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2020/07/03 | Ian Chen

Taiwanese Cinema Revival: Moving Beyond State Subsidies and Arthouse

After two decades of decline, Taiwanese cinema has seen a revival. We have to look far back at the Motion Picture Act and government grant scheme to understand how this happened.

2020/06/18 | every little d

Everyday Movement: Masakazu Murakami’s ‘Subway Diary’ Photo Exhibition in Taipei

If we place a mirror before reality, our existential anxieties may be casually revealed in images. Photographer Masakazu Murakami organized the photographs taken in Tokyo between 1999 and 2019 and created the photo book Subway Diary.

2020/06/02 | CJ Sheu

Bong Joon Ho’s 'Memories of Murder' Is a Film for Our Moment

Bong Joon-ho's 'Memories of Murder' will be rereleased in Taiwan on June 12. It couldn't have arrived at a more fitting time.

2020/06/01 | TNL Staff

What to Watch on GagaOOLala, Taiwan’s LGBT Streaming Platform

GagaOOLala, a Taiwan-based LGBT-focused streaming service, has launched internationally. Here are three highlights from its lineup of films.

2020/05/28 | Op-Ed

What Can 'The Last Emperor' Teach Us About Life in Confinement?

The digitally remastered version of 'The Last Emperor' is now in Taipei theaters, and it has climbed to second place in the city's box office chart.

2020/05/27 | TNL Staff

Terrace House Star Hana Kimura Could Not Escape Cyberbullying

Terrace House star Hana Kimura, 22, committed suicide on May 23. Like many reality show stars, her reputation may have been smeared by what South Koreans have dubbed “devil’s editing,” leading to an outpouring of abusive comments.

2020/05/14 | every little d

The Design Concepts Behind Taiwan's Inaugural Beer and Stamps

Taiwan's presidential inauguration is traditionally celebrated with commemorative stamps and a special design of Taiwan Beer. This practice into groundbreaking territory, showing appreciation for contemporary design and representing Taiwan's democratic pluralism.

2020/05/06 | Daphne K. Lee

6 Taiwanese Drama Series Available on Netflix Now

Taiwan's TV dramas seem to gone through a relative dry spell. Here are some exceptions.

2020/04/28 | Nicholas Haggerty

‘A Stormy Petrel’: Hong Kong Governor John Pope Hennessy

P. Kevin MacKeown's biography 'A Stormy Petrel' (City University of Hong Kong, 2020) argues for John Pope Hennessy as a character full of contradictions, bridling against his historical circumstances but never quite transcending them.

2020/04/26 | Luke Hein

Roots of Life and Music in Yilan

Jipo, a sheng player from Yilan County in Taiwan, forsook a career in the capital to make music with his community.

2020/04/22 | every little d

‘Good Eye City Guide’ Is the Ultimate Travel Guide to Taiwan

Good Eye City Guide is a gorgeous, comprehensive guide to Taiwan. First time visitors and seasoned locals will take much away from reading.

2020/04/21 | Milo Hsieh

'Tigertail' Missed These Opportunities to Tell Taiwan’s History

A brief guide to the language issues and glossed over history in 'Tigertail'.

2020/04/14 | Daphne K. Lee

'Tigertail' Review: A Stillborn Romantic Idea

Alan Yang's feature debut explores a slew of important themes but fails to tell a coherent story.

2020/03/24 | TNL Staff

Netflix to Unveil More Korean Dramas for Quarantine Entertainment

Netflix will roll out more Korean drama series and films to keep people entertained during coronavirus quarantine.

2020/03/12 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Taipei’s Pay Phones: A Relic of the Past?

Taipei's pay phones are slowly disappearing from the street view.

2020/03/02 | The Conversation

Korean Drama 'Crash Landing on You' Bridges the North-South Divide

"Crash Landing on You" tells a rare love story across the inter-Korean division and humanizes life in North Korea.