Chinese online video firm iQiyi is launching international rights sales for “Blue Amber,” “The Blizzard” and “My Town” at Busan’s Asian Film Market. All three titles are iQiyi’s first in-house productions that the company has fully financed. One of China’s biggest online streaming platforms, iQiyi launched its international rights sales business at last year’s Cannes film festival. It is the company’s second year in the Busan market.
Directed by Zhou Jie, “Blue Amber” was the winner of the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival’s SIFF Project. Starring Wang Zhen-er and Lu Yu-lai, the drama is the story of a widow who takes financial revenge on the family involved in the killing of her husband.
Originally known as “Even Stronger,” “Blizzard” is a crime action drama starring Nie Yuan (TV’s “Journey to the West”) and Yu Ming-jia (TV’s “The First Half of My Life”). Directed by Jiang Kai-yang, the film revolves around two best friends from the police academy who betray and chase each other without realizing that they are caught up in a conspiracy.
“My Town,” which was a Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) project in 2015, is the directorial feature debut of actor Lu Yu-lai. His short film “Brother” was shown at the BIFF in 2013. “My Town” is the story about a love triangle starring Geng Le (“Beijing Love Story”), Qi Xi (“Mystery”) and Lu Xing-chen (“Folk Songs Singing”).
All three films are currently in post-productions and are set for 2018 releases.