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Science fiction is a universal genre that defies cultural and political boundaries... if you know where to look for it. Found in Translation is your guide to the world of international sci-fi, from overlooked ‘70s Mexican classics to the best of New Korean Cinema, curated by top film critics from around the world for Inverse.

What if Life on Another Planet Looks Like the Putrid Middle Ages?

ByCarlos Aguilar

Russian director Aleksei German’s final film breaks all the rules of science fiction in the best way possible.

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What if 'Cloud Atlas' Was an Anti-Colonialist Epic About Brazil’s History?

ByCarlos Aguilar

With shades of Blade Runner and other sci-fi classics, Immortal Warrior pushes the limits of sci-fi animation.

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We Could All Learn a Valuable Lesson From this Bizarre 2018 Sci-Fi Epic

ByCarlos Aguilar

Diamnatino has plenty to say the refugee crisis, the rise of fascism in Europe, outdated gender norms, and even the nature of athletic talent.

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How a Rising Director With a Cult Following Made the Wildest Sci-Fi Movie You've Never Seen

ByLaura Sirikul

The Sperm is smarter than its absurd title and premise suggest.

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“I Haven't Seen Someone Else’s Face in a While.”

ByCarlos Aguilar

How an unknown Peruvian director predicted Covid-19 by mistake.

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China’s First Sci-Fi Movie Called Out Mao’s Cultural Revolution

ByLaura Sirikul

After banning the genre for a decade, China’s sci-fi revolution finally began in 1980.

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How Wahan Ke Log Smuggled Sci-Fi Into India

ByJeremy Mathai

The trailblazing alien-invasion movie wrapped itself in the trappings of an even more popular genre.

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How Kollywood’s Wildest Sci-Fi Movie Predicted a Modern Dilemma

ByJeremy Mathai

13 Years Ago, a Legendary Actor Made a Hit Sci-Fi Movie That Was Ahead of Its Time

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China’s Most Provocative Sci-Fi Movie Never Stood a Chance

ByLaura Sirikul

Guidance flopped in Chinese movie theaters. It still deserves to be seen.

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'Aditya 369' Still Defies Expectations at Every Turn

ByJeremy Mathai

India’s first time-travel movie didn’t arrive until 1991, but when it finally did, it wasn’t afraid to imitate its influences.