Art and Entertainment

Cheated: F4’s highly anticipated stage reunion wasn’t what it was supposed to be

Asia One
Date: November 01, 2020

Video screengrab/Jiangsu Television

The four members of Taiwanese boyband F4 sang their iconic song Meteor Rain for a show on China's Jiangsu Television last Friday (Oct 30), in a much anticipated performance.

But many fans were left disappointed by the so-called reunion.

Jiangsu Television announced last week that the quartet, comprising Jerry Yan, 43, Vic Chou, 39, Ken Chu, 41, and Van Ness Wu, 42, would reunite on its show, 1001 Night Festival. The news excited many of the group's fans, as it has been nearly eight years since F4 last performed together at Jiangsu Television's Spring Festival Gala in January 2013.

Last Friday, the four singers duly appeared during the show on Friday, performing Meteor Rain and another song First Time.

However, fans noticed something amiss when they kept a distance from one another and had zero interactions throughout the segment.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese talent wins 2 Asian Film Awards

Samantha Ko is the best supporting actress for 'A Sun,' Tomi Kuo the best new director for 'Detention'

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/28
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

AFA award winner Samantha Ko (Facebook, AFA photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Samantha Ko (柯淑勤) won the award for best supporting actress with her performance in “A Sun” and Tomi Kuo (郭聰憲) the prize for best new director with “Detention” at the Asian Film Awards (AFA) Wednesday (Oct. 28).

The 14th edition of the awards was broadcast online from Busan in South Korea due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The best movie of the year was South Korea’s “Parasite,” which already won the Academy Award for best movie earlier this year. At the AFA, it won a total of four out of 10 awards it had been nominated for.    [FULL  STORY]

German Trade Office Oktoberfest 2020 kicks off in Taipei

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/25/2020
By: Emerson Lim

German Trade Office Chief Representative and Executive Director Axel Limberg (left) and German Institute Taipei Director-General Thomas Prinz.

Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) The two-day Oktoberfest celebration kicked off in Taipei on Friday, giving German companies and their business partners a rare chance to rub elbows at a time when social gatherings are temporarily banned in many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual German Trade Office (GTO) Oktoberfest is in its fifth year after the inaugural event in 2016.

The opening night was attended by around 100 guests, including German expatriates, officials from Taiwan's Foreign Ministry and business people.

Axel Limberg, chief representative and executive director of the GTO, told CNA that the Oktoberfest is a signature networking event for German companies in Taiwan.

Taiwanese host Alien Huang’s death due to aortic dissection

Straits Times
Date: SEP 19, 20207Jan Lee

Taiwanese singer-actor-host Alien Huang was found dead in his home on Sept 16, 2020.PHOTO: INTERNET

TAIPEI – An autopsy has revealed that Taiwanese singer-actor-host Alien Huang died of cardiovascular complications.

On Friday (Sept 18), Huang's autopsy was completed and his manager explained to reporters that findings concluded that Huang died of an aortic dissection, which then led to a blockage of his blood vessels.

An aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition which occurs when the inner layer of the aorta – the large blood vessel branching off the heart – tears.

Huang, who was 36, was found dead in his home on Wednesday (Sept 16). There was speculation then that his death might have been due to a freak accident at home, but autopsy findings concluded that he had no external injuries.    [FULL  STORY]

IU Let Her Inner Sexy Show by Exposing a Little More Skin Than Usual at Her Concert in Taiwan

It’s not often that IU shows off her gorgeously thin waist.

Date: Sep 14, 2020

In a vlog that IU posted to her official YouTube account, IU could be seen performing at her concert in Taipei, Taiwan wearing outfits that showed off her sexy charms.

What stood out in this upload was the fact that IU confidently exposed the skin around her chest and waist area that she’s normally known for keeping covered.

On that evening, IU wore a black outfit for one of her performances which exposed her thin waist and gorgeously pale skin tone. What added to her sexy vibe was the fact that her chest area was exposed as well, due to the the criss-cross string design of her cute black top.

The outfit showed off her waist even more because of the sweatpants she wore with it that drew all attention to the top half of her body. And that’s not all. During IU’s performance of “Red Queen”, she wore a tight red dress that exposed her chest and leg area.    [FULL  STORY]

Restored classics and the ultramodern Nina Wu celebrated at Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival

Date: September 9th, 2020
By: Charlie Smith

Wu Ke-Xi plays the title character in Nina Wu, a new drama in a program rich with forgotten treasures of Taiwanese cinema.

Normally, the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival showcases contemporary films with actors from the democratic island nation off the east coast of China.

That tradition will continue with this year’s 14th annual TWFF, which runs for free online from Friday (September 11) to September 20, with the Canadian premiere of the psychological drama Nina Wu.

Directed by Myanmar-born Midi Z, Nina Wu was screened at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and was written by and stars Taiwanese actor Wu Ke-Xi. Her character, Nina Wu, endures pain, exploitation, and humiliation as she tries to launch an acting career.

In addition, Wu will participate in a videotaped panel discussion with Carleen Kyle, president of Women in Film and Television Vancouver, to discuss how women are treated in the film industries in Taiwan and Canada. The audience size is being limited to 300, with free registration through    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei Music Center set to drive industry development: Tsai

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/27/2020
By interns Grace Hu,
Meryl Kao, and Eden Wang

CNA photo Aug. 27, 2020

CNA photo Aug. 27, 2020[/caption] Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) The newly inaugurated Taipei Music Center is part of the government's efforts to boost the development of the pop music industry in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at the opening of the new venue Thursday.

"Taiwan has always been at the heart of the Mando-pop world, and many popular songs started in Taiwan," said Tsai, who also expressed her hope that the center, which cost NT$6 billion (US$204.41 million), will help maintain Taiwan's status as a hub for pop music in Asia over the coming decades.

According to Tsai, the new center has the capacity to seat an audience of 6,000 and fills a gap in Taipei, which lacks a medium-sized venue between live houses and Taipei Arena.

"What you have established is the future of Taiwan's pop music," Tsai said when addressing staff at the center in Taipei's Nangang District, which took 17 years to plan and build.

No masks on red carpet as Taiwan logs few COVID-19 cases

Date: Jul. 12, 2020

Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night, as the

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP)

island holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases. 

Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants didn't wear masks in historic Zhongshan Hall in Taipei. Taiwan, with a population of about 23 million people, has had 451 confirmed cases and seven deaths. 

A baseball game in the city of Taichung on Saturday drew more than 10,000 fans for the first time this season, the official Central News Agency said. Health authorities said last month that fans would be allowed to sit in alternate seats and no longer would have to wear masks, except when leaving their seats. Authorities have been gradually allowing larger crowds since play began in April with no fans.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese actress Michelle Chen marks actor husband Chen Xiao’s birthday with family photo

Straits Times
Date: JUL 5, 2020
By: Jan Lee

Actor Chen Xiao (left) with his actress wife Michelle Chen (right) and their son.PHOTO: MICHELLE CHEN/WEIBO

To celebrate her husband's birthday, Taiwanese actress Michelle Chen, 37, took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo to share a family photo.

She celebrated her Chinese actor husband Chen Xiao turning 33 on Sunday (July 5) with a picture of the couple with their son, aged three, all in matching denim outfits.

Their son, who rarely appears in his parents' social media posts, had his face obscured with a lollipop.

The couple fell in love while filming the 2014 drama series The Romance Of The Condor Heroes, based on Louis Cha's wuxia novel The Return Of The Condor Heroes.