Taiwan audiences flock to local stars
The Green Hornet starring local singer-actor Jay Chou dominated the Taipei box office at the weekend with NT$17.3 million ($595,000), representing 41% of ticket sales and — due to its higher 3-D ticket price — 46% of box office.
In a distant second place was local comedy Night Market Hero starring Chu Ko-liang, Lotus Wang and Blue Lan with NT$5m ($173,000), an impressive opening for a Taiwan-produced film.
Shot in Taipei, the vibrant comedy is a community drama set in the 888 Night Market in which the locals unite to fight back against corrupt politicians and greedy property developers.
Hero is produced by Green Film and directed by company head Yeh Tien-lun. In 2009, during development, it received a NT$4 million ($138,000) government production subsidy in the new director category.