Cinema Escapist

Cinema Escapist is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anthony Kao, Richard Yu
Rating Title/Year Author
Yeom-lyeok (2018) Anthony Kao While Psychokinesis isn't as outstanding as Train to Busan, it's still worth examining as a commentary on Korean society. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Shi tu xing zhe 2: die ying xing dong (2019) Richard Yu Plot takes a backseat to action in Line Walker 2-the story merely existing to provide some context for shootouts and car chases EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
52Hz, I Love You (2017) Anthony Kao Director Wei Te-sheng's 52 Hz I Love You is a rare Chinese-language musical movie that highlights Taiwan's vibrance and modernity. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Jack Strong (2014) Anthony Kao Jack Strong offers a compelling dramatization of a true story that takes its time to build a solid arsenal of suspense. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Under the Sun (2015) Anthony Kao Russian filmmaker Vitaly Manskiy's Under the Sun is perhaps the most philosophical and artistic documentary I've seen about North Korea. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
If Cats Disappeared From the World (2016) Anthony Kao 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... EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
From Afar (2015) Anthony Kao 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012) Anthony Kao [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." EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Message (2009) Anthony Kao The Message is one of the more fresh takes on a well-established Chinese cinematic tradition of 1940s spies against Japan. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Land of Mine (2015) Anthony Kao Concise, poignant, and captivating, Land of Mine offers a novel yet intuitive glimpse of a war we see quite often on film. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
A City of Sadness (1989) Anthony Kao 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Land of Oblivion (2011) Anthony Kao 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Left Behind Buddha (The Taste of Rice Flower) (2017) Anthony Kao 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Mayor (2017) Anthony Kao "The film certainly signals lofty ambitions. Yet, as in politics, ambition does not necessarily translate into results." EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Bitcoin Heist (2016) Anthony Kao "The film is a rollicking action-thriller that showcases a vibrant, modern Vietnam in the process." EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Haider (2014) Anthony Kao Haider offers a rare combination of not only action-packed entertainment, but also literary panache and geopolitical enlightenment. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Great Buddha+ (2017) Anthony Kao Gripping, funny, and socially relevant-The Great Buddha+ is worth a watch if you have any interest in Taiwanese society or cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Have a Nice Day (2017) Anthony Kao The animations are top-notch and social critique (literally 'chasing after money') compelling, but it just doesn't seem made for Chinese audiences. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Host (2006) Anthony Kao With multiple artfully constructed layers of social commentary, 'The Host' offers an incisive look into South Korea's soul. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Spy Gone North (2018) Anthony Kao It's rare a movie is topical, authentic, and also entertaining-and 'The Spy Gone North' checks all three boxes. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Salyut 7 (2017) Anthony Kao This space rescue movie offers gripping suspense...and insight into Russian geopolitics. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
() Anthony Kao Set amidst beautiful mountain steppes, this surprisingly entertaining musical movie might make you want to visit Kyrgyzstan. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
On Happiness Road (2017) Anthony Kao Beyond relatable and touching storytelling, 'On Happiness' Road's visual style creates a distinctive air of wistfulness. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Take Point (2018) Anthony Kao An unexpectedly rich exploration of broader political ills that the rise of modern mercenaries portend. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Buffalo Boys (2018) Anthony Kao 'Buffalo Boys' conveys undertones of Asian empowerment that will likely resonate with Asian diaspora. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Ten Years Taiwan (2018) Anthony Kao 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Pegasus (2019) Anthony Kao "While 'Pegasus' doesn't necessarily excel at storytelling, it does have a significant amount of genre appeal." EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
The Divine Fury (2019) Richard Yu In trying to execute both horror and action, Divine Fury succeeds at neither...A bigger weakness is the lack of character development over the course of Divine Fury EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Weathering With You (2019) Richard Yu To simply regard this as a Shinkai romance anime cheapens the significance of the film. Weathering With You is a dire warning to humanity on the future of our world if we don't take drastic actions to reduce our impact on the environment EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
Air Strike (2018) Anthony Kao Meet the 'Sharknado' of Chinese war movies: with US$65M worth of misery... and Bruce Willis. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Shei xian ai shang ta de (2018) Anthony Kao One of Taiwan's best films of 2018, 'Dear Ex' offers an emotionally complex look at a modern family. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Anthony Kao The movie's unique premise fertilizes an admirably suspenseful narrative & highly entertaining action scenes, though the titular characters remain regrettably undeveloped... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Anthony Kao 'Ash Is Purest White' forces audiences to stop, stand still, and question what's lost in the wake of China's fast march forward. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
The Wolf's Call (2019) Anthony Kao 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Exit (2019) Richard Yu Both Yoona and Cho acted well in Exit, but their characters were not given much of a chance to develop as individuals or as a couple over the course of the film EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
A Loner (2017) Richard Yu The loneliness presented in A Loner left me wanting to call my own parents. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
iGirl (2016) Richard Yu [T]he plot quickly declines in quality and turns into a poorly-made sci-fi flick with nonsensical plot elements. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Ace of Sales (2016) Richard Yu [I]t almost seems like Ace of Sales is also trying to make a social commentary about the inanity of commercialism, but that message is completely lost in a tumultuous sea of plot-jumping. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Bei Jing yu shang Xi Ya Tu (2013) Richard Yu Beijing Meets Seattle helps remind the audience about what truly matters in life - not material wealth exemplified by yachts and planes, but rather a loving family and caring companion. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Forever Young (2015) Richard Yu Forever Young ended up much more like P.F. Chang's - that is to say, all the pieces are there, but in the wrong order and magnitude. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Love Without Distance (Tuhao 520) (2015) Richard Yu Lam's film presents a unique and controversial, yet warm-hearted and comedic take on the traditional tuhao narrative. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
So Young (2013) Richard Yu It is truly difficult to capture the many feelings and experiences of one's youth in the short time that a movie allots, but So Young makes a valiant effort and does hit some of the key points. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Boxer's Wings (2011) Richard Yu Boxer's Wings is as much Starcraft documentary as it is inspirational sports documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
() Richard Yu I found Fleet of Time to be rather dissatisfying due to its poor execution. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Under the Dome (2015) Richard Yu Under the Dome can be considered as China's answer to An Inconvenient Truth. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
The Enigma of Arrival (2018) Richard Yu The Enigma of Arrival is a darker take on the coming-of-age story. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
The Eye of Silence (2014) Richard Yu The Eye of Silence ultimately offers much entertainment for people interested in contemporary Chinese society through its backdrop. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Default (2018) Richard Yu Default is still a relatively good introduction to an oft-forgotten (at least in the West) financial crisis. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Beijing, New York (2015) Richard Yu Beijing, New York deserves acknowledgement for its desire to address issues that many second-generation Chinese (and broadly, Asian) immigrants experience on a daily basis. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Sky Hunter (2017) Richard Yu Sky Hunter is a decent action flick without any ridiculous plot elements. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019