Looks like Taiwan newest bromance is here to stay. Ethan Ruan and Mark Chao are reuniting with their Monga director Doze Niu for his upcoming movie LOVE. After smashing the TW-box office last Summer with Monga, which also netted Ethan a Best Actor trophy at the Golden Horse Awards, Ethan has been waiting to film The Flying Guillotine with Huang Xiao Ming, whereas Mark has been filming the upcoming Black & White movie with Director Tsai.
Both movies are currently on hold, so next month Ethan and Mark will be joining Shu Qi and Vicky Zhao in filming LOVE. Director Niu is close to wrapping filming on Extravagant Challange with Choi Siwon, Lee Donghae, Ivy Chen, and Bianca Bai, so he’s prepping the movie right now for a relatively quick shoot while his four leads have time out of their busy schedule.
Ethan will be paired up with Shu Qi and Mark will be paired up with Vicky as a couple for this movie. Shu Qi apparently took a huge pay cut to do this movie, and Vicky is actually stepping into the role which originally went to Zhou Xun, who declined at the last minute. Ethan is very closing to enlisting for MS, so LOVE will likely be one of his last projects before he gets shipped off.
Director Niu gave an interview and discussed why he wanted to make a movie about love the emotion. He felt like modern society is filled with people bemoaning their own loneliness and need to find connections, but that is a very inwardly view of love. He wanted to discuss love in a broader and more selfless context through two couples and their onscreen love story.
[Credit: UDN news]