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'Beyond Beauty' becomes highest grossing documentary in Taiwan

2013/11/11 17:15:35

A children's choir sing on the top of Yushan in the closing scene of 'Beyond Beauty.' (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Aerial Imaging Inc.)

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above" has overtaken "Go Grandriders" as the highest grossing documentary in Taiwan history, the distributor said Monday.

Over the weekend, Beyond Beauty broke the NT$30 million (US$1.01 million) box office record set by "Go Grandriders," according to the distributor Activator Marketing Co.

Beyond Beauty, which captures the beauty of Taiwan's scenery from the air, hit a new box-office record of over NT$35 million just 10 days after its opening in Taiwan Nov. 1.

"Go Grandriders," a true story about 17 senior citizens who embarked on a motorcycle journey around Taiwan, took 63 day to reach the NT$30 million mark.

The biggest single-day box office for Beyond Beauty was on Nov. 9, when it recorded NT$6.5 million countrywide, Activator Marketing said.

Celebrities and other prominent figures have given positive reviews of the film, which is currently being screened in 51 cinemas around Taiwan.

Chinese pro-democracy activist Wang Dan, a student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China, said on his Facebook page Sunday that words could not express how touched he was by the film.

"I think, anyone who has seen this documentary would fall in love with this land," Wang wrote.

The documentary was made over a period of more than three years by director Chi Po-lin, an aerial photographer and former civil servant who quit his job to pursue the project.

It gives viewers rare bird's-eye glimpses of Taiwan's natural beauty, from mountains to oceans, and forges a strong message about the importance of environmental protection.

(By Christie Chen)