The veteran director said that the deal and other pre-sales were proof that the under-pressure Hong Kong film industry has still got what it takes.
Produced by Universe Films Distribution on a budget of $32 million, the film has also been licensed to Trinity Film for the U.K., Splendid Film for Germany and Benelux, Golden Screen Cinemas for Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam; Clover Films for Singapore; Sky Films Entertainment for Taiwan; and Teguh Bakti Mandiri for Indonesia.
“Call of Heroes” has a starry cast featuring Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng. Sammo Hung is the action choreographer. Set in 1914, the story features a pack of villagers who stand up to a young warlord.
“The sale points to the fact that our action flicks, which have long been the staple of Hong Kong cinema, have not lost their appeal among international audiences, despite years-long competition from Hollywood,” said Chan on Monday, the first day of FilMart.