Anthony Kao

Anthony Kao
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Escapist
Publications: Cinema Escapist

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
91% Ms. Purple (2019) The film offers a meditative, timely, and multilayered exploration of how cultural legacies from the 'motherland' shape the lives of Asian diaspora. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
80% Psychokinesis (2018) While Psychokinesis isn't as outstanding as Train to Busan, it's still worth examining as a commentary on Korean society. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
No Score Yet 52Hz, I Love You (2017) Director Wei Te-sheng's 52 Hz I Love You is a rare Chinese-language musical movie that highlights Taiwan's vibrance and modernity. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Jack Strong (2015) Jack Strong offers a compelling dramatization of a true story that takes its time to build a solid arsenal of suspense. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
93% Under The Sun (2016) Russian filmmaker Vitaly Manskiy's Under the Sun is perhaps the most philosophical and artistic documentary I've seen about North Korea. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet If Cats Disappeared from the World (Sekai kara neko ga kietanara) (2016) The film isn't the most artistic or innovative piece out there, but watching it is like drinking a cup of afternoon tea on a bright winter day whilst your cat naps... - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) From Afar is not a political nor social commentary; it's one of those movies you'd expect to make a splash only at festivals and nowhere else. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
62% Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012) [Girlfriend, Boyfriend] ended up being more like a "romantic movie that just happens to include politics" than a "political movie that just happens to include romance." - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Feng sheng (The Message) (2009) The Message is one of the more fresh takes on a well-established Chinese cinematic tradition of 1940s spies against Japan. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
91% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Concise, poignant, and captivating, Land of Mine offers a novel yet intuitive glimpse of a war we see quite often on film. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) Watching 'A City of Sadness' will give you a feel for all the different ways that people, even to this day, disagree about how to tell the story of Taiwan's past. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Land of Oblivion (2012) It's a film that silently, like the radiation that plagued Chernobyl, explores the sources and lasting impacts of the trauma around the nuclear disaster. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Left Behind Buddha (The Taste of Rice Flower) (2017) I've seen quite a few films touching upon the theme of China's urban-rural divide, and 'The Taste of Rice Flower' is a rather unique member of the genre. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Mayor (2017) "The film certainly signals lofty ambitions. Yet, as in politics, ambition does not necessarily translate into results." - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Bitcoin Heist (Sieu Trom) (2017) "The film is a rollicking action-thriller that showcases a vibrant, modern Vietnam in the process." - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
86% Haider (2014) Haider offers a rare combination of not only action-packed entertainment, but also literary panache and geopolitical enlightenment. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
88% The Great Buddha+ (2018) Gripping, funny, and socially relevant-The Great Buddha+ is worth a watch if you have any interest in Taiwanese society or cinema. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
77% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) The animations are top-notch and social critique (literally 'chasing after money') compelling, but it just doesn't seem made for Chinese audiences. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
93% The Host (2007) With multiple artfully constructed layers of social commentary, 'The Host' offers an incisive look into South Korea's soul. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) It's rare a movie is topical, authentic, and also entertaining-and 'The Spy Gone North' checks all three boxes. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
100% Salyut-7 (2017) This space rescue movie offers gripping suspense...and insight into Russian geopolitics. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Song of the Tree (2019) Set amidst beautiful mountain steppes, this surprisingly entertaining musical movie might make you want to visit Kyrgyzstan. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
100% On Happiness Road (2017) Beyond relatable and touching storytelling, 'On Happiness' Road's visual style creates a distinctive air of wistfulness. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Take Point (2018) An unexpectedly rich exploration of broader political ills that the rise of modern mercenaries portend. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
81% Buffalo Boys (2019) 'Buffalo Boys' conveys undertones of Asian empowerment that will likely resonate with Asian diaspora. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Ten Years Taiwan (2018) Though certain shorts might get a bit jumbled or too abstract, the anthology contains a wealth of subtext and opportunities to learn about Taiwan that no other film provides. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Pegasus (Feichi rensheng) (2019) "While 'Pegasus' doesn't necessarily excel at storytelling, it does have a significant amount of genre appeal." - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
No Score Yet Air Strike (2018) Meet the 'Sharknado' of Chinese war movies: with US$65M worth of misery... and Bruce Willis. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
89% Dear Ex (2018) One of Taiwan's best films of 2018, 'Dear Ex' offers an emotionally complex look at a modern family. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
95% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) The movie's unique premise fertilizes an admirably suspenseful narrative & highly entertaining action scenes, though the titular characters remain regrettably undeveloped... - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) 'Ash Is Purest White' forces audiences to stop, stand still, and question what's lost in the wake of China's fast march forward. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% The Wolf's Call (Le chant du loup) (2019) If you're tired of Hollywood focusing on superhero movies instead of making submarine thrillers that aspire for the quality and appeal of "The Hunt for Red October," "The Wolf's Call" has your back. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019