PETALING JAYA: Independent film-maker Ho Yuhang will have his next feature film produced and distributed by Focus Films Limited, the film arm of entertainment company Focus Group which is headed by Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau.
Malaysian Ho is one of six up-and-coming directors from the Asian region selected for Focus Films’ regional HD (high definition) film project, Focus: First Cuts, which will produce six Chinese language films. The other directors are Wong Ching Po, Lee Kung Lok and Lam Tze Chung from Hong Kong, Kelvin Tong from Singapore and Robin Lee from Taiwan.
In a telephone interview with Focus Films head of communications Lorna Tee in Hong Kong, she said the working title for Ho’s film is Rain Dogs.
“It’s a road movie/coming-of-age tale,” said Tee, who also serves as Ho’s producer.
Each of the directors’ stories will be set in their respective countries and pre-production for Ho’s film is already under way.
“The six projects will be utilising local casts and production services from their countries. In Ho’s case, we will be conducting casting calls in Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh very soon,” said Tee.
Ho’s film is set to go into principal photography around August and is expected to be ready later in the year. The director, who got to know that he was part of First Cuts about two months ago, said he was already working on his next project.
Ho’s last film Sanctuary received a Special Mention at the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea last year, and a Special Mention at the Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands in February.
According to an AFP report, Lau, who has made more than 120 films including last year’s martial arts hit House of Flying Daggers directed by China’s Zhang Yimou, said he wanted to cultivate a new breed of creative movie-makers.
“I truly enjoy films and film-making,” Lau said. “Besides producing big commercial films, we also want to cultivate new film-makers by arranging the necessary resources and support to realise their potential and reach out to a wider audience.”
Focus: First Cuts films are planned for cinema and home video release. STAR Chinese Movies Network recently announced exclusive television premieres and broadcasts rights for First Cuts films in Asia for this year.
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