Cinema Escapist

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Articles by Anthony Kao

“On Happiness Road” Beautifully Embodies Taiwan’s Existential Malaise

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This animated movie perfectly captures Taiwan’s struggles—both in its story and behind the scenes.

Interview: “Liyana” Directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp on Crafting a Film That Empowers Swazi Orphans

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Half documentary and half fiction, "Liyana" offers a beautiful narrative from Swaziland—and pioneers a new model for films that grapple with trauma.

Review: “The Song of the Tree” Is Like “La La Land” With Central Asian Nomads

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Set amidst beautiful mountain steppes, this surprisingly entertaining musical movie might make you want to visit Kyrgyzstan.

The 10 Best Song Kang-ho Movies, Ranked

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Song Kang-ho is Korea's premiere character actor. Cinema Escapist looks at his best performances, in order of increasing quality.

Review: “Salyut 7” is Russia’s “Apollo 13” — With A Geopolitical Twist

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This space rescue movie offers gripping suspense…and insight into Russian geopolitics.

Netflix’s Highly Relatable “On Children” Is “Black Mirror” With Tiger Moms

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If you grew up with a tiger parent, or find yourself becoming one—this show is for you.

Review: “The Spy Gone North” Is A Thrillingly Relevant Look at Korean Politics

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Making deals with North Korea? Check. Election interference? Check. "The Spy Gone North" offers a captivating, timely spy story.

Why Anyone Who Cares About Korea Should Watch “The Host”

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12 years on, this monster blockbuster still offers an apt reflection on South Korean society.

The 15 Best Korean War Movies

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The best war movies from Korea about the Korean War, Vietnam War, and beyond — streaming links included.

The 16 Best Korean Romance Movies

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The best Korean romance movies—streaming links included.