Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Articles by Anthony Kao

Interview: Indonesian director Joko Anwar on “Halfworlds” and “Pengabdi Setan”

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Joko Anwar is one of Indonesia's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful directors.

The 8 Best Taiwanese Movies of 2017

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The top Taiwanese movies from 2017, with an emphasis on authentic local stories.

Jamie Greenberg talks “Future ’38”, his anti-Nazi time travel comedy

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In this lighthearted screwball comedy, a secret agent from 1938 travels to the far-off future of 2018 on a mission to stop Hitler.

The 11 best Korean movies of 2017

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The 11 best Korean movies from 2017 including action, drama, comedy, and historical films!

Interview: Chen Ho-yu, director of “The Teenage Psychic”

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"Teenage Psychic" is HBO Asia's first Chinese-language series, and was shot entirely in Taiwan.

Asian Brilliant Stars movie award program launches second edition

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The 2nd iteration of Asian Brilliant Stars includes more award categories, renowned jury members like Kim Ki-duk, and popular films from outside China.

“Haider” is “Hamlet” with AK-47s

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This movie is the most entertaining—and meaningful—adaptation of "Hamlet" you'll ever see.

HBO’s “Teenage Psychic” actually feels Taiwanese…and that’s pretty special

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After a well-received run in Asia, the show will start streaming Dec 1 on HBO's US services.

Review: Bitcoin Heist (Vietnam, 2016)

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"Bitcoin Heist" is an action-packed digital heist movie that showcases Vietnam's modernity.

Interview: Mark Grieco’s “A River Below” isn’t just about saving the dolphins

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Grieco's documentary explores the complex, "post-truth truth" behind an episode of environmental activism in Brazil.