Glory to the Filmmaker!
Panned by Variety, praised by the Japan Times, this effort's primary audience is likely to be those who thought Beat Takeshi's performance in Battle Royale was Oscar material. Likened unfavorably to Fellini's 8 1/2 thanks to its self-referential tale of filmmaking hell, Glory to the Filmmaker! plays with narrative, ahem, de(con)struction as Takeshi's film director character finds himself unable to settle on a style. It also has a whiff of the onscreen madness, split personality and violence of Brazil's Jose Mojica Marins ("Coffin Joe"). Confused? Try watching the movie.
Naruto the Movie Vol. 4
Naruto, the name of a boisterous young ninja, started as a manga in 1997. Its success has spawned anime TV series and five films; it has also developed a market in the West. In this entry, Naruto and his companions are charged with protecting a shamaness from monstrous creatures in the Kingdom of Spirits. Her premonitions of Naruto's death, however, require him to leave her side so that he can survive, yet doing so would imperil her and leave the world at the mercy of monsters. Also known as Naruto: Shippuden the Movie, the fifth in the series is set for a summer release in Japan.
While engineering professor Liu Jen-sen (劉振森) manually took the temperature of hundreds of students entering the building, he was sure there was a more efficient way to complete the annoying task. With hundreds of students entering National Taiwan University’s (NTU) Electrical Engineering Building every period, the exercise put faculty in close proximity with visitors when social distancing was crucial to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Liu immediately had a eureka moment, headed to his basement workshop and cobbled together a prototype for Prevention No 1 (防疫一號), an automated temperature measuring station. With infrared thermal camera systems costing up to NT$500,000,
Vicki Friedman always wanted to play golf with her adult sons but until this spring couldn’t find time to learn the game and practice. Shaun Warkentin was looking for a diversion when his young sons tired of jumping on the backyard trampoline and being indoors. He discovered the joy of taking them fishing. Neighborhood and park trails across the country have been getting higher-than-usual use by runners, walkers and bicyclists as people find ways to get fresh air while maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. Golf courses are welcoming more beginners and people returning to the game, states have seen robust sales
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).