Taiwan’s tourism industry hopes Oscar winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s new movie ‘The Life of Pi’ will draw more tourists to Taiwan, where much of the film was shot.
Since the film’s release on November 21st it has shot to the international box office Top 5 and grossed US$30 million.
The film has topped the box office in China leading Taiwanese tourist companies to target the mainland in promoting the film sites to Chinese tourists.
The film was shot over four years in Taiwan and India with a former Taichung airport serving as a production studio for a wave pool to simulate the Pacific Ocean. Animals from Taipei Zoo, including rhinoceros, lemurs, and a Formosan black bear native to Taiwan, were also used for filming on location in Taiwan.
Tourist agencies aim to promote film sites such as Kenting Banyan Park and Baisha Bay
as well as surrounding attractions like the Maokong Gondola in Taipei, really cashing in on the films success.
Holiday makers can only hope that Taiwan decides to tackle the recent slight rise in unemployment by employing people to roam the sites dressed as tigers.