best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

As this quarantine wears on, I know you’re all bored enough that you will give a foreign film a try. And with studios releasing some of their biggest theatrical and festival hits on digital platforms early, now is never a better time. Neon’s romance for the ages, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, hit Hulu early last week, while Netflix has some word-of-mouth hits on its hands with the electric K-drama Itaewon Class and the Spanish dystopian thriller The Platform. Those films and more are in this week’s Pop Culture Imports.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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tower of god review

When Crunchyroll rolled out the red carpet for its first-ever slate of original animes, Tower of God was the series that immediately caught my eye. Its striking animation style — like hand-drawn sketches or charcoal drawings brought to vibrant life — sets it apart from most other animes out there, and certainly from the uncanny 3D-animated titles that Netflix has been churning out. Which is good, considering the plot of the first episode of this fantasy-adventure series is pretty slim.

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tower of god trailer

Crunchyroll announced just last month that it was wading into the original content game, after years of being the premiere streaming website for anime. And it seems like it’s going to start strong right out the gate, with the upcoming Tower of God, a fantasy-adventure anime based on the beloved Korean webtoon that already has a following around the globe. Combine that with a beautiful, hand-drawn animation style merged with 3D animation, and you’ve got one of the most anticipated new animes of spring. Watch the Tower of God trailer below.

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crunchyroll originals

Anime is all the rage on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which have tapped into an eager streaming audience with both classic and new original offerings alike. But one of the streaming platforms that has been around since anime was but a glimmer in pirating websites’ eyes, Crunchyroll, has now made itself a major player in the anime streaming wars.

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