January 5, 2014

Bride For Rent Movie Starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim: Plot, Cast, and Trailer

Bride For Rent is a Filipino romantic comedy film directed by Mae Czarina Cruz. It stars Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Matt Evans, Martin del Rosario and Tirso Cruz III. It was produced by Star Cinema. It was released in movie theaters in the Philippines on January 15, 2014. The film is part of Star Cinema's offering in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Bride For Rent is about a young man looking for a woman whom he wants to pretend to be his wife so that he can get a significant inheritance from his grandmother. After getting married in church, all hell breaks loose as the pretend couple try to co-exist under the same roof.

The Trailer:
A three-minute official trailer for the film was posted on Star Cinema's YouTube page on December 31, 2013 and quickly went viral. Just a week after being posted, the trailer was able to generate over one million views. In the trailer, Chiu is seen auditioning for a role in front of a screening panel composed of three members of which Lim is one of them. Prior to being uploaded online on YouTube, the trailer was first seen by movie fans when it debuted during the 2013 edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Featured in the trailer is the song Chinito by Yeng Constantino, a track from her album Metamorphosis which was released on January 28, 2013.


The Cast:
Kim Chiu as Raquilita "Rocky" dela Cruz
Xian Lim
Pilita Corrales as Lala
Empoy Marquez
Tirso Cruz III
Martin del Rosario
Matt Evans

Controversies:
Some people who have seen the trailer of Bride For Rent are saying that the plot of the film is similar to Full House, a South Korean television series that originally aired in South Korea in 2004. It starred Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jeung and Jang Yong. A lot of Filipinos are aware of the series because it was aired in one of the country's top television stations.

Additionally, there are people saying that the movie is a copy of a story on Wattpad. Wattpad is an online community where readers and writers connect with each other. Writers post their stories while readers vote for them. Reading stories on the site is free of charge.

Trivia:
Bride For Rent is the second movie wherein Kim Chiu and Xian Lim appeared together as leads. Their first major movie together was Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo, also a romantic comedy which was released in July of 2013. The movie was a hit as it was able to gross over 100 million pesos within just a month.

Chiu and Lim have also appeared together in popular television series on ABS-CBN. These were My Binondo Girl and Ina Kapatid Anak.

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