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Taiwanese actress honored as Rising Star at NY festival

NEW YORK--Michelle Chen, the leading actress in the 2011 Taiwanese blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye," received the Star Asia Rising Star Award at the 11th New York Asian Film Festival on Sunday.

Chen, who became a household name among Mandarin film viewers for her role in the film, said she was proud to bring the romantic comedy she loves to the Big Apple, where she studied for a year.

In the movie, adapted from director Giddens Ko's own romantic memories, the leading actor partly achieves what Ko was unable to do in real life — tell a high school classmate on whom he had a crush his true feelings for her.

The film is an excellent representation of modern Taiwanese movies, said Goran Topalovic, founder of the leading Asian film festival in the United States.

"So we have a new generation of filmmakers, writers and actors who're making films with local themes that really appeal to the audiences in Taiwan. But it also has appeal outside of Taiwan's borders," he said.

The film, which raked in over NT$460 million (US$15.43 million) in Taiwan, also became the highest-grossing Mandarin film in Hong Kong after breaking the previous box office record of 61.27 million Hong Kong dollars (US$7.9 million) set by "Kung Fu Hustle."

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