The 24-episode drama "Eternal Flame", directed by Thai renowned director Pilaiwan Boonloon, is filmed at “Bopiliao Historical District” in Taipei on March 16th. The crew will stay in Taipei for nine days for shooting, visiting National Taiwan University, Yangming Mountain, Tamsui, Chien Mu’s residence, Hsinchu High School, among others.
"Eternal Flame" and Actors
Main actor Shahkurt Yamnharm is a household name in Thailand, who has co-filmed with Nicolas Cage in "Bangkok Dangerous". Sonia Couling, the main actress, is a supermodel since 14, and also hostess of reality show in 2005. The talented director is a four-time judge for Asia Television Awards. "Eternal Flame", adapted from real story, will be very eye-catching on TV, says director.
"Eternal Flame" is adapted from the autobiography “Be a Better man” of 56-year-old ethically Chinese businessman Wei-gong Chiu in Thailand. He started his business forty years ago when he was a student in National Taiwan University, as was enlisted in the rich list in Thailand on Forbes for three years in a row. Some plots are shot in Taiwan is to present his real story, the director says. The two-part script is divided into childhood in Thailand and youth in Taiwan.
Although they just arrived the day before, actors say, they love the local weather. It’s a pleasure to work in Taiwan. The actress especially likes the atmosphere at Bopiliao Historical District. The director mentions that this place is introduced by Taipei Film Commission. Originally the crew should go to Hsinchu, where Chiu was raised in high school. After consideration and comparison with old photos, however, they decide to film at Bopiliao Historical District. Today they are filming the day when Chiu’s mom visited Taiwan, and Chiu took her to travel around. It also includes how Chiu started the relationship with the girl.
Director Pilaiwan Boonloon
Crew is filming local delicacy at Bopiliao Historical District
Chiu's college classmate Hui-ling Xu is the Thai interpreter today and presents his autography to Taipei City Government. The book has sold more than a million copies in Thailand, and is being translated into different languages. Taipei Film Commission brings local delicacy pineapple cakes to the crew. Although the weather is cooler since 16th, the crew still enthusiastically continues their works right after their press conference.