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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.

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.

Review: Netflix’s “Dead Kids” Mixes High School Drama With The Philippine Drug War

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"Dead Kids" is an otherwise unremarkable high school drama, save for its commentary on classism in the contemporary Philippines.

Review: “Better Days” Overcomes Censors to Explore Teen Bullying in China

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Banned by Chinese censors for a year, "Better Days" gets its big reveal with dark undertones about high school bullying.

Review: How Did “The Shadow Play” Make It Past Chinese Censors?

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Forced evictions, citizen protests, and government corruption do not a happy Communist Party make.

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...

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