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Review: “Ramen Teh” Blends Food With Singaporean Identity

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Hunger-inducing food scenes and an exploration of Singaporean identity come together in Eric Khoo's latest hit.

Review: Netflix’s “PASKAL” Shows Off Malaysia’s Special Forces

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PASKAL shows off the skill of Malaysia's Special Forces -- but is it more than Malaysian propaganda?

Review: “Furie” Is An Fast-Paced Vietnamese Action Thriller

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Vietnam’s answer to “Taken” arrives—but with a female lead taking charge.

The 10 Best Pinoy Movies of 2018

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CE reveals the top Filipino films of 2018—across not just romance, but also historical, action, family, drama, and other genres.

Review: “Exes Baggage” Explores The Before, During, and After of Relationships

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Exes Baggage reminds us to be thankful for the lessons our previous relationships taught us, and not be afraid to love again

The 7 Best Thai Movies of 2018

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The top Thai movies from 2018, ranging from romance and comedies to documentaries and thrillers.

“Buffalo Boys” Is the Perfect Western for a Post “Crazy Rich Asians” World

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"Buffalo Boys" director Mike Wiluan suggests that Asian diaspora can look East for a home—and films with strong Asian leads.

“Ten Years Thailand” Is an Abstract Take On Societal Pressures in Modern Thailand

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"Ten Years Thailand" provides a timely—and trippy—take on Thailand's contemporary sociopolitical condition.

Beyond “Crazy Rich Asians”: How Singaporean Films Highlight Grittiness, Not Glamor

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Unlike "Crazy Rich Asians", most Singapore-made offer social critique, not glitz—here are 11 Singaporean films you ought to watch.

Review: “Shuttle Life” Highlights the Plight of Malaysia’s Urban Poor in an Unequal Society

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Director Tan Seng Kiat's debut feature offers a stirring and relevant critique of Malaysia's social woes.

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