Hong Kong's Media Asia has picked up all rights outside China to two features from up-and-coming mainland talent in the run-up to Mifed.
Directed by Zhang Yibai, Media Asia's first pick-up: Spring Subway is written and produced by Liu Fendou whose writing credits include Zhang Yang's Shower and Spicy Love Soup. The Beijing-set drama, which received its world premiere at this year's Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, revolves around the painful break-up of a long-term relationship. The cast includes Geng Le, who previously starred in Media Asia's Beijing Rocks, and director Zhang Yang.
Zhang Fanfan's No Lonely Angels, also set in Beijing, is the story of a businessman, his long-term sweetheart, a student and a policeman, who find their lives entangled in unexpected ways.
According to Media Asia distribution chief Jeffrey Chan, both films are typical of the new breed of witty, contemporary dramas that are starting to emerge in China. "There's a lot of new talent on the mainland, so we're keen to expand our line-up of Chinese product," said Chan.
Media Asia will also be selling crime thriller Infernal Affairs at Mifed. The film, which recently wrapped in Hong Kong, stars two of the territory's biggest names - Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. The company's Mifed slate also includes Tony Ching actioner Naked Weapon, Joe Ma comedy Summer Breeze Of Love, racing drama Initial D and $40m Jackie Chan picture Titanium Rain.