Fortissimo Films, the Hong Kong-and Amsterdam-based international sales outfit, has picked up world rights to “The Go Master,” a high-profile drama focused on a Chinese man who came to dominate the traditionally Japanese game of Go.
Pic is helmed by China’s Tian Zhuangzhuang, director of “The Blue Kite” and “Springtime in a Small Town.” It also boasts a high-profile cast headed by Chang Chen (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and Sylvia Chang alongside Keiko Matsuzaka, Akira Emoto and Ayumi Ito. Tech crew includes Oscar-winning costume designer Emi Wada and “Purple Butterfly” cinematographer Wang Yu.
The $6 million pic — now in post-production, with delivery skedded for the fall festival season — is a co-production of China’s Century Hero, Tian and Taiwan’s Yeoman Enterprises.
New deal, announced on the eve of FilMart, sets Fortissimo co-prexies Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J. Werner as exec producers and gives firm world sales rights outside mainland China. Japanese license deal is likely to be a traditional pre-sale arranged by Fortissimo before delivery.
Story of Wu Qingyuan, whose new game strategies brought him to prominence in Japan, is told against the backdrop of fractious Sino-Japanese relations throughout the 20th century.