Film reviews

A Cross-Genre Thriller About Life After Death

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THE SOUL (緝魂) stands out among recent Taiwanese film as an effective and well-executed commercial thriller.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 27, 2021
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Review: “Born to Be Human” Interrogates Medical Violence Against Intersex Individuals

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Building off of Taiwan’s complex relationship with intersex issues stemming from the 1950s, 2021’s "Born to Be Human" brings light to contemporary misunderstandings of intersex people and the continued medical violence they face. The film proves an emotionally harrowing look at the medicalization of the gender binary through the lens of intersex rights.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 16, 2021
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Review: “Hotel Iris” Exhibits Transgressive Love…and Taiwan-Japan Amity

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What happens when "Fifty Shades of Grey" meets Taiwan-Japan relations? Well, probably something like "Hotel Iris," a Taiwan-Japan co-production that just premiered at the 2021 Osaka Asian Film Festival.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 13, 2021
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A Beat Ahead or Behind of the World

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A Review of My Missing Valentine (消失的情人節)

From No Man Is an Island
On July 9, 2021
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‘Zola’ is the Only Movie

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Who you gonna be tonight

From Popula
On July 9, 2021
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Love in the Shadows of Macau’s Casinos

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A Review of Madalena (馬達·蓮娜), a romance between two working-class immigrants to Macau from China. Ultimately, the film provides an effective, if dramatized, look at the lives of the working class as they eke out a bare existence in the shadows of the mega-casinos that Macau is best known for.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 1, 2021
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Movie Review: Green Girl: Greta

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Tension between Thunberg’s genuine wishes and her being the symbol of the overall climate movement and institutions’ stubborn refusal to act is at the very core of the film. The most successful and often poignant moments of the film is for us to understand the emotional context of what Thunberg famously said in conferences, in explaining Thunberg’s frustration and anger in her speeches.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 29, 2021
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Demons, Panic and Memory

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It was the most prominent of a series of cases that came to characterize a phenomenon its proponents called “Satanic Ritual Abuse” (SRA). It was widespread enough that it feels disorienting to see a pop culture homage to the period, like The Devil Made Me Do It, that doesn’t even mention it.

From Popula
On June 28, 2021
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Taiwanese Animated Shorts at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival

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The following Taiwanese animated shorts for children were reviewed as part of the “Formosa Fantastica” section of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland. The film festival will be held from July 2nd to July 10th in a hybrid format, with simultaneously live-streamed events in Neuchâtel and Taipei.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 25, 2021
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Documentary ‘The Accidental President’ Intentionally Forgets Trump Presidency

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The Accidental President recycles the same tired messages that media pundits have been repeating since 2015.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 23, 2021
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A Feel-Good Story About Two Gay Dads and Their Son

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SWINGIN’ (輕鬆搖擺) aims to be a charmful, cute, and playful story, even as it touches on contemporary social issues still debated in Taiwanese society. The short film tells the story of eleven-year-old elementary schooler Qiu Qiu, who has two gay fathers, one of which is his biological father.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 18, 2021
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‘EXECUTIVE ORDER’ RE-WRITES THE POST-APOCALYPTIC GENRE

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There is no natural disaster in "Executive Order," a new Brazilian film starring Alfred Enoch, but the world is ending all the same. Centering on three Black people and a distinctly Black perspective, the film takes on human-made disaster, effectively eviscerating white power structures and narratives along the way.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 17, 2021
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A Single Photograph, An Infinitude of Moments

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A Review of Last Year When the Train Passed By (去年火車經過的時候). According to director Huang Pang-chuan (黃邦銓), the motivation for shooting the short film began with a whim—he took a photo while passing by a town on train one day and later began to wonder about the inhabitants of the houses that he had photographed.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 11, 2021
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