100 Days (2013 film)

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100 Days
100 Days 2013 film poster.png
Film poster
Directed by Henry Chan
Produced by
  • Stacy Fan
  • Weiko Lin
Written by Weiko Lin
Screenplay by Megi Hsu
Starring
  • Johnny Lu
  • Tracy Chou
  • Soda Voyu
  • Akira Chen
  • Julianne Chu
  • Ming-Hsui Tsai
Music by
Cinematography Randy Che
Edited by Kenji Chen
Production
company
Unison Company
Distributed by Vie Vision Pictures
Release date
  • October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13) (Hawaii Film Festival)
  • November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) (Taiwan)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin

100 Days (Chinese: 真愛100天) is a 2013 Taiwanese romantic comedy film directed by Henry Chan, marking his second film since Gas.

Plot[edit]

The main character is career-obsessed Bo Dan Wu (played by Johnny Lu), a rising star at a telecom company in Taipei. When he learns the news of his estranged mother’s death, he reluctantly returns to his hometown (set in Matsu’s picturesque Qinbi Village (芹壁村) to pay his respects. When he arrives, he learns of a tradition which requires him to either marry within 100 days or wait for three years.

There is just one catch: Bo Dan does not plan on getting married any time soon. Fortunately, his step-brother Zhen Fong (played by Soda Voyu), decides to marry his long-time fiancé Xiao Wei (played by Tracy Chou) in three days, it turns out that Xiao Wei is actually Bo Dan’s childhood sweetheart, and when a typhoon prevents him from leaving the island, the two are forced with the possibility of rekindling their romance. Xiao Wei is forced to choose: her doting fiancé who is the “right” choice, or the man of her dreams.

Cast[edit]

  • Johnny Lu as Bo Dan Wu
  • Akira Chen (陳文彬) as Mo Shu
  • Tracy Chou (周采詩) as Xiao Wei
  • Julianne Chu (朱蕾安)
  • Tsai Ming Hsiu (蔡明修 ) as Liu Ching
  • Soda Voyu (蘇達) as Zhen Fong

Production[edit]

Principal photography of the island scenes in the film were shot in Taiwan's Matsu Islands. Director Chan said he shot the film in Qinbi (芹壁村) Village on Matsu’s Beigan Township (北竿) island because the village looked like “it hasn’t been touched by time.” “I wanted the village to be a character. If I came back to discover my own village and fell in love with it, it had to be attractive and beautiful,” Chan says, but Matsu was an expensive choice. Lacking the infrastructure necessary for filmmaking, the crew had to ship everything to the island, including 14 trucks, cranes, generators and extras. And similar to the protagonist in the movie, a typhoon stranded the production team on the island a few times.[1] Additional scenes were shot in Taipei, Taiwan.[2]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival on October 13, 2013 with English subtitles.[3] Following this, the film saw a nationwide release in Taiwan on November 1, 2013.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yi, Ho. "Hollywood to Matsu". Taipei Times. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lin, Kristina. "Hawaii International Film Festival Presents "100 Days" Directed by Henry Chan". Taiwanese American. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "100 DAYS (真愛100天)". Hawaii International Film Festival. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Seikaly, Andrea. "'100 Days' pulls director, UCLA professor back to Asian roots". Daily Bruin. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 

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