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Netflix’s Highly Relatable “On Children” Is “Black Mirror” With Tiger Moms

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If you grew up with a tiger parent, or find yourself becoming one—this show is for you.

Review: “The Spy Gone North” Is A Thrillingly Relevant Look at Korean Politics

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Making deals with North Korea? Check. Election interference? Check. "The Spy Gone North" offers a captivating, timely spy story.

Interview: “Metal Politics Taiwan” Director Marco Wilms

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Marco Wilms discusses rebels, politicians, and what it was like being a foreigner shooting a politically charged documentary in Taiwan.

How “A Taxi Driver” Helped Me Connect With My Family

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My family experienced a key moment of Korean history. I didn't know until I watched this movie.

Interview: Freddy Lim, Rockstar Turned Legislator, Talks “Metal Politics Taiwan”

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Freddy Lim speaks about Taiwanese politics, music, fatherhood — and being the subject of a new documentary.

Why Anyone Who Cares About Korea Should Watch “The Host”

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12 years on, this monster blockbuster still offers an apt reflection on South Korean society.

What the Success of “Dying to Survive” Means for Chinese Movies and Beyond

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Could this blockbuster pioneer a novel and entertaining way to highlight Chinese government policy victories?

The 15 Best Korean War Movies

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The best war movies from Korea about the Korean War, Vietnam War, and beyond — streaming links included.

The 16 Best Korean Romance Movies

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The best Korean romance movies—streaming links included.