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2020/02/18 | Taiwan Insight
City Pop's Indie Revival in Taiwan
The renaissance of city pop in the Taiwanese indie music scene is a nostalgic nod to the Japanese music style in 1980s.
2020/02/15 | Op-Ed
‘Parasite’ Symbolism Explained: Instant Noodles, Language, Basement
Bong Joon Ho's daunting observations of capitalism in "Parasite" are apparent. The Oscar-winning picture goes much further in exploring the depths of South Korean society.
2020/02/12 | The Conversation
Chinese Movie Studio Upturned Its Business Model Due to Coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak has shut down movie theaters during Lunar New Year, causing movie studios with New Year screenings to lose billions of dollars. But one of them thought of a brilliant alternative.
2020/02/10 | Voice of America
Parasite Makes History at Oscars
In a historic victory, Parasite is the first non-English film to win best picture, the Academy's most prestigious award.
2020/02/09 | TNL Staff
Oscars 2020 Predictions: 1917, Parasite, Joker
Who will be the biggest winner at the 2020 Academy Awards?
2020/01/27 | Daphne K. Lee
'Parasite' Makes Another Leap for South Korea's Cultural Economy
The viral success of "Parasite" marks another one of South Korea's successful cultural exports. Many critics credit the film's popularity to its universal story of urban poverty, but it goes far beyond the plot twists.
'The Misused 2.0' Reinvents Taiwanese and Dutch Hardware Design
Taiwan was often referred to as the “world’s hardware store," and two Taiwanese industrial designers are retaining this part of history with an annual exhibition that provokes viewers to reimagine daily objects.
2019/12/24 | CJ Sheu
'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Defies the Male Gaze in Cinema
"Portrait of a Lady on Fire," which won Best Screenplay at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is a passionate film that explores the female gaze and female desire with various art forms.
2019/12/16 | Daphne K. Lee
Film Review: 'The Garden of Evening Mists'
The Garden of Evening Mists is a film we can watch and rewatch, and still can’t stop savoring the beauty of it like the Chopin record that never leaves the record player.
2019/12/13 | 破土 New Bloom
Q&A With KEFF, Director of 'The Secret Lives of Asians at Night'
"The Secret Lives of Asians at Night" is a short film featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival. Taiwanese-American director KEFF talks about his upbringing and the inspiration for the film.
2019/12/10 | Syrena Lin
Travel Back in Time With ‘Dadaocheng Museum’ This Weekend
The annual event “Dadaocheng Museum” will allow Taipei visitors to explores historical buildings that are usually closed off to the public.
2019/11/29 | The Interpreter
Brilliant Time: Bridging the Cultural Gap Between Taiwan and Southeast Asia
A bookstore in New Taipei City is creating a community for Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan and encouraging local Taiwanese to learn about Southeast Asian cultures.
2019/11/26 | 破土 New Bloom
REVIEW: Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague
HIV/AIDS has been treated like the plague, a punishment sent by god. A group exhibition at Taipei's Museum of Contemporary Art has attempted to provide various "prescriptions" for this epidemic.
2019/11/22 | Deutsche Welle
Artworks by Renowned German Artists Disappear in China
Art worth hundreds of millions of dollars by renowned German artists has allegedly vanished in China, German media report. A shady case, a German art expert says.
2019/11/21 | Daphne K. Lee
‘Detention’: A Clichéd Salute to Freedom
“Detention” is a bold attempt to explore a sensitive topic but fails to achieve much beyond scratching the surface with its clichéd plot and didactic screenplay.
2019/11/19 |
Tom Lin Searches for History and Humanity at 'The Garden of Evening Mists'
We sat down for an interview with Taiwanese director Tom Lin Shu-yu (林書宇) on his latest film, "The Garden of Evening Mists," a co-production between HBO Asia and Malaysia-based Astro Shaw.
2019/11/15 | Toh Jin Xuan
China's Absence From Golden Horse Underscores Taiwan's Cultural Diversity
China has withdrawn from the Golden Horse Awards to undermine Taiwan's film industry, but it has only accentuated the diversity of participation this year.
2019/11/15 | CJ Sheu
'The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead' Runs on Queerphobic Jokes
Perhaps "The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead" shouldn't have been produced in the first place.