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Foreign Films

“On Happiness Road” Beautifully Embodies Taiwan’s Existential Malaise

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This animated movie perfectly captures Taiwan’s struggles—both in its story and behind the scenes.

Interview: “Liyana” Directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp on Crafting a Film That Empowers Swazi Orphans

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Half documentary and half fiction, "Liyana" offers a beautiful narrative from Swaziland—and pioneers a new model for films that grapple with trauma.

Review: “The Enigma of Arrival” is a Darker Take on the Coming of Age Story

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With a premiere at 2018's Busan International Film Festival, Chinese indie film "The Enigma of Arrival" offers a darker take on coming-of-age.

Review: “The Song of the Tree” Is Like “La La Land” With Central Asian Nomads

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Set amidst beautiful mountain steppes, this surprisingly entertaining musical movie might make you want to visit Kyrgyzstan.

The 10 Best Song Kang-ho Movies, Ranked

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Song Kang-ho is Korea's premiere character actor. Cinema Escapist looks at his best performances, in order of increasing quality.

Review: “The Negotiation” Is A Psychological Roller Coaster Highlighting Korean Corruption

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Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin star in a fast-paced, socially relevant psychological thriller.

Review: “Salyut 7” is Russia’s “Apollo 13” — With A Geopolitical Twist

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This space rescue movie offers gripping suspense…and insight into Russian geopolitics.

Interview with Burkinabe Projectionist Boureima Ouédraogo

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Boukary Sawadogo has been out interviewing key cinematic figures in Africa. Here's his interview with a Burkinabe projectionist.

Review: “Miss Sherlock” is a Fresh Take on Sherlock and Watson

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You don't often see female leads in Japanese dramas, making "Miss Sherlock" a particularly remarkable take on the classic detective.

Review: “Shuttle Life” Highlights the Plight of Malaysia’s Urban Poor in an Unequal Society

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Director Tan Seng Kiat's debut feature offers a stirring and relevant critique of Malaysia's social woes.