The Yunlin County Government hopes that a new television drama, being filmed in the county, will not only give wide exposure to the county’s scenery, but also revive a martial arts style that originated in the town of Siluo (西螺).
The drama series, titled Love Touch (我愛幸運七), is being produced by Sin Chuan Video Technology (鑫傳視訊).
“We have a rich cultural history as well as many beautiful scenic spots. Yunlin residents are friendly, hospitable, honest people. The county’s scenery and diversity of products are the reason an increasing number of TV productions and films have been attracted to Yunlin to film their scenes,” Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) said last week, referring to movies such as My Dear Stilt (候鳥來的季節) and Din Tao: Leader of the Parade (陣頭).
“It is a good way to advertise our county, making it a win-win situation for everyone involved,” she added, a comment echoed by Chien Sen-yuan (簡森垣), chairman of Taiwan Optical Platform Group.
The new TV series revolves around the Xiluo Qikan (西螺七嵌), one of the few well-recognized Taiwanese martial arts styles.
This particular martial arts style, better known in Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) as Sailei Chit Kam, was the central focus of a hugely popular television series in the 1970s, which depicted the life of its creator, Master A-sen (阿善師), and his students.
Chien said he hopes that the new TV series will show its viewers, particularly the younger generation, the beauty of Sailei Chit Kam.