HBO Asia announced its first Chinese-language TV collaboration this week, bringing original content to one of the world's largest markets.
As part of a partnership between HBO and China Movie Channel, Hong Kong filmmaker Corey Yuen (action choreographer for The Transporter) will serve as executive producer on the original action anthology films Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying. Both are set to premiere at the end of the year in 23 Asian territories on HBO and RED by HBO, as well as across China Movie Channel networks.
Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, said in a statement: “In expanding our production capabilities in North Asia to match audience appetite, HBO Asia is privileged to draw on CMC’s strong domestic production expertise while entertaining and inspiring viewers across the region with China’s vivid culture and stories. Apart from being HBO Asia’s very first Chinese language production and approach to the genre, this also marks the network’s first collaboration with talents from China, Hong Kong and Singapore.”
China Movie Channel -- the Chinese broadcast home of the Oscars -- is the country's top investor in local film production. Cao Yin, its President and Managing Director and President, said of the collaboration, "Through this partnership, we hope to exchange knowledge and know-how in the production of original content, and together with HBO Asia, introduce the essence of our culture through martial arts.”
Visit HBO Asia for more information, and to see where the action is later this year.