Taiwanese teen romance wins HK Film Award
Mon, April 16 2012 18:52 | 1617 Views
Taipei (ANTARA News/CNA) - Taiwanese box-office hit "You are the Apple of My Eye" won in a new category introduced this year at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards, taking the title of "Best Film of Mainland (China) and Taiwan."
You are the Apple of My Eye. (post90s.net)
The low-budget film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by popular Taiwanese author Giddens Ko and is set in his hometown of Chanhua County in central Taiwan.
It beat four other Taiwanese and Chinese blockbusters -- The Flowers of War, If You Are the One 2, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and Starry Starry Night -- to win the newly introduced Best Film of Mainland and Taiwan award.
Lead actors Ko Chen-tung and Michelle Chen, along with the rest of the main cast, attended the glitzy award presentation ceremony at the harbor-front Hong Kong Cultural Center.
The film tells the story of five high school boys striving to win the heart of classmate Shen Chia-yi, played by Michelle Chen.
The retro coming-of-age drama emerged as an instant box-office success in Taiwan upon its release last year, appealing to audiences of all ages.
It was the third best-selling film in Taiwan`s history, with NT$460 million (about US$16 million) in ticket sales. It broke four box-office records on its opening days in Hong Kong and has since become the best-selling Mandarin film ever screened there.
The movie has also generated a buzz in the rest of the Chinese-speaking world, including several Southeast Asian countries.
Noted Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao, who rose to stardom through a TV reality show, won the award for best new performer for his role in "The Killer Who Never Kills", which is also based on a popular novel by Giddens Ko.
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