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Treasure in the Clouds - Remembering Halun

Halun is a microcosm of Taiwan’s forestry industry.

At 2,000m above sea level,
Halun was a valuable source of high-quality timber
throughout much of the 20th century.
At a time when government logging operations
were falling ever shorter of national needs,
Halun ramped up production
to meet the demand of manufacturing and commerce.
While a source of income for many Taiwanese families,
forestry work also cut short the lives of many workers.

In 2015, researchers took to the mountains
to visit abandoned Halun Station.
Although logging is now in the past, their journey may give us all
a better perspective on the present and future
of Taiwan’s high-mountain forests.

  • Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, COA
    Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, COA
  • Vision way Communication Co., Ltd.
  • Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, COA
    Oversight and Guidance provided
    Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, COA
  • Wen-ru Yen
  • Yao-wu Xie
    Music & Sound Effects
  • Wen-ru Yen
  • Yuan-yu Chang
  • Yuan-yu Chang
  • Jun-ming Wan
  • Yuan-yu Chang
  • Jun-ming Wan
  • You-chen Luo
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Chinese, English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Impact DOCS Awards

    Award of Recognition: Documentary Short
  • Best Shorts Competition

    Award of Merit Special Mention: Documentary Short
Director Biography - Wen-ru Yen, Yuan-yu Chang

Yen Wen-ru (顏妏如)
Wen-ru holds a bachelor degree in Radio and Television from the National Taiwan University of the Arts. Her video production experience spans literary composition and the production of television programs, documentaries, and full-length films. Her strong resume of production experience over the past two decades is particularly focused on her areas of particular passion, which include culture and history, ecology and the environment, traditional Taiwanese stage theater, and tourism promotion.
Wen-ru has been an active witness and advocate on Taiwan ecology, eco-conservation, and heritage-restoration issues for many years in cooperation with Taiwan’s public television network, international media, and government organizations.

<Treasure in the Clouds - Remembering Halun>,<An Invitation From Yangmingshan>,<Discovery Portraits Taiwan 2 Lee Sung-Yang>,…ect.

<Her Reminiscence of Kinman>,<Piano>,…ect.

Awards and Recognitions
2002 Award for Best Audio (television category) NTUA MediArt Award
2002 World Broadcasting Scholarship recipient
2004 Director & Scriptwriter of Chu Sheng, screened at the Tailly High Film Festival
2007 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education & Culture, Golden Bell Awards
2009 Award, 32nd International Wildlife Film Festival
2010 Award, 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival

顏妏如 小姐(Yen Wen-ru)

作品有紀錄片《無盡藏。哈崙時代》、《優遊陽明山》、《Discovery 台灣人物誌:李淳陽》,戲劇短片《奶奶的想念》、《鋼琴》...等等。

2002 台藝大藝美獎電視類 最佳成音獎 得獎
2002 世界廣播獎學金 得獎
2004 新導演Tailly High影展【初生】導演、編劇
2007 金鐘獎教育文化貢獻獎 得獎
2009 第32屆國際野生動物影展 得獎
2010 第33屆國際野生動物影展 得獎

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Director Statement

Halun is a microcosm of Taiwan’s forestry industry.
Logging, Skidding, Transport, and Reforesting.

26 years after it was shut down, a research team makes the arduous hike to Halun Station.

This two-year investigation and 1-1/2 year documentary film project investigated Halun’s former cableways, rail network, and workstations.

Today, we look to our forests as places of conservation, education, and respect for life.It is a new age for forestry. But are we doing what is best?

Reflecting on the past, considering the present, and pondering the future.