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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.

Review: “Mellow” Is a Calming Slice of Japanese Life With Flowers and Ramen

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Japanese director Rikiya Imaizumi's personal drama “Mellow” is a soothing break from heavy-hitting fare.

Review: “Beasts Clawing At Straws” Stars Jung Woo-sung In A Taut Tale of Chasing Money

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Jung Woo-sung and Jeon Do-yeon headline Korean crime thriller “Beasts Clawing At Straws,” which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020.

Review: “The Wild Goose Lake” Is A Stunningly Beautiful Noir That Lacks Depth

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Diao Yinan's sophomore feature "Wild Goose Lake" is beautiful and punctuated with surreal violence, but hampered by thin characterization.

Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

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"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy.

Review: “Chhapaak” Uses Acid Attacks to Highlight Victimization of Women in India

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Based on a real story, "Chhapaak" shows the life of a young Indian woman after surviving an acid attack.

Review: “Secret Zoo” Looks For Laughs With Humans Dressing Like Animals

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Korean comedy “Secret Zoo” elicits light laughter and offers slight social commentary in its heartwarming but forgettable story.

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