Fox International Productions Backs Taiwanese Film ‘Kung Fu’
HONG KONG – Fox International Productions will co-finance its first-ever production in Taiwan, writer-turned-director Giddens Ko’s follow-up to his 2011 hit You Are the Apple of My Eye.
Kung Fu, which like Apple is an adaptation of one of Ko’s own novels, will begin shooting next year, with a release date slated for 2015 with Twentieth Century Fox distributing, according to FIP. Comic Ritz is understood to be a co-financer on the project.
At a press conference held in Taipei on Wednesday, Ko introduced a three-minute teaser made on a budget of $130,000 (NT$4 million). It features 6-year-old actress Chi Hsiao-hua, who makes her debut in the project.
Kung Fu revolves around a high-school student’s growing fascination with martial arts novels and how this changes his teenage life.
By financing rather just distributing the film, FIP is hedging its bets for Ko to repeat the success of Apple, which was a hit at home in Taiwan and, perhaps even more staggeringly, in Hong Kong, where its box-office revenues of $8 million (HK$61.9 million) propelled it past Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle to become the highest-grossing Chinese-language film ever released in the city.
FIP already has produced films across the Taiwan Straits, having backed Hong Kong pair Wing Shya and Tony Chan’s Hot Summer Days (2010) and Lost in Space (2011), as well as The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, the 2010 directorial debut of mainland China's Wuershan (Painted Skin: Resurrection).