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Review: “House of Hummingbird” Paints A Bleak Coming-of-Age


In "House of Hummingbird," Korean director Kim Bora examines adolescence and alienation in 1990s Seoul.

Interview: Director Oualid Mouaness Talks “1982,” His Feature Film Debut


Director Oualid Mouaness' film "1982" stars prominent actress Nadine Labaki and tells a coming-of-age story amidst the 1982 Lebanon War.

Is Feng Xiaogang’s “Youth” Really That Controversial?


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

Interview: Berni Goldblat, Director of “Wallay”


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


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


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

Review: Soul Mate (China, 2016)


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

Review: Forever Young (China, 2015)


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”


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)


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,...

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