Famed Taiwan film director Doze Niu indicted in naval base ploy
Published on Feb 7, 2014 3:15 PM
TAIPEI (AFP) - Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu was indicted on Friday for using false papers to take a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan to scout film locations.
Mr Niu and award-winning cinematographer Cao Yu were both charged with violating a law that bans Chinese nationals from entering Taiwanese military facilities, prosecutors said. The offence is punishable by a maximum five-year jail term.
Mr Niu had repeatedly applied to the military to take Mr Cao with him to scout locations for his upcoming movie Military Paradise at a naval base in the southern city of Kaohsiung but was rejected. However, Mr Cao got into the base in June last year with the rest of Mr Niu's crew by using a Taiwanese citizen's identity card and also boarded a naval ship, according to prosecutors. The navy decided to withdraw all assistance to Mr Niu after the incident and reported him to prosecutors.
Mr Niu, known for the Taiwanese blockbusters Monga and Love, apologised on his Facebook page after the case surfaced and vowed to reflect on what happened.
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