Cinema Escapist

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coming-of-age

Is Feng Xiaogang’s “Youth” really that controversial?

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The film's original Chinese National Day release was pushed back, purportedly for political reasons.

Interview: Berni Goldblat, director of “Wallay”

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Berni Goldblat is the director of "Wallay", which tells a moving coming-of-age story set in Burkina Faso.

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).

The difference between Chinese and American romance movies

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While Americans have romantic comedies, Chinese have something else... read to learn what and why!

Review: Soul Mate (China, 2016)

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A Chinese movie about female friendship with coming-of-age and tragi-romance characteristics.

Review: Forever Young (China, 2015)

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Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Since my last review, I’ve been busy settling into the sunny Silicon Valley and #disrupt-ing very hard. That...

Sex, drugs, and Mexican history in “Y Tu Mamá También”

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What do you think of when you hear “sex”, “drugs”, and “Mexico” in the same sentence? Let me guess: human trafficking and drug lords. English-language...

Review: Fleet of Time (China, 2014)

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I’ve watched so many coming-of-age tragi-romance stories that I’m starting to lose track! Fleet of Time is the next one on my personal hit list,...

Review: So Young (China, 2013)

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In yet another coming-of-age romance story involving moves to America, famed actress Zhao Wei brings us her debut film starring Mark Chao and Han Geng...

Review: But Always (China, 2014)

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  Today in New York, there was a massive snowstorm that led to my getting off of work early (alongside cancelling happy hours and impressively...