In our last post about the first Chinese film made in Taiwan, a box office failure, we mentioned that another unsuccessful movie made the following year effectively ended Taiwan filmmaking for the rest of the decade. More is known about the background of its making than about the content of the film itself.
Late in 1925, a young Shanghai resident named Zhang Hanshu 张汉树, a native of Changhua, Taiwan, put up the funds to create a new studio, the "Wenying Film Company," with its headquarters in Shanghai. Its first production was this one, filmed in Taiwan and intended to convey to audiences something of Taiwanese traditional culture. But mistakes were made right from the start, beginning with inferior technology. In addition, the director and cinematographer were both Japanese, and although they were experienced filmmakers, their lack of understanding of Taiwanese culture gave the finished product a definite Japanese aura. As a result, the film was a box office disaster, resulting in the Wenying company making only this one movie before ceasing operations.
Qing Chao (1926) 情潮 (Fervent Passion)
Wenying. B&W. Silent. Premiered January, 1926, exact date and venue unknown. Producer: Zhang Hanshu. Direction: Kawatani Shohei (Japan). Cinematography: Toho Tsukaku (Japan). Cast unknown.