Take Me to The Moon Officially Released Trailer with "Moon Band" Gathered at Taipei 101
Take Me to The Moon Officially Released Trailer with "Moon Band" Gathered at Taipei 101 - Taipei Film Commission
Based on screenwriter Birdy Fong's Silver Award-winning work at the sixth "Filming Taipei" Screenplay Competition, Take Me to The Moon is a film inspired by the classic song of legendary Mandarin music artist Tom Chang Yu-sheng. The film held an official release press conference for its trailer this afternoon (the 27th) at Diamond Tony's Italian Restaurant up on Taipei 101, for its relative closeness to the moon. The press conference saw the appearance of director Hsieh Chun-yi along with performers Jasper Liu, Vivian Sung, Vera Yen, Shih Chih-tian, Pipi Yao and Peter Lee. It was a long-awaited reunion for members of the "Moon Band," and they chatted up right away when gathered on stage. This joyful mood was thoroughly appreciated by the media gathered in the room.
"Moon Band" of the film Take Me to The Moon; from left: Peter Lee, Pipi Yao, Jasper Liu, Vivian Sung, director Hsieh Chun-yi, Shih Chih-tian and Vera Yen.
Director Hsieh Chun-yi said that Take Me to The Moon is a film about young dreams and first love. With Tom Chang Yu-sheng's voice in the background, the film will surely bring laughter and tears to the audience. He was very pleased with the final cut, and hoped that the audience likes it, too. The cast then introduced their characters individually. There was interesting interaction between Shih Chih-tian and Peter Lee, who have been reunited on the big screen for the first time since Happy Dorm. Jasper Liu, who played the main male character "Wang Cheng-hsiang," considered himself very similar to the character he played, as they both graduated and grew into adulthood without figuring out their dreams and what to do with their future. Vivian Sung's character "Li En-pei" has the opposite personality to Wang Cheng-hsiang, as Li will do anything to make her dreams come true, which also coincides with Vivian Sung's current state of mind. Vera Yen, who played the drummer "Xiaoba," spent a great amount of effort practicing drums because she did not want Pipi Yao (who played the character "Xiaofen") steal the drummer role in the Moon Band.
In the official trailer of Take Me to The Moon, Wang Cheng-hsiang was accidentally taken back in time to the year 1997, where he was reunited with En-pei, the dream girl in his high school years that he never got the courage to tell his true feelings. In order to save the strong-willed En-pei from mortal danger, he had no choice but to change the future by ruining En-pei's dream. Seeing the official trailer for the first time, members of the "Moon Band" recalled their memories from the filming. Vivian Sung was shaken upon hearing Tom Chang Yu-sheng's voice once again, and she asked the media to be a little more tolerant about her singing skills, because she performed many of Tom Chang Yu-sheng's classic titles in the film.
For Vivian Sung (right), her kiss scene with Jasper Liu in Take Me to The Moon was a big step up in her career.
One of the main focuses of the press conference was the kiss scene between Jasper Liu and Vivian Sung. It was Vivian Sung's first time kissing on the big screen, and was a big step up in her career. She said that in Café, Waiting, Love, she played a girl waiting to be kissed but instead received a sneeze in her face, whereas in Our Times, her most intimate moment was holding hands and running. Take Me to The Moon was her real first kiss on the big screen! Interestingly, Jasper Liu faked an amnesia and said he had no recollection of that scene, but after being made fun of being insensitive, Liu finally "pried out his most treasured memory." As it turned out, Liu and Sung initially thought that the kiss scene would end pretty soon, but the director did not call the cut and it took nearly 20 takes to finish, which Jasper Liu felt utterly embarrassed.
Take Me to The Moon is scheduled for nationwide release on December 1. From left: Vera Yen, Peter Lee, Jasper Liu, Vivian Sung, director Hsieh Chun-yi, Shih Chih-tian, Pipi Yao.
Take Me to The Moon tells the story of six high school best friends who formed the "Moon Band" out of respect for Tom Chang Yu-sheng. The strong-willed lead singer Li En-pei (played by Vivian Sung) is the star of the band. Guitar player Wang Cheng-hsiang (played by Jasper Liu) admires En-pei in secrecy, but never had the courage to tell her his true feelings. En-pei dreams of nothing more than to become a popular singer, and an opportunity presents itself right before graduation, when "Tetsuya Komuro," a famous musical talent agent from Japan, comes to recruit new talents in Taiwan! She is a star awaiting to shine, and nobody knows if she will succeed……until the five good friends are reunited several years later. Tom Chang Yu-sheng's song started out as an inspiration that supported a small dream at the naive time of their lives, and when Wang Cheng-hsiang met a mysterious old lady in Ximending, he was taken back in time to his high school year in 1997. With just three days until graduation, will he be able to turn things around and convince En-pei, who would do anything to pursue her dreams? Take Me to The Moon is scheduled for nationwide release on December 1.