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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.

2019/12/16 | 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.

2019/07/24 | CJ Sheu

'Nina Wu' Brings Taiwan into the #MeToo Era

Nina Wu (灼人秘密) is the first Taiwanese film to stir conversations around the #MeToo movement.

2018/12/26 | David Green

FILM REVIEW: ‘10 Years Taiwan’ Peers Pessimistically Into an Unsettling Future

Taiwan’s foray into the future-gazing '10-year' franchise is poignant, ponderous and overwhelmingly bleak.

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.

2019/11/21 | 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.

2019/09/16 | 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?

2019/12/24 | 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.

2019/08/15 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'Postcards From London' Puts a Spin on the Prostitution of Art

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.

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.

2018/12/27 | CJ Sheu

REVIEW: 'Shadow' Presents a Wuxia Tale in Staggeringly Beautiful Monochrome

This ink wash painting come to life carries thematic complexity and a veiled political message.

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.

2019/09/03 | 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.

2019/07/16 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'The Missing Body Episode 1' and the Future of Taiwanese VR Cinema

A review of the VR film The Missing Body Episode 1, featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival.

2019/05/16 | Cat Thomas

FILM REVIEW: 'A Bread Factory' Gears Up for Urban Nomad Premiere

Patrick Wang’s epic two-parter 'A Bread Factory' has its Taiwan premiere at 2019 Urban Nomad Film Festival and is a compelling story for our times.

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.

2019/11/15 | 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.