One cinema in Taiwan will be capable of screening Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee's new film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" in its proper format, when the film hits theaters in Taiwan Nov. 11.
At a press conference in Taipei Friday, the Oscar-winning director announced that Vieshow Cinema in Taipei's Q Square is the only cinema in Taiwan equipped to show the film in its original format of 3-D, 4K resolution and 120 frames per second -- the highest frame rate for any movie in history.
So far, only four theaters around the world -- in Taipei, New York, Beijing and Shanghai -- and perhaps one other in Los Angeles, will be able to screen the film in this form, Lee said.
"I'm very proud that Taiwan is one of them," Lee said.
The film is about a group of soldiers, including 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who were celebrated for their exploits during the war in Iraq at half-time during a football game.
The film's ultra-high frame rate is said to produce crystal-clear images that make it seem like audiences are looking through a window.
Lee said Friday that films with such formats look more vivid on the screen and bring audiences closer to the characters.
"When a film is shot at over 60 frames a second, especially in 3-D format, you will feel as if 'this is no longer someone else's affair, but my affair now.' You can no longer stay out of the affair and look at it as a bystander. You feel as if you have walked into it," Lee said.
Lee Kuang-chueh (???), a public relations manager for Vieshow Cinemas, noted that Ang Lee shot the film at five times the normal cinema rate of 24 frames per second, and that the film is also more than nine times brighter than previous 3-D films.
"It is like seeing the real world without any obstruction," Lee Kuang-chueh said.
He said his company has invested NT$30 million (US$957,106) in renovating one of its screening rooms and will install 4K laser projectors to show the movie.
Vieshow Cinema in Q Square will price the tickets to the film at NT$800 each.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel