Beijing-based J.A. Media has picked up worldwide rights to Taiwanese filmmaker Lin Yu-hsien's upcoming sports drama Somersault Punk.

Based on a true story, the film tells the story of a talented but disabled gymnast who becomes a street fighter when his mother prohibits him from practising the sport.

Produced by Taiwan 's Jumpboys Films and YTLHB International, the film is currently completing financing and is aiming for release to tie in with the Beijing Olympics next year.

Lin came to notice with acclaimed documentary Jump! Boys which won best documentary at the Golden Horse Film Festival, stayed in local theatres for three months and broke box office records in the genre.

AFM is the first major market for J.A. Media, backed by Chinese energy producer Jian Group, which had a splashy launch at Cannes this year with a slate of pictures from leading Hong Kong directors.

Heading the company's AFM slate are Tsui Hark's romantic comedy She Ain't Mean, about love and feminism in contemporary Beijing, and Stanley Kwan's He Is, He Isn't, about three Chinese people struggling to get by in Bangkok.

Tsui is currently co-writing She Ain't Mean with Korean director Kwak Jae-yong (My Sassy Girl). Kwan's project is set to star Aaron Kwok and Charlene Choi.