Cinema Escapist

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Review: A Loner (China, 2017)


"A Loner" (大雪冬至) explores the life of a old woman in Beijing, illuminating a broader social phenomenon of "left-behind" elders in modern-day China.

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Review: The World (China, 2004)


In the West, China is famous for its ripoffs–copycat smartphones, pirated DVDs with uncannily modified titles, and counterfeit luxury products. Movies and LV purses are...

Review: Flirting in the Air (Hong Kong, 2014)


It's a Ming Dynasty vase! It's a plane! No, it's "Flirting in the Air", an irreverently naughty Hong Kong comedy that parodies a popular show...

Review: Kabukicho Love Hotel (Japan, 2014)


Steamy sex scenes, dark secrets, and broken dreams —“pink film” kingpin Ryuichi Hiroki does it again. A multi-threaded drama featuring a Korean call girl, an aspiring...

Review: Hwayi – A Monster Boy (South Korea, 2013)


To this date, South Korean director Jang Joon-hwan has only made two feature-length films. The first is 2003’s Save the Green Planet!, a gratuitously gory...