Man In Love, a Taiwanese remake of the 2014 Korean romantic drama has been winning hearts locally, grossing $11.3M through Sunday, and remaining No. 1 for three weeks in a row.
Despite holdover competition from Godzilla Vs Kong and Mortal Kombat. The debut feature from Yin Chen-Hao is coming out of its fourth frame and is currently the top local title of the pandemic era as well as moving up on the all-time chart for Taiwanese films at home.
Taiwan’s movie theaters were affected by Covid, but were never forced to close, and as capacity restrictions eased, a project titled Local Films Taking Off saw a number of Taiwanese titles hit theaters every month until April this year. That included a rewards system incentivizing moviegoers out to cinemas, the Straits Times reported in January. Through end-2020, local films had garnered 18% of the market, versus just over 8% in 2019.
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The trend appears to be continuing with Man In Love (its $11.3M to date is not too far off Godzilla Vs Kong‘s $12.4M).
Sony Pictures Releasing International debuted the movie on April 1 and projections are for Man In Love to gross as high as NT$ 400M ($14.2M) which would place it in the Top 5 ever. Sony is very active in local-language productions, and although it did not produce Man In Love, the film’s success is further tribute to the strength of homegrown fare which helps all boats to rise. The original title did about $13M in Korea in 2014.
The story centers on Cheng (Dear Ex’s Roy Chiu), a debt collector gone rogue who is living in the attic of a small barber shop. His buddy, the owner of the debt collection company, asks Cheng to collect a troublesome debt while the creditor is in a coma. Cheng comes to the hospital to boss other gangsters around and meets Hao Ting (Tiffany Ann Hsu of Netflix’s The Victim’s Game) who is caring for her poorly father and shouldering the financial burden.
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Taiwanese drama ‘Man In Love’ reaches NT$300 million
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — One month after its release, Taiwanese blockbuster “Man In Love” reached NT$300 million (US$10.7 million) at the box office Sunday (April 25).
First screened on April 1, the box office of “Man In Love” in Taiwan has surpassed South Korean sci-fi film “Seobok” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Additionally, this is director Yin Chen-hao’s (殷振豪) first feature film.
Starring Taiwanese actors Roy Chiu (邱澤) and Ann Hsu (許瑋甯), “Man In Love” was adapted from the South Korean film of the same name released in 2014. Set in typical Taiwanese settings, the movie tries to capture the struggles of ordinary people.
Gangster A-cheng (阿成), played by Chiu, falls in love with Hsu’s office worker, Wu Hao-ting (吳浩婷), when collecting debt from Wu’s ailing father. The hoodlum offers the daughter the option to pay off her father’s debt with dates.
Chiu began to gain attention after he took the lead role in the Taiwanese drama “Dear Ex” in 2018. He has since won prizes at the Taipei Film Awards and the Osaka Asian Film Festival.
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The following is a synopsis of the film Man In Love Taiwan Love
A-cheng is a rogue who relies on debt collection for living. He lives in the attic of a small barber shop managed by his elder brother. It’s time for a 37-year-old adult to live on his own, but he always ignores all contempt from others. One day, he goes to the hospital to collect a debt from a creditor in coma, there he meets Hao-ting, daughter of the creditor. She is forced to sign a debt transferring contract without any complaint. Her silhouette of silently taking care of her father deeply attracts A-cheng, a guy who never had responsibility before. A-cheng clumsily draws a “graffiti contract” to offset Hao-ting’s debts with walks and dinners as dating, even tries his best to manage the funeral for her father. Hao-ting feels touched by his behaviors and accepts his pursuit. Unexpectedly, a barter gambling takes away their future ruthlessly. A-cheng is not only imprisoned, also diagnosed with hemangioma. He has not much time left…At that moment, A-cheng finally understands that when a man falls in love, he can give up everything without hesitation.
Taiwanese Remake of “Man in Love” Starring Roy Chiu and Tiffany Hsu Celebrates a Successful Box Office Run
As far as remakes go, Roy Chiu and Tiffany Ann Hsu’s version of the Korean film Man in Love 當男人戀愛時continues to make a killing at the box office with more than NT$ 380 million (approx USD 13.7 million) in profits since debuting in cinemas last April 1.
To celebrate the milestone, both cast and crew of the film got together to hold a special event to thank fans for their unwavering support. Fans lucky enough to get in chowed down on some steamed pork and lover’s tea whilst posing for selfies with their favourite actors including Roy Chiu who played debt collector A-Cheng and Tiffany Ann Hsu who played the debt ridden lady who stole his heart.
Both stars also jokingly shared how they “helped” boost the film’s box office sales with Roy laughingly revealing how he’d occasionally pop into theatres after work wraps up for the day to watch Man in Love. “The first time I wanted to watch my own movie, I couldn’t even buy tickets!” he joked. Tiffany on the other hand said she’d already tried watching the film from different seats in the theatre – on the right and in the back row of the middle seats. Next time she said she’ll pick a seat on the left side of the theatre for a change. And if they see someone in the audience crying, both Roy and Tiffany joked they’ll also hand ‘em tissue paper.
Man in Love tells the story about unlikely romance that bloomed between a kind-hearted debt collector named A-Cheng and Hao Ting, the woman he’s supposed to be collecting debt payments from. With her sickly father in the hospital, Hao Ting shoulders the burden of his debts by herself whilst caring for him. Knowing that Hao Ting can’t pay back her father’s debts in time, A-Cheng cuts her an unusual deal – to go on dates with him as payment instead.
Taiwanese singer Cai Zhen-nan (蔡振南), comedian Chung Hsin-Lin (鍾欣凌), and TV host Huang Lu Tzu Yin (黃路梓茵) round out the cast. For more information, please visit the website below: