Hong Kong's Focus Films hastaken on the international sales rights to two Malaysian films - Tan Chui Mui'sdebut feature Love Conquers All and Yasmin Ahmad's latest film Mukhsin.

Both films are currentlyplaying in the Winds of Asia section of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Love Conquers All, which won best film and a FIPRESCI prize in Pusan's New Currents section, is about a small town girlwho falls for a man who turns out to be a pimp.

The picture is produced byDa Huang Pictures, a new production outfit founded by Tan and Malaysianpioneering film-makers James Lee and Amir Muhammad who are also the respectiveDoP and producer of her new film.

Prior to her debut feature,Tan directed a string of shorts, including ATree In Tanjung Malim which won the principal prize at the Oberhausen ShortFilm Festival. She has also acted in Lee's shorts, edited Ho Yuhang's Sanctuary (which won a Special Mentionat Pusan in 2004) and produced Deepak Kumaran Meno's Chemman Chaalai.

Meanwhile, Mukhsin is the first love story of the10-year-old Orked (who when grown up is the same lead character in Ahmad's twoprevious films, Sepet and Gubra) who falls in love with her bestfriend, the 13-year-old Mukhsin.

Mukhsin isproduced by Grand Brilliance, the film-making arm of Malaysia's TV station TV3 which has recently branched outinto distribution of non-Malaysian films in the country.

In addition to her fourthfeature Mukhsin, the Tokyo festival is also holding a mini-retrospective ofAhmad's work. Last year, Sepet wasnamed best film in the Winds of Asia section.

Focus Films is bringing atotal of nine films to Tokyo.The other titles are Hong Kong director Patrick Tam'sAfter This, Our Exile, Malaysiandirector James Lee's Before We Fall InLove Again and five films from Focus: First Cuts.