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Review: Chinese Animation “White Snake” Bites but Doesn’t Catch On

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Despite decent production quality, China’s “White Snake” falls victim to sloppy storytelling and surprising salaciousness.

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: Netflix’s “Nowhere Man” Goes Nowhere With Confusing Plot

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Netflix’s first standalone Taiwanese TV series aims high but falls short with muddled crime narrative.

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: “Perempuan Tanah Jahanam” Features Joko Anwar’s Trademark Use of Indonesian Symbols to Tell a Chilling Tale 

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Joko Anwar's latest movie is a ghost story—but it's less horror flick and more Javanese cultural exposition

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: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape

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Director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “The Perfect Candidate” depicts the challenges a female doctor faces when she runs for local office in Saudi Arabia.

Why “Parasite” Is Bong Joon-ho’s Biggest Hit and Darkest Film Yet

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“Parasite” speaks to Korean audiences’ real-life woes in an intricately crafted and empathetic manner.

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: HBO’s “The World Between Us” Showcases Taiwan’s Democratic Norms

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Crime drama “The World Between Us” has won fans on both sides of the Taiwan Strait—and now streams for US audiences.

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