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With “Island Nation,” Taiwan Finally Has A Political Drama

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“Island Nation” recounts Taiwan’s transition to democracy, and breaks barriers around depicting politics in Taiwanese television.

Review: “Lost In Russia” Blends Mother-Son and Sino-Russian Relations

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Xu Zheng’s latest movie in China’s famous “Lost In” series mixes mother-son bonding with superficial glances at Russian life.

Review: “Hit Me Anyone One More Time” Is A Playful Political Comedy From Japan

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Starring Kiichi Nakai and Dean Fujioka, “Hit Me Anyone One More Time” offers a jovial and rather idealistic portrayal of a boorish Japanese Prime Minister...

Review: “Beasts Clawing At Straws” Stars Jung Woo-sung In A Taut Tale of Chasing Money

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Jung Woo-sung and Jeon Do-yeon headline Korean crime thriller “Beasts Clawing At Straws,” which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020.

Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

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"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy.

Review: “Secret Zoo” Looks For Laughs With Humans Dressing Like Animals

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Korean comedy “Secret Zoo” elicits light laughter and offers slight social commentary in its heartwarming but forgettable story.

Review: Netflix’s “The Ghost Bride” Brings Malaysian Chinese Superstition To Life

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Netflix's first Malaysian Mandarin-language original series offers a compelling premise and memorable production design amidst a rocky narrative.

The 10 Best Taiwanese Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Taiwanese movies of 2019, across genres like romance, horror, action, crime, drama, sports, and more.

Review: “Ashfall” Is An Epic Disaster Film With Korean Flavor…And Tropes Galore

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Starring Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Bae Suzy, and Ma Dong-seok, “Ashfall” (a.k.a. “Baekdusan”) combines big-budget Hollywood tropes with inter-Korean politics.

The 11 Best Korean Movies of 2019

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Discover the top Korean movies of 2019, across genres like action, drama, comedy, romance, crime and more.

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