Filmko opens ‘Koma’ thriller

Award-winning thesps Lam, Lee star in Lo-helmed pic

HONG KONG — Filmko Films is getting ready to unspool its psychological thriller “Koma” April 22 in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Karena Lam and Lee Sinje, known as the princesses of the local horror genre, star as two women brought together by twists of fate as police investigate a crime.

Both are award-winning actresses, with Lam getting a nod for her role in “Inner Senses” and Lee for “The Eye.” The $2 million pic was directed by Lo Chi Leung.

Filmko is now shooting “Butterfly,” a lesbian drama directed by Mak Yan-yan. This is Mak’s second feature; the first was “Brother,” which won an award at the Venice Film Festival two years ago.

Josie Ho, who took home supporting actress in “Naked Ambition” at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, plays the title role of Butterfly, a married schoolteacher who falls in love with a much younger woman.

Joining Ho will be mainland singer Tian Yuan, who plays the role of the younger lover. The story is based on a short story by Taiwanese novelist Chen Xue.

Post-production for the $1 million drama will begin in May. No release date has been set for Asia.

In September, Filmko is expecting to release “Six Strong Guys,” which is “something like ‘The Full Monty,'” said Katherine Lee, Filmko’s senior VP of distribution.

The film, directed by Barbara Wong (“Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat,” which was a B.O. hit last summer), is about six desperate guys who plan to commit suicide together. The only problem is they can’t seem to make an appointment for their exit.

The pic will star Ekin Cheng, George Lam, Chapman To, Shaun Tam and singers Andy Hui and Hacken Lee.

“Six Strong Guys” has a budget of $2 million and is a co-production of Filmko and a mainland China company.

Wong is also helming “The Marriage Celebrant,” which Filmko plans to release here at the end of the year.

The drama, a Hong Kong-Canada co-production, is about a woman who starts to question her 20-year-old marriage.

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