Section: Spotlight on Taiwan

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THE MAGICIAN ON THE SKYWALK

A televised adaptation of Wu Ming-yi’s collection of short stories by the same name, this 10-episode series premiered in Taiwan earlier this year. Set in the 1980s and mainly in the now-demolished Zhonghua Market (formerly located near Taipei Main Station), the central character is Xiao Butian, an imaginative elementary student who is the son of …

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MONEYBOYS

Fei (Kai Ko from YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE) works illegally as a gay hustler in order to support his family, yet when he realizes they are willing to accept his money but not his way of life, there is a major breakdown in their relations. Through his relationship to the headstrong Long, …

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LISTEN BEFORE YOU SING

Budget cuts and a small student body cause Jiu Pu Elementary to be threatened with closure. In an attempt to prove their value as an institution and keep their doors open, the school enters a choir competition with the hopes of winning. The school tends to children from the Bunun tribe, an indigenous group from …

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BORN TO BE HUMAN

In Lily Ni’s directorial debut, a young Taiwanese boy, Shi-Nan, suddenly has stomach cramps, and he even begins to urinate blood. After collapsing at school, his parents find a urologist and are quickly informed that Shi-Nan is intersex. Shocked and dismayed, they avoid informing him of his diagnosis, attempting to deflect shame and to coerce …

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