The Taipei Film Commission showcased “Taipei Action!” with Taiwanese writer/director Wei, Te-Sheng’s latest film “52 Hz, I Love You”. Additionally, the TFC gears up for the upcoming Universiade
The Taipei Film Commission showcased “Taipei Action!” with Taiwanese writer/director Wei, Te-Sheng’s latest film “52 Hz, I Love You”. Additionally, the TFC gears up for the upcoming Universiade - Taipei Film Commission
Taipei Action! Press Conference, (right) Director of 52 Hz I Love You, Wei Te-Sheng, (middle) Director General of Taipei Economic Cultural Offices in Los Angeles (TECO), Steve C.C. Hsia, (left) Director of Taipei Film Commission Jennifer Jao
Director of 52 Hz I Love You, Wei Te-Sheng speaking at the Taipei Action! Press Conference in Santa Monica
The Taipei Film commission director Jennifer Jao showed up at the American Film Market with a different type of film this year. After working with a number of international renowned filmmakers such as Luc Besson (director of “Lucy” ), Martin Scorsese( “Silence” Director), Jackie Chan (“Bleeding Steel” ) as well as American TV series like “Fresh Off the Boat”, Jao is taking a homegrown movie “52 Hz, I love you” to “Taipei Action!” , an on going effort to maximize and support film and TV productions in Taipei. Additionally, Jao is calling for sports events productions to Film in Taipei as the city will be hosting the Universiade (Taiwan’s University International sports events and competitions) next year 2017 for the first time. As one of the key organizers, she believes it a win-win situation for any international projects with sports theme to consider Taipei an ultimate destination for their films in conjunction with the “Universiade”.
Taipei Action! Press Conference, (right) Director of Taipei Film Commission Jennifer Jao, (middle) Director General of Taipei Economic Cultural Offices in Los Angeles (TECO), Steve C.C. Hsia, (left) Director of 52 Hz I Love You, Wei Te-Sheng
“ 52 Hz, I love you” @ ”Taipei Action!” is the latest film written, produced, and directed by the award winning Taiwanese director Wei, Te-Sheng. Instead of seeking North America distribution at the film market, Wei has decided to take his newest labor of love to 52 cities in North America by himself and his team. On his Los Angeles stop, he joined the Taipei Film Commission, subsidiary to Taipei’s Department of Culture affairs, in the “Taipei Action!” press conference to promote filmmaking in Taipei.
“ You’ll see how beautiful Taipei is in the film.” Wei announced.
Adding to his remark, a special video presentation featuring international directors who have filmed in Taipei, further solidified that the years of efforts to promote Taipei as a filming destination has come to fruition. Director Luc Besson spoke of Taipei with great affection, saying the experience exceeded his expectations. The Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese, who chose Taipei as “the” location to film his latest project “Silence”, also has nothing but positive things to say about Taipei.
Director Wei said his “52 Hz I Love You” signaled a change of attitude towards the megacity.” I was frustrated with Taipei when I made Cape No. 7, but this time, I learned how to make peace with the city, especially for young people it should be filled with love and romance.”
Wei is taking “52 Hz, I Love You” to 52 cities in North America for special screenings. A lucky coincident, he said, sounding off the title of the film. He said the proceeds and donations from these showings will go to those who can’t afford to take their families and loved ones to movies and concessions in Taiwan, something he did when he produced his last film Kano. This Saturday morning, November 5th was his Los Angeles stop where a special screening was held at the UCLA James Bridges Theater.
Taiwanese director Wei Te-Sheng’s UCLA screening 52, Hz I Love You Q&A
Taiwanese director Wei Te-Sheng’s new film 52, Hz I Love You screening at UCLA
The director aimed to reach overseas Mandarin speaking audiences as well as Asian film buff since the film won’t be release in theaters in this part of the world. The film is sold out in all 4 showings in the Los Angeles area.
The Taiwanese director’s appearance attracted heavy media coverage. Aside from the international film trade publications such as Screen International and Variety, local Chinese press (Chinese World Journal, Sing Tao Daily, Central News Agency, Eastern Television, The Epoch Times, KSCI 18 LA, Mtime, CCTV 6, Phoenix Satellite Television, NTD TV, CTI Zhong Tian Channel) took great interests in Wei’s change of pace from his last work, “Seediq Bale” to the new musical.
Long time supporters of Taipei Film Commission (TFC) and industry professionals also participated the event. The list included Justin Cooper, representative from the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI), a long time collaborator with the TFC; Stephen Israel, American producer of Baby Steps, an international co-production between Los Angeles and Taipei; Sharon Wu, a long time consultant with TFC in works of film animation and special effects for the Taipei Film Academy; plus Taiwan exhibitors at the AFM this year including from Ablaze Image, CMC Entertainment, Filmware International, Catchplay, VieVision Pictures, and the Taiwan Film Institute. Last but not least, a supporting visit came from the Director General of Taipei Economic Cultural Offices in Los Angeles (TECO), Steve C.C. Hsia.
Videos played to promote filming in Taipei City during the presentation were behind the scene footages and remarks from international co-productions such as Luc Besson’s Lucy, the soon to be released Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Jackie Chan’s first Sci-fi action comedy Bleeding Steel and the NBC TV show Fresh off the Boat which shot two episodes in Taipei earlier this year for its new season. The sneak preview of Wei’s 52 Hz, I Love You was also shown to the press to demonstrate the fresh and new style Wei has once again taken on to challenge himself as a critical and commercial successful director. (Artcile & Photography/ International Section of TFC)