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Review: “A Copy of My Mind” is Joko Anwar’s Love Letter to Jakarta

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Shot in a very loose, naturalistic, and intimate style not unlike a documentary, "A Copy of My Mind" shows vignettes of life in Indonesia's capital...

Interview: “Ilo Ilo” and “Wet Season” Director Anthony Chen Talks Casting, Honesty, and Being Away From Home

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Singaporean director Anthony Chen discusses his films "Wet Season" and "Ilo Ilo"—and tells us why he found "Crazy Rich Asians" offensive.

Review: Netflix’s “Triad Princess” Tells Familiar Yet Binge-able Tale of Gangsters, Celebrities, and Romance

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Netflix's second fully original Taiwanese series "Triad Princess" brings cheesiness galore, but retains a certain charm.

Review: Singapore Film “Wet Season” Blends Coming-of-Age and Feminism

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Anthony Chen's sophomore feature "Wet Season" blends feminism and coming-of-age to show the struggles of a middle-aged Singaporean woman and a teenage student.

Review: “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” Paints a Panorama of Chinese Culture

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Slow-paced and undramatic, Gu Xiaogang's "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" shows us the many stories of a small town.

Review: Netflix’s “Dead Kids” Mixes High School Drama With The Philippine Drug War

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"Dead Kids" is an otherwise unremarkable high school drama, save for its commentary on classism in the contemporary Philippines.

Review: In Taiwanese Horror Movie “Detention,” Authoritarianism Is The Real Monster

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Based off a popular video game, horror film “Detention” is an important milestone in coming to terms with Taiwan’s authoritarian past.

Review: “A Sun” Is A Meticulous Family Drama Worthy of Its Golden Horse Awards

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Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong's "A Sun" weaves an intricate and entertaining tale of family misfortune.

Revew: “Neko Cafe” Caters to Cat Lovers, With Bland Results

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Slice-of-life Japanese movie “Neko Cafe” is a fur-gettable feline feature.

Review: Chinese Animation “White Snake” Bites but Doesn’t Catch On

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Despite decent production quality, China’s “White Snake” falls victim to sloppy storytelling and surprising salaciousness.

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