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Articles by Richard Yu

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

Review: “Kala” Mixes Neo-Noir Elements with Javanese Myth to Create A Truly Unique Vision

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Joko Anwar puts an Indonesian twist on one of Western cinema's most classic genres

Review: “Battle of Jangsari” Gives A Little-Known Korean War Battle The Honor It Deserves

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A group of high schoolers put everything on the line to fight North Korea—but receive little recognition or support

Review: “The Climbers” Is a Birthday Present for the People’s Republic of China’s 70th Birthday

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Based on real-world Chinese ascents of Everest in the 1960s and 70s, "The Climbers" does little more than elevate Wu Jing's "action man" credentials and...

Review: Takashi Miike’s “First Love” Is More Violent Than Romantic

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The Japanese auteur builds on his signature theme of cartoonishly bloody action movies but eschews sympathetic characters and drama.

Review: “Tazza: The One Eyed Jack” Mixes the Thrills of High-Stakes Gambling and Heists

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The latest installment in the Tazza franchise features entertaining characters & a plot full of unexpected twists and turns.

Review: Chinese Movie Remake of “Midnight Diner” Falls Flat

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Lack of depth plagues China's redux of the eponymous Japanese series "Midnight Diner."

Review: Was China’s “Shanghai Fortress” Really That Bad?

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After Chinese netizens lambasted " Shanghai Fortress," Netflix has given the world a chance to comment this latest Chinese foray into scifi.

Review: “Fagara” Is a Touching Family Story…and Subtle Political Allegory

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Heiward Mak eschews direct mentions of cross-strait relations to focus on what family means.

Review: “The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos” Pits Korean Cops & Gangsters Against Japan

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Two cops team up with a mob enforcer and illegal gambling site owner to take down a Japanese drug ring.

Review: Netflix’s “Better Than Us” Imagines a World Where Robots Do The Work

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Luddites and Utopians clash in a Russian sci-fi drama that asks us whether robots can be better than humans.

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