Anthony Kao of Cinema Escapist Often First to Cover Taiwanese Films Ep 116

15 February 2021


A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:


Anthony Kao is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Escapist, which is often the first or only publication that covers Taiwanese film or television shows. I’ve found it has some really great reviews and recommendations of films from and about Taiwan. Cinema Escapist also covers films from all around the world and takes a look at their social and political context. Anthony spoke with me about how he started Cinema Escapist and their unique approach to discussing film. Next week we’ll have Anthony back to recommend films about Taiwan that represent different decades or historical events significant to Taiwan.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:


  • Where Anthony’s interest in film comes from
  • Film as a way to explore the world
  • Cinema Escapist’s focus on international films and the social and political context of films
  • Anthony’s interest in Taiwanese film and television
  • How Cinema Escapist is often the first or only publication that covers Taiwanese film or television shows
  • Publications about Taiwan recommended by Anthony
  • Anthony’s approach to writing about film
  • When and why Anthony started Cinema Escapist
  • How Cinema Escapist has changed over time
  • What’s behind the name “Cinema Escapist”
  • The challenges of running Cinema Escapist which has a completely volunteer staff
  • The interesting experiences and people that Anthony has met through Cinema Escapist
  • Cinema Escapist’s plans to go into podcasting



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The Great Buddha+ (film):


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