“Kimi No Na Wa” — “Your Name” Director Makoto Shinkai is not the Next Miyazaki

*** NO SPOILERS IN THIS ARTICLE *** The 2016 Japanese animated film “君の名は” (Kimi No Na Wa) or “Your Name” has topped the renowned Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” as the world’s highest grossing film of all time with a total of $353,754,471 as of April 26, 2017. Critically acclaimed, “Your Name” has a…

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A Recap of 2017 TCN and an Interview with Directors Darren Ho and Chiao Wen Lan

The 2017 Taiwanese Culture Night (TCN), “歲月靜好,” or its English title “Tangled in Times,” took place  at the UCLA’s Ralph Freud Playhouse last Saturday. A moving performance about two pairs of lovers struggling to embrace love, this year’s TCN not only showcased Taiwanese history, culture, and food, but also intended to send a universal message…

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