Hong Kong action movie star Chow Yun-fat is suing mainland technology giant Konka for $6 million in damages for using his image in an advertisement without permission. Xinhua reported yesterday that Chow signed a contract with Konka to advertise the company's mobile phones on the mainland from 1999 to 2000. But the company continued to use the star in its advertisements in Guangzhou and Chongqing after the contract expired. Konka issued a written apology to Chow and compensated him 735,000 yuan in May 2001 after complaints from the star's representatives. But one year later his representatives discovered posters of Chow promoting Konka phones at Chongqing airport and filed a claim in the People's Intermediate Court in Shenzhen, where Konka is based. However, Konka's lawyer denied that his client had breached the contract. He told the court that Konka had taken the initiative to remove all advertisements containing Chow's image when the contract expired. But as the airport was a restricted area, it was not possible for company representatives to go in and remove the advertisement, the lawyer said, adding that it was the airport, not Konka, that had used the advertisement. The lawyer also noted that Konka had already compensated Chow for any possible recurrence of the situation in 2001. Xinhua did not give the specific date of the hearing or say when a verdict was expected. Konka is the second-largest television maker and the third-largest mobile phone producer on the mainland. It sold 6 million mobile phones last year. Chow was not available for comment yesterday.