One person killed in accident on Scorsese film set in Taiwan (update 2)

01/29/2015 03:15 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) A Taiwanese man died and two others were injured in Taipei on Thursday when scaffolding collapsed on the set of a movie that is being directed by American Martin Scorsese, officials said.

It is not immediately known whether Scorsese was not at the scene but no filming was believed to be taking place when the accident happened.

The three Taiwanese workers, believed to be in their 40s and 50s, were rushed to hospital after the accident occurred at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center around 10 a.m., according to Taipei City's Construction Management Office.

One of the workers Chen Yu-lung (陳玉龍) was pronounced dead on arrival, while the other two men sustained leg fractures and head injuries, according to the Taipei City Fire Department.

The three workers, hired by the film crew, were dismantling a Japanese-style building on the set of the movie "Silence" when the scaffolding on the building collapsed, the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs said.

The building, which was erected sometime before 1994, was being torn down to make way for the movie set, according to local media reports.

The city's Construction Management Office has issued an order to halt work on the site, according to section chief Hung Te-hao (洪德豪).

He said the film crew will be fined as they had not obtained the necessary permission to build temporary facilities at that site.

Scorsese is currently in Taiwan to shoot the historical drama "Silence" and was expected to begin work Thursday or Friday, but the details of his filming schedule have been kept confidential.

Central Pictures Corporation., which owns the Chinese Culture and Movie Center, said it will issue a press statement later Thursday on the accident.

The film's cast include "Taken" star Liam Neeson and "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield.

"Silence" is the first major Hollywood production to be shot in Taiwan since Luc Besson's action thriller "Lucy," part of which was filmed in Taipei in 2013.

Scorsese, 72, is said to have chosen Taiwan as a location on the recommendation of two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, who was born and raised in Taiwan.

"Silence" is an adaptation of late Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel of the same name. It is about the persecution of two Jesuit priests who traveled to Japan in the 17th century to find their mentor and spread Christianity.

(By Liu Chien-pan, Huang Li-yun, Huang Yi-han and Christie Chen)ENDITEM/jc/pc

Related stories:●Jan. 29: Scorsese's film "Silence" will not halt production: crew member●Jan. 29: Scorsese film crew in 'shock and sorrow' following fatal accident

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