A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities Announced Start of Filming
A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities Announced Start of Filming - Taipei Film Commission
Director Nelson Yeh, known for incorporating Taiwanese culture into his films, has announced days earlier the much-anticipated plan to direct A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities, a series taking place in San Francisco and Taipei for the international streaming platform Netflix, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei Culture Foundation, and Taipei Film Commission. On December 1, a press conference for the start of filming on the series was held at the Regent Taipei, Taiwan. Director Nelson Yeh attended the event with cast members Tammy Chen, Peggy Tseng, James Wen, Denny Huang, Danny Li, and Irene Luo. Also present were Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun, Commissioner of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs Chung Yung-feng, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, and Netflix’s Vice President of Content Acquisition Robert Roy, showing the attention on and anticipation of the international co-production of the original series A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities.
Cast of A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities. From the left: Danny Li, Irene Luo, Denny Huang, Peggy Tseng, Tammy Chen, and James Wen.
The team behind A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities and other key attendees. From the left: Danny Li, Irene Luo, Denny Huang, Peggy Tseng, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun, director Nelson Yeh, Netflix’s Vice President of Content Acquisition Robert Roy, Tammy Chen, James Wen, Commissioner of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs Chung Yung-feng, and Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission.
Director Nelson Yeh has brought the stories of Dadaocheng to life in Twa-Tiu-Tiann and La Grande Chaumière Violette, both receiving critical and commercial success. With A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities, he is again returning to Dadaocheng, telling the story of two girls from San Francisco and Dadaocheng who swap their homes and their lives. Yeh said that for a long time, he had worked with Green Film Production to “tell Taiwanese stories to the Taiwanese people,” and this time working with Netflix, after three years in pre-production, he finally had the opportunity to “tell Taiwanese stories to the world.” He also joked that because he is a heavy Netflix user, he would put the cast members to an “international standard” and not allow them to phone it in.
Director Nelson Yeh of A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities
Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun postponed her countryside tour to attend the event. In her speech, she said that a significant trend of “new Taiwanese dramas” has formed with productions such as Wake Up, “Qseries,” and The Teenage Psychic, featuring diverse subject matters and the Taiwanese spirit while gaining an international audience. She hoped that A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities would once again show the world the charm of Taiwanese filmmaking and stressed that “the government will be there for us.”
Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun
Commissioner of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs Chung Yung-feng said in his speech that A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities has two layers of meaning for Taipei City. The first is that Taipei and San Francisco have had a fruitful relationship as sister cities, and the second is that these two cities have similar cultural warmth and diversity. “Through the work of director Nelson Yeh, I hope for Taipei and San Francisco to join again in a stronger alliance.”
Commissioner of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs Chung Yung-feng
In addition to the Ministry of Culture and Taipei City Government, A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities is also supported by Taipei Film Commission, who plays a key role in location scouting, traffic control, and coordinating resources from the public sector. In particular, during the shoot in San Francisco, the crew received assistance from local officials, which allowed the crew to run the shoot smoothly.
The 20 episodes of A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities is made for more than 100 million TWD and will be released in 190 countries in 30 languages. The key player behind this project is the global leader in streaming entertainment, Netflix. Its Vice President of Content Acquisition, Robert Roy, who came to Taiwan for the event, said, “With more than 100 million users, Netflix is committed to discovering stories that appeal to the audience and produce original shows with local perspectives. We are excited and eager for the world to see A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities.”
Netflix’s Vice President of Content Acquisition, Robert Roy
In A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities, James Wen plays a beaten down stock analyst who has an opportunity to rebuild his hometown. He said that it had been a long time since he worked in Taiwan, and he was honored to be a part of the series. Tammy Chen, who plays the lead actress, commented, “I took the part because the story is more than superficial romance. It explores Taiwan’s history and culture, and I find it particularly meaningful.” The press conference ended with the release of sky lanterns to pray for blessings on the series.
At the end of the press conference, sky lanterns are released to pray for successful production and positive audience response.