‘Beyond Beauty’ still on top
Fifty-three days after hitting theaters, documentary film Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣) is still flying high at the box office, with ticket sales approaching the NT$180 million (US$6 million) mark. Already the highest-grossing documentary ever to hit the local box office, Beyond Beauty is well on its way to become the third-biggest film of the year, according to distributor Activator Marketing Co. The film, made up entirely of footage of Taiwan shot from the air by long-time aerial photographer Chi Po-lin, grossed about NT$40 million at theaters around the country between Dec. 9 and Sunday. Since it opened on Nov. 1, it has made NT$86 million in Taipei alone. The documentary highlights both Taiwan’s natural beauty and the damage done to its mountains, rivers and oceans by natural disasters and human beings, sending a strong message on the importance of environmental protection.
Actress to attract Japanese
Model and actress Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) was named a Tourism Bureau goodwill ambassador on Monday in the hopes of boosting tourist numbers from Japan, where the actress has a large a fan following. Taiwan reached its goal of 7.7 million foreign visitors this year on Saturday last week and expects the number to climb to 7.98 million by the end of the year, according to Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Jonathan Chen (陳純敬). While traveler numbers from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore increased this year, fewer-than-expected Japanese came because of depreciation of the yen, Chen said. Her 15-second commercial, which features scenic spots and cuisine, will air on Japanese television channels in April next year.