Stanley Kwan Among Directors Chosen for Ninth HAF

The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum chose 28 projects for 2011, including films from well-known directors such as Kwan and Su Chao-pin.

HONG KONG – Centre Stage director Stanley Kwan, The Iron Ladies helmer Yongyoot Thongkongtoon and Reign of Assassins director Su Chao-pin headline new projects chosen for the 9th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, the business networking and investment platform to be held from March 21-23.

Kwan’s To the End of Love, to be produced by veteran producer Willie Chan (Shanghai Noon, Everlasting Regret), is among the 28 projects in this year’s selections from 13 territories, including China, Hong Kong, France, Finland, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Reign of Assassins director Su will present his producing debut at HAF, Campus Confidential, to be directed by Taiwan’s Donnie Lai Chun-yu; and Thai director Yongyoot Thongkongtoon will launch Double Life of China Town as producer, with fellow countryman Nithiwat Tharatorn (My Girl) as director.

Projects from prominent and up-and-coming Asian filmmakers also include such award-winning directors as Taiwan's Chung Mong-hong with Soul, Vietnam’s Chuyen Bui Thac’s Dream State, and outstanding new talents such as China’s Zhao Fei, Yang Chao, and Li Ruijun, who will present Basement, Crosscurrent, and Where’s My Home at the HAF, respectively.

This year’s HAF selections also see South Korea’s A Tale of Two Sisters producer teaming up with This Charming Girl director Lee Yoon-ki for A Man and A Woman, as well as new projects from Japanese hit Death Note’s helmer Kaneko Shusuke, Taiwan’s Cheng Fen-fen (Hear Me), the Philippines’ Aureaus Solito (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), and Hong Kong’s Adam Wong (Magic Boy) and Flora Lau.