Switching to wushu does the trick for Hong Kong movie partners

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 March, 2007, 12:00am

Financing films is always a mercurial process. When club owner-turned-producer Colette Koo and director Antony Szeto (right) couldn't get their first project off the ground, they pulled another rabbit out of the hat. The movie is called Wushu and this new trick didn't just perk up ears and generate attention, it received an endorsement from China's State General Administration of Sport and their young lead actor just signed with a top talent agency, China Kingway Communication.

'It's sort of Billy Elliot in a martial arts school. It's martial arts as performance,' Koo said. 'Usually you see it as fighting and violent. Here you see it as sport. The script was done only a month ago.'

She believes their new star, 17-year-old Wang Wenjie (left), will be the new Jet Li and a party was thrown at FINDS last week to generate more interest during Hong Kong Filmart. 'Antony went around China and found him. He's not only good at wushu but he can act. Also, he's got a good face. Mainlander organisations are keen for us to shoot it before the Olympics.' As for their project Jessica Caught On Tape, it's getting a rewrite.