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Review: “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” Shows How Korean Society Has Internalized Sexism

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Based on a real story, "Kim Ji-young" is a quiet but effective depiction of how thickly sexism permeates Korean society.

The 10 Best Hong Kong Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Hong Kong movies of 2019, across genres like action, crime, drama, comedy, and more.

The 11 Best Korean Dramas of 2019

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Discover the top Korean dramas of 2019 across genres like historical, romance, action, and more—with streaming links included.

The 10 Best Taiwanese Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Taiwanese movies of 2019, across genres like romance, horror, action, crime, drama, sports, and more.

Review: “Ashfall” Is An Epic Disaster Film With Korean Flavor…And Tropes Galore

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Starring Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Bae Suzy, and Ma Dong-seok, “Ashfall” (a.k.a. “Baekdusan”) combines big-budget Hollywood tropes with inter-Korean politics.

The 10 Best Chinese Movies of 2019

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Discover the top Chinese movies of 2019, ranging from comedies to animations, and action movies to deep dramas.

The 11 Best Korean Movies of 2019

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Discover the top Korean movies of 2019, across genres like action, drama, comedy, romance, crime and more.

The 11 Best Japanese Movies of 2019

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Japanese movies of 2019, across genres like romance, anime, sci-fi, action, drama, and more.

Review: K-Drama “Crash Landing On You” Appeals To Both Romantics and Political Junkies

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Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin headline the amusing and geopolitically relevant drama "Crash Landing On You,” showing on Netflix and tvN.

Review: “Ip Man 4” Captures the Spirit of China’s National Rejuvenation Through Kung Fu

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In Donnie Yen’s final kung fu film, action takes a backseat to China-US tensions and identity politics.

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