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“Love Boat: Taiwan” Traces Asian Diaspora and Taiwanese Identities

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Director Valerie Soe explores a study tour that’s become a legend among Taiwanese-Americans.

Review: “One Child Nation” Tells The Story of a Nation At War With Its Own Population

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“One Child Nation” confronts the untold history of China’s One-Child Policy with a personal and empathetic touch

Review: Netflix’s “Persona” Flexes IU’s Artistic Ambitions

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If IU wants audiences to see her as a serious artist, will Netflix’s “Persona” help?

The 11 Best Korean Comedy Movies

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Korean comedy movies—with streaming links included.

Interview: Singaporean Director Eric Khoo Talks “Ramen Teh”

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In "Ramen Teh," director Eric Khoo celebrates the power of food to transcend boundaries.

Review: “Money” is Korea’s Take on “Wall Street”

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Ryu Jun-yeol delivers a high-octane tale of insider trading and market manipulation—but how does it stand up to 80's classic "Wall Street"?

Review: Ai Weiwei’s “The Rest” Offers a Scathing Critique of Europe for Denying Human Dignity to Refugees

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Ai Weiwei asks Europe: You accepted me as a refugee, but what about the rest of us?

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.

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