Cheong. DoP: Wong Ping Hung (HKSC). Ed: Wong WingMing (HKSE). Prod des: James Leung. Art dir: Ende Leung. Music: Jacky Chan.Cast: Kenny Kwan, Steven Cheung (Boy'z), Katie Kwok. Release date: November 25,2004
Contact: Raymond Liu, Emperor Motion Pictures (852) 2969 7810