Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment is gearing up produce 1950s-set spy thriller Windseeker, to be directed by Alan Mak and starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai.
Mak is directing from a script written by Felix Chong, his writing partner on the Infernal Affairs trilogy and directing partner on 2009 surveillance thriller Overheard. Leung will play the blind assistant to a piano tuner who is drafted into a spying mission due to his exceptional hearing abilities.
Production is scheduled to start at the end of the year, after Leung has finished work on Derek Yee’s The Great Magician, a period mystery film announced by Emperor Motion Pictures on the first day of Filmart.
Also in pre-production for Mei Ah is period action film The Scholar Warrior to be directed by Hong Kong martial arts maestro Sammo Hung. Mei Ah also invested in and has a slew of South-East Asian rights to Wong Kar-wai’s upcoming martial arts drama The Grand Master which is now expected to be released at the end of the year.
Mei Ah also unveiled two productions from its Beijing production team at Filmart on Monday. The Island, directed by Chung Kai Cheong, is a horror film about a reality show set on a desert island starring Jordan Chan and Chinese actress Yang Mi. The Palace, directed by Jingle Ma, is an adaptation of a hit Chinese TV show which will also star Yang Mi along with Fung Shao Fung and Louis Fan.
Also on Mei Ah’s slate is Wilson Chin’s romantic drama LKF Soho and Poon Yuen-leung’s drama Hi, Fidelity which is receiving its world premiere at the on-going Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Mei Ah is also entering theatrical distribution in Hong Kong and has acquired Korean titles Midnight FM and I Saw The Devil from Finecut. The new releasing outfit, Mei Ah Selection, is headed by Doinel Wu.