CANNES — Hong Kong producer and talent agency Emperor Motion Pictures is poised to reinvent itself as a major Asian sales agent. Ahead of Cannes it struck up a relationship with Sundream Motion Pictures, a Hong Kong newcomer backed by wealthy cabler I-Cable Communications, and picked up rights to a pair of high-profile Chinese pics.
This gives EMP international rights to “Let’s Steal Together,” a contempo action drama about Chinese art thieves, and a yet-to-be determined second picture from Sundream’s stable. “Steal” is helmed by Kong Tao-hoi and stars Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung, better known as pop superstars Twins, who are managed by one of EMP’s sister agencies.
Sundream, headed by veteran producer and helmer Tsui Siuming, also has historical actioner “Howling Arrow,” starring Sammo Hung, and co-produced upcoming Johnnie To pic “Butterfly Flies” with Milky Way Image and Chinese studio wannabe Meridian Pictures.
EMP will give a first market outing to “Rob B Hood,” a Jackie Chan-starrer that is expected to be one of the biggest Chinese-made films of the autumn season. Comedy actioner is produced by Chan’s JCE Group.
Company is also involved in “The Knot” (aka “Cloud Water Song”), a politically sensitive art movie involving China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province.