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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.

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...

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.

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