Chinese-language media on both sides of the Taiwan Strait have been putting the squeeze on their sources to find out who will be the lucky actors and actresses starring in Ang Lee's (
Although a troop of Taiwanese stars auditioned for the movie in Taipei earlier this month, the top candidates for the leading roles are said to be Tony Leung (
Attending the Shanghai International Film Festival last weekend, the director told the local press that the cast had yet to be finalized, but did say, "If Leung is the leading actor, it would be bliss for everyone."
If Leung secures the top spot on Lee's film the actor will have a prosperous and busy year ahead as he has already bagged the leading roles in films to be shot by Hong Kong director Andrew Lau (劉偉強), John Woo (吳宇森) and Stanley Kwan (關錦鵬).
Amid the hubbub surrounding Lee's next project, Mando-pop queen Jolin Tsai's (
When asked by local media whether or not she thinks she is capable of playing the role of the seductive college student in the film, the teen-idol who has expressed a keen interest in the movie business struck a confident note by saying, "I should be OK with some practice."
A piece of advice to the green star: acting is more than pouting your lips and looking sexy.
Japan-born heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武) is hot property. The movie star's pretty face has earned him the role of Asian spokesman for French cosmetic brand Biotherm, and also a fat pay check of NT$25 million for appearing in a commercial that took six hours to shoot.
A human cash cow, Kaneshiro is rumored to have his eye on the exclusive Di-Bao (帝寶) apartment complex in Taipei, favored by the rich and the powerful. But his agent assured the locals that they would never see the star taking a stroll on Renai Road with a sarcastic aside: "Oh god, haven't all the Di-Bao apartments sold out already?"
Australian movie star Hugh Jackman was in Taipei last weekend to promote his Hollywood blockbuster X-Men 3: The Last Stand and won the hearts of the ladies with his impregnable image of a family man who just can't stop talking about his wife and kids.
Lauding his trip to Taiwan as a dream come true, the easy-going, 37-year-old star also showed an ability to adapt to local tastes.
He paid a visit to Shihlin night market (士林夜市), surrounded by a troop of bodyguards and smiled at bystanders like a political candidate on the campaign trail. Jackman listed pearl milk tea (珍珠奶茶) and pig-blood sticky rice cake (豬血糕) as memorable delicacies during his Asian tour. A good-looking family guy who makes top bucks in Hollywood and digs commoners' cheap snacks: What's not to love?
To broaden her fan base, newly crowned Golden Melody pop queen Tanya Chua (
The 22nd Taipei Arts Festival (臺北藝術節) opens tonight with three productions, a slightly scaled-down pandemic version that seeks to keep its tradition of big ideas, challenging programs and international connections alive and moving forward in an increasingly uncertain world. The theme of this year’s festival is “Super@#S%?” — as good a term as any when descriptives and superlatives seem not only inadequate, but somewhat irrelevant in a world where so many people cannot imagine being able to return to theaters, either as performers or audience members — they are too worried about having a job and their health. Technically, however, it is
Shuanglianpi (雙連埤) is both a Hakka outpost and a place of great ecological interest. The conjoined body of water from which it gets its name is the centerpiece of the 17.16-hectare Shuanglianpi Wildlife Refuge (雙連埤野生動物保護區). No waterways of significance fill or drain this scenic lake in Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township (員山鄉). During the 1895 to 1945 period of Japanese rule, the colonial authorities — struggling to secure Taiwan’s foothills — encouraged Han people to settle in areas adjacent to indigenous communities. Around 1910, a 49-year-old Hakka pioneer called Tsou Cheng-sheng (鄒成生) from what’s now Taoyuan decided to begin farming at
Since its launch in 2014, the Taiwan Season has increasingly become a “must-see” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. So, when this year’s three-week Fringe became an early casualty of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Chen Pin-chuan (陳斌全) was determined that the Taiwan Season must continue in some form. Chen, director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, says that he and Taiwan Season curator and producer Yeh Jih-wen (葉紀紋) had been thinking of ways of growing and adding value to the season anyway. The crisis and the cancellation of the live performances brought those ideas forward as
Wild Sparrow (野雀之詩) is simple and extremely slow paced, told through the eyes of Han (Kao Yu-hsia, 高於夏), an introspective, shy grade schooler who lives with his great-grandmother in the verdant countryside. Han has a fascination with sparrows, which are either flying high in the sky or trapped in cages and nets, providing a constant metaphor throughout the film. In the most ironic scene, a man catches the birds just to charge people to set them free again, taking advantage of Buddhists who engage in the ritual of “releasing” animals from captivity. Han takes a badly injured sparrow home and