Eagle-eyed Taiwanese fans recently discovered that a scene in Disney’s new film “Luca” bore a striking resemblance to Hualien’s Shimen Cave. (Photos courtesy of @maomaohsu/Instagram and Luca trailer)
There are a lot of hidden gems all over Taiwan, and many try their best to seek them out to witness the rare and beautiful scenery.
No matter how far away these places may be, avid travelers continue to explore the island’s landscape.
The trailer for Disney’s new animated movie “Luca” was released in Taiwan in July 2021, with the film release revealed to be on Aug. 6.
The film is set in a small Italian town and mainly features the clear body of water nearby and the town it surrounds.
A scene in the trailer caught the attention of Taiwanese social media users. (Screengrab from Luca trailer)
However, some eagle-eyed Taiwanese social media users discovered that one of the beautiful scenes in the trailer looked oddly similar to the Shimen Cave in Fengbin Township, Hualien County, which caused a stir online.
Shimen Cave in Hualien County. (Photo courtesy of @maomaohsu/Instagram)
According to local Chinese-language media, director Errico Casarosa returned to his childhood home in search of inspiration for the animated film.
In the trailer, one of the scenes showed the two main characters jumping in a cave, and sharp-eyed social media users immediately linked the scene to Hualien’s “Shimen Cave.”
This led many to jokingly claim that “Disney looked to Taiwan for inspiration.”
Following the trailer’s release, the video generated enthusiastic discussions among social media users, who exclaimed, “It really does look like Hualien’s Shimen Cave! ,
Others quickly joined in, praising the cave for its beauty avid travelers vowed to visit the place soon.
The Fengbin Township Office in Hualien County also posted on its official Facebook page, advertising, “Life in Fengbin is beautiful everywhere. You don’t have to go to Italy, you can come to Fengbin! Welcome to Fengbin!”
Hopefully, fans of the new film will visit there in the coming days as the pandemic situation stabilizes in Taiwan.
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