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Review: “Default” is Korea’s Take on “The Big Short”


“Default” explores the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis’ impact in Korea, focusing more on emotions than economic explanations.

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Review: The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico, 2014)


Now available to international audiences on Netflix, The Perfect Dictatorship is Mexican director Luis Estrada’s latest satire on his country’s politics. The film’s title comes...

Review: “Shuttle Life” Highlights the Plight of Malaysia’s Urban Poor in an Unequal Society


Director Tan Seng Kiat's debut feature offers a stirring and relevant critique of Malaysia's social woes.

Review: Three Times (Taiwan, 2005)


A review of Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien's classic of three acts.

Review: The First Time (China, 2012)


Han Yan brings us this touching story of Song Shiqiao (Angelababy), a young college student diagnosed with a terminal genetic condition, and her love affair...