Sony Pictures Classics will release Stephen Chow's latest comedy "A Hope" in North America as part of a Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia worldwide acquisition just announced. Shot in China last year, the film was written by, directed and stars Chow, a megastar in Asia who was recently seen stateside in Sony Classics' release of "Kung Fu Hustle." The film grosses $100 million worldwide. This is the second collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chow's The Star Overseas Ltd.
Chow's fifth feature is described as a fantasy comedy about a, "about a poor laborer father played by Chow and his young son. When a fascinating and strange new pet enters their lives, they learn a poignant lesson about the true nature of family and the things money can't buy."
"Following our extremely successful partnership on 'Kung Fu Hustle', Sony is delighted to be working again with the exceptionally talented Stephen Chow whose original vision and unique comic humor will continue to surprise and delight audiences and has proven global appeal," said Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group vice chairman Gareth Wigan in a statement.