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Review: A Loner (China, 2017)


"A Loner" (大雪冬至) explores the life of a old woman in Beijing, illuminating a broader social phenomenon of "left-behind" elders in modern-day China.

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Review: Beijing, New York (China, 2015)


America—the “beautiful country” (美国)–has always fascinated many Chinese in the modern age, especially film-makers. The journey from China to seek economic prosperity and success in...

Review: Formosa Mambo (Taiwan, 2011)


In recent years, a rather distinctive annoyance has plagued Taiwanese society: phone scammers. While phone scammers exist in other countries like the US (ever received...

Review: Stolen Seas (United States, 2013)


Thanks to 2013’s Captain Phillips, public perception of Somali pirates is now tilted towards a military dimension of Navy SEALs coming and saving the day...

Review: Ace of Sales (Taiwan, 2016)


A haphazard Taiwanese comedy about a TV shopping presenter played by model Bianca Bai.