Title Dancing shadows of film exhibition: Taiwan and the Japanese influence
Author Jeanne Deslandes
Issue Issue 11, 2000.
Taiwanese history has been shaped by a long succession of colonial rulers, the most notable of which for the purposes of this article was the Japanese occupation in the first half of the 20th century which inspired a particular kind of film aesthetic. After the end of Japanese rule, the Taiwanese were still not allowed to study their own history during the period of Martial Law (1947-1987). Only recently has it finally become possible to peer into the Taiwanese past for the conduct of adequate research. This paper brings to light new facts about early film in Taiwan and the typical practices concerning what was locally called the Electric Shadowplay.