Taiwanese distributor CMCEntertainment Group is attending AFM for the first time as a seller followingits recent move into production with big-budget sci-fi horror Silk.
The $5m film is written anddirected by Taiwan's leading screenwriter Su Chao-pin, whose credits includethriller Double Vision and PeterChan's Three: Going Home. Su'ssecond film as director following the award-winning Better Than Sex, Silkfollows a group of scientists who accidentally capture the energy of ghostchild who is unaware that he is dead.
The cast features Taiwanesestar Chang Chen (2046, CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon), Japan'sYousuke Eguchi and Hong Kong actress Karena Lam. Behind the camera talentincludes Bulletproof Monk actiondirector Dong Wei and Kill Billproduction designer Yohei Taneda
The film, which wrapped inAugust and is currently undergoing a lengthy post-production process, isTaiwan's biggest since the $7m Sony Asia-based Double Vision and marks the first time that CMC has fully financeda local production.
CMC unveiled plans to rampup its involvement in local production in June this year. The company is alsoinvesting in John Woo's upcoming China-set blockbuster The Battle Of RedCliff and is developing anadaptation of Eileen Chang's novel Love In A Fallen City.
The latter project is beingscripted by Crouching Tigerwriter Wang Hui-ling and Yee Chin-Yen (Blue Gate Crossing) is attached to direct. The period drama, about thelove affair between a Cambridge-educated Chinese playboy and a Shanghai divorcee,is scheduled to start shooting next year.