AFM: Hong Kong Thrillers and Action Supplant Chopsocky

The Hong Kong slate is heavier on contempo action and crime thrillers and perhaps less full of martial arts than at some recent editions of AFM. That is probably a reflection of the genres of films that Hong Kong filmmakers can produce where they still have an edge over their mainland Chinese counterparts.

Typifying this is Universe Intl.’s “White Storm,” which marks a particularly high-profile outing for one of the territory’s most reliable commercial directors, Benny Chan.

In a similar vein is Distribution Workshop’s in-production thriller “Overheard 3” by “Infernal Affairs” duo Alan Mak and Felix Chong. Also making a market debut is DW’s psychological thriller “Insanity” pairing H.K.’s Andy Lau with China star Wang Xiaoming.

The Lau vehicle “Firestorm,” about a cop who oversteps the legal and moral boundaries in his pursuit of a gang, is directed by first-timer Alan Yuen and produced by veteran Bill Kong for his Edko Films studio.

For buyers seeking hand-to-hand combat Edko is also offering “Rise of the Legend,” an attempt to revive the 1980s Wong Fei Hung franchise.

And for combat of a different kind, Golden Scene is pitching “The Way We Dance,” featuring a battle between two breakdance teams.

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