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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.

2021/09/13 | Anthony Kao

‘Blue Bayou’ Achingly Dramatizes Plight of US Transnational Adoptees, but Will it Resonate Today?

Asian American director Justin Chon’s latest film offers an artistic take on a tragic loophole in U.S. immigration law—but how will Biden-era America receive it?

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.

2021/03/17 | SueAnn Shiah

No Saviors, No Satisfaction in ‘Promising Young Woman’ — and Why That’s a Good thing

‘Promising Young Woman’ offers up no simple answers or victories, rather the sad reality in which there is no justice without acknowledging harm. The Oscar nominated thriller is an entertaining take on a time old tale.

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.

2021/11/11 | James Baron

Fisherman’s Friend? Film Festival Documentary Fails To Lift Lid on Industry Abuses

The films on migrant workers at the Taipei International Labor Film Festival represent progress. But their unrealized artistic and political potential makes their flaws all the more disappointing.

2021/03/31 | Judy Chen

Running at Bihu

Running in circles, and always ending up at the same place.

2021/06/10 | Xiaochen Su

A Yutori Dystopia: Izumi Suzuki’s ‘Terminal Boredom’

In exploring life in distinct science fictionalized futures, Izumi Suzuki’s stories take on a dystopian tinge, one that presages an entire generation of Japan’s youth.

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.

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.

2021/01/21 | 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.

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.