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2023/02/02 | CJ Sheu

Sundance 2023: The Unpredictable ‘Kim’s Video’ and ‘Cat Person’

Our film critic CJ Sheu gives the first of a four-part survey of the films at this year’s Sundance. He calls Kim’s Video by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin “one of the best documentaries” he’s ever seen.

2023/01/20 | Jonah Walters

‘Stay True’ Rethinks the Campus Story

It’s not too late to rescue literature’s most cynical and unserious subgenre.

2020/11/13 | 廣編企劃

Taiwan Sets First Creative Content Fest Dedicated to All Modes of Creativity

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might have paralyzed global travel but that has not stopped Taiwan from flexing its muscles and putting its film and entertainment content on the world stage.

2023/01/20 | Taiwan Panorama

Screenwriters up Their Game: Bringing Taiwanese Drama to the World

With the most free and democratic society in the Mandarin-speaking world, Taiwan’s government and companies are working together to produce original content that attracts the international audience.

2023/01/04 | Taiwan Panorama

The Shows We Loved, the Shows We Love: Taiwanese TV Drama Looks to the Future

The diversity and tolerance of Taiwanese society have allowed film and TV creators to unleash their creativity by taking on the challenge of turning tough social issues into exciting dramas.

2020/11/13 | 廣編企劃

TAICCA Initiatives Help Taiwanese Content Ride Cultural Wave to Global Distribution

In July, TAICCA initiated the First Mile program, linking publishers, scriptwriters, and investors for the Print-to-Screen Adaptation Content Development Plan to boost TV and film production in Taiwan. The program extends to the 2020 Taiwan Creative Content Fest.

2022/11/18 | CJ Sheu

Co-winner ‘Jeong-sun’ Vividly Portrays Patriarchal Ageism

‘Jeong-sun’, co-winner of the 2022 Golden Horse Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Prize, is a masterful work of social realism that brings us into the life of a woman with magnanimous compassion.

2016/05/20 | 廣編企劃

Think You Know Chiayi? Check Out These Fun Facts!

How much do you know about Chiayi? Let's get to know Chiayi with the city's historical and geographic background along with some fun facts!

2022/11/17 | CJ Sheu

Co-winner ‘Autobiography’ Complexly Explores the Corrosions of Power

Indonesian film ‘Autobiography’, the co-winner of the 2022 Golden Horse Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Prize, explores relationships defined by power, both historical and intimate.

2022/11/16 | CJ Sheu

2022 Golden Horse Asian Cinema Observer Report: Part 2

Our film critic CJ Sheu was at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival to review nominees for the Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Prize. Here he gives the second of a two-part survey of the films: a Singaporean-Korean production along with films from Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

2022/11/15 | CJ Sheu

2022 Golden Horse Asian Cinema Observer Report: Part 1

Our film critic CJ Sheu was at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival to review nominees for the Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Prize. Here he gives the first of a two-part survey of the films, including entries from Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

2022/10/28 | CJ Sheu

‘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.

2022/09/20 | Graham Oliver

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’.

2022/09/15 | CJ Sheu

‘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.

2022/08/19 | CJ Sheu

‘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.

2022/08/11 | The Conversation

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.

2022/06/22 | CJ Sheu

‘After Yang’ Is Infused With Asian Americanness

‘After Yang’ is a sci-fi grounded in a plausible future history, conveying an uncanny sense of frisson familiar to Asian Americans, American Asians, or indeed anyone caught between two cultures in hard-to-delineate ways. The film is part of the 2022 Taipei Film Festival.