Cinema Escapist

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Articles by Richard Yu

Review: “Default” is Korea’s Take on “The Big Short”

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“Default” explores the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis’ impact in Korea, focusing more on emotions than economic explanations.

Review: “The Enigma of Arrival” is a Darker Take on the Coming of Age Story

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With a premiere at 2018's Busan International Film Festival, Chinese indie film "The Enigma of Arrival" offers a darker take on coming-of-age.

Review: “BuyBust” is a Brutally Realistic Depiction of the Philippine Drug War

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Realistic gun battles and brutal fight scenes open a window into the Philippines drug war

HBO Announces Third Asian Pacific American Visionaries Competition for 2018-2019

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The US premium network deepens Asian-American outreach with another iteration of its leading short film competition—submissions close November 14, 2018.

What the Success of “Dying to Survive” Means for Chinese Movies and Beyond

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Could this blockbuster pioneer a novel and entertaining way to highlight Chinese government policy victories?

Review: Chinese Blockbuster “Us and Them” Will Make You Miss Your Ex

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Zhou Dongyu’s latest movie challenges whether traditional notions of success will make us truly happy (spoiler: they won’t)

“Chasing the Dragon” is a Critique of British Corruption in Colonial Hong Kong

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In this Hong Kong triad movie, it's Chinese v. British—not gangster v. police.

“People’s Republic of Desire”: Director Hao Wu Introduces Us to Chinese Internet Celebrity Culture

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America has YouTube celebrities—but who are the "internet famous" in China?

Review: “Operation Red Sea” Offers a Chinese Take on Military Heroics

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Operation Red Sea is an action-packed modern war movie: the first to show China's intervention in the Middle East.