Chi Po-lin

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Chi Po-lin
Po-Lin Chi 2015 ELTAxBBC.jpg
Chi in 2015
Born(1964-12-27)December 27, 1964
DiedJune 10, 2017(2017-06-10) (aged 52)
Cause of deathHelicopter crash
Alma materLunghwa University of Science and Technology
Occupation(s)Documentary director, photographer, cinematographer
Years active1997–2017
Musical career
Also known asPo-lin Chi

Chi Po-lin (27 December 1964 – 10 June 2017) was a Taiwanese documentary filmmaker, photographer and environmentalist, best known for his 2013 film Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above, which won Best Documentary at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards.[1]

On 10 June 2017, Chi along with his assistant Chen Kuan-chi and pilot Chang Chi-kuang died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area in Hualien County's Fengbin Township. The group was shooting footage for the sequel to Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above, which was scheduled for release in 2019.[2][3][4] A memorial service was held in Taipei on 14 July 2017.[5] Asteroid 281068 Chipolin, discovered by Taiwanese astronomers Hung-Chin Lin and Ye Quan-Zhi in 2006, was named in his memory.[6] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 4 November 2017 (M.P.C. 107122).[7] In March 2018, Chunghwa Post announced that still images from the sequel to Beyond Beauty would be released as stamp designs.[8] In April 2019, the Chi Po-lin Space dedicated to Chi opened in Tamsui.[9]

Chi was married and had a son and a daughter.[10]


Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2012 Taiwan from the Air 鳥目台灣 Director, cinematographer Short film[11][12]
2013 Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above 看見台灣 Director, cinematographer
2014 Taichung - The Heart Of Taiwan 台中心動 Director, cinematographer Short film[13]
2019 Beyond Beauty II 看見台灣II Director, cinematographer Sequel to Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above[14][15][16]

Published works[edit]

  • Chi, Po-lin, Yeh, Huan-hui (1997). Images of the Northern Taiwan Second Freeway : Capturing the Feeling of Nature and the Earth. Taipei: MOTC. ISBN 9570201266.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Chi, Po-lin (2001). Tai wan fei lan. Taipei: Choice Development, Inc. (zh:秋雨文化 pinyin: Qiū yǔ wén huà). ISBN 986-7680-06-5.
  • Chi, Po-lin (2004). Our Land Our Story. Taipei: Choice Development, Inc. ISBN 986-7680-68-5.
  • Chi, Po-lin (2012). Cong kong zhong kan tai wan : qi bo lin kong zhong she ying ji. Taipei: Owl Publishing House. ISBN 978-986-262-110-3.
  • Chi, Po-lin (2013). Wo di xin, wo di yan, kan jian tai wan: qi bo lin kong pai 20 nian di jian chi yu shen qing. Taipei: Booklife. ISBN 9789861334691.
  • Chi, Po-lin (2015). Beyond Beauty : Taiwan from Above. Taipei: Above Taiwan. ISBN 978-986-92467-0-5.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Keep Walking Fund Project Grand Prize[17] Won
2012 Xue Xue Awards Special Contribution Award[18] Won
2013 50th Golden Horse Awards Best Documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above Won
2014 Dunxu High School of Industry and Commerce Outstanding Alumni Award Honored
2014 Lunghwa University of Science and Technology Outstanding Alumni Award Honored

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Hsien-feng; Wu, Lilian (10 June 2017). "Acclaimed Taiwanese director believed dead in helicopter crash". Central News Agency. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ Chung, Jake (11 June 2017). "Filmmaker dies in Hualien crash". Taipei Times. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Sequel announced to award-winning aerial documentary". Taiwan News. 10 June 2017. Archived from the original on 11 August 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Helicopter that killed film director used for 15 years". Taipei Times. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ Cheng, Sabine; Chen, Christie (14 July 2017). "Son of late director gives touching tribute at memorial service". Central News Agency. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ "281068 Chipolin (2006 OK1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  7. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. ^ Shan, Shelley (28 March 2018). "Stamps to feature final images captured by Chi". Taipei Times. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ Chen, Hsin-yu; Hetherington, William (24 April 2019). "Chi Po-lin gallery opens in Tamsui". Taipei Times. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  10. ^ "從交通部公務員到空拍記錄片大師 齊柏林為《看見台灣》而生,為《看見台灣》而死" (in Chinese). 10 June 2017. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  11. ^ "飛閱台灣 空拍環境影像展: 鳥目台灣短片".
  12. ^ "齊柏林「鳥目台灣」:保護自然 是有為政府最該做的事".
  13. ^ "齊柏林新作《台中心動》8/22首播 | 即時新聞 | 20140811 | 蘋果日報". Archived from the original on 2014-08-16.
  14. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: 《看見台灣II》4K宣傳片-2019壯闊呈現. YouTube.
  15. ^ "《看見台灣Ii》才宣布開拍 齊柏林勘景墜機身亡 - 自由娛樂". 10 June 2017.
  16. ^ "'Tremendous loss to Taiwan': Acclaimed director believed killed in helicopter crash on assignment". 10 June 2017.
  17. ^ "帝亞吉歐 KWF 台灣".
  18. ^ "入圍名單|2012 Xue Xue Awards 第四屆學學獎". Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2017-06-10.

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