Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Articles by Anthony Kao

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.

Review: The Mayor (South Korea, 2017)

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Available for easy international viewing on Netflix, "The Mayor" is yet another film that dramatizes electoral corruption from a South Korean perspective.

Review: The Moment – 50 Years of Golden Horse (Taiwan, 2016)

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The Moment is a must-watch documentary for anyone interested in the history of Taiwanese cinema.

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.