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Chi Po-lin
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Chi in 2015
Born (1964-12-27)December 27, 1964
Died June 10, 2017(2017-06-10) (aged 52)
Fengbin, Hualien, Taiwan
Cause of death Helicopter crash
Alma mater Lunghwa University of Science and Technology
Occupation Documentary director, photographer, cinematographer
Years active 1997–2017
Children 2
Musical career
Also known as Po-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.

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. A memorial service was held in Taipei on 14 July 2017. Asteroid 281068 Chipolin, discovered by Taiwanese astronomers Hung-Chin Lin and Ye Quan-Zhi in 2006, was named in his memory. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 4 November 2017 (M.P.C. 107122). In March 2018, Chunghwa Post announced that still images from the sequel to Beyond Beauty would be released as stamp designs. In April 2019, the Chi Po-lin Space dedicated to Chi opened in Tamsui.

Chi was married and had a son and a daughter.


Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2012 Taiwan from the Air 鳥目台灣 Director, cinematographer Short film
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
2019 Beyond Beauty II 看見台灣II Director, cinematographer Sequel to Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

Published works

  • 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.
  • 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

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Keep Walking Fund Project Grand Prize N/A Won
2012 Xue Xue Awards Special Contribution Award N/A 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 N/A Honored
2014 Lunghwa University of Science and Technology Outstanding Alumni Award N/A Honored

See also

  • Taiwanese art
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