The Taiwanese movie You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年，我們一起追的女孩) has become the highest-grossing Chinese-language movie in Hong Kong’s history after box office receipts for the film passed the previous record of HK$61 million (US$7.86 million) on Saturday.
The autobiographical film by Taiwanese novelist Giddens Ko (柯景騰) broke the record held by the 2004 Hong Kong film Kung Fu Hustle on New Year’s Eve, Ko said in a Plurk post early yesterday.
The romantic comedy adapted from one of Ko’s novels, which opened in Hong Kong theaters on Oct. 20, depicts the life of a troubled high-school boy who falls in love with a girl who is adored by almost every boy in her class.
“Thank you all,” Ko said in the post. “I’m so happy that I almost cried.”
In his last blog entry of last year, the 33-year-old director also expressed his gratitude to Hong Kong film-goers for supporting a movie not made in Hong Kong and described the box-office record as a “miracle.”
Those who love the film “have made my 33rd year extremely perfect,” Ko said in his post.
Hong Kong critics have said the film’s ability to arouse the “collective memory” of audiences in reliving their high-school years is what has made it so popular.
The film has grossed NT$410 million at the box office in Taiwan since its release in August.
It is set for general release in China on Friday.