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2017/09/17 | Cinema Escapist

Chinese Director Pengfei Portrays China's 'Left Behind Children'

A discipline of Tsai Ming-liang, Chinese director Pengfei discusses his latest film "The Taste of Rice Flower."

2017/07/16 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: Director Tom Waller on Profiling Thailand's Last Gunshot Executioner

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.

2017/06/04 | Cinema Escapist

Joshua Wong on Documentary "Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower"

Cinema Escapist caught up with Wong to get his thoughts on the recent documentary and its broader socio-political context.

2017/04/16 | Cinema Escapist

Meet India’s Transgender Community in Documentary 'Black Sheep'

New documentary profiles the hijra — a unique transgender community in India with several thousand years of history.

2017/04/02 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: Art, Politics, and Non-Bollywood Indian Films

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's latest film 'Sexy Durga' won the prestigious Hivos Tiger Award at 2017's Rotterdam Film Festival — a first for Indian cinema.

2017/03/19 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: Bridging China and the West Through Documentaries

Zhao Qi is a Chinese producer and director who has helped bring four documentaries to Sundance Film Festival —including 2015's "The Chinese Mayor."

2017/03/12 | Cinema Escapist

Why Anyone Who Cares About Taiwan Should Watch 'A City of Sadness'

'A City of Sadness' is not only one of Taiwan's most renowned films, but also a great way to learn about the island.

2017/02/26 | Cinema Escapist

OPINION: The Difference Between Chinese and American Romance Movies

While Americans have romantic comedies, the Chinese have something else.

2017/02/15 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: Documenting China's Women's Rights Activist Ye Haiyan

'I was just so curious what kind of person she was, and why she would act this way. So I decided I would meet with her no matter what,' says filmmaker Nanfu Wang.

2017/01/16 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: From Falling in Love with Classical Indian Music to Documenting It on Film

It never occurred to film director Niharika Popli that she would end up making a debut documentary on one of India's most celebrated classical musicians.

2017/01/04 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: Colin Offland on Making a Documentary in North Korea with Dennis Rodman

Colin Offland, director of the documentary 'Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang' talks about his experiences making this hilarious documentary in North Korea and following around Dennis Rodman.

2016/12/22 | Cinema Escapist

INTERVIEW: A Peak of Film Productions in the 'Theater State' of North Korea

In a special in-depth interview, author and filmmaker Paul Fischer discusses his book about North Korean cinema and how perception and propaganda define the isolated state.

2016/12/14 | Cinema Escapist

The 10 Best Korean Movies on Netflix

Check out Cinema Escapist's list of the ten best Korean movies on Netflix.

2016/12/05 | Cinema Escapist

Documenting the 'Gatekeepers' of One of Japan's Popular Suicide Destinations

'Gatekeeper' documents the suicide prevention efforts of a retired Japanese detective named Yukio Shige.