Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Articles by Anthony Kao

This movie helps explain why Turkey and Japan are such good friends

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"Ertugrul 1890" reveals how it all starts with a century-old disaster.

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

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

Review: The Taste of Rice Flower (China, 2017)

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A pure, artistic mother-daughter story set along the Sino-Burmese border in Yunnan Province.

Review: Servant of the People 2 (Ukraine, 2016)

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An admirable feature-length followup to "Servant of the People", Ukraine's most popular political satire to date.

Interview: Vladimir Zelenskiy on playing Ukraine’s president in “Servant of the People”

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Vladimir Zelenskiy may be the most popular actor in Ukraine today -- and his hit show "Servant of the People" is now on Netflix.

Top 10 documentaries about North Korea

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The best North Korea documentaries, compiled by someone who's actually been there.

5 Japanese movies (and 3 shorts) to watch if you love cats

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Like cats? Like Japanese movies? Check out these Japanese movies with cats!

Singaporean film “1400” to have UK theatrical screening on August 27, 2017

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1400, an award-winning Singaporean romance movie, is set to have its UK theatrical premiere at London's renowned Picturehouse Central.

“Fathers” director Palatpol Mingpornpichit on making a film about LGBT families in Thailand

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Mingpornpichit's film "Fathers" focuses on a gay couple in Thailand who must deal with many tribulations to raise a son.

Trailer: PLA propaganda movie “The Founding of an Army” premieres on August 1, 2017

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The third installment of the "Founding of New China" series will release on the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.