Four Taiwanese Films Not to Miss from the 2019 New York Asian Film Festival

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is partnering with the essential annual  New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) to celebrate its 18th edition with a four-film selection that shines a bright light on Taiwan’s comedy cinema and genre output during the festival’s run from June 28 to July 14, plus audience Q&As following the shows.

Described by the NYAFF as “resolutely pop, accessible, and unapologetically fun in a way not normally associated with productions from the island better known for its art-house and experimental output,” this year’s Taiwan Cinema section will unlock the audiences’ imagination with heartfelt laughter and tears.

Highlight includes Huang Chao-liang’s Taipei Film Award-nominated HAN DAN, starring Cheng Jen-shuo (Gatao 2: Rise of the King); Hung Tzu-hsuan’s action genre circuit hit THE SCOUNDRELS; the madcap comedy based on the popular theater piece with the same title IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD SHOW; and the romantic tale SOMEONE IN THE CLOUDS, featuring a story of searching for the meaning of true love. Director Huang Chao-liang and co-director Mitch Lin and Gary Tseng will appear in person for HAN DAN and SOMEONE IN THE CLOUDS respectively to discuss their films.

As North America's leading festival of Asian cinema, the New York Asian Film Festival is presented by the New York Asian Film Foundation in collaboration with Film at Lincoln Center. This year’s Taiwan Cinema section takes place from June 30 through July 4 at FLC’s Walter Reade Theater and July 13 at SVA Theater, presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. For the full lineup and schedule, please visit

Screening Schedule and Film Description

Han Dan (寒單) | North American Premiere
Sunday, June 30, 3:30 PM @ Film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater
* Q&A with Director Huang Chao-liang

Taiwan | 2019 | 125 Minutes | In Mandarin, Taiwanese w/English subtitles
Director: Huang Chao-liang   

An upstanding young man commits a reckless act that ends in life-changing tragedy. His doomed rival becomes his friend, only to become his rival again. Set against the tradition where men seek atonement by submitting themselves to ritualized firecracker attacks (as effigies of the deity Han Dan), this film not only reveals unique aspects of Taiwanese culture but its complex psyche as well. Featuring stunning cinematography and nuanced performances, Han Dan weaves universal themes into a novel, eye-opening moral tale.

The Scoundrels (狂徒) | North American Premiere 
Monday, July 1, 6:00 PM @ Film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

Taiwan | 2018 | 104 Minutes | In Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Directors: Hung Tzu-hsuan
Promising basketball star Rui lost it all when he beat up a spectator in a fit of rage. Now he barely gets by working shady part-time jobs. One night while trying to help an injured woman, he is hijacked and framed for robbery. Inextricably entwined with the real culprit, and haunted by a public that thinks he’s to blame, Rui falls into a downward spiral of crime, treachery, and violence. Known for his intricately choreographed short films, Hung Tzu-Hsuan makes his electrifying feature debut with this taut, action-packed thriller, marking him a talent to watch.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Show (瘋狂電視台瘋電影) | North American Premiere 
Thursday, July 4, 12:30 PM @ Film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

Taiwan | 2019 | 103 Minutes | In Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Directors: Hsieh Nien-tsu 
Mr. Lo, the unscrupulous owner of Crazy TV, sets out to lower the channel’s ratings so he can sell it to mobster Mr. David for cheap and count his losses. He promotes failing producer Yeh to program director, and fires the staff. Yeh, his best friend, an aspiring actress, and a team of interns create inventive DIY programs, from weird kiddie shows to offbeat celebrity homages. Surprisingly viewership grows, but Mr. Lo has something else up his sleeve. And then things get really crazy in this madcap farce, a glorious tribute to the spirit of creativity.

Someone in the Clouds (真愛神出來) | International Premiere 
Saturday, July 13, 5:30 PM @ SVA Theater
* Q&A with Director Mitch Lin & Gary Tseng

Taiwan | 2018 | 100 Minutes | In Mandarin, Taiwanese w/ English subtitles
Directors: Mitch Lin and Gary Tseng 
Hsiao-pei carries on her family’s fortune telling tradition, almost exclusively giving young women love advice. She also runs her college’s tarot club through which she meets the playfully cocky Chiung-nan, who uses the cards to ask her out. A hilariously rocky romance ensues, replete with a clumsy seduction, an unexpected fire and both figurative and literal ball busting. A host of characters around them add to the fray on their search for the meaning of true love in this hysterical upheaval of the romcom where things are not always as predictable as they may seem.

