CJ Sheu

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CJ Sheu, an Assistant Professor of Applied English at Ming Chuan University, is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved, Taipei-based film critic for The News Lens.

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2021/05/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ A Solid Entry in a Stellar Series

‘Scarlet Bullet’ is the latest in the Detective Conan crime manga film series. Its action, humor, and formulaic plot are the main draws.

2021/01/07 | CJ Sheu

In the Age of Digital Streaming, Will Literature Survive?

How to learn to stop worrying and love the literature of our new streaming-centric life.

2021/06/16 | CJ Sheu

‘River of Exploding Durians’ Makes a Virtue of a Small Budget

On the surface a critique of Malaysian political corruption and societal acquiescence — and it still is that — ‘River of Exploding Durians’ is grounded in one young man’s devastation at losing everyone he cares about.

2021/02/20 | CJ Sheu

‘Recipe for Happiness’ Shows How Muddling Through Life Can Keep Us Sane

Following the everyday life of openly unambitious and mediocre civil servant Namgoong Jin-Soo, 'Recipe for Happiness' captures what it’s like to be a young adult in the age of precarious neoliberal ecotastrophe.

2021/03/26 | CJ Sheu

‘Our Story’ and the Possibilities of Literature

The manga-influenced ‘Our Story’ has the charms of a coming of age story, but also contemplates the power of literature.

2021/07/06 | CJ Sheu

‘Longing for the Rain’ Makes You Long for a Shorter Film

Shot in Beijing and Changchun, Longing for the Rain’s explicit treatment of female desire clearly distinguishes it as a Hong Kong film.

2021/12/09 | CJ Sheu

‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’ Encapsulates the Odd Vicissitudes of Life

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, ‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’ is a three-part anthology film full of incident, confidently walking a fine line between realism in acting and melodrama in plot.

2021/08/30 | CJ Sheu

The Unexplored Existential Angst of ‘Night Drive’

Between the trendy conceits of time travel and taxi drivers taken hostage, ‘Night Drive’ is an original and weird tale.