Fortissimo bonds with ‘Blood Brothers’

Chinese-language pic produced by Woo, Chang

Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide sales rights outside Asia to “Blood Brothers,” a $10 million Chinese-language period drama produced by John Woo and Terence Chang.

Directed by tyro Alexi Tan, “Blood Brothers” is in post-production for a planned August release across Asia.

It’s the story of three young men making their way in the complex, corrupt society of 1930s Shanghai, each taking a different path in the face of criminal temptations.

Tan trained in London and New York and began his career as a still photographer, before moving to Asia in 2002 to make TV commercials and musicvideos. His shorts caught the eye of Woo and Chang, who signed him to direct “Blood Brothers.”

The movie was produced by CMC Entertainment, Chang’s Lions Rock Prods and Woo.

CMC holds the rights for Taiwan and will distribute through Fox, while Chinese rights are owned by Hua Yi.

Chin Wen Huang of CMC said, “CMC Entertainment is committed to producing a slate of Chinese-language films with a distinctive new vision.”

“Blood Brothers” is the first Chinese movie from Lion Rock, which Chang launched in 1997 to make Hollywood movies.

Chang said, “Fortissimo is best in handling commercial films with artistic merit, or artistic films with commercial appeal. I’m glad ‘Blood Brothers’ is in safe hands.”

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