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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.

Review: “BuyBust” is a Brutally Realistic Depiction of the Philippine Drug War

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Realistic gun battles and brutal fight scenes open a window into the Philippines drug war

10 Asian Movies Screening at Cannes 2018

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Ten promising Asian movies — by directors like Jia Zhangke and Apichatpong Weerasethakul — screening at 2018's Cannes Film Festival.

The 8 Best Thai Movies of 2017

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The top movies from Thailand in 2017: including romance, comedy, horror, action, and more.

Interview: Indonesian Director Joko Anwar on “Halfworlds” and “Pengabdi Setan”

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Joko Anwar is one of Indonesia's most critically acclaimed and commercially successful directors.

Review: Bitcoin Heist (Vietnam, 2016)

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"Bitcoin Heist" is an action-packed digital heist movie that showcases Vietnam's modernity.

Interview: “Bad Genius” Director Nattawut Poonpiriya

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Poonpiriya's hit film "Bad Genius" has been described as a Thai "Ocean's Eleven".

Singaporean Film “1400” To Have UK Theatrical Screening on August 27, 2017

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1400, an award-winning Singaporean romance movie, is set to have its UK theatrical premiere at London's renowned Picturehouse Central.

“Fathers” Director Palatpol Mingpornpichit on Making a Film About LGBT Families in Thailand

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Mingpornpichit's film "Fathers" focuses on a gay couple in Thailand who must deal with many tribulations to raise a son.

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