'Cha Cha for Twins' vies for piece of mainland market

By Zhang Rui
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The award-winning Taiwan school romance film "Cha Cha for Twins" hit Chinese screens yesterday, as it contends for a piece of the mainland market.

"Cha Cha for Twins," directed by Yang Yi-chien and Jim Wang, is a romantic comedy based on a novel by Yang Yi-Chien. It tells a story about the 17-year-old twins Poni and Mini. The two girls look so much alike that even a secret admirer of Poni cannot tell them apart, which makes things complicated and hilarious. Love aside, for Poni, the elder twin, the biggest challenge also is to differentiate herself from her little sister.

Newbie actress Huang Peijia delivers a powerful interpretation when she plays the roles of both twin sisters. The puppy love story with energy of youth will make you laugh and cry, and it might even take you back to your school days.

The film was nominated for five Taiwan Golden Horse Awards in 2012, including Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay. It also won three awards at Taipei Film Festival 2012 including Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

As the busy Chinese New Year box office season approaches, "Cha Cha for Twins" is set to compete with Wong Kar-wai's martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" in the mainland market. It will face a greater battle once James Bond's "Skyfall" opens later this month.

"Cha Cha for Twins" follows in the footsteps of "You Are the Apple of My Eye," which screened at the same time last year and debuted with 27 million yuan at box office in its first week, the best opening week result for a Taiwanese film on Chinese mainland.

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