Art and Entertainment

Taiwan artist John Yuyi to open New York solo show

Artist gained fame with temporary tattoos of logos and Internet symbols

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/02/19
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese artist John Yuyi (江宥儀), famous for her temporary

John Yuyi wishes her friends a happy Lunar New Year (photo from John Yuyi’s Facebook)

tattoo collaborations with Gucci and with the New York Times, will open her first solo show in New York this week.

John, 26, has been noted for sticking name brand logos and Internet symbols on parts of her body as easily removable tattoos.

Last year, Italian fashion brand Gucci invited her to design a “meme” campaign consisting of images of snakes and watches drawn in the company’s colors of red and green.

She also contributed the images for a special New York Times report about the social media titled “Welcome to the Post-Text Future.”

“Using iconography of mass culture by projecting images onto the human body, Yuyi has managed to create a playful and unexpected aesthetic that has become widely recognized,” fashion site Hypebae wrote.    [FULL  STORY]

Tales of Taiwan’s Comic Artists: Persecution, Isolation and Endless Talent

The News Lens
Date: 2018/01/25
By: Julia Chien

Oppressed under martial law and underappreciated in their native land, Taiwan’s comic

From Chen Uen’s (鄭問) Assassin’s Story

artists still managed to leave their mark on the minds of millions across Asia.

“Did you read manhua when you were a kid?”

My dad shovels freshly-steamed rice into a bowl. This was an awkward family conversation — manhua (漫畫), the Mandarin term for comics, is an age-old battleground between parent and child, the black-and-white sheets of paneled ink being a devil that tempted us away from schoolwork.

“Of course,” he grudgingly admits.“What kind? “Like Zhu-ge Si-lang? (諸葛四郎)?” I ask.

Dad smiles as if struck by a fond memory. Zhu-ge Si-lang was the most popular manhua on the island back in the 60’s. Pop singer Lo Da-yu (羅大佑), icon of the baby boomer generation, enshrined the series in the popular consciousness with his song Tong-nian (童年, meaning childhood): “Zhu-ge Si-lang and the Devil Squad, wonder which of them won that magic sword?” (諸葛四郎和魔鬼黨,到底誰搶走了那隻寶劍) go the lyrics.    [FULL  STORY]

Photo of the Day: Taiwanese artisan and his woodcarving

Work is part of exhibition now being held at the URS127 Art Factory in Taipei’s Datong District

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/13
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A young Taiwanese sculptor, Huang Hsi-chen (黃希宸), sits next

Huang Hsi-chen with his artwork. (By Central News Agency)

to an intricate woodcarving he crafted at an exhibition for young up-and-coming artists in Taiwan.

His wood carving is part of an exhibition called the “Young Star Craftsmen Exhibition” organized by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute that displays handicraft pieces by young Taiwanese artists from a variety of disciplines.

In the sculpture, two mythical phoenixes battle it out in the trees as a guardian lion or “Foo Dog” snarls at the two from below.

The exhibit is being held from Dec. 11 – Dec. 20 at the URS127 Art Factoryin Taipei’s Datong District.     [FULL  STORY]

In Pictures: Stars on the red carpet at the 54th Golden Horse awards

The Straits Times
November 26, 2017

Stars and celebrities turned up dressed to the nines for the 54th Golden Horse Film Awards, which has been dubbed the Chinese “Oscars”. The awards was held at Taipei’s Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Nov 25. Here is a look at the winners and the red carpet appearances

(From left) Actress Vicky Chen, director Yang Ya-che and actress Kara Wai posing with their Golden Horse awards, together with the rest of the cast of The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful. PHOTO: AFP

Best Leading Actor winner Tu Men kissing the hand of Best Leading Actress winner Kara Wai, at the 54th Golden Horse Film Awards on Nov 25, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Taiwanese actress Vicky Chen, with her Best Supporting Actress award. The 14-year-old also made history as the youngest person to be nominated for the Best Actress award. PHOTO: AFP


Ang Lee to chair Golden Horse Film Awards executive committee

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/11/26
By: Lo Yuan-shao and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) U.S.-based Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee (李安) has agreed to

U.S.-based Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee (李安, left) and Golden Horse Film Awards incumbent chair Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉, right)/CNA file photo

take over as the head of the executive committee of the Golden Horse Film Awards, incumbent chair Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉) said Sunday.

Chang said she was delighted to have been able to persuade Lee to take over the position to lead the film festival and awards into a new era after the completion of the 54th Golden Horse Film Awards on Saturday night.

Lee said he hesitated before agreeing to do the job. “My first response (to Sylvia’s suggestion) was no. After a while, I told her it would be ‘very difficult.’ And then I gradually softened my position.”

