Focus and CJ are also intalks about the next instalment of the project, Focus: First Cuts Volume 2,which is targeted to launch in the middle of 2007. The two companies previouslyworked together as co-producers on Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang's stylishnoir Invisible Waves.
"It's amazing how well theindustry, media and audiences have responded to the films of Focus: First Cutsand we are proud to be working once again with CJ Entertainment on a regionalproject," said Focus Films COO Daniel Yu.
Designed to support newtalent, the First Cuts initiative features six Chinese-language HD films fromup-and-coming filmmakers from
Partly in recognition of thesuccess of the initiative, Lau is being honoured as Asian Filmmaker of the Yearat the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) which gets underway today (Oct12).
The first film from Focus:First Cuts, Taiwanese director Robin Lee's TheShoe Fairy, competed in the New Currents section of PIFF last year.
This year, four of thetitles will screen in official selection at PIFF: Love Story, from
The second film from theseries to be produced, Lam Tze Chung's I'llCall You, was the closing film of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum, immediatelyahead of its