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Review: Why Was China’s “Crazy Alien” So Successful?

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In Ning Hao's "Crazy Alien", the Chinese everyman gets a laugh at America's expense.

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

Review: “The Wandering Earth” Is China’s First Breathtaking Sci-Fi Success

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Frant Gwo blends sci-fi with apocalypse extravaganza in the film based on Liu Cixin’s eponymous short story.

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: “The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid” Depicts Two Irelands At War

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Analyzing the latest documentary in an Irish cinematic movement that depicts farmers as heroes against an oppressive system.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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