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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.

The 11 Best Japanese Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Japanese movies of 2019, across genres like romance, anime, sci-fi, action, drama, and more.

Review: K-Drama “Crash Landing On You” Appeals To Both Romantics and Political Junkies

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Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin headline the amusing and geopolitically relevant drama "Crash Landing On You,” showing on Netflix and tvN.

Review: “So Long, My Son” Offers Meditative Look At Two Chinese Families Over Three Decades

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Through two families linked by friendship and tragedy, director Wang Xiaoshuai’s “So Long, My Son” offers a humanistic look at China in the wake of...

Review: Netflix’s “Triad Princess” Tells Familiar Yet Binge-able Tale of Gangsters, Celebrities, and Romance

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Netflix's second fully original Taiwanese series "Triad Princess" brings cheesiness galore, but retains a certain charm.

Review: In Taiwanese Horror Movie “Detention,” Authoritarianism Is The Real Monster

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Based off a popular video game, horror film “Detention” is an important milestone in coming to terms with Taiwan’s authoritarian past.

Review: “A Sun” Is A Meticulous Family Drama Worthy of Its Golden Horse Awards

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Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong's "A Sun" weaves an intricate and entertaining tale of family misfortune.

Review: “Neko Cafe” Caters to Cat Lovers, With Bland Results

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Slice-of-life Japanese movie “Neko Cafe” is a fur-gettable feline feature.

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.

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