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Review: “The Best Is Yet to Come” Views China’s Hepatitis B Discrimination Through An Auteur Lens

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Jia Zhangke protégé Wang Jing’s directorial debut “The Best Is Yet to Come” screened at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Review: “Yellow Cat” Is a Whimsical and Artsy Kazakh Dark Comedy

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Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “Yellow Cat” tells a quirky Bonnie and Clyde-esque story set amidst Kazakhstan’s steppe.

Review: Korea’s “#Alive” Is a Perfect Zombie Movie for the Coronavirus Era

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Starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye, “#Alive” is an entertaining zombie flick that seems tailor-made for the time of coronavirus.

Review: “Fukushima 50” Offers Uncontroversial Take On Japan’s Biggest Nuclear Disaster

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Starring Ken Watanabe, "Fukushima 50" avoids controversy as part of faithfully reflecting Japanese realities around Fukushima Daiichi.

Review: Netflix’s “The Victims’ Game” Brings Thrills and Gore But Mostly Plays It Safe

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Crime drama “The Victims' Game” fares better than other recent Taiwanese Netflix originals, but doesn’t push storytelling boundaries.

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.

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