Xstream Pictures, the production house co-founded by mainland director Jia Zhangke, will invest 100 million yuan (HK$113.7 million), in four new film projects to help promote young Asian directors. The Golden Lion winner announced his plans at a press conference this week during the Pusan International Film Festival, where he was promoting his documentary I Wish I Knew, currently in production. Jia, 39, announced the first of the four projects would be Flying Duck, a comedy directed by South Korean newcomer Baek Seung-hoon, who also appeared at the event. Flying Duck will be Baek's first feature film and the director, who studied at Beijing Film Academy, said he would put elements of Korean humour into the movie. With Jia (above) as producer, Flying Duck, billed as '2010's comic road movie', has already drawn interest from industry heavyweights; Jackie Chan, Ge You and Tony Leung Ka-fai, mainland actress Ni Hong-jie and South Korean actor Choi Joon-suk have expressed interest in joining the cast. Filming for Flying Duck will start next month and will take place in Beijing, Chongqing, Sichuan, Hainan and Pusan. Baek described it as a 'cross-border romance'. Jia's production company will also back a film by Emily Tang, the mainland director of Perfect Life. Tang's film, the working title of which is Love Replacement, will begin filming soon in Guangxi. Xstream Pictures was founded by Jia and two Hong Kong filmmakers, Chow Keung and Nelson Yu Lik-wai, in 2003.