Hong Kong's Focus Films has picked up international rights toPatrick Tam Ka-ming's Father And Son,starring Aaron Kwok (Divergence) andCharlie Young (Seven Swords), whichstarts shooting this month in Malaysia.

The film marks Tam'slong-awaited return to directing after a stint teaching screenwriting anddeveloping the story of Father And Son.

Regarded as one of Hong Kong's master directors, Tam's credits include classics such as The Sword, Love Massacre and My Heart IsThat Eternal Rose. He is also renowned in Asia as an editor and art director having edited Days Of Being Wild and AshesOf Time for Wong Kar-wai and more recently Election for Johnnie To.

Produced by Messo Limited, Father And Son is shooting for twomonths at various locations on the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula.Behind-the-camera talent includes DoP Mark Lee Pin-bin, a regular collaboratorwith Hou Hsiao Hsien. The cast also includes Taiwanese pop singer Valen Hsu.

As the title suggests, thefilm revolves around the tumultuous relationship between a father and son andalso chronicles the boy's loss of innocence and the disintegration of hisfamily and values.

After launching the regionalFocus: First Cuts projects for new directors earlier this year, Focus producedromantic drama All About Love andpicked up world sales rights to Indonesian film Joni's Promise. The company is now stocking its slate with projectsby established directors.