EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has signed Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung, whose film Tai Chi 0 played at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and just opened number one at the Chinese box office last weekend. The film is a mesh of martial arts action, Steampunk elements, and video game influences. Fung and Daniel Wu are partners in the production company Diversion Pictures (CAA reps Wu). Fung’s film opened in China with a wide release and grossed 60 yuan to-date ($9.52 million US).

The film will receive a limited theatrical release in North America on October 19th and its sequel, Tai Chi Hero,will be released in January. Agencies have been courting him since the film hit the festival circuit. Here’s a trailer for Tai Chi 0: