Jack Neo movie has been playing non-stop at Taiwan cinema for 4 years

11 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: AsiaOnePhoto: SPHSINGAPORE - Jack Neo has made some of Singapore's most popular movies, but many of his most ardent fans are in Taiwan.Money No Enough 2, his 2008 film about family values, has been playing non-stop in a cinema in Taichung since May 20, 2009. That makes it the longest-running movie in Taiwan's movie history.Some 150,000 people have watched it at the second-run Wonderful cinema, which screens movies at a fraction of the price charged at first-run houses.Wonderful's owner, Mr Hwang Ping-hsi, 60, and a father of three grown children, is himself the movie's No. 1 fan. He screens it once every weekday and twice on weekends at his 30-year-old movie house."It is a meaningful show which could have happened in Taiwan, given our ageing population," he said. "In fact, I don't think of it as a foreign film at all."The plot revolves around a family of three materialistic brothers who exploit their elderly mother.Oddly enough, Neo's first Money No Enough was never shown at Wonderful. A smash hit in Singapore in 1998, it flopped in Taiwan, playing just one week.Late last year, Neo flew in from Singapore to visit the suburban cinema to show his appreciation for the success of Money No Enough 2. One die-hard fan at the event admitted to watching the movie more than 30 times.Insurance agent Hsieh Ming-tsung, 30, caught the show earlier this year with her co-workers. "I cried so much and lost my appetite for lunch," she said, referring to a scene where the mother dies on a hospital bed while her sons squabble.So far, Mr Hwang has no plans to stop showing the movie. "Let's see if it can keep going until the four-year mark," he said.

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