Ang Lee to visit Philippines
Two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (李安) is scheduled to visit the Philippines on Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 to conduct industry and cultural exchanges, just days after participating in the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. At the invitation of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, the Taiwanese director is set to attend a banquet in Manila and meet with local cultural and political figures. On Nov. 28, Lee is to attend a screening of his 3D adventure epic Life of Pi for which he won his second Oscar for best director, and share his experiences making the film with Philippine directors. Officials said Lee’s visit could be good for bilateral relations, which hit a low after a Taiwanese fisherman was killed by Philippine Coast Guard personnel in May. Before the visit, Lee will head the jury for the 50th Golden Horse Awards, which are to be held on Nov. 23 in Taipei.
Chthonic on tour in Europe
Taiwanese metal band Chthonic (閃靈), which is known for drawing inspiration for its songs from Taiwanese culture and history, on Thursday started a tour that will take the band to 20 countries in Europe. The first show of the marathon tour was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Thursday, and is to be followed by 39 concerts in countries including Germany, France, Portugal and Slovakia until the tour ends on Dec. 20. Chthonic’s lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese legends, history and folklore and it incorporates melodies from Taiwanese opera and folk melodies in its songs. The band also uses traditional instruments such as the box zither and the erhu (二胡). The group is one of the best-known Taiwanese bands overseas. It won the Golden Melody Best Band award in 2003 and was voted the No. 2 band by readers of British magazine Terrorizer in 2009.