He said he finally decided to accept the offer in part because he has won a number of Golden Horse awards and has been doing his best to attend the award ceremony over the past 30 years, including serving as head of the award jury four years ago.

Taiwan wins big at 54th Golden Horse Awards

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-11-26

Taiwanese crime thriller The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful was the biggest winner

The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful, directed by Yang Ya-che, center, won best film, while Kara wai, right, won best actress and Vicky Chen, left, won best supporting actress. (Photo/CNA)

at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday night. The awards are the highlight of the calendar in Chinese-language cinema and Taiwan did better in several categories this year than it has for some time.

The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful from Taiwanese director Yang Ya-che was nominated for seven awards and won three, including best film. Kara Wai from Hong Kong and Taiwan-born Vicky Chen took home best actress and best supporting actress respectively for their roles in the movie.

Another big winner from Taiwan on the night was director Huang Hsin-yao. His film The Great Buddha + won best adapted screenplay, best original film score, best original film song and best cinematography. Huang also took home the award for best new director.

(Updates) Award Winners for 54th Golden Horse Awards

Taiwan News  
Date: 2017/11/25
By: Mabel Neo, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Host for the 54th Golden Horse Awards Matilda Tao (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —Award Winners for 54th Golden Horse Awards

【Best New Director】Tan Seng Kiat- Shuttle Life(陳勝吉——《分貝人生》)

【Best New Performer】Rima Zeidan-The Great Buddha+ (瑞瑪席丹——《強尼.凱克》)

【Best Sound Effects】Du Tuu-Chih, Shu-Yao Wu- Mon Mon Mon Monsters (杜篤之, 吳書瑤——《報告老師!怪怪怪怪物!》)

【Best Visual Effects】Johnny Lin(林哲民), Perry KAIN, Thomas Reppen – See You Tomorrow  《擺渡人》

【Best Action Choreography】Sang Lin – Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (桑林《糸秀春刀II修羅戰場》)

【Best Editing】Jean Tsien, Bob Lee- Plastic China (錢孝貞、李博——塑料王國)

Taiwan’s ‘Cock Robin’ Heads for North America With Cheng Cheng

Date: November 24, 2017
By Patrick Frater

New York-based Cheng Cheng Films has picked up North American rights to Taiwanese


psychological crime thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin?”. The film is a front runner in the Golden Horse Awards which will be presented later today in Taipei. It is nominated in five categories, including best picture.

The film is directed by Cheng Wei-hao, who previously made hit “The Tag-Along.” It follows an ambitious journalist’s probe into a hit and run accident he witnessed years earlier.

It stars Mason Lee (“The Hangover Part II,” “Lucy”,) the Taiwanese-American actor who is the son of two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Lee senior will be on hand to present awards at the Golden Horse ceremony.    [FULL  STORY]

Cloud Gate Dance Theater founder announces upcoming retirement

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-11-22

The founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Lin Hwai-min, announced on Wednesday that

(CNA file photo)

he will retire in 2019 as Artistic Director.

Lin made the announcement just before the 45th anniversary of the world-famous dance theater’s founding. Cloud Gate 2’s Artistic Director Tseng Chung-long will take Lin’s place in 2020 while Lin will stay on as chairman of the Cloud Gate Association.

Lin’s 90th work, “ Formosa”, will premiere on Friday at the National Theater Hall. Lin is 70 years old and founded the Cloud Gate Dance Theater in 1973. Cloud Gate is Taiwan’s first professional dance group and the first modern Chinese dance group. Lin created a unique style of modern dance combining elements of western and eastern cultures. He is widely considered Asia’s most prominent and influential choreographer.    [FULL  STORY]

Free admission to 147 museums nationwide on Oct. 17 in celebration of Taiwan Culture Day

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun has high hopes for cultural preservation

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture is celebrating the Taiwan

Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation presented a photograph of a 90-year-old telegram to Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (left) (By Taiwan News)

Culture Day, as well as the 96th anniversary of Taiwan Cultural Association (TCA), on Tuesday, October 17, with 147 museums nationwide offering free admission for citizens on this day, the ministry announced a plan to restore historical documents and manuscripts associated with cultural enlightenment led by the organization.

Taiwanese democracy pioneer Dr. Chiang Wei-shui co-founded the TCA, an important organization that helped bring democracy in Taiwan’s history, on October 17, 1921, during the Japanese occupation.

In her speech, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun expressed her appreciation for the contribution of the TCA to the development of the nation’s culture and democracy, saying that exactly 96 years ago, the pioneers of Taiwan’s cultural and democracy movements, including Chiang Wei-shui, laid a strong foundation of awareness for the country’s burgeoning democracy through enlightenment-based newspapers, speeches, plays and workshops.    [FULL  STORY]