Cinema Escapist

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Interview: Chinese director Pengfei on “The Taste of Rice Flower”


A disciple of Tsai Ming-liang, Chinese director Pengfei discusses his latest film "The Taste of Rice Flower".

From Our Archives

Review: Lost In Translation (United States, 2003)


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: From Afar (Venezuela, 2016)


An unlikely Venezuelan piece that offers an artistic, brooding taste of award-friendly cinema.

Review: Klown (Denmark, 2010)


What do you get when you mix the woes of parenting and The Hangover? Probably something a lot like Klown, a taboo-busting Danish comedy.

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...