Sets in the City - February, 2016 - Taipei Film Commission
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Top-10 Filming Locations in Taipei - 2015
(Article/ Liya Chen; photography/ May Wen, Richard Wang, and TFC Production Assistance Team)
Since founded in 2007, Taipei Film Commission (TFC) has seen its production assistance service demands grow year after year. As of 2015, TFC had assisted a total of 2,953 productions with various requests including location scouting, talent search, location booking, coordination, and the actual filming. The number of assisted productions has increased by more than 10 times from 54 cases in 2008 to 635 cases in 2015 (including 110 international co-productions). It is evident that local and foreign production teams are increasingly dependent upon TFC’s assistance to film in Taipei. In the February 2016 issue of “Sets in the City,” we will take you through the top-10 most requested filming locations in 2015.
Top.10 Treasure Hill Artist Village
Treasure Hill Artist Village (photography/ May Wen)
Located near Xindian River on Tingzhou Road, Treasure Hill Artist Village is characterized by its special history and distinctive architecture that is different to the rest of Taipei City. Productions that were filmed here in 2015 included Taste of Love (TV drama) and Mystery Murder (film; unofficial name). This location also housed the production of Thanatos, Drunk in 2013. In the previous issue of “Sets in the City,” we invited the film's lead actor Lee Hong-chi to share his memories about Treasure Hill Artist Village.
Top.9 Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (photography/ Richard Wang)
Located at Xinyi District, “Songshan Cultural and Creative Park” was formerly the Songshan Tobacco Plant. This location was once chosen by director Tsao Jui-yuan for his TV drama - Crystal Boys, because the aged buildings presented an authentic look of the 1960s and 1970s. Crystal Boys later won a great number of awards at the 38th Golden Bell Awards. Today, the tobacco plant has been transformed and given a new identity called “Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.” The retained old buildings coupled with natural landscape and the monument of creativity produce an unique blend of old and new that makes it a favored location to many production teams. Productions that were filmed here in 2015 included Metro of Love (film series) and HISO THAILAND (Thai TV show).
Top.8 Taipei Zhongshan Hall
Taipei Zhongshan Hall (photography/ Richard Wang)
Taipei Zhongshan Hall is a Second-Grade Heritage located on Yanping South Road. It was first constructed by the Japanese for public gatherings in the city, and continues to be an important venue for many film-related events. It was one of the locations that deceased director Edward Yang chose to recreate the 1960s setting in A Brighter Summer Day. Productions that were filmed here in 2015 included TV dramas Marry Me, or Not?, Life on Wheels (unofficial), and A Touch of Green.
Top.7 Linsen Hospital
Taipei City Hospital Linsen Chinese Medicine Branch (photography/ TFC Production Assistance Team)
Life and death are a big part of drama, which is why filmmakers are constantly in need to film at medical facilities. Currently, Linsen Hospital is the only facility under Taipei City Hospitals that allows filming inside ward rooms. An alternative location for this type of scenes would be Yangming Branch, where most of the lobby is available for filming. Productions that were filmed here in 2015 included What leave, leave what (short) and Aprica commercials.
Top.6 Luoyang Car Park
Luoyang Car Park (photography/ Richard Wang)
Luoyang Car Park is located near Zhongxiao Bridge, an important traffic construction that connects Taipei to surrounding cities. The car park extends 1 floor below ground and 7 floors above; it is surrounded by grocery stores on Huanhe South Road and old Xining public housing. Despite the lack of commercial activities nearby, the location is quite popular among filmmakers. Productions that were filmed here in 2015 included TV dramas ComixRockRecords - Nowegian Woods (unofficial) and Pisces.
Top.5 American Military Housing
Yangmingshan American Military Housing (photography/ May Wen)
Following the outbreak of Korean War in 1950, the United States signed a defensive pact with Taiwan and dispatched its Seventh Fleet to support war efforts. Later, houses were planned and built at Yangminshan and Tianmu area to accommodate U.S. Military officers. Unlike local houses, the American Military Housing was built with a 1950s U.S. country style, featuring low roofs, large gardens, and chimneys that are never needed in Taiwan. The houses were favored for their distinctive architecture style; productions that filmed here through TFC’s assistance in 2015 included Where the Wind Settles (film), OPEN! OPEN! (film), and A Touch of Green (TV drama).
Top.4 Taipei MRT Stations
Taipei MRT Stations (photography/ May Wen)
The mass railway transit system has become an inseparable part of the lives of Taipei City residents not only because of its convenience, but also how it bears people’s precious memories. In 2015, Metro of Love used six MRT stations to tell six distinctive love stories; apart from that, films such as My Saleswoman Life (unofficial) and Unlikely Marriage (unofficial) had also shot extensively throughout various MRT stations.
Top.3 City Hall Rooftop helipad
Taipei City Hall Rooftop Helipad (photography/ Richard Wang)
In January 2010, Taipei City Government unprecedentedly lent its rooftop helipad for the film Close to You. Since then, the location has been swarmed with filming requests for it offers a stunning view of Xinyi District and Taipei 101 building. Productions that were filmed here through TFC’s assistance in 2015 included David Loman 2 (film) and On the right track (Swedish TV show).
Top.2 Bopiliao Historic Block
Bopiliao Historic Block (photography/ Richard Wang)
Located in Wanhua District, Bopiliao first gained its popularityfrom the film Monga, in which more than NT$7 million were spent to recreate its 1980s appearance. Since then, the location has been the most popular filming site for historical dramas. Productions that were filmed here through TFC’s assistance in 2015 included David Loman 2 (film) and Violet Dadaocheng (unofficial)(TV).
Top.1 Beitou Chinese Movie Studio
Beitou Chinese Movie Studio (photography/ TFC Production Assistance Team)
Beitou Chinese Movie Studio was constructed in 1933 at Fuxinggang, Beitou. It was once renamed Wuhan Studio in 1935 before changing back to its original name in 1937. Beitou Chinese Movie Studio’s success reached its pinnacle in 1965, producing numerous titles and generating high ticket sales that bore witness to Taiwan’s economic glory. Productions that were filmed here through TFC’s assistance in 2015 included The Tag-along and Ling Ling (unofficial).