Chi Po-lin (齊柏林), the beloved director of “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣),” died in a helicopter crash in Hualien County while shooting footage for a sequel on June 10.
Chi, who quit his job as a civil servant in 2013 to pursue his dream of documenting Taiwan through aerial photography, had established himself as a respected cinematographer in 2013 when “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above” became the highest-grossing documentary in Taiwan’s box-office history.
Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun expressed her shock and grief upon learning the sudden deaths of Chi, his assistant, and the helicopter pilot from the crash, and hoped that people will remember Chi’s generous love for Taiwan.
Minister Cheng noted that Chi’s “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above” had awaken many people to the beauty of Taiwan, and that the documentary helped to raise wider awareness of the need for environment conservation and protection.
In terms of its impact on the audiovisual industry, the aerial project established a new aesthetics style and serves as a great example for Taiwan’s documentary genre, which was why it was named Best Documentary at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, Minister Cheng added.
The Ministry of Culture noted that it had received a subsidy application from Chi for the sequel to “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above” at the end of April. After the application was approved, the office responsible for the subsidy program has been in contact and working with Chi’s team for the project.
Minister Cheng has instructed the office to fully support and render assistance to Chi’s team in completing the film project.
President Tsai Ing-wen also tweeted her condolences:
Saddened by loss of Director Chi Po-lin & team of #BeyondBeautyTaiwanfromAbove. Their film showed Taiwan's beauty & how to better protect it— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) June 12, 2017
Here is a sample of the footage shot for the sequel:
More information on the late filmmaker can be found here.