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Branch of US firm turns page for movie industry: Ang Lee

TAIPEI--Taiwanese director Ang Lee said yesterday that the establishment in Taiwan of a branch of Rhythm & Hues Studios Inc. (R&H), one of the world's top five visual effects companies, will open a new chapter in the local movie industry.

The Academy award-winning director used R&H when he was shooting his latest 3-D movie "Life of Pi," which he described as a mission impossible if it were not for R&H's expertise. The movie made its official debut globally that same day.

"Life of Pi" employs computer-generated imagery to tell the story of a 16 year-old Hindu boy who survives a shipwreck and gets stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days with a Bengal tiger.

Lee said in a pre-recorded film broadcast at a press briefing that bringing the innovative Los Angeles-based company to Taiwan is a good move, as "movies now are not just about art but a combination of technology."

Such collaboration can align Taiwan with the global trend of the film industry, he said.

Lee has played a critical role in helping to bring R&H to Taiwan. The company has set up a visual effects studio in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, along with two other ventures, including a cloud computing data center in Taipei and a fund for investment in Hollywood films.

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