Cinema Escapist

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Foreign Films

Chinese film “The Devotion of Suspect X” hits worldwide theaters March 31

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The film is based on a popular Japanese novel of the same name.

Review: The Eye of Silence (China, 2016)

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A brooding thriller set amidst the hedonistic modernity of Beijing.

“Change” teaches us how construction and environmentalism can coexist

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This documentary follows a unique eco-education program initiated by Taiwan's construction industry.

A talk about kitties with the director of “Kedi”

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Ceyda Torun discusses her documentary about Istanbul’s street cats.

Review: Ghost in the Mountains (China, 2017)

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This indie film shot in rural Hunan shows what's left in the wake of China's urbanization.

Chinese indie movie “The Taste of Rice Flower” enters production

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"A Taste of Rice Flower" documents the life of an ethnic Dai woman in Yunnan province.

Interview: Zhao Qi on bridging China and the West through documentaries

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Zhao Qi is a Chinese producer and director who's helped bring four documentaries to Sundance—including 2015's "The Chinese Mayor".

A firing squad of one: Thailand’s “Last Executioner”

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The fascinating story of Chavoret Jaruboon, who executed 55 prisoners as Thailand's last gunshot executioner.

Trailer: Battleship Island (South Korea, 2017)

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Remember that abandoned island in Skyfall? That's a real place, and a South Korea movie's being made about it.

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

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