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Magazine digest -- Taiwan, China work together on animated film

Magazine digest -- Taiwan, China work together on animated film

Taiwan's most famous elephant has attracted interest from a film production company in China and has brought together movie makers from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to produce an animated film about the animal's life story.
Lin Wang, an Asian elephant, was first used by the Japanese army in Myanmar during the Second World War. Later, he was captured by the Kuomintang (KMT) army and brought to southern China's Guangzhou, then to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.
In 1954, the elephant was given to the Taipei Zoo and he became the zoo's most popular star for many generations of Taiwanese.
Although he died at the age of 86 in 2003, Lin Wang remains in the hearts and memories of many local people.
Taiwan's Wang Film Productions Co. chose the story of Lin Wang in 2003 as one of three that it planned to film at the beginning of its transformation from a contract animator into an original content producer.
The company has long been one of the world's biggest contract animators for major studios such as Disney.
However, Wang Films' plan to develop its own animation did not go well and in 2007, with the company on the brink of bankruptcy, the Lin Wang film was put on hold.
The improving ties between Taiwan and China, however, brought the project back to life this year when Wang Films and China's Xiaoxiang Film Group met at an animation exposition in China. Xiaoxiang is the major media player in China's Hunan Province.
"Lin Wang can be seen as a historic character, like one of the Chinese soldiers who came to Taiwan during the Chinese civil war, " said Li Tao, head of Xiaoxiang's animation unit.
Zhou Pixue, head of the Xiaoxiang Film Group, said the film will also follow the recent trend of several successful movies dealing with the history of China's resistance against Japan during World War II.
As Wang Films' strength lies in production rather than screenwriting, Xiaoxiang will be responsible for the script based on a Wang Films storyline and the two companies will share the financing and marketing of the film.
With the film expected to be released next year, Xiaoxiang will be responsible for the distribution in China, while Wang Films will handle the markets in Taiwan, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Zhou said he is confident that the heartwarming movie will be even more moving than this year's hit in China, "Aftershock, " about the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. For Wang Films, the success of the movie will be a key step in its efforts to enter the China market.
(Global Views Monthly 291)(translated by Kay Liu)




Updated : 2021-07-24 20:19 GMT+08:00