Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Articles by Akshay Suggula

“Uncertain” finds empathy at the margins

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This documentary about a small Texas town helps us remember that, wherever we are, we're all part of the same human struggle.

Trailer: Lee Byung Hun’s “A Single Rider” premieres Feb 22

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Lee Byung-hun leaves behind his usual tough guy roles to play a fund manager who uncovers a shocking secret after his life implodes.

Review: The Birth of Sake (United States, 2016)

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Erik Shirai’s The Birth of Sake is a warm love letter to the national liquor of Japan and the people who make it happen. Shirai...

Terrace House: Netflix’s new Japanese reality show

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Three guys, three girls, and a massive, well appointed apartment in the heart of Tokyo? Netflix does reality TV for Japan.. and it's not what...

Review: Kabukicho Love Hotel (Japan, 2014)

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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: 3 Idiots (India, 2009)

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All izz well. As my heart was incessantly thudding, waiting to open the page where Cornell University would determine my fate forever, I whispered to...

Review: A Bittersweet Life (South Korea, 2005)

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My god, I have been missing out. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of Korean dramas — they’re usually unrealistic, pathos-filled, campy fairytales that make my stomach...

Review: Departures (Japan, 2008)

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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: Lost In Translation (United States, 2003)

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There’s an old adage in Japanese — “mono no aware”, or “the transience of life”. It’s the idea that nothing is forever, and that’s precisely what gives...

Review: Whisper of the Heart (Japan, 1995)

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It’s almost sinful how little this movie is known or seen. There is no doubt this is one of the most emotionally intricate, beautiful pieces...