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The 10 Best Jung Woo-sung Movies, Ranked

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From teen idols to steely villains: Cinema Escapist looks at leading Korean actor Jung Woo-sung's best performances, ranked in order of increasing quality.

Interview: “Paradoxical” Director Mu-Ming Tsai and Producer Iris Lai Talk About the Binary Nature of Sense and Emotion

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Cinema Escapist writer Emily Hsiang sat down with Director Mu-Ming Tsai and Producer Iris Lai for an interview about "Paradoxical" -- a movie about sense and emotion, as...

Review: “Air Strike” Is a War Movie Plagued By Tragedy…And Taxes

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Meet the “Sharknado” of Chinese war movies: with US$65M worth of misery... and Bruce Willis.

Revisiting Safi Faye, One of Africa’s Most Underrated Female Filmmakers

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Looking back at Senegalese director Safi Faye through her groundbreaking film "Mossane."

“On Happiness Road” Beautifully Embodies Taiwan’s Existential Malaise

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This animated movie perfectly captures Taiwan’s struggles—both in its story and behind the scenes.

Review: “Everyday Hero” Honors the Life Works of Guo Jian Nan

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Everyday Hero (南哥, lit. Brother Nan) is a Chinese biopic based on the true life and story of Guo Jian Nan, and his works in...

Interview: “Liyana” Directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp on Crafting a Film That Empowers Swazi Orphans

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Half documentary and half fiction, "Liyana" offers a beautiful narrative from Swaziland—and pioneers a new model for films that grapple with trauma.

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: “The Song of the Tree” Is Like “La La Land” With Central Asian Nomads

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Set amidst beautiful mountain steppes, this surprisingly entertaining musical movie might make you want to visit Kyrgyzstan.

The 10 Best Song Kang-ho Movies, Ranked

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Song Kang-ho is Korea's premiere character actor. Cinema Escapist looks at his best performances, in order of increasing quality.