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Title: “Accident”
Director: Soi Cheang
Producer: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Richie Jen
Why it will be a hit: A suspenseful thriller about a hitman who starts to hunt a predator who has been charged with killing him.

Title: “City of Life and Death”
Director: Lu Chuan
Producers: Lu Chuan, Han Sanping, John Chong
Stars: Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan
Why it will be a hit: This movie about the “Rape of Nanking” in 1937 by Japanese troops has already caused a major stir in Asia, and has screened with success at several big international festivals.

Title: “Fire of Conscience”
Director: Lu Chuan
Producers: Lu Chuan, Han Sanping, John Chong
Stars: Leon Lai, Richie Jen
Why it will be a hit: Another taut Hong Kong-based thriller that usually strikes a nerve in Chinese-language regions and the arthouse circuit.

Title: “The Sniper”
Director: Dante Lam
Producers: Candy Leung Fung-ying, Cheung Hong-Tat
Stars: Richie Jen, Huang Xiaoming, Edison Chen
Why it will be a hit: A police sniper determines to take revenge by changing over to the other side of the law.

Title: “Jianyu Jianghu”
Director: Su Chao-pin
Producers: John Woo, Terence Chang
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung, Kelly Lin, Barbie Hsu
Why it will be a hit: Story of a female assassin who falls in love with the son of a man killed by her gang.

Title: “Vengeance”
Director: Johnnie To
Producers: Johnnie To, Wai Ka Fai, Michele Petin, Laurent Petin, Peter Lam, John Chong
Stars: Johnny Hallyday, Simon Yam, Anthony Wong, Sylvie Testud
Why it will be a hit: Hong Kong-France co-production about a retired French gangster who travels to Hong Kong for revenge after his family is massacred. Unspooled at Cannes.

Title: “Crazy Racer”
Director: Ning Hao
Producers: Han Sanping, Zhang Guoli
Stars: Huang Bo, Jiu Kong, Rong Xiang
Why it will be a hit: Ning Hao’s form is good after the success of “Crazy Stone,” and this tale of drug traffickers and bicycle couriers will play well in the region.

Title: “Legend of Chen Zhen”
Director: Andrew Lau
Producers: Gordon Chan, Andrew Lau
Stars: Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong
Why it will be a hit: Another surefire performer in the Chinese market, the martial arts pic “Chen Zhen” is in pre-production. This is based on the same story as Jet Li’s masterly “Fist of Legend” from 1994, itself a remake of Bruce Lee’s “Fist of Fury.”

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