Popular film Your Name Engraved Herein has won much acclaim since its premiere in late September. The film, starring actors Tseng Jing-hua and Edward Chen, is a bittersweet romance between two high school boys in the late 1980s. It has grossed nearly NT$100 million (about US$3.5 million), becoming the most-watched Taiwanese movie this year, and the best-selling LGBT-themed movie in Taiwan’s history.
The film is nominated for five nods at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, including Best Original Film Song award, while the theme song, performed by Crowd Lu, has recently gone viral online. To express their appreciation to fans, the cast participated in the 18th “Taiwan LGBT Pride” parade in Taipei on Saturday last week, and showed support to the LGBT community by action.
Meanwhile, director Haruo Sotozaki’s animated film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train smashed the Japanese box office last week by crossing the 10 billion yen (about US$95.9 million) benchmark in just 10 days. The previous record was set by director Hayao Miyazaki’s classic anime Spirited Away, which took 25 days to achieve this in 2001.
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