'Waterbabes' begins shooting

Emperor Motion Pictures will start shooting HK$30 million ($3.8 million) action comedy “The Fantastic Waterbabes” at the end of the month. The Jeff Lau-helmed pic, a love story about a swimming competition that is mostly filmed on the Hong Kong island of Cheung Chau, stars Gillian Chung, Alex Fong and Chinese Olympic diver Tian Liang.

The co-production with China Film Co-production Corp. is skedded to wrap around August and will hit theaters before next summer’s Olympic Games. Em-peror will handle international sales.

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