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Based in Hong Kong, Richard Yu is Cinema Escapist's Asia Editor. Learn more about him and other staff on the "About" page.

The 10 Best Hong Kong Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Hong Kong movies of 2019, across genres like action, crime, drama, comedy, and more.

The 10 Best Chinese Movies of 2019

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Discover the top Chinese movies of 2019, ranging from comedies to animations, and action movies to deep dramas.

Review: “Ip Man 4” Captures the Spirit of China’s National Rejuvenation Through Kung Fu

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In Donnie Yen’s final kung fu film, action takes a backseat to China-US tensions and identity politics.

Review: “Ina and the Blue Tiger Sauna” is a Uniquely Macanese Neo-Noir

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Directors Faria and Rao tell "a story that could only happen in Macao."

Review: “I’m Livin’ It” Shines Light on Hong Kong’s Homeless

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Danny Wong Hing Fan's directorial debut focuses on emotional wealth over material.

Variety’s “Asian Stars: Up Next” Highlights Local Talent in Asia at 2019 IFFAM

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"Asian Stars: Up Next" winners from Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and Japan highlighted social issues and online bullying at IFFAM 2019.

Interview: “Ilo Ilo” and “Wet Season” Director Anthony Chen Talks Casting, Honesty, and Being Away From Home

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Singaporean director Anthony Chen discusses his films "Wet Season" and "Ilo Ilo"—and tells us why he found "Crazy Rich Asians" offensive.

Review: Singapore Film “Wet Season” Blends Coming-of-Age and Feminism

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Anthony Chen's sophomore feature "Wet Season" blends feminism and coming-of-age to show the struggles of a middle-aged Singaporean woman and a teenage student.

Review: “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” Paints a Panorama of Chinese Culture

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Slow-paced and undramatic, Gu Xiaogang's "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" shows us the many stories of a small town.

Macao’s 4th International Film Festival Highlights Local, Chinese, and International Cinema

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At the 4th International Film Festival and Awards Macao, Chinese starlet Zhou Dongyu and EXO's Suho take the spotlight at the opening ceremony red carpet.

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