Tourism film portraying Taiwan’s Shen’ao Rail Bike wins Director’s Award at JWTFF

The film titled “The Winds of ShenAo Bay” stars famed Japanese actor Munetaka Aoki

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(photo taken from 'The Winds of ShenAo Bay,' courtesy of New Taipei’s Tourism and Travel Department)

(photo taken from 'The Winds of ShenAo Bay,' courtesy of New Taipei’s Tourism and Travel Department)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A tourism film portraying the Shen’ao Rail Bike along Taiwan’s northern coast won the Director’s Award at the Japan World's Tourism Film Festival (JWTFF) on Thursday, New Taipei’s Tourism and Travel Department (TTD) said in a news release on Friday.

The film titled “The Winds of ShenAo Bay,” directed by Taiwan’s award-winning director Jay Chen (陳鈺杰) stars famed Japanese actor Munetaka Aoki (青木崇高).

(video taken from YouTube, courtesy of New Taipei Tour)

Film Director Chen, who went to Osaka, Japan to receive the award, said that he intended to portray the enduring human bonds forged by way of one traveler helping another, even though they are strangers to each other, the TTD said.

Since the release of the film two months ago, it has been viewed more than 18,000 times, and some viewers have left messages saying they must experience the Shen'ao Rail Bike themselves.

The 1.3 km rail bike route runs along the abandoned railway track between TRA Badouzi Station and Shen’ao. Visitors to Shen’ao are also strongly recommended to visit one of Taiwan's most famous rock formations, Elephant Trunk Rock(象鼻岩), which is located on the hilly coast behind the Shea’ao Fishing Port.

Other Taiwanese tourism films that have also won awards in the East Asia Films category at JWTFF include “Sea and Light ” (Best Film), “East of Taiwan” (Good Film), and “Taitung start-Scenes & Food & Play" (Good Film).

Elephant Truck Rock is located at the back of Shen'ao Fishing Port