Chinese film-maker Wang Xiaoshuai has started shooting his new drama Mosaic, with backing from Beijing-based entertainment group Tempo Films Investment.

Starring Wang Xueqi, Fan Bingbing and young actors Qin Hao, Zi Yi and Li Feier, the film revolves around a sailor who returns to his home town and discovers his son’s tragic death. The film will shoot for two months, mostly in the south-western city of Chongqing, and is scheduled for release in mid-2010.

Tempo Films has signed a five-year, three-picture deal with Wang. The company is co-founded by Taiwanese director-producer Hsu Hsiao-ming, who wrote and produced Wang’s Berlin-winning Beijing Bicycle (2001). 

Apart from Wang, Tempo’s film production wing has also signed three other Chinese filmmakers: Yang Shupeng (The Robbers), Lee Xin (Bamboo Shoot) and TV director Li Jun. The company plans to produce five films in the coming year.

Tempo Films recently acquired Beijing-based production and distribution company Cheerland, which previously produced The Post-modern Life Of My Aunt and The Children Of Huangshi, both starring Chow Yun-fat.

The company now owns Cheerland’s distribution resources and plans to distribute a series of films and TV dramas starting with The Robbers in November.

Besides film and TV production and distribution, Tempo is also exploring artist management and has signed up diving champion Tian Liang.