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Pan-Asian ‘War’ looks golden at FilMart

Pic follows war between Korea, China and Japan

As Hong Kong’s FilMart gets under way today, sales outfit Golden Network is beginning presales on “The War,” a pan-Asian actioner helmed by Yuen Wo Ping, who was martial-arts choreographer on “The Matrix” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Pic, which follows war between Korea, China and Japan, has backers from all three countries. Golden Network holds rights in Asia only.

Yuen will also produce and choreograph “Little Eagle,” a Gallic-Asian fantasy actioner based on the “Petit Aigle” cartoon series. “Eagle” is directed by “King of Masks” helmer Wu Tian Ming and scripted by “March of the Penguins” scribe Michel Fessler.

Outfit has also picked up rights to completed Hong Kong films “McDull: The Alumni” and “B420.” Deals strengthen its growing relationship with Applause Pictures, the production shingle headed by Peter Chan Ho-sun (“Perhaps Love,” “The Love Letter.”)

Helmed by Samson Chiu, “Alumni” is a live-action feature that follows the successful “McDull” animation series about life in Hong Kong.

“B420” by Mathew Tang is a drama about three youngsters whose lives intersect. Pic played in last year’s Hong Kong Film Festival and won the grand prize at the Fukuoka Asian festival in Japan.

At pre-sales stage are Fruit Chan’s $7 million martial-arts pic “Neon Glows Over Myanmar” and “Sandalwood,” an allegorical Indian drama from Arindam Mitra.