Love in Taipei: Overview, Paramount+ Promo code, and SF Q&A | 8Asians4 min read

Earlier this month, Love in Taipei premiered on Paramount+ on August tenth. I’ve been behind on my running a blog, however needed to let everybody find out about some issues concerning the film, together with a free promo code to see it, a overview, and a Q&A session held in San Francisco that I attended (warning – spoilers within the Q&A).

Promo Code
Love is Taipei is obtainable on Paramount+ streaming service.  In the event you don’t have that service, you possibly can watch it on Paramount+ with the one month free promo code: TAIPEI. This supply is sweet till 9/10. Be aware that the traditional free trial is just for every week. In the event you’re already subscribed, you possibly can click on right here to begin the movie.

Total, for a streaming movie aimed for the Younger Grownup (“YA”) viewers, I loved this romantic drama tailored from the very best promoting e book, Loveboat, Taipei. In distinction, a buddy of mine, who additionally went on the precise Love Boat like I did, thought that there was extra drama in an episode of Saved by the Bell than within the movie. As said on Parmount Plus, the plot of the movie is:

“A younger girl’s cultural immersion program in Taiwan seems to be a liberating free-for-all referred to as “Loveboat” the place sudden romance leads her to query her future. Primarily based on the best-selling e book “Loveboat, Taipei” by Abigail Hing Wen.”

I by no means acquired round to studying Loveboat, Taipei, as I don’t assume I’ve learn any fiction since faculty … so I couldn’t precisely inform you what the variations are, besides from this overview:

“When she wrote her bestselling YA novel “Loveboat, Taipei,” Bay Space writer Abigail Hing Wen met her viewers the place they had been, detailing the pleasant summer time debauchery of Taiwanese American teenagers. Certain, there’s earnest self-discovery and cultural exploration as her characters take of their ancestral homeland, however there’s additionally intercourse, racy photograph shoots, backstabbing and reconciliation.

Now tailored as a movie, probably the most risque factor to occur within the novel’s story onscreen simply is likely to be a closed-mouth kiss. And it’s a disgrace, as a result of that is one completely attractive solid.”

I’m assuming the choice was made resulting from viewers concerns. Personally, I feel I might have loved the racier model! What I did love was that Love in Taipei was truly filmed in Taiwan. Taipei is a personality within the movie, very very similar to how Singapore was in Loopy Wealthy Asians. I feel Taipei and Taiwan are underated trip locations for many People, so I’m more than pleased to see after they can get highlighted in widespread tradition or within the information.

In any case, the principle character, Ever Wong (Ashley Liao) does a number of self reflection throughout her keep in Taiwan and meets two very totally different younger males who relate to her challenges differenty — Boy Marvel Rick Woo (Ross Butler) and troublemaker Xavier Yeh (Nico Hiraga). There isn’t a number of drama, however the characters are relateable. I believed that the lead actors all did a wonderful job, particularly Ashley Liao – her first main position. In the event you preferred To All The Boys I’ve Cherished Earlier than, you must get pleasure from Loveboat, Taipei – and audiences appeared to have loved the movie as nicely, with an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.

WARNING – Spoilers in Video under!

Screening & post-Q&A in San Francisco

Viewers Previous to the Screening (photograph credit score: John)

Earlier than Love in Taipei turned obtainable for streaming, Abigail Hing Wen had organized a non-public screening in San Francisco with many various neighborhood companions and had a Q&A on Wednesday, August 2nd. Andrew Yang made some remarks, and Kristen Sze from the native information ABC7 hosted the Q&A.

Be aware that there are spoilers within the video under!



About John

I am a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to varsity in upstate New York, labored in Connecticut, went to grad college in North Carolina after which moved out to the Bay Space in 1999 and have been dwelling right here ever since – love the climate and nearly every thing concerning the space (besides the excessive value of housing…)

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