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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: Why Was China’s “Crazy Alien” So Successful?

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In Ning Hao's "Crazy Alien", the Chinese everyman gets a laugh at America's expense.

Review: “The Wandering Earth” Is China’s First Breathtaking Sci-Fi Success

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Frant Gwo blends sci-fi with apocalypse extravaganza in the film based on Liu Cixin’s eponymous short story.

Review: “One Night Only” is a Tragic Romance Between Flawed People

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Director Matt Wu discusses the dichotomy between darkness and brightness -- and what it was like working with his wife on set

The 7 Best Thai Movies of 2018

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The top Thai movies from 2018, ranging from romance and comedies to documentaries and thrillers.

Review: “The Great Battle” is an Action-Packed Dramatization of a Famous Korean Battle

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“The Great Battle” provides action with sprinklings of light-heartedness, but falls short on screenwriting.

“Ten Years Thailand” Is an Abstract Take On Societal Pressures in Modern Thailand

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"Ten Years Thailand" provides a timely—and trippy—take on Thailand's contemporary sociopolitical condition.

The 10 Best Chinese Movies of 2018

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Chinese films from 2018, across genres like romance, action, drama, and more.

Review: “Default” is Korea’s Take on “The Big Short”

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“Default” explores the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis’ impact in Korea, focusing more on emotions than economic explanations.

Review: “The Enigma of Arrival” is a Darker Take on the Coming of Age Story

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With a premiere at 2018's Busan International Film Festival, Chinese indie film "The Enigma of Arrival" offers a darker take on coming-of-age.

Review: “BuyBust” is a Brutally Realistic Depiction of the Philippine Drug War

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Realistic gun battles and brutal fight scenes open a window into the Philippines drug war

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