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"Rooftop" hires extras, taking advantage of fans?by kelvin@multistars - 17th July 2012
The filming locations for Jay Chou's second directed movie "Rooftop" (temporary title) have become sightseeing places. The crew have tried to keep future filming locations a secret, unexpectedly the locations and schedules have been leaked by an external company posting hire ads for extras. On the 21st to 26th July in Siluo Yulin, on the 31st July to the 1st of August in Lugang Changhua, they are looking for 100 and 90 extras respectively, you can tell the new movie will be big.
The external company posted the ad with the title "Heavenly king big star directed movie looking for extras", they posted it in ptt "Jay Chou board", within 3 hours 60 people signed up; it is just for 10 hours of filming, they provide 3 meals, the day's wage is 500 yuan, it seems to be breaking the minimum wage law of 103 yuan, it's no wonder they didn't post it on the "jobs board", there's a hint that they are taking advantage of fans.
Reporters contacted the external company, a staff member said: "A lot of crews are in this situation, the crew get this sort of price too, we get 700 a day, after you take off the recommendation fee, each extra gets 500."
"Rooftop" producer Will Liu heard about the suspected law breaking, he angrily said: "We hired an external company to find extras, our price was 800 a day for one person, the extras have been deducted recommendation fees, we cannot do anything about that; 800 a day is the going price in the industry, it's definitely lawful, no one has brought up whether or not the extras' wage is lawful for so long, because it's Jay Chou's movie, such a thing is brought up."
According to reports, the government have set minimum wage to 18,780 (240 hours) a month, 103 an hour, the company's offer of 10 hours, at 800 a day is not breaking the law, insiders stated: "The price offered is the going rate, it's not harsh." But because the external company have taken recommendation fees in the middle, it has drastically reduced the extras' wage.
According to reports, Jay Chou and the crew will be stopping in Gaoxiong for a few days to try a few shots, they will be hiring 85 boys and 5 girls to be extras from Lugang Changhua.
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