Construction starts on film set in preparation for biggest production in Taiwan film history

Construction started September 1 on a film set to reproduce an indigenous settlement of the Siraya people from 400 years ago, in preparation for what is slated to become the biggest film production in Taiwan’s history. Taiwan filmaker Wei Te-sheng, who previously wrote and directed blockbusters Cape No.7, and Seediq Bale: Warriors of the Rainbow, has undertaken a massive project in the form of a historical trilogy covering the Dutch colonial era in Taiwan in the early 17th century. The

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Entertainer fined for sharing “marijuana kills COVID” message

Taiwanese singer Hsieh Ho-hsien ( 謝和弦 ) was found guilty of disseminating false information and handed a fine of NT60,000 by the New Taipei District Court today, after sharing a post on Instagram in February titled “Weed kills coronavirus.” Police received a report about Hsieh’s Instagram post and first questioned the 33-year-old entertainer on February 24. An investigation found that Hsieh had received a message from a friend on February 6, claiming that marijuana could “kill” coronavirus. Prosecutors said that

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Youtuber arrested after spending night in IKEA to make video

Police arrested a man today, after he uploaded a video that showed him hiding out in a store room of an IKEA store, then spending the night in the showroom. Max Lee, 25, son of Taiwanese actor Lee Hsing-wen, allegedly sneaked into the IKEA store in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, in the evening of October 28. The video Lee produced shows him hiding in a storeroom before sneaking up to the fourth floor showroom in the early hours of

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Taiwan President committed to Interstellar Peace after enemies threaten to “conquer the universe”

President Tsai Ing-wen reconfirmed her commitment to peace in the universe today, May 4, 2019, while taking part in this year’s “May the fourth be with you” activities in Xinyi District, Taipei City. President Tsai’s statements come after Kaohsiung Mayor, and Presidential hopeful, Han Guo-yu (韓國瑜) pledged to “conquer the universe.” At a conference held Tuesday, April 30, Han laid his plan for the future of Taiwan, which included “to be rooted in Taiwan, to embrace China, to have an

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Taiwan’s King of Comedy Passes Away

Popular entertainer Chu Ke-liang died of liver failure at 5:00am this morning, Monday, May 15, at National Taiwan University Hospital after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was 70 years-old. President Tsai Ingwen was among the many who sent condolences to Chu’s family. President Tsai wrote on Facebook that Taiwan had lost a generation’s King of Comedy. “We hope he will continue to bring laughter in heaven,” said Chu’s family, who released a statement around 7am. Born Hsieh Hsin-Ta

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Taoyuan City Prepares for Coldplay Concerts

Taoyuan City government warned commuters and residents that several streets around the outdoor venue for Coldplay concerts will be closed to traffic between 2:00pm and midnight on April 11 and 12. [See Related Article: Coldplay to Play in Taiwan.] A total of 80,000 tickets have been sold for the two concerts to be held in the front square of Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station. Commuters traveling to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport for flights on the 11th and 12th have been

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Martin Scorsese in Taiwan for “Silence” Premiere

Martin Scorsese arrived at Taipei Songshan International Airport today after taking a private flight from Japan to attend the Taiwan premiere of his movie “Silence,” which was filmed in Taiwan. The 74 year-old AFI Life Achievement Award director stepped out of the EVA Business Center at 3:09pm this afternoon, Wednesday, January 18, described as “elegantly attired in a casual suit” by a writer at Apple Daily. Set in 17th century Nagasaki, Japan, the film follows the story of Catholic missionaries

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National Science and Technology Museum Unveils Tallest Slide in Asia

[Picture: National Science and Technology Museum] The National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung has installed “three dimensional spiraling slide 2.0” which they claim is Asia’s tallest slide. The slide is 27 meters high, 63 meters long, and takes sliders on a 16 second ride reaching a speed of 80 kilometers per hour. Version 2.0 replaces an 18 meter high, 46 meter long slide installed in 2015. The slide takes riders from the 6th floor down to basement level. It

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Filmed in Taiwan: Trailer for Scorsese’s “Silence” Released

Paramount Pictures released the official trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” yesterday, providing a preview to the sets and locations used around Taiwan, where the movie was filmed in 2015. Paramount announced the film will appear in theaters December 2016. Scorsese chose to shoot the film in Taiwan after talking to Taiwan-born director Ang Lee. Lee filmed “Life of Pi” on the island. Taiwan provided a suitable, and much cheaper location to film the story, which is set in 17th century

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Coldplay to Play in Taiwan April 2017

November 8 Liberty Times Network Reported that concert organizers Live Nation had confirmed Coldplay will perform in Taiwan April 2017 as part of their Asian Tour beginning late March. According to the Chinese language report, Live Nation said the tour dates would be announced next Tuesday, November 15, and that the concert would be held at an outdoor venue in Taoyuan, due to a lack of suitable venues in Taipei City. Apple Daily reported November 11 that the concert is

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Starr Chen/Jolin Music Video Draws Flak

Some students, and alumni of Zhongshan Girls High School in Taipei are incensed by the use of school uniforms bearing the school’s name in a new music video produced by Starr Chen, with vocals by Jolin Tsai. The music video “Ego-holic” features bullying as the theme, and shows the story of a fat girl being bullied and physically beaten by other girls at school. Complaints first arose about “Jolin’s new music video,” and were directed at the singer herself. The

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