Love Is Payable

Love Is Payable is a 1997 Chinese-language period romance television series produced by Young Pei-pei, set in the Shanghai International Settlement during the Second Sino-Japanese War (which was policed by British and Americans before 1941 even after Shanghai fell to the Japanese in 1937). The series was filmed in Tianjin and Shanghai and first broadcast on Taiwan's Formosa Television.

Love Is Payable
Vietnamese VHS cover
Also known as
MandarinNóng Běn Duō Qíng
LiterallyYou Are Sentimental at Heart
Written byBo Hua
Directed by
Opening theme"Duo Qing Ren" (多情人) performed by Mindy Quah
Ending theme"Ditu" (地圖) performed by Chiang Yu-heng
ComposerChen Ming-chang
Country of origin
  • Taiwan
  • China
Original languageMandarin
No. of episodes40
ProducerYoung Pei-pei
  • Lin Ho-lung
  • Hsiao Bi-tsun
Running time45 minutes
Production companies
Original networkFormosa Television
Original releaseJuly 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)
Related showsEntangling Love in Shanghai (2010)

Originally, Anita Mui was the first choice to play Xiangxue'er, and Stephen Chow was the first choice for the role of Bai Lang. However, they were unavailable, so Carina Lau and Steven Ma were cast instead.

In 2010, Young Pei-pei produced a remake, titled Entangling Love in Shanghai in English (the Chinese title remains the same).


Awards and nominationsEdit

# Award Category Individual Result
34th[1] Golden Bell Awards Best Television Series Does not appear Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lee Li-chun Nominated
Best Sound Effect Hu Lianzhong, Huang Gaoping Nominated
Best Lightning Lin Helong, Chen Zelin Nominated


  1. ^ "88年電視金鐘獎入圍名單" [List of Nominees for 1999 Television Golden Bell Awards]. Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development (in Chinese).