[A first] Taiwan hit film makes way to mainland China (focustaiwan.tw)

5 July 2011 19 h 19 min 9 comments

Taiwanese hit film “Night Market Hero” has been approved to be shown in China and is scheduled to be screened in theaters around the country from July 12, which will make it the first Taiwan-made film to enter China since the two sides signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in June last year.

In focustaiwan.tw (CNA), 2011/07/05

ECFA frees Taiwanese films from China’s imported film quota. Prior to signing the agreement, Taiwan-made films had to compete with foreign films for entry into the Chinese market.

“Night Market Hero”, which raked in NT$140 million (US$4.85 million) at the box office in Taiwan, is about a group of vendors at a night market whose lives are filled with petty rivalries and quarrels until they are united under a common goal to save their night market from the hands of politicians and property developers.

The film will be released by Bona Film Group Ltd., one of China’s leading distributors.

Officials from the film’s production company said the film will be shown in its entirety in China, so that Chinese audiences can expect to see the same version as the one shown.

[Film director: YEH Tien Lun
Year: 2011
Running time: 124'
Country: Taiwan

Language: Taiwanese (Original version)
Release Date: 28 January 2011 (Taiwan) 
Filming Locations: Taiwan
Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

Production Co: Green Film Production
Night Market Hero is the third highest grossing local film in Taiwan in recent decades, following the success of Cape No. 7 (FEFF 2009) and Monga (FEFF 2010). In Taipei, the film made NT$51.28 million (US$1.8 million) on release over Chinese New Year and is estimated by its distributor to have made NT$125 million (US$4.3 million) nationwide. (fareastfilm.com)] 

SOURCE: focustaiwan.tw (5/07/2011)

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