The China Post ran a very interesting story last Sunday about a new Hollywood-financed film starring a Japanese actor, Takeshi Kaneshiro, female heartthrob they say, and directed by some HK directors, two. But the real interesting part is that the film is based on a bestselling picture book by a Taiwanese artist named “Jimmie” – real name is Jimmy Liao and he is married to the woman who is the Taiwan translator of all the Harry Potter novels, I read somewhere.
I have seen his books in the bookstores, very well done illustrations, top of the line, pure creative genius. And the book GO LEFT, GO RIGHT is, according to my girlfriend, who translated it for me, super. Hollywood picked up the film rights for around US$1 million so this guy is going bigtime.
It’s good for Taiwan pop culture, I think, that Hollywood has paid good money for a Taiwan published book by a comic illustrator. What Ang Lee is to directing, this Jimmie guy might just be for book rights. I heard he is dying of leukemia.
Did anyone ever read his books, I mean, LOOK at his picture books here. I just know the GO LEFT GO RIGHT book, and it sold beaucoup copies to college students. It’s about the choice we have in life, kind of a love story, Taiwan style.
I wonder if the movie will do well overseas. They began filming today in Taipei, the papers said. Movie will be in theaters maybe in 2004 or 2005. Is Hollywood finally getting hip to Taiwan, or is this a one-off thing?