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For years, Taiwan was barely on Hollywood's radar for filming global blockbusters – but acclaimed director Ang Lee's decision to shoot his Oscar-winning 3-D adventure "Life of Pi" on the island has transformed its fortunes.Lee further raised Taiwan's profile as a potential moviemaking hotspot when he acknowledged he could not have made the hit film "without the help of Taiwan" in his acceptance speech after winning the Oscar for best director in 2013 .French director Luc Besson chose capital Taipei over seven other Asian cities when selecting the setting for part of his sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which starred Scarlett Johansson, while Hollywood grand master Martin Scorcese is scheduled to shoot his eagerly awaited new production "Silence" on the island in 2015 . Besson was presented a "key of the city" by Mayor Hau to thank him for helping promote Taipei with "Lucy," which featured nearly an hour of scenes from the capital, from the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper to popular steamed dumplings.Taiwan being a previously lesser known film location could also be an advantage for moviemakers.
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