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Focus on Li’s new actioner

Specialty arm to handle majority of int'l sales

NEW YORK — Focus Features will handle international sales, excluding Asia, on Jet Li’s latest project, a martial arts actioner produced by Bill Kong (“House of Flying Daggers,” “Hero”).

Untitled pic is being directed by “Freddy vs. Jason” helmer Ronny Yu, with action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (“Matrix” franchise) on board.

Li stars as real life kung fu legend Fok Yuanjia, the son of a boxing champ who dreams of following in his father’s footsteps. After becoming the most famous fighter in China, he disappears for years when personal tragedy strikes. Ultimately, Li’s character must come out of hiding to defend the honor of his country in an international tournament.

Focus will offer the film at the Berlin Film Festival later this month.

The Universal specialty arm previously handled sales on the Kong-produced pics “Hero” and “Flying Daggers.” As onetime Good Machine partners, current Focus co-heads David Linde and James Schamus were also in on sales of Kong’s smash “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

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