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Giddens Ko's new film soars at box office

2014/08/23 20:48:10

Actress Megan Lai, who plays an barista in the movie. (Courtesy of Amazing Film Studio)

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) Since hitting theaters Aug. 15, Taiwanese bestselling writer and film director Giddens Ko's new film "Cafe. Waiting. Love" has posted strong box office sales, with ticket sales surpassing the NT$100 million (US$3.33 million) mark.

As of Aug. 21, the romantic comedy, adapted from Ko's novel of the same title, has raked in over NT$100 million, Amazing Film Studio, one of the film's production companies, said Saturday.

Co-produced by Ko and directed by Chiang Chin-lin, the film follows the story of college girl Si-ying, who works part-time in a coffee shop and develops a secret crush on a frequent customer.

When she is not thinking about her crush, she hangs out with her wacky male friend A-Tuo. As the film progresses, Si-ying begins to discover the story behind the coffee shop and its owner.

The film brings together both veteran and rookie actors.

Newcomers Vivian Sung and Bruce -- identified only by his first name -- play Si-ying and A-Tuo, respectively, while Hong Kong veteran actress-singer Vivian Chow guest-stars as the pensive coffee shop owner.

"Cafe. Waiting. Love" is the third novel of Giddens Ko to be adapted into a film.

In 2011, his romance film "You Are the Apple of My Eye" became a blockbuster in Taiwan. It also surpassed the 2004 Hong Kong film "Kung Fu Hustle" to become the highest-grossing Chinese-language movie in Hong Kong's history.

(By Christie Chen)
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