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Filmko sets Asian slate

'Star,' 'Floating,' 'Beauties' in prod'n co.'s pipeline

HONG KONG — Filmko Entertainment, which recently released helmer Carol Lai’s comedy “Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat,” is churning out three more movies this year.

On June 12, it starts production on “Star Runner,” a $3 million action romance starring Vanness Wu from Taiwanese boy band F4 and South Korean actress Kim Hyun Ju.

Directed by Daniel Lee (“Black Mask,” “A Fighter’s Blues”), the film is a co-production of Filmko, Hong Kong’s Sil-Metropole Organization and Korea’s Polestar Entertainment. Pic, about a man trying to win a free-fighting championship, is scheduled for an October release.

Filmko’s $1.3 million romance drama “The Floating Landscape,” produced by Stanley Kwan and directed by Carol Lai Miu-suet (“Glass Tears”), will start post-production in France in July for an October release in Hong Kong and China.

The movie received partial funding from France’s Fonds Sud Cinema, a foundation sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture that allocates cash to films from developing countries. Hong Kong qualified after its 1997 return from British to Chinese rule.

Pic, which stars Ekin Cheng, mainland star Liu Ye and Karena Lam, is produced by Filmko, the Sil-Metropole Organization, Japan’s NHK and France’s Rosem Films.

For next Chinese New Year, a typically lucrative time for the box office, Filmko is planning comedy “Nine Beauties,” cinematographer Arthur Wong’s helming debut.