The Paramount+ original film Love in Taipei, adapted from the novel Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, tells the story of a young Asian-American woman who travels to Taipei for a summer program only to find an unexpected romance. It’s a welcome opportunity to see an entirely Asian cast and a new young adult perspective on one particular culture.
I had the chance to speak with director Arvin Chen and Wen, who serves as an executive producer, about the process of adapting the book to a movie and shooting in Taipei. We also discussed filming during COVID, finding the perfect cast, and how the film has been received so far.
You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.
LOVE IN TAIPEI follows a young woman’s cultural immersion program in Taiwan, which turns out to be a liberating free-for-all known as “Loveboat” where unexpected romance leads her to question her future. Based on the best-selling book “Loveboat, Taipei” by Abigail Hing Wen. The film, shot on location in Taipei, stars Ashley Liao (Physical, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), Ross Butler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, To All The Boys Franchise), Nico Hiraga (Booksmart, Moxie), Chelsea Zhang (Daybreak, Titans) and Cindy Cheung (The Sinner, 13 Reasons Why).
Love in Taipei is now streaming on Paramount+.