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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.

The 11 Best Korean Movies of 2018

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top South Korean films from 2018, across genres like espionage, romance, drama, and more.

Review: “Take Point” Is an Action-Packed Critique of Political Selfishness

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This Korean action movie featuring private military contractors offers many explosions—and biting, timely political critiques.

The 11 Best Japanese Movies of 2018

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Japanese films from 2018 across genres like animation, family dramas, zombies, and more!

The 10 Best Chinese Movies of 2018

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Cinema Escapist reveals the top Chinese films from 2018, across genres like romance, action, drama, and more.

Review: “Default” is Korea’s Take on “The Big Short”

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“Default” explores the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis’ impact in Korea, focusing more on emotions than economic explanations.

The Bruce Lee Statue That Sought to Unify a Divided City

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The story behind the world's most unlikely Bruce Lee tribute: a statue in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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