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Accident at set of 'Jesuits' film leaves one dead in Taiwan

Two others injured Thursday when a ceiling caved in during pre-production for the Scorsese-directed movie

AFP, Taipei

AFP, Taipei

Updated: April 21, 2015 07:06 PM GMT
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Accident at set of 'Jesuits' film leaves one dead in Taiwan
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One person was killed and two others were injured Thursday when part of a house caved in at the Taipei set of Hollywood director Martin Scorsese's upcoming film "Silence," officials confirmed.

A ceiling collapsed on three Taiwanese construction workers who were reinforcing an old brick-and-wood house at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center Central Pictures during pre-production, said the Taipei city fire department.

A worker identified as Chen Yu-lung was pronounced dead at the hospital while the others sustained injuries to their legs and heads, it said.

"The director is shocked and saddened that one worker was fatally wounded...he regrets that this incident happened," said David Lee, a Taiwanese producer working with Scorsese, the award-winning director of such movies as "Taxi Driver", "Casino" and "Wolf of Wall Street".

Lee told reporters that the incident was not expected to affect the filming schedule. 

Shooting was due to begin on Friday, according to two financial backers of the film — the companies Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword.

"Silence", based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, portrays Portuguese Jesuits in the 17th century suffering persecution as they work in isolated areas of Japan.

It will star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver and will be released in cinemas in 2016. AFP

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