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Review: “Kala” Mixes Neo-Noir Elements with Javanese Myth to Create A Truly Unique Vision

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Joko Anwar puts an Indonesian twist on one of Western cinema's most classic genres

Review: “Arisan!” and the Rise and Fall of Queer Cinema in Indonesia

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How has Indonesian society evolved to accept—and then reject—homosexuality in cinema?

Review: “Hello, Love, Goodbye” Highlights the Personal Struggles of Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong

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Cathy Garcia-Molina departs from rom-coms in a touching tale of sacrifice and love in a city far from home

Review: “Gundala” is Another Joko Anwar Film Giving Voice to Indonesian Mythology

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Will Indonesia be able to create its own home-grown rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The 10 Best Asian LGBTQ Movies

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To celebrate Pride Month, let's take a look at 10 Asian movies featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangender, or queer characters.

The 10 Best Malaysian Movies on Netflix

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Cinema Escapist reveals the best Malaysian movies streaming on Netflix, across genres like action, romance, drama, horror, and more.

Review: “Still Human” Reminds Us That Everyone Has a Dream

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Not only a heartfelt and genuine portrayal of a Filipino domestic helper’s story, but also a tribute to those who refuse to stop chasing their...

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: “Ramen Shop” 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?

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