Fortissimo Films has picked up Chinese director Ning Hao’s highly-anticipated road movie No Man’s Land, starring Yu Nan (Tuya’s Marriage) and rising mainland actor Huang Bo (pictured).

The deal, negotiated by Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner and China Film Group, is for worldwide rights outside Asia but including Japan and Korea. Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures is handling the rest of Asia.

Produced by China Film Group and Beijing Guoli Changsheng Film & TV Production, No Man’s Land follows a lawyer who has a series of mishaps when he ends up stranded in the Gobi desert.

Ning Hao is one of mainland China’s most bankable directors following films such as 2006 sleeper hit Crazy Stone and its follow-up Crazy Racer which grossed more than $14.5m (RMB100m) in China.