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Review: “The Wife of a Spy” Is an Elegant Musing on Japanese Fascism from a Civilian’s Perspective

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "The Wife of a Spy" depicts Japan’s gradual plunge into fascist darkness with an aesthetic evoking Japan’s Golden Age of Cinema.

Review: Manijeh Hekmat’s “Bandar Band” Is An Empathetic Road Trip Through A Flood-Stricken Iran

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"Bandar Band" offers a portrait of young dreamers clinging to hope as they navigate through an environmental crisis in Iran.

Review: “The Best Is Yet to Come” Views China’s Hepatitis B Discrimination Through An Auteur Lens

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Jia Zhangke protégé Wang Jing’s directorial debut “The Best Is Yet to Come” screened at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Review: “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela” Is an Immersive Dive Into a Vanishing Village

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Anabel Rodríguez Ríos's documentary "Once Upon A Time In Venezuela" beautifully depicts a village that offers a microcosmic view of Venezuela's broader political challenges.

Review: “They Say Nothing Stays The Same” Tackles Westernization In Meiji-era Japan

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Japanese director Joe Odagiri’s debut “They Say Nothing Stays the Same” has stunning vistas, but the film’s forays into genre muddle the point.

Review: “Gaza Mon Amour” Is an Irresistibly Charming Film About Love And Desire

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In "Gaza mon amour," Palestinian filmmakers Arab and Tarzan Nasser offer a delightful look at a late-life romance within a conflict-ravaged territory.

Review: Netflix’s “Record of Youth” Highlights Millennial Struggles in the Fashion Industry

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Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam star in a drama that eschews K-drama romance clichés, instead highlighting the frustrations of millennials

Review: “Yellow Cat” Is a Whimsical and Artsy Kazakh Dark Comedy

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Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “Yellow Cat” tells a quirky Bonnie and Clyde-esque story set amidst Kazakhstan’s steppe.

Review: Zombie Movie “Get the Hell Out” Satirizes the Spectacle of Taiwanese Politics

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Screened at 2020’s Toronto International Film Festival, Taiwanese zombie flick "Get the Hell Out" offers cartoonish violence, absurdity, and irreverent political satire.

Review: “Lucky Chan-sil” Displays Burdens of Female Expectations in Korean Society

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"Lucky Chan-sil" illustrates a career-oriented woman’s struggle with gender inequality and expectations in Korean society.

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