Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens


Why anyone who cares about Taiwan should watch “A City of Sadness”


"A City of Sadness" is not only one of Taiwan's most renowned films, but also a great way to learn about the island.

From Our Archives

Review: Departures (Japan, 2008)


There seems to be a special place in Japanese cinema for death. Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru and Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story come to mind as some...

Review: Forever Young (China, 2015)


Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Since my last review, I’ve been busy settling into the sunny Silicon Valley and #disrupt-ing very hard. That...

Review: Fleet of Time (China, 2014)


I’ve watched so many coming-of-age tragi-romance stories that I’m starting to lose track! Fleet of Time is the next one on my personal hit list,...

Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Japan, 2004)


Oftentimes compared to Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai is among Japan’s most acclaimed anime directors. Although he isn’t a member of the popularly known...