Fruit Chan hopes erotic production can overcome growing disinterest Hong Kong filmmakers are facing their greatest creative crisis amid a dwindling market and widely varying tastes among their audiences, an award-winning director and producer said yesterday. A joint project with other Asian countries could help to save the industry, Fruit Chan said. Chan said he hoped the new erotic film Colour Blossoms, with an international cast, would bring people back to the cinemas after it opens today. 'The market is shrinking. The audience's tastes are so diversified,' said Chan, who produced the film. 'Some prefer mindless flicks but they don't please those who demand films with higher artistic values. 'If you make a film that's totally local, it can't attract the local audience. This film, with three legendary women from three different regions playing the main roles is a new try.' Colour Blossoms, directed by Yon Fan, stars Teresa Cheung Siu-wai from Hong Kong, Japan's Matsuzaka Keiko and Korean transsexual actress Ha Ri Su. Chan said it was hoped the film would attract audiences in all three countries, but doubted it could be shown on the mainland because of its sexual content - despite relaxation of quotas for Hong Kong films under the cross-border trade deal. 'The cultural difference between Hong Kong and China is huge. If you change the content to please the mainland market and fit the mainland rules, Hong Kong people won't like it,' he said. 'It's better to make a film focusing on a subject that people in other countries can understand.' Universal Studios has acquired distribution rights in Japan for Colour Blossoms. Previous joint Asian productions include Three and Three-Extremes, put together by Hong Kong, South Korean, Japanese and Thai directors. Film historian Law Kar said local audiences had a history of low acceptance towards sexual content, and there had been very few locally produced erotic films. Yon admitted his project was risky, although it had attracted a lot of attention.