Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Legend of the Eastern Scorpio and the Emperor

SCORPIO East Pictures is looking to steal a march on its competitors by capturing a six-picture package from Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures for Singapore.

The deal will see Scorpio East Pictures handling theatrical, home video and free-to-air television rights in Jackie Chan’s much-anticipated Shinjuku Incident, directed by Derek Yee and co-starring Daniel Wu and Naoto Takenaka, as well as Chinese auteur Chen Kaige’s biographical Mei Lanfang, featuring Zhang Ziyi and Leon Lai in the title role.

Other titles in the package include Sylvia Chang’s Run Papa Run, starring Rene Liu and Louis Koo, Jeff Lau’s madcap aquatic comedy The Fantastic Waterbabes with Alex Fong, Gillian Chung, Stephen Fung and China Olympian Tian Liang, Home Run starring Chapman To and Fan Bingbing, and Yes, I Can See Dead People starring Steven Cheung.

“We are delighted to have secured this very strong package from EMP for Singapore,” said Scorpio East Pictures General Manager, Lim Teck. “EMP is great to work with and, given their exceptional marketing support, we are confident in delivering good results for these films in Singapore.”

“With recent hits such as 881, Ah Long Pte. Ltd. and Kung Fu Dunk, Scorpio East Pictures has put down the marker as one of the leading distributors in Singapore,” said Emperor Motion Pictures CEO, Albert Lee. “We are really happy to be working with them on these titles.”

The first title from the package to hit Singapore screens will be Sylvia Chang’s bittersweet comedy Run Papa Run, whichScorpio East Pictures targets to theatrically release day-and-date with other Asian territories.

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