Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Southeast Asia

Interview: Indonesian director Joko Anwar on “Halfworlds” and “Pengabdi Setan”

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Joko Anwar is one of Indonesia's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful directors.

Review: Bitcoin Heist (Vietnam, 2016)

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"Bitcoin Heist" is an action-packed digital heist movie that showcases Vietnam's modernity.

Interview: “Bad Genius” director Nattawut Poonpiriya

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Poonpiriya's hit film "Bad Genius" has been described as a Thai "Ocean's Eleven".

Singaporean film “1400” to have UK theatrical screening on August 27, 2017

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1400, an award-winning Singaporean romance movie, is set to have its UK theatrical premiere at London's renowned Picturehouse Central.

“Fathers” director Palatpol Mingpornpichit on making a film about LGBT families in Thailand

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Mingpornpichit's film "Fathers" focuses on a gay couple in Thailand who must deal with many tribulations to raise a son.

Movie “Fathers” showcases both tolerance and challenges for Thai LGBT couples

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The Thai movie "Fathers" shows the challenges a gay couple encounters while raising their adopted son.

An interview with Tom Waller, director of “The Last Executioner”

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Bangkok-based director Tom Waller talks about his experiences profiling Thailand's last gunshot executioner, and why so few Thai films make it big internationally.

Review: River of Exploding Durians (Malaysia, 2014)

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Activism, history, and youth in a film that expresses the malaise of Malaysian Chinese.

A firing squad of one: Thailand’s “Last Executioner”

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The fascinating story of Chavoret Jaruboon, who executed 55 prisoners as Thailand's last gunshot executioner.

Review: Cemetery of Splendour (Thailand, 2015)

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Thanks to movies like The Hangover Part II and countless social media postings from rambunctious vacationers, the West often sees Thailand through the lens of...