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Greater Taichung Government to hold ‘Life of Pi’ props exhibition at museum

Staff writer, with CNA

The Greater Taichung Government yesterday said it is planning an exhibition this month of display props from the movie Life of Pi, which was directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee (李安) and filmed in Greater Taichung.

The exhibition, to be held at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, is to feature movie props, interactive installations and 3D images, the government said.

It will also include an educational component on how to survive at sea.

However, the world’s biggest wave machine — made for the film — is not to be among the exhibits, the government said.

A precise date has not yet been set for the exhibition.

Life of Pi is an adaptation of a novel by the same title, written by Canadian author Yann Martel.

The 3D movie uses computer-generated imagery to tell the story of a 16-year-old Hindu boy who survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days with an orangutan, a hyena, a wounded zebra and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.

The Oscar-winning director took four years to complete Life of Pi, his first work in 3D.

Lee, 57, spent more than a year in Taichung making the film, which premiered on Friday at the New York Film Festival.

The Greater Taichung Government’s Information Bureau said Lee helped usher in a new era for Taiwanese cinema when he built the wave machine in Taichung’s Gateway District.

It said the new film has inspired Taichung to develop its own film industry and establish a movie park.

Life of Pi is due to be released in Taiwanese theaters on Nov. 21.

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