Slate all set for sixth HAF

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The 25 Asian film projects selected for the 2008 Hong Kong — Asia Film Financing Forum were revealed Wednesday.

The lineup for the sixth HAF is dominated by projects from China, South Korea and Japan and features projects from such renowned Asian directors as Japan's Nakata Hideo ("The Ring" series), Korea's Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy"), China's Li Yang ("Blind Shaft") and Hong Kong's Pang Ho-cheung ("Isabella").

HAF 2008 will be held simultaneously with sister events HK Filmart and the Asian Film Awards. International film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers will meet with filmmakers to discuss project investments.

"The projects submitted to HAF 2008 were of an extremely high standard, and we had to reject a number of very high-quality projects unfortunately," said Wouter Barendrecht, HAF reading committee member and co-chairman of Fortissimo Film Sales. "If this sets the tone for the films to come in 2008-09, Asian cinema is flourishing."

Projects from previous HAF editions include helmer Kim Jee-woon's "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird," which recently wrapped and is set for release in February in Korea. Chinese director Lu Chuan's "Nanking Nanking" and Ning Hao's "Silver Medalist" will soon complete production, and Clara Law's "The Messenger," which stars Guy Pearce and Radha Mitchell, will begin shooting in July.

A number of former HAF projects have debuted at international film festivals, including "Lost in Beijing" by Chinese director Li Yu and "Getting Home" by Zhang Yang at the Berlin International Film Festival. Kenneth Bi's "The Drummer" became the first Hong Kong film to compete at the Sundance Film Festival.

A complete list of projects can be found at THR.com.
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