Peanuts Daily had the opportunity to meet Mr. Scorsese and asked him about his choice:
My Taiwanese colleague Ang Lee [李安] advised me to use this city. Indeed, my movie will take place in the 17th century and I was looking for a region looking like this period. As soon as I arrived to Taichung, I knew I found the right place. The lack of modernity and innovation is perfect. When you get here it’s like travelling back in time. Even the smell is right: a mix between mud, dust and sewers.
We also asked Martin some information about the movie:
I don’t want to tell you too much about it but I believe I will shoot the movie in 4D. Taichung gave me this idea and I would like to share the lovely Taichung smell with the audience in cinemas. This is what I call 4D.
Mr. Jason Hu, Taichung City Mayor had this to say:
We are very grateful to Mr. Scorsese. He will share with the world how we did not develop or improve in the last 400 years and stayed true to our heritage. Moreover, if this 4D project happens and he is able to share Taichung’s smell, people will really feel like it was in the olden times.
Author: Ms. Murphy, Brittany.