Arts & Culture
An Era of Fusion and Diversity—The New Look of Pop Music in Taiwan
“It’s a joy to be a listener in this era.”
‘August at Akiko’s’ Calmly Reflects on Hawai‘i’s Colonial Trauma
Trauma and dispossession are at the heart of ‘August at Akiko’s’. But a soaring jazz score and sweeping cinematography suggest new directions and the possibility of moving on.
A Vivid Future, Rooted in Legend: Red Candle Games and the Making of Nine Sols
A successful crowdfunding campaign has delivered ‘Nine Sols’, a new title from Taiwanese game developer Red Candle. Its Taoist-cyberpunk imagery and action gameplay is a major break from previous hits ‘Detention’ and ‘Devotion’.
‘Mama Boy’ Is an Excellent Film With the Wrong Tone
A talented cast with an intriguing story of a sex worker and her client is undermined by a rmismatched tone of romantic fantasy.
‘Formosa Betrayed’ Barely Scratches the Surface of Taiwan’s History
‘Formosa Betrayed’ tries to build a political thriller around a mystery in an unknown land ruled with an iron fist. It’s empty didacticism — and less than thrilling.
Part of the Japanese Revolution in Fashion, Issey Miyake Changed the Way We Saw, Wore, and Made Fashion
Issey Miyake rejected terms like “fashion,” but his work allowed much of the world to reimagine itself through clothing.
‘Shalom Taiwan’ Is Cloying, Superficial, — And Thought-Provoking
‘Shalom Taiwan’ doesn’t amount to much. But it is, amid its unrelenting mediocrity, thought-provoking.