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Foreign Films

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.

Trailer: Feng Xiaogang’s latest movie “Youth” premieres Sep 30, 2017

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Famed Chinese director Feng Xiaogang is back with a coming-of-age People's Liberation Army romance flick (yes, that's a thing).

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.

Review: Lowlife Love (Japan, 2016)

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A 2016 black comedy that skewers the Japanese film industry in a tale of sex and failure.

Interview: Wang Yu-lin on Taiwanese aborigines and gender identity in “Alifu, The Prince/ss”

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"Alifu, The Prince/ss" tells a unique story at the intersection of Taiwanese aboriginal traditions and transgender rights. It premieres October 2017.

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.

“Wolf Warriors 2” shows a new kind of Chinese patriotism—that speaks to overseas Chinese

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"Wolf Warriors "2 breathes new life into the Chinese action genre—and appeals to foreign-born Chinese in the process.

Top 10 documentaries about North Korea

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The best North Korea documentaries, compiled by someone who's actually been there.