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Collection from the Sun Ten Museum: A Homecoming Celebration

The special exhibition, "Collection from the Sun Ten Museum: A Homecoming Celebration" co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center and the Sun Ten Museum in Los Angeles will be on view from May 24th to June 2nd. It brings together 24 pieces of artworks by Ishikawa Kinichiro (石川欽一郎), Chu Ming(朱銘), Chen Cheng-Po(陳澄波), Li Shih-Chiao(李石樵), Li Mei-Shu(李梅樹), Liao Chi-Chun(廖繼春), Hung Jui-Lin(洪瑞麟), Kuo Shue-Whu(郭雪湖), Lin Tzu-Chu(林之助), Lin Iu-San(林玉山), Chen Tsin(陳進), Li Tse-Fan(李澤藩), Yen Shui-Lung(顏水龍), Kuo Po-Chuan(郭柏川), Yang San-Lang(楊三郎), Yao Ching-Chang(姚慶章), Liao Shiou-Ping(廖修平), Chen Chao-Hung(陳昭宏) and Chen Tsin-Fang(陳錦芳), Chin Sung(秦松), Chang Wan-Chuan(張萬傳), Liu Chi-Hsian (劉啟祥), Ran In-Ting(藍蔭鼎) and Hsiao Ju-Sung(蕭如松).

The exhibition will feature selected works from the Sun Ten Museum of which collection is one of the finest comprehensive collections of works by Taiwanese artists in private hands. The Sun Ten Museum was founded by Dr. Hsu Hong-Yen's family after his death. Dr. Hsu Hong-Yen had been an active private collector since forty years ago. In his mind, the works in his collection belongs to all Taiwanese people. Hence, in order to fulfill his dream, the Sun Ten Museum signed a letter of intent for unconditional donation with the Ministry of Culture in September 2018. The promised gift, altogether over 600 works, is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan by the end of 2019. However, considering that most of them have never been seen, the Museum decides to have a major traveling exhibition from East Coast to West Coast, prior to its heading back home, Taiwan.

The exhibition will be accompanied by two special presentations on Taiwanese art and the Museum’s collection, given by Professor Hsiao Chong-Ray from the National Taiwan Cheng-Kung University, Department of History, and Director Chen Fai-Long of the Sun Ten Museum. The presentations are scheduled for the evenings of May 23rd and May 25th. There will also be viewing of documentary films featuring senior artists, such as Lin Iu-San, Chen Tsin, Chen Cheng-Po and Kuo Shue-Whu, during the weekends of May 25th and 26th and June 1st and 2nd, at the auditorium of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office-New York.

It has taken two generations of Dr. Hsu Hong-Yen’s family to build up a collection of artworks spanning a century. The vision and generosity of Dr. Hsu Hong-Yen’s family significantly enhances our ability to tell a more comprehensive art history of Taiwan. The remarkable donation certainly adds great strength to the research of art history and promoting art education. It will have a transformative impact on the Ministry of Culture’s initiated projects to reconstruct art history of Taiwanese

Opening reception & talks
Time: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6pm
Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 E. 42nd St.)
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Following the reception, at 7pm Mr. Chong-Ray, Hsiao, Professor of Art History at National Cheng Kung University, and Mr. Fay-Long, Chen, Director of the Sun Ten Museum, will talk on the history and significance of the collection in TECO-NY’s auditorium.

Public programs:
Documentary Screenings
May 25 & 26, June & 2, 2019, 10am-4pm
Four short documentary films featuring monumental artists Lin Iu-san (林玉山), Chen Tsin(陳進), Chen Cheng-po(陳澄波), and Kuo Shue-whu(郭雪湖) will be screened sequentially for 6 hours each date.

Checking in with Taiwanese Treasures
May 26, 2019, 12-5pm
Union Square North

May 25, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Taiwan Center New York (13744 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354)

This exhibition is organized by Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Sun Ten Museum and co-Organized by Taiwan Center New York, North America Taiwanese Women's Association–New York and Living Well Club.

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Taipei-based Chi-Wen Gallery presents three Taiwanese artists at 2019 Frieze-New York's main section

Blending old and new, everydayness and edginess, Chi-Wen Gallery renders another showstopper at this year’s Frieze New York! Three Taiwanese photography/video artists—Chieh-Chi Chang, Yuan Goang-Ming, and Su Misu—will be featured at the City’s most prominent art fair.

