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Japanese films at the 2018 Berlinale Film Festival feature challenges in rural settings, a...

Blue Wind Blows Dir. Tetsuya Tomina Japan, 2018 Set on Japan’s Sado Island, a setting chosen by director Tetsuya Tomina for its history and well-preserved provincial way of life, Blue Wind Blows is a poetic vignette on...

Chinese and Taiwanese movies shine at the 2018 Berlinale Film Festival

Girls Always Happy Dir. Yang Mingming China, 2018 Girls Always Happy, the first feature-length film from writer, director and star Yang Mingming, is a cinema verite-esque exploration of the dysfunctional codependency between a widow (Nai An) and...

Documentary “The Silk and the Flame” chronicles social and parental pressures on young people...

Shot in black and white over the course of the Lunar New Year celebration in Jiwa, a small village in central China’s Henan province, The Silk and the Flame follows Yao, the successful youngest...

Japanese alien movie “Yocho” explores what it means to be human

Adapted from Tomohiro Maekawa’s 2005 play, “Before We Vanish,” director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s take on the impending alien invasion story couldn’t be further from the average sci-fi dystopian thriller. Subtle and cerebral, Yocho takes its...

Thai film “Die Tomorrow”, a movie about death, is a meditation on life and...

Die Tomorrow Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Presented in the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlinale Film Festival, the side bar reserved for experimental and avant garde films, director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s Die Tomorrow probes at our...

Three Korean films at the 2018 Berlinale Film Festival provoke thought and conversation

Last Child Dir. Shin Dong-seok Set in provincial South Korea, Last Child follows a grieving couple in the aftermath of their teenaged son’s accidental death. Eunchan's absence created a rift between husband Sungcheol (Choi Moo-seong) and...

“Elephant Sitting Still” is writer/director Hu Bo’s last movie about an obsessive quest for...

An Elephant Sitting Still Dir. Hu Bo Unspooling almost in real-time, given its nearly four-hour run, An Elephant Sitting Still follows its ensemble cast around gritty, urban China throughout the course of a single day. Harsh...

“Isle of Dogs” is a celebration of Japanese culture through the coming-of-age story of...

Returning to animation for the first time since 2009’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr. Fox, auteur Wes Anderson opened the 68th Berlinale with Isle of Dogs, an action/adventure story set in dystopian Japan. Through the lens...

Six movie reviews from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival took place in Park City, UT, January 18-28. International Examiner writer Misa Shikuma attended to provide coverage of select films featuring API stories, artists, actors and/or originating from API countries....

“Kailash” documents the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, whose India-based organization...

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, UT, January 18-28. International Examiner writer Misa Shikuma is attending to provide coverage of select films featuring API stories, artists, actors and/or originating from API...