HK EMP, Scorpio sign 6-pic deal


SINGAPORE -- Scorpio East Pictures has signed a six-picture distribution deal with Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures.

Scorpio East will handle the Singapore rights for theatrical, home video and free-to-air television distribution of Jackie Chan's upcoming "Shinjuku Incident," directed by Derek Yee, as well as Chen Kaige's biographical account of the great Chinese artist "Mei Lanfang," starring Leon Lai and Zhang Ziyi.

Other titles in the package include Sylvia Chang's "Run Papa Run," Jeff Lau's aquatic comedy "The Fantastic Waterbabes," Chapman To-Fan Bingbing starrer "Home Run" and "Yes, I Can See Dead People" starring Steven Cheung.

"This business collaboration with EMP further signals our continuous expansion into the area of film acquisition and distribution," Scorpio East general manager Lim Tech said.

With such recent hits as "881," "Ah Long Pte. Ltd." and "Kung Fu Dunk," Scorpio East Pictures has "put down the marker" as one of the leading distributors in Singapore, Emperor Motion Pictures CEO Albert Lee said in a statement.