Both Chang and Yuan, each in their own way, address the issue of conflict and the spectre of a devastating war to win the opposite side over. Chang uses sound and photography to document the tension between North and South Korea, whereas Yuan uses video and drawing to capture similar hostility between Taiwan and China. Chang, a noted Magnum photographer, has extended his creative endeavors into video and sound in recent years. At the 2019 edition of Freize-New York, his work titled “Voice of DPRK: Broadcast by Ri Chun-hee, August 17, 2011, Pyongyang” will be presented. A sound installation, the work features the most notable North Korean TV news presenter Ri Chu-hee announcing the regime’s statement on peaceful reunification in her signature melodramatic style. As to Yuan, his video work “Everyday Maneuver” documents the annual Wan’an Air Raid Drill in Taiwan and captures the moment when the hustle and bustle of Taipei comes to a halt when the air raid sirens sound over the city. From its inception in 1978, the drill is mandatory for all Taiwanese to join. Today this ritual serves as a reminder that the threat of annexation still lurks across the strait. At the same time, this everydayness of warfare conjures a ghost city in modern-day Taiwan that becomes the perfect selfie backdrop for young people.

A Frieze-New York first timer, Taiwanese photographer and performance artist Su Misu will be introduced to art fair visitors through her staged photography works on topics of BDSM and LGBTQ+.

Coming from a medical background, Su’s interested in the “synthetic”, the “unnatural”, and other embodiments, using photography to discuss the struggle between the real and the illusory. Signature pieces from her recent projects “ihategoodbye” and “I am a fake, but my heart is true” will be on view at Frieze this year.

As a special presentation, a video production of London-based artist Victoria Sin’s performance “If I had the words to tell you we wouldn’t be here now” at Chi-Wen Gallery in Taipei this past January, will also be presented during the art fair. The performance will be restaged at the opening week of the Venice Biennale May 8-12, 2019.

Frieze-New York is scheduled to take place in Randall’s Island Park May 2-5. For more info, please visit:

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Taipei Cultural Center and PEN America co-present MEDITATIONS ON WAR and LITERARY QUEST: WESTBETH EDITION, with Taiwanese writer WU MING-YI

Taipei Culture Center in New York and PEN America proudly invite the renowned Taiwanese writer WU MING-YI (吳明益)to talk about his novel The Stolen Bicycle(單車失竊記), as part of 2019 PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL, from May 6 – May 12.

Co-organized with Albertine Books and presented with The Guardian, the MEDITATIONS ON WAR- A talk on three different writers’ novels shows how we endure the memories of war, how we reclaim what is left after war and how we rebuild ourselves in the wake of ignominious battlefield defeats. Wu Ming-Yi (The Stolen Bicycle, which was long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2018) , Sinan Antoon (The Book of Collateral Damage), and Laurent Gaudé (Hear Our Defeats) have all written fiction that explores the wreckage brought by wars of all kinds, in all countries, in stories that echo with urgent philosophical questions. Join them for a riveting discussion and experience how literature illuminates humanity’s ongoing struggle. .

Wu Ming-Yi, an author, artist, designer, photographer, literary professor, and environmental activist, is regarded as one of Taiwan’s most important contemporary writers. Since so much of the history recounted in The Stolen Bicycle is entangled with internecine violence and bloodshed across Southeast Asia, the true subject of Wu’s The Stolen Bicycle is war. Throughout the novel, there is hardly a character unaffected in some way by the horrors of war and thus forms a Taiwanese image of rich in conflict, reconciliation and determined pursuit of peace. Taiwan, an ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse society, enriches itself with many precious memories, tolerated but cherished by those survive now.

To extend the meditation, LITERARY QUEST: WESTBETH EDITION leads us to meet the fellow writers and readers at the Westbeth Gallery. Residents of New York City’s historic Westbeth Center for the Arts open their homes to Festival-goers for this perennial favorite festival event. The intimate, salon-style readings and discussions by Festival authors, including Felicity Castagna, Inês Pedrosa, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Pajtim Statovci, Najat El Hachmi, Wu Ming-Yi, and others will definitely provide you the uniquely immersive literary experience.

Date: 07 May 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Albertine Book
Address: 972 5th Ave. New York, NY 10075
Tickets: Free

Date: 09 May 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Westbeth Artists Housing and Center for the Arts
Address: 55 Bethune St. New York, NY 10014
Tickets: $20

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Taiwanese Puppet Master Documentary FATHER Kicking off US East Coast Shows in New York

The award-winning documentarian Yang Li-chou returns to the U.S. with his new work FATHER to be presented at the first edition of CineCina Film Festival in New York and Taiwan Film Festival in Boston on April 14 and May 26 respectively. Making its international premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, this film also won the award in the features category of the Chinese Documentary Festival 2018.

A decade in the making, FATHER focuses on the life of Taiwanese puppet master Chen Hsi-huang and his strained relationship with his father Li Tian-lu, legendary puppeteer-actor who starred in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s THE PUPPETMASTER. Exhibiting both candor and vulnerability, this revealing documentary not only shows how Chen wrests his identity from his father but also reflects the history of Puppet Theater in Taiwan.

