The Legend is Born — Ip Man
It’s back to the beginning of the Ip Man saga with this third installment, a prequel that tells the story of how Ip came to his martial arts prowess. Many of the same performers are back, though the lead role has been taken over from Donnie Yen (甄子丹) by Dennis To
(杜宇航), an award-winning martial artist turned actor who starred as a minor character in the first two Ip Man films. Unfortunately, The Legend Is Born often forsakes realism for fancy wirework, removing the film into a world of outright fantasy. There are many well-choreographed fight sequences, which go a long way to making up for the lack of any real emotional core.
Big-budget period drama that boasts a cross-cultural lineup of stars, including John Cusack, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) and Gong Li
(鞏俐). Cusack is in China on the eve of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese are up to no good, and the Chinese are as inscrutable as ever. With lush costumes, breathy dialogue and complex intrigue, Shanghai plays for maximum exoticism.
My Queen Karo
A story of growing up during the 1970s amid a group of squatters finding their way through a maze of free love, communistic ideals and communal living in an Amsterdam squat. At the center of My Queen Karo is Karo, a little girl of 10 who watches the foibles of her parents and their companions. She gradually comes to realize that this carefree life is actually full of cares, as her mother weeps away her days while daddy sleeps with any young lovely that comes his way. Balancing between an idolized father and a mother she loves as their world falls apart is not that easy.
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Mermaid Legend
As sequels go, this is something special. It is the 30th Doraemon movie and it celebrates the 40th anniversary of this much-loved Japanese cartoon character. This time around, Nobita Nobi finds himself in an underwater world populated by all kinds of unusual water folk, not all of them friendly. Doraemon’s magical tricks naturally get everyone out of danger and they all live happily until the next big adventure. Strictly for fans of the blue robotic cat.
In terms of life expectancy for its citizens, in recent decades Taiwan has caught up with and overtaken a number of Western countries. According to the most recent edition of the CIA’s World Factbook, Taiwanese now live longer than Americans, Czechs and Poles. Of course, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may shake up the rankings. Taiwan’s single-payer healthcare system, set up in 1995, is one reason why people here can stay healthy for a long time. Before the postwar Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime introduced the piecemeal health-insurance schemes (covering government employees, farmers, and others) that preceded the universal system, sick people
Nowhere are the effects of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) postwar Sinification campaign more visible than in the toponymic revisions that the regime undertook after assuming power. Taipei’s streets were renamed after Chinese cities or quintessentially Chinese values, and with the kind of self-aggrandizing flourish to which the party was partial, the process even referenced itself, Guangfu (光復) — which translates as “retrocession” — becoming a mainstay of urban nomenclature. Above all, the KMT’s top brass was memorialized: the given names of Sun Yat-sen (孫中山) and Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正) — Zhongshan (中山) and Zhongzheng (中正) — were conferred on locations
April 6 to April 12 Han Chinese settlers from Zhangzhou and Quanzhou were such fierce rivals that simple activities such as buying supplies for festivals would often result in armed violence. It’s said that this was especially severe just before Tomb Sweeping Festival, and to prevent bloodshed Qing Dynasty officials ordered them to conduct their rituals on different days. This is not unlike the government urging people to visit their ancestors’ graves on days other than yesterday’s official Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as the Qingming Festival, to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Chinese Nationalist Party
As students wait outside an exam room in Seoul’s affluent Gangnam district, the air is tense. A girl in a school uniform rocks a guitar back and forth in her hands next to a boy who stares nervously into his fringe. Another girl sitting on a nearby bench adjusts her crop top. But in a neighborhood filled with English and maths crammers, this is no normal exam room. Mudoctor Academy is a K-pop training school, where dozens of students between the ages of 12 and 26 line up for their chance to audition for a visiting entertainment scout. Kevin Lee is