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Review: Netflix’s “Nowhere Man” Goes Nowhere With Confusing Plot

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Netflix’s first standalone Taiwanese TV series aims high but falls short with muddled crime narrative.

Review: HBO’s “The World Between Us” Showcases Taiwan’s Democratic Norms

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Crime drama “The World Between Us” has won fans on both sides of the Taiwan Strait—and now streams for US audiences.

Review: Netflix’s “Vagabond” Stars Suzy In An Entertaining Conspiracy Thriller

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Lee Seung-gi and Suzy star in a K-drama, now streaming on Netflix, that entertains audiences and hints at Korea’s geopolitical status.

Justin Chon’s “Ms. Purple” Pays Homage to Asian Cultural Legacies

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"Gook" director’s sophomore feature tells a poignant, female-centric story of family burdens.

Review: Netflix Thriller “Victim Number 8” Critiques Europe’s Nativist Resurgence

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Now on Netflix, Spain’s “Victim Number 8” is a conspiracy thriller with pro-tolerance undertones.

Review: “Hyper HardBoiled Gourmet Report” Is Japan’s Gonzo Answer to “Parts Unknown”

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Streaming on Netflix, this Japanese food show contains a fascinating blend of gonzo journalism and Terrace House-esque calm.

Review: “The Wolf’s Call” Shows France Still Has Military—And Cinematic—Relevance

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Now streaming on Netflix, this submarine thriller reminds us France hasn't forgotten how to fire nukes and make entertaining movies.

Review: Political K-Drama “Chief of Staff” Tries Emulating “The West Wing”

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Streaming now on Netflix, this K-drama dives into the details of Korean legislative politics—with mixed results.

The 10 Best Malaysian Movies on Netflix

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Cinema Escapist reveals the best Malaysian movies streaming on Netflix, across genres like action, romance, drama, horror, and more.

Review: “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil” Blends Korean Crime and Justice

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Starring Ma Dong-seok, this action movie blends classic Korean crime archetypes into something new and entertaining, though not necessarily memorable.

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