Emperor preps 2007 slate

'Ming Ming,' 'The Knot' among co.'s pix to screen at AFM

HONG KONG — Emperor Motion Pictures has a slew of pics to roll out in the first quarter of 2007 and hopes they will see some action at AFM.

“Ming Ming” is set for two screenings at AFM — on Saturday and Monday. Helmed by Susie Au, the $2 million romantic thriller, which showed at Pusan, stars Zhou Xun (“Perhaps Love”) and has an appearance by Daniel Wu (“The Banquet”). Emperor holds worldwide rights except in China.

Ho Ping’s “Sweet Revenge” will screen Thursday and is also slated for a first quarter release in Hong Kong and other Asian territories.  The $1.5 million psycho thriller stars Nick Cheung Ka-fai (“Election 2”) and Anthony Wong (“Initial D”).

The cinema schedules in Hong Kong are booked through the year, which is why these pics will probably go in the first quarter, said Ricky Tse, general manager for distribution at Emperor.

Romantic drama “The Knot,” helmed by Yin Li and starring Isabella Leong (“Isabella”) and Li BingBing (“A World Without Thieves”), won’t be a big-scale release, Tse said. The $3 million pic will be released in China on Dec. 1 and Emperor is trying to release it day in date in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“Twins Mission,” starring the Twins pop duo Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung, is expected to bow Feb. 13, a few days before Chinese New Year, in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia. The $3 million actioner, which is in post-production, is directed by Kong Tao Hoi.

Romantic drama “Love in The City,” helmed by Jingle Ma (“Tokyo Raiders”), will go for a November release if possible, but will probably be skedded for an early 2007 release due to busy theater schedules, Tse said. The $2 million pic is in post-production.

Action drama “The Drummer,” helmed by Kenneth Bi (“Rice Rhapsody”), also is in post-production. The $2.5 million pic starring Jaycee Chan (“McDull, The Alumni”), Lee Sin Je (“Koma”) and Tony Leung Ka-fai (“Everlasting Regret”) is a co-production with Germany’s Twenty Twenty Vision and co-distributed by Germany’s the Match Factory. Because of the German funds, Emperor wants to see if there’s a chance for Berlin, Tse said.

Also on the list is the already preemed Jackie Chan pic Rob-B-Hood, directed by Benny Chan. The comedy is skedded to screen Monday at AFM.

Emperor will start shooting one or two new pics by the end of the year, Tse said, while 2007 will see five new shoots. The 2007 slate will be confirmed after AFM.

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