To mark the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the Taiwan Film Institute (TFI) held an outdoor film night on Oct. 29 showcasing restored classic Taiwanese-language films in Taipei's Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.
As the closing event of "The 60th Anniversary of Taiwanese-Language Films” series, several historic films that were restored this year were reintroduced to the public, including "Legend of the Mountain (山中傳奇)” by King Hu (胡金銓) and "Goodbye, Taipei (再見台北).” The latter film also features iconic Taiwanese-language musician Wen Hsia (文夏).
"Lotus in Fall (秋蓮)” directed by Lai Cheng-ying (賴成英), which marked the late singer Fong Fei-fei's (鳳飛飛) second cinematic appearance, as well as "Brother Liu and Brother Wang on the Roads in Taiwan (王哥柳哥遊台灣)” by Li Hsing (李行), best known as the Father of Taiwanese Cinema, were also restored this year.
Another highlight of the night was the screening of "The Fantasy of Deer Warrior (大俠梅花鹿).” As the first Taiwanese-language film adapted from a fairytale, the 1961 film presents cultural elements unique to Taiwan cinema and helped raise awareness of the need for film preservation.
The event was joined by Chairman Hung Ching-yun (洪慶雲) of Dah Du Industrial Co. (大都影業股份有限公司), film director Cheng Wen-tang (鄭文堂), CEO Yoshihisa Nakano (中野善壽) of Warehouse TERRADA, and those who donated audiovisual assets and sponsored the restoration program this year.
Public and private donations have helped TFI restore three valuable news films belonging to the Taiwan Film Culture Co. this year, marking the first time the restoration program worked on news reels.
TFI is also pushing forward a wider release of last year's restored films - "Super Citizen Ko (超級大國民)” by Wan Jen (萬仁) and Hou Hsiao-hsien's "Daughter of the Nile (尼羅河女兒)” - in Taiwan theaters.
Culture Deputy Minister Celest Hsiao-ching Ting (丁曉菁, center) gave certificates of appreciation to those who supported and helped the restoration program, and called upon all sectors to participate in preserving the nation's invaluable audiovisual assets.