Film and Television

Review: Love Boat: Taiwan (愛之船:台灣)

Valerie Soe's Love Boat: Taiwan details the history of an institution well-known among diasporic Taiwanese and particularly Taiwanese-Americans—the Love Boat, officially known as the Overseas Compatriot Youth Formosa Study Tour. Despite how widely known the program is, Love Boat: Taiwan is likely the first attempt to historically document the program... Read More

Review: Our Youth in Taiwan (我們的青春,在台灣)

Our Youth in Taiwan, the winner for best documentary at this year’s Golden Horse Awards would be a highly personal character study of two participants in the Sunflower Movement. The first would be Chen Wei-ting, one of the two most recognizable student leaders from the movement, and the second is Cai Bo-yi, a Chinese participant in the movement. However, the film ultimately becomes the personal story of the director, too, by the film’s conclusion... Read More

Devotion Pulled From Online Sales After Controversy Regarding Xi Reference

Recently released Taiwanese horror game, Devotion, caused controversy in China after it was discovered that two parts of the game included messages mocking Chinese president Xi Jinping. This later led to the game being pulled from sales on Steam and other online stores. Devotion, released by Red Candle Studios, is the follow-up to 2017 horror hit Detention... Read More

Review: On Happiness Road (幸福路上)

On Happiness Road would be one of the rare examples of a Taiwanese animation to make it to the theater in past years. Nevertheless, despite high-profile attempts to promote the view by the Taiwanese government, as well as Taiwanese celebrities, the film proved a failure at the box offices. It remains to be seen whether this film will gain more attention now that it has been shortlisted as a contender for Best Animated Film at this year's Academy Awards... Read More