Hong Kong film-maker JOHNNIE TO has lashed out at Asian megastars Jackie Chan and Andy Lau, after they criticised the Chinese territory's film industry.

Hong Kong native Chan claimed the region's industry was in decline due to a lack of unity amongst film employees and a string of bad movies, while heart-throb Lau offered to finance his own films.

PTU director To says of RUSH HOUR star Chan, "He usually isn't so good at talking and doesn't understand how the market operates. Films are made only when bosses are willing to invest.

"Where there are audiences, bosses would keep investing their money."

Referring to Lau, To adds, "He should not deceive the audience. Why doesn't he invite Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise? How are we going to get the five people together to make a film? How long would it take to organise it?"