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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.

Revew: “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.

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.

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