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‘Night Market Hero’ tops box office

Staff writer, with CNA

Night Market Hero actor Blue Lan and actress Alice Ko, holding posters left to right, and director Yeh Tien-lun, in black T-shirt, visit the Rueifeng night market in Greater Kaohsiung on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Chinlai Artists Agency

Taiwanese film Night Market Hero (雞排英雄) has continued an impressive run at the local box office, grossing more than NT$90 million (US$3.05 million) and setting itself up possibly as the next blockbuster hit following Monga (艋舺) and Cape No. 7 (海角七號).

Night Market Hero, the feature debut of director Yeh Tien-lun (葉天倫), focuses on the night market culture of Taiwan and follows a group of vendors at a bustling night market whose lives are filled with rivalries and unspoken romances until they find a common cause to resist politicians and property developers eyeing the land on which the vendors have made their living for a decade.

The film features model-turned-actor Blue Lan (藍正龍), Chu Ke-liang (豬哥亮), a popular stand-up comedian and TV host, and -comedienne Lotus Wang (王彩樺).

Jackie Liu, from the local office of film distributor Twentieth Century Fox, said yesterday that box office receipts had reached NT$90.93 million by Sunday since the film’s Jan. 28 release.

Although still far behind last year’s box office hit Monga, which grossed NT$258 million, and the 2008 hit Cape No. 7, which amassed about NT$530 million, Night Market Hero has performed well from the start.

In the first weekend following its release, the film earned NT$12.56 million, and within 10 days, it had reached NT$54 million, Liu said.

Local film critic Lan Tzu-wei said on his blog that Night Market Hero might not show many new ideas on an artistic level, but its portrayal of stereotypes of Taiwanese culture has made it a major draw.

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