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2020/10/28 | James X. Morris

“Your Trend, My Normal”: A Review of ‘Black in Asia’

Through a series of 23 vignettes, 'Black in Asia' examines personal accounts of navigating Asia’s social spaces that lack the lived experience of what it means to be Black.

2021/05/12 | Deutsche Welle

Japan: Johnny Depp Film ‘Minamata’ Brings Industrial Disaster to the Fore

The film revisits the ongoing legal and health struggles of residents affected by an industrial mercury spill. Photographer Aileen Mioko Smith told DW she hopes the movie will reignite dialogue around the disaster.

2019/02/26 | Taiwan Insight

'Dear Ex' Brings Taiwanese Cinema Back to Family Melodrama

The film 'Dear Ex' arrived in Taiwan along with the apparent rise of seemingly anachronistic values, writes Chan Shao-yi.

2021/01/21 | TNL Staff

The Magician on the Skywalk: A Magical Realist Lens on Taiwan

The Magician on the Skywalk, a television series based on Wu Ming-yi’s work with the same name, is scheduled to be aired in February.

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.

2020/11/09 | TNL Staff

New Art Museum Opens in Chiayi To Reconstruct Taiwan's Art History

The Chiayi Art Museum is a part of Taiwan’s plan to reconstruct the island’s history of art.

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.

2019/01/26 | Nick Aspinwall

INTERVIEW: '10 Years Taiwan' Directors Dish on Taiwan's Future and Its Present

The News Lens caught up with '10 Years Taiwan' directors Lekal Sumi and Rina Tsou, who discussed what inspired them as directors and how Taiwan can avoid the film's dismal vision of the future.

2019/08/15 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'Postcards From London' Puts a Spin on the Prostitution of Art

The 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival runs from 8/15 to 8/25 in Taipei and from 8/28 to 9/8 in Kaohsiung. This film review is based on a complimentary media screening.

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.

2019/01/25 | Jules Quartly

Taipei Dangdai Art Fair: After the Famine, the Art Feast

The inaugural Taipei Dangdai contemporary art show brought out big spending art collectors while entertaining the masses.

2018/09/10 | MuYi

Taipei Hosts Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Showcasing Asia's Best New Movies

Taiwanese films scooped up two awards, including Best Director, and the event spotlighted Southeast Asian hits like 'Bad Genius' and 'Respeto.'

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.

2019/06/18 | Jay Lin

Taking Taiwan's Progress to the Global Stage

Organizations in other Asian countries are looking to Taiwan to show the way forward for LGBT rights.