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Review: “Ash Is Purest White” Stands Stubbornly Still While China Moves Forward

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Jia Zhangke's "Ash is Purest White" makes us wonder where stubbornly idiosyncratic auteurs belong in contemporary China.

Review: Taiwan’s “Dear Ex” Tells An Offbeat And Poignant Family Story

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One of Taiwan's best films of 2018, "Dear Ex" offers an emotionally complex look at a modern family.

Review: “Pegasus” Is A Story of Car Racing and Redemption

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Motoring enthusiasts will appreciate Han Han’s latest film “Pegasus,” even if lovers of narrative technique may not.

Review: Why Was China’s “Crazy Alien” So Successful?

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In Ning Hao's "Crazy Alien", the Chinese everyman gets a laugh at America's expense.

“A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities” Offers Wholesome Cross-Cultural Connection

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This Netflix drama series highlights life in Taipei and San Francisco, encouraging viewers to celebrate differences along the way.

Review: “The Wandering Earth” Is China’s First Breathtaking Sci-Fi Success

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Frant Gwo blends sci-fi with apocalypse extravaganza in the film based on Liu Cixin’s eponymous short story.

Review: “One Night Only” is a Tragic Romance Between Flawed People

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Director Matt Wu discusses the dichotomy between darkness and brightness -- and what it was like working with his wife on set

Review: “Ten Years Taiwan” Reminds Us How Taiwan Has Problems Besides China

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This anthology of five short films artistically illustrates the diversity of Taiwan's woes.

Review: “The Great Battle” is an Action-Packed Dramatization of a Famous Korean Battle

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“The Great Battle” provides action with sprinklings of light-heartedness, but falls short on screenwriting.

Review: “Ten Years Japan” Pictures Dystopia With Hopeful Undertones

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The short film anthology "Ten Years Japan" provides a relevant, but not depressing, look at contemporary Japan's social challenges.

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