The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

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There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.

With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.

After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.

Previously announced
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Afm: Mega-Vision launches 'Chasing The Dragon' sales

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Exclusive: Gangster drama stars Donnie Yen and Andy Lau.

Hong Kong’s Mega-Vision Project Workshop is launching sales on action crime drama Chasing The Dragon, which brings together two of Hong Kong’s biggest stars – Donnie Yen and Andy Lau.

Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) plays notorious 1970s gangster Ng Sek-ho (aka Crippled Ho) in the film, co-directed by Wong Jing and Jason Kwan.

Currently in production, the film follows Ho from his days as an illegal immigrant through his rise to becoming one of Hong Kong’s most powerful drug lords. Wong Jing’s Mega-Vision Project Workshop is producing with Bona Film Group.

Mega-Vision is also launching sales on action adventure The Golden Monk, directed by Wong Jing and Billy Chung, and starring Zheng Kai (So Young) and Zhang Yuqi (The Mermaid).

Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Mega-Vision and Beijing Hairun Pictures. The story revolves around a monk who realises he is the
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To Live and Die in Mongkok (2009) Movie Review

With its familiar sounding title and ex-con trying to go straight premise, “To Live and Die in Mongkok” is not immediately a particularly appealing prospect. However, the impeccably acclaimed cast should certainly arouse the interest, given that it includes Nick Cheung and Paw Hee Ching, winners of Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards, not to mention Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress winners Liu Kai Chi and Chan Lai Wan. Although the presence of Wong Jing in the director’s chair, which he shares with frequent partner in crime Billy Chung, may give some cause for scepticism, it should be remembered that the Hong Kong shlockmeister has proved himself more than capable of turning serious when it suits, as seen in other quality triad dramas such as “Colour of the Truth”, and the recent “I Corrupt all Cops” and “Hong Kong Bronx”. The film
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