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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?

2020/08/27 | Peter Buckets

'The Good Daughter' Is an Indictment of Global Capital, Patriarchy, Racism

'The Good Daughter' depicts Azhe’s defiance as she's caught up in capitalism, patriarchy, and racism.

2020/08/14 | CJ Sheu

2020 Is Wild. 'Bacurau' Is Wilder.

'Bacurau' starts with a truckload of coffins spilled across the road and ends with a burial. It's a wild tale well told.

2020/07/17 | CJ Sheu

Tsai Ming-liang's 'Days': A Diary of Connection and Loneliness

Tsai Ming-liang's new film 'Days' makes us nostalgic for a time when loneliness and alienation had a romantic tinge.

2020/04/14 | Daphne K. Lee

‘Tigertail’: A Stillborn Romantic Idea

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

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.

2019/12/16 | Daphne K. Lee

Film Review: 'The Garden of Evening Mists'

The Garden of Evening Mists is a film we can watch and rewatch, and still can’t stop savoring the beauty of it like the Chopin record that never leaves the record player.

2019/11/21 | Daphne K. Lee

‘Detention’: A Clichéd Salute to Freedom

“Detention” is a bold attempt to explore a sensitive topic but fails to achieve much beyond scratching the surface with its clichéd plot and didactic screenplay.

2019/11/15 | CJ Sheu

'The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead' Runs on Queerphobic Jokes

Perhaps "The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead" shouldn't have been produced in the first place.

2019/10/16 | CJ Sheu

‘Queering Voices’ Shorts Highlight Variety in Gender Experience

As Taiwan celebrates same-sex marriage legalization this year, the 2019 Women Make Waves Film Festival continues to voice the LGBT community’s concerns through its ‘Queering Voices’ series.

2019/10/08 | Daphne K. Lee

‘Weathering With You’ Is a Boring, Repetitive Cinematic Delight

Makoto Shinkai's 'Weathering With You' is a cinematic delight that also disappoints.

2019/10/04 | TNL Feature

'Midnight Tod' Portrays an Inner Rebellion Between Flashes of Light

The 2019 Women Make Waves Film Festival takes place from 10/4 to 10/13 at SPOT Huashan Cinema in Taipei.

2019/10/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Romantic Comedy’ Makes a Case for Higher Quality Rom-Coms

The 2019 Women Make Waves Film Festival takes place from 10/4 to 10/13 at SPOT Huashan Cinema in Taipei. This review is based on a complimentary media screener.

2019/10/02 | CJ Sheu

'Vai' Explores a Pacific Islander Woman’s Life to Yield Multifaceted Rewards

The 2019 Women Make Waves film festival takes place from 10/4 to 10/13 at SPOT Huashan Cinema in Taipei. This review is based on a complimentary media screener.

2019/10/01 | Brandon Kemp

Long Live Love: Approaching the Films of Tsai Ming-liang

Where should one begin to understand Tsai Ming-liang? From the beginning.

2019/09/16 | The Conversation

Joker Represents the Absurdity and Horror of Our Times

Clownish figures have surged in popularity both in cinema and in politics. What does this imply for our society?

2019/09/03 | Brandon Kemp

2019 TIQFF Shorts Explore Queer Life In Straight Spaces

The 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival runs from 8/28 to 9/8 in Kaohsiung. Here's a review of this year's short film selections.

2019/08/20 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'The Blond One' Crafts a Fleshed-Out Romance With Subtle Moments

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.