Five documentary films unraveling the little known secrets of Taiwan will be aired on the National Geographic Channel starting this Sunday, inviting the local and international audience to view Taiwan from a different and technological perspective.
The five documentaries explore the breeding of transgenic florescent pigs to the modern-day relevance of martial arts. The films will feature everything from cricket fighting to the conservation of the endangered Taiwanese black bears.
The documentary will first premiere in Taiwan on Sundays at 9 p.m. starting March 2, then air in Asia in April.
Named "Taiwan To The World (Season 2)", the five documentaries are a joint production between Taiwanese directors and the NGC's Asian-based award-winning production team. "Taiwan To The World (Season 1)", which includes four documentary films, has been aired on the NGC in 163 countries since last December.
Government Information Office Deputy Minister William Yih said that the broadcast on the international channel will provide both the local and international audience an opportunity to better understand Taiwan. "It will not only boost local documentary skills, but will also open Taiwan's beauty to the international market," he said.
He said there are four more documentary films still in production and will be aired by middle of 2009, adding that Taiwan will also work with NGC on three high definition documentaries.
Of the five documentaries set to being airing this Sunday, two have a more traditional Taiwan touch, seen in "the Black Dragon" and "Kungfu Secrets." The latter traces the story of kungfu and follows Master Wang Jin-fa, who is head of the last secret chapter of the Hong Men society in Taiwan, and reveals for the very first time of the controversial "Iron Crotch" technique, which kungfu master Tu Jin-sheng demonstrates by pulling an 8,000-pound airplane with his penis.