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".

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Review: Breakup Buddies (China, 2014)


At long last, a raunchy buddy roadtrip movie has reared its head in the Middle Kingdom. Ning Hao’s 2014 comedy Breakup Buddies offers a Chinese-flavored...

Review: The President’s Last Bang (South Korea, 2005)


Although the onscreen assassination of a certain North Korean leader has dominated recent headlines, South Korea is actually in the lead for seeing its heads...

Review: Northern Limit Line (South Korea, 2015)


Released last week in the US, Northern Limit Line is a based on a fascinating real-life battle between South and North Korean patrol boats.

Review: The Flower Girl (North Korea, 1972)


When I traveled to North Korea last summer, I talked with one of my guides, Ms. Pak, about movies. A friend of mine had asked...