Two planned films about the Hello Kitty killers would distort the toy's image, its Hong Kong distributor said yesterday. Earlier this month, Chan Man-lok, 34, Leung Shing-cho, 27, and Leung Wai-lun, 21, were jailed for life for the manslaughter of Fan Man-yee in March last year. The young mother, 23, was held captive in a flat in Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, where she was tortured for a month for allegedly stealing $4,000 from Chan. She later died from her injuries and the gang dismembered her. Her body was chopped into parts and boiled while her skull was stuffed in a Hello Kitty doll and her organs dumped on a shop canopy. Soji Noyi, general manager of distributor Sanrio Hong Kong, said the films would not only hurt the victim's family and friends but also run against the 'corporate ethics' of his company. 'Our whole corporate ethic is based on social communication, with love, friendship and happiness,' said Mr Noyi. 'The Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty, represent symbols of respect and love between all human beings. In everything, we wish to help people to express their good will towards one another.' Hiro Nishino, Japan's Sanrio Corp deputy manager for Asia-Pacific, said the film companies had not approached Sanrio for permission to use the Hello Kitty characters. He would not be drawn on possible legal action. One of the films, entitled There is a secret in my soup, and directed by Yeung Chi-gin, is due to begin shooting next week. Ng Doi-yung will play the role of ringleader Chan and Angela Tong Ying-ying will play the role of the victim. Speaking in a personal capacity, Joe Cheung Tung-joe, honorary president of the Hong Kong Directors' Guild, said over-sensationalism could count as abuse of freedom of expression. 'At the end, it depends on how the directors present the case. It won't necessarily be detrimental if it is well handled,' Mr Cheung said. 'But one must be very careful when working on a film like that.'