Films about lovers on the run have been mostly a Western genre (the British Film Institute’s best 10 of such films mentions none from Asia), but examples do exist here.
The latest is Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Ride or Die,” which is based on a manga by Ching Nakamura, and will drop on Netflix on April 15. Hiroki’s first film project for the streaming giant, the film has his signature stylistic elements, from lyrical tracking shots of the two protagonists in joyous motion to closeups of them in soul-baring breakdowns, but with no tear-jerking manipulation whatsoever. He is a director with visual flair, and a sure sensitivity to his characters’ inner lives.
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