People might never guess that in his spare time, Valent Tse Yuen-ming, a lawyer by day, has been quietly working to revive Master Q, the Chinese cultural cartoon icon more commonly known as Lo Fu Ji, or Old Master. 'My friend Clayton Fong [a movie producer] came to me in 1998 with the idea of producing an animated Master Q,' he said. Remembering how much he enjoyed the comics as a child, Mr Tse decided to invest in the project. 'I started reading Master Q when I was five. I really liked it and thought it was funny. Even my three-year-old son reads Master Q now. It is a real family favourite,' said the 36-year-old investor. Since then, the friends - with project creative director Tommy Tse Kai-cheong - have worked hard to provide the children of today a modern version of Master Q which they can relate to. Last year, the group launched 13 VCDs featuring Master Q and 13 comic books based on his adventures. Valent Tse's friends developed east-meets-west storylines, putting Master Q and other Chinese favourites, such as the Monkey King, alongside Disney characters Aladdin and Tarzan. To ensure Master Q remains traditional, the friends have shied away from modern 3D animation and have been using a mainland animation firm to create the traditionally 2D characters with computer and hand-drawn graphics. Riding on the success of the comics and the VCDs, Mr Tse and friends have produced a film which will be released this Christmas. 'In the film, Master Q and his friends bring a sad family whose members have lost touch with each other into a virtual reality game to teach them about family love,' Valent Tse said. 'They will have different missions at each level of the game which teach kids about love, family life and how to joke and be happy. Valent Tse is confident that their film project will be a hit. 'Although there have been many projects on Master Q in the past, I think ours will still generate interest as it is the most famous and best-selling comic in Hong Kong. 'Moreover, we are going to animate it in the traditional Hong Kong-style and not in the Disney or Japanese styles, which are what most other animators choose.' The team is also working with King Comics to animate other popular Hong Kong comic characters. Master Q, whose name reportedly came from the word 'cute', and his friends, Mr Chun and Potato, were originally created by Alphonso Wong Chak in 1962. The comic proved hugely popular with the Hong Kong public and was distributed all over Asia.