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Review: “Send Me To The Clouds” Is a Feminist Exploration of Expectations Versus Reality

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We chat with director Teng Congcong about contemporary expectations for women and generation gaps.

Review: Netflix’s “Vagabond” Stars Suzy In An Entertaining Conspiracy Thriller

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Lee Seung-gi and Suzy star in a K-drama, now streaming on Netflix, that entertains audiences and hints at Korea’s geopolitical status.

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.

Review: “The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos” Pits Korean Cops & Gangsters Against Japan

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Two cops team up with a mob enforcer and illegal gambling site owner to take down a Japanese drug ring.

Review: “Miss and Mrs. Cops” Is a Buddy Cop Movie For The #MeToo Era

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Two female cops take the lead on busting a spy cam ring—and gender roles too.

Review: “Carole & Tuesday” Is Shinichiro Watanabe’s Latest Musing on Music, Youth, and AI

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“Carole & Tuesday” is a visual spectacle that explores the role of AI in our future underneath its underdog tale of passion and song.

Review: “Ne Zha” Mixes Family-Friendly Fun With the Invisible Hand of the Party

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Whimsical, family-friendly, and also a lesson for Chinese Communist Party cadres?

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