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Review: Ha Jung-woo’s “The Closet” Offers Surprisingly Heart-Warming Horror

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Starring Ha Jung-woo, Korean film “The Closet” blends horror with father-daughter bonding.

Review: K-Drama “My Holo Love” Highlights The Role Technology Plays in Loneliness 

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Mixing Korean drama tropes with sprinkles of social commentary, "My Holo Love" will delight both die-hard K-drama fans and those looking for light-hearted fare.

Review: “Enter The Fat Dragon” Succeeds With Charm As Donnie Yen’s Foray Into Action-Comedy

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Renowned Hong Kong kung-fu actor Donnie Yen’s acting career pivots to new frontiers.

Review: “Hit Me Anyone One More Time” Is A Playful Political Comedy From Japan

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Starring Kiichi Nakai and Dean Fujioka, “Hit Me Anyone One More Time” offers a jovial and rather idealistic portrayal of a boorish Japanese Prime Minister...

Review: “Mellow” Is a Calming Slice of Japanese Life With Flowers and Ramen

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Japanese director Rikiya Imaizumi's personal drama “Mellow” is a soothing break from heavy-hitting fare.

Review: “Beasts Clawing At Straws” Stars Jung Woo-sung In A Taut Tale of Chasing Money

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Jung Woo-sung and Jeon Do-yeon headline Korean crime thriller “Beasts Clawing At Straws,” which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020.

Review: “The Wild Goose Lake” Is A Stunningly Beautiful Noir That Lacks Depth

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Diao Yinan's sophomore feature "Wild Goose Lake" is beautiful and punctuated with surreal violence, but hampered by thin characterization.

Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

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"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy.

Review: “Secret Zoo” Looks For Laughs With Humans Dressing Like Animals

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Korean comedy “Secret Zoo” elicits light laughter and offers slight social commentary in its heartwarming but forgettable story.

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.

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