Film

Jiufen Old Street: A 2022 Pandemic Profile from a Taiwanese American Tourist

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If you've heard of Jiufen, you might know it is the site of filming for many Taiwanese movies, most notably City of Sadness. You might have heard it has wonderful teahouses, and maybe from a friend you heard to try the taro balls there. But you probably first and foremost know it as where Hayao Miyazaki allegedly drew inspiration from in Spirited Away.I

From No Man Is an Island
On September 21, 2022
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MELODRAMA-RAMA: ABSORBING DELIGHT

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The Telugu film RRR is an incredible mixture of genres, influences, and ideas: a historical epic with obvious ahistorical qualities, a combat-heavy actioner with exuberant song-and-dance numbers, a homosocial friendship drama with recognizably romantic montages. Strong notes of melodrama accent its potent blend.

From Tasteful Rude
On September 20, 2022
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“Demigod: The Legend Begins” Breathes New Life Into Taiwanese Puppetry

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Pili Puppetry is a well-known Taiwanese glove puppet series, which transposes wuxia tales of martial arts chivalry to a fantasy setting.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 22, 2022
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“Terrorizers” Pales in Comparison to its Edward Yang Namesake

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This is a No Man is an Island film review written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist as part of coverage of the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival. Keep an eye out for more!

From No Man Is an Island
On August 5, 2022
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The Many Repetitions of Hong Kong History

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There are few words fit to describe Blue Island (憂鬱之島), apart from “masterpiece.” The film stands out as an example of its genre, while also managing to be highly powerful and personal.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 22, 2022
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A Miao Church Choir Thrust into the Spotlight

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A Review of "Singing in the Wilderness" written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!

From No Man Is an Island
On April 16, 2022
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Goodnight, Oscar Levant, Wherever You Are

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An appreciation for the unappreciated.

From Popula
On March 7, 2022
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Yes Look Up

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Smart people wouldn’t yell in circumstances like those. They’d lay down their lives to persuade.

From Popula
On December 27, 2021
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Some Films Find You

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Jafar Panahi made Taxi, his seventeenth film, in 2015, despite the fact that the director has been under a government-imposed 20-year ban from filmmaking for “spreading propaganda against the system.”

From Popula
On September 21, 2021
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Telling a Story About Two Generations in Hong Kong

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No Man is an Island interviewed Kelvin Chan Kin-long (陳健朗), the director of Hand Rolled Cigarette (手捲煙).

From No Man Is an Island
On September 7, 2021
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My Own Personal Jesus

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A Holy Day of Obligation meant we weren’t in the classroom for a couple of hours. Instead, we were in church—which can be entertaining, or at least interesting if it’s a cool church full of statues and art and stained glass and candles.

From Preachy
On September 13, 2021
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The Forgotten Ones

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A prominent feature of post-colonial Nigeria was a remarkable fondness for everything white. This included western education and white-collar jobs, leading to the demonization of certain informal professions. For some reason, artists were among the most reviled.

From Olongo Africa
On September 8, 2021
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‘So Soon After 9/11’

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Documentarians Steven Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder discuss their new film, The Outsider, about the construction of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial and why it feels so cut off from New York City and from the last 20 years.

From FAQ NYC
On August 25, 2021
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