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Review: “Ride Your Wave” Is Masaaki Yuasa’s Whimsical Meditation On Love and Letting Go

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Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa’s summer love story “Ride Your Wave” is a whimsical meditation on learning to let go.

Review: Saeed Roustaee’s “Just 6.5” Brutally Depicts Iran’s Drug Crisis

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Iranian director Saeed Roustaee's second feature "Just 6.5" exposes the shocking truth of Iran's deepening drug problem.

Review: Ha Jung-woo’s “The Closet” Offers Surprisingly Heart-Warming Horror

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Starring Ha Jung-woo, Korean film “The Closet” blends horror with father-daughter bonding.

Review: “Sakawa” Documents Ghana’s Internet Romance Scammers

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Ben Asamoah’s debut feature "Sakawa" is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that shows the hustle of Ghana's internet romance scammers.

Review: K-Drama “My Holo Love” Highlights The Role Technology Plays in Loneliness 

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Mixing Korean drama tropes with sprinkles of social commentary, "My Holo Love" will delight both die-hard K-drama fans and those looking for light-hearted fare.

Review: “Enter The Fat Dragon” Succeeds With Charm As Donnie Yen’s Foray Into Action-Comedy

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Renowned Hong Kong kung-fu actor Donnie Yen’s acting career pivots to new frontiers.

Review: “Hit Me Anyone One More Time” Is A Playful Political Comedy From Japan

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Starring Kiichi Nakai and Dean Fujioka, “Hit Me Anyone One More Time” offers a jovial and rather idealistic portrayal of a boorish Japanese Prime Minister...

Review: “Filmfarsi” Reveals A Hidden Side to Iranian History Through Exploitation Cinema

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Recovered from forbidden VHS footage, this enlightening film essay provides us with a look at Iranian history through a very different lens.

Review: Tunisia’s “Un Fils” Spotlights A Marriage and Country In Crisis

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Director Mehdi Barsaoui's "Un Fils" ("A Son") explores gender dynamics, healthcare, and a crumbling family in the wake of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution.

Review: Jamaica’s “Rockers” Is A Celebration of Black Music, Culture, and Camaraderie

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"Rockers" refuses to indulge in common stereotypes about Jamaica, and offers a celebration of reggae that peers into the island nation's soul.

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