Taiwan is one of the most surprising and unexpectedly beautiful places on earth with a phenomenal variety of little-known Asian wildlife and a unique mix of human cultures. Despite its crowded cities and busting “tiger” economy, it is still a place of uninhabited misty forests and unsolved mysteries.
It is frequently battered by typhoons and earthquakes and over half the island remains a forested haven, and it still boasts one of the highest concentrations of animal forms anywhere in the world. Wildlife from many parts of Asia reached Taiwan in the past using ancient land bridges from the mainland. The key to Taiwan’s beauty and wildlife riches lies in its mountains, which are the highest in Eastern Asia and are among the youngest in the world. These steep, unstable peaks have resisted development over the years and have long been a haven for animals seeking refuge from rising temperatures and human pressures.
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Written by Nick Upton ● Directed by Nick Upton, Michael Schlamberger ● Camera Philip Lovel, Rolando Menardi ● Additional Camera Chieh-Te Liang ● Editor Andrew Naylor ● Assistant Editor Lukas Kogler ● Music Andreas Fabianek ● Dubbing Editor & Mix Raimund Sivetz ● Sound Assistant Christian Ghafour ● Sound Design Raimund Sivetz, Andreas Fabianek ● Narrated by Sean Pertwee ● Colourist Willi Willinger ● Visual Effects Raimund Sivetz ● Location Manager Ai-Teh Lin, Cara Lin Bridgman ● Scientific Consultants Ling-Ling Lee, Yeong-Choy Kam, Liang-Kong Lin, Ming-Chung Tu, Hsiang-Jien Wu ● Production Co-Ordinator Anita Pfeffinger ● Production Manager Rita Schlamberger ● Producer Michael Schlamberger ● Co-Producers Michael Gunton, Tim Martin ● Executive Producer Walter Köhler
Thanks to Wen-Jhr Chang, Jia-Lurng Jan, Yar-Ling Chang, Yuan-Yuan Lin, Morgan Chen, Jin-Wen Luo, Po-Jen Chiang, Jing-Lun Huang, Yu-Chin Hsu, Robert McGowan, Central Weather Bureau Taiwan, Endemic Species Research Institute, Experimental Forest of N. T. U at Chi-Tou, Government Information Office/Executive Yuan, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Fushan Research Centre, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Kenting National Park, Maulin Township Office, National Museum of Natural Science, Department of Life Science/NTNU, Department of Life Science/Tunghai University, Shei-Pa National Park, Tainan City Government, Taipei Zoo, Taiwan Forestry Bureau, Taroko National Park, Yangmingshan National Park, Yushan National Park
A Production of ScienceVision for ORF, in Co-Production with BBC, in Association with WDR and PTS Taiwan.
NaturVision Internationales Natur- und Tierfilmfestival, Bayerischer Wald
Germany, September 2004, Price of the Youth Jury
International Mountain + Adventure Film festival Graz
Austria, November 2004, Nomination
International Wildlife Film festival, Missoula, Montana
USA, May 2005, Honourable Mention for Photography
SONDRIO FESTIVAL – International Documentary Film Festival on Parks
Italy, October 2005, First Prize – Town of Sondrio Gold Plaque and Invitational Award
Kendal Mountain Film Festival
Great Britain, November 2005, Grand Prize