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Thunderbolt across the Border: The Collaboration between Taiwan and Japan in Thunderbolt Fantasy Project
Thunderbolt Fantasy,Pili,Palmar Drama,Taiwan-Japan collaboration,Urobuchi Gen,Voice Acting,Voice Actor,
|Publication Year :||2021|
Although palmar drama origins from China, this folk art has developed its unique culture in Taiwan. Pili Palmar Drama (霹靂布袋戲), developed from Wuzhou Potehi (五洲布袋戲) of the Huangs in Huwei (虎尾的黃家), particularly differs from other artists for their highly commercial and long-termed TV show series. During this process, Pili consciously and continually uses Japanese cultural images and anime elements in its works. In this practice, Thunderbolt Fantasy Project from 2016 is especially remarkable. In this project, Pili works with Japanese playwright Urobuchi Gen (虛淵玄) and other Japan workers making on palmar drama TV series and films which mainly focuses on the market in Japan.
Before this project, Pili was always responsible for all aspects of the production chain of its own TV shows or other works. However, in Thunderbolt Fantasy Project, Pili let the collaborators work on core aspects such as script and design, to create works that Japanese customers really want. It showed Pili’s determination to have fundamentally changes, but it was never just Taiwanese try to catering to Japanese culture. To successfully introduce palmar drama to Japan, Japanese workers also needed to adjust to Taiwanese palmar drama and its aesthetics. This essay will observe whether the palmar drama TV series could be the interface between different cultures, and how they worked with each other. Focusing on the works they have made, I will discuss about textual, visual and vocal elements in the TV shows and the films, and analyze their performative and narrative strategy, to understand what the project has achieved and its potential as an intercultural and long-termed project.
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