Yang Li-chou graduated from the Graduate Institute of Sound and Image Studies in Documentary of Tainan National University of the Arts. He has been an active documentary filmmaker and won countless awards ever since. He will be in attendance for a Q&A following the N.Y. screening of FATHER, the latest work which took him most time shooting in his career.

Screening Schedule and Film Description
Taiwan | 2017 | 99 Minutes | In Taiwanese and Mandarin w/ Chinese & English subtitles

Chen Hsi-huang is the eldest son of Li Tien-lu, the renowned Taiwanese glove puppeteer, but the father-son relationship had always been strained. In 2009, at the age of 79, Chen left the Li family and set up his own puppeteer troupe, which soon earned recognition all over the world. Nevertheless, as this traditional art declined rapidly, Chen found no one to pass on his great skills...

[New York—CineCina Film Festival] *Q&A with director Yang Li-chou
Sunday, April 14, 6:30 PM
SVA Theater (333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011)

[Boston—Taiwan Film Festival 2019]
Sunday, May 26, 7:00 PM
Lecture Theatre, Building 26 - Room 100, MIT (60 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA 02139)

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Taiwanese Comic Artists Participate 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is very pleased to invite Taiwanese comic artists, Li Lung-Chieh(李隆杰) and Ko You-Shi(柯宥希, 顆粒) to bring their award-wining works, 1661 Koxinga Z and Why Not 3 ? to participate 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival in New York and demonstrate how they create their characters.

The MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Arts Festival is the largest gathering of independent illustrators and cartoon, comic and animation artists in New York. Artists, publishers, and literary scouts from all over the world attend this event. The Society of Illustrators is the host of the 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival. It will take place April 6-7th, 2019 at Metropolitan West in New York City (West 46th Street between 11th and 12 Avenues) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Li Lung-Chieh, whose work 1661 Koxinga Z received Comic of the Year and Best Comic for Young Adults at the 2018 Golden Comic Awards, Taiwan. His work is based on research and interpretation of historical documents, successfully presents in an entertaining way, making it the best example of what draws people to comics. Ko You-Shi (aka Cory), whose work Why Not? 3 received Best Comic for Teenage Girls at the 2018 Golden Comic Awards, Taiwan. Her works are like poems that praise a spring day, as they gently and intangibly win over readers’ hearts.

Although these two artists have completely different styles, they are both outstanding storytellers who have won prestigious comic art awards in Taiwan and abroad, as well as developed large fanbases. Li and Cory to be the popular comic artists of the Taiwan Comics exhibition, in which their award-winning comics will be displayed, in addition to other creative works and associated merchandise. During scheduled demonstrations, fans and other comic artists can carry out face-to-face exchanges with these two artists and fans can collect their hand-drawn illustrations. On April 9, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, they will give a lecture at the Society of Illustrators, during which they will talk about their creative processes and the features of Taiwanese comics, as well as demonstrate how they draw their comics.

Booth number: J283-284
Dates: April 6–April 7, 2019, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Venue: Metropolitan West, 639 W. 46th St., NYC

Lecture (Tickects Require):
Date: April 9, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Venue: Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Address: 128 East 63rd, New York, NY 10065

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Bronx Museum’s int’l kinetic art exhibition features artists from Taiwan

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce that two Taiwanese artists—Shyu Ruey-Shiann [徐瑞憲] and Shih Chieh Huang [黃世傑]—are among the dream lineup of the Bronx Museum’s spring exhibition Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing on view March 27 to September 1, 2019!

Shyu will be presenting Dreambox (2012), a kinetic installation comprising components of a full size motorbike “Wolf 125"—a popular model many young people longed to have and ride it around Taiwan in the 1990s. Shyu created this piece as a tribute to those who dare to dream and venture into the unknown.

Huang, known for creating art from unlikely sources, such as garbage bags, computer cooling fans, and Christmas light faders, will present Blue Angel Eye (2017-18)—a motorized sculpture with delicate tentacles made out of plastic bags that light up as they inflate and deflate.

As a reaction to our current times focused on utilitarianism and profit, “Useless” will present a selection of curious machines created by artists with the goal of stirring dreams, feelings, critical thinking, and ironies; for seeing what microscopes, telescopes and cartographies cannot show; for flying without taking-off; in short, for doing the impossible. Such are some of the uses of art.

The show is curated by Havana-based curator Gerardo Mosquera. Other Participating artists include Jairo Alfonso, Wim Delvoye, Juan Downey, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Algis Griskevicius, José Iraola, William Kentridge, Chico MacMurtrie, Stefana McClure, Arnaldo Morales, Roxy Paine, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Adriana Salazar, Johanna Unzueta, and  Simón Vega. For further details, please visit

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