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Review: “Halfworlds” Was HBO Asia’s First Home-Grown Fantasy Epic

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"Halfworlds" marks an important step for HBO in localizing its original series for the Asian market.

Review: “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” Shows How Korean Society Has Internalized Sexism

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Based on a real story, "Kim Ji-young" is a quiet but effective depiction of how thickly sexism permeates Korean society.

Review: “Ashfall” Is An Epic Disaster Film With Korean Flavor…And Tropes Galore

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Starring Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Bae Suzy, and Ma Dong-seok, “Ashfall” (a.k.a. “Baekdusan”) combines big-budget Hollywood tropes with inter-Korean politics.

Review: “Ip Man 4” Captures the Spirit of China’s National Rejuvenation Through Kung Fu

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In Donnie Yen’s final kung fu film, action takes a backseat to China-US tensions and identity politics.

Review: “So Long, My Son” Offers Meditative Look At Two Chinese Families Over Three Decades

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Through two families linked by friendship and tragedy, director Wang Xiaoshuai’s “So Long, My Son” offers a humanistic look at China in the wake of...

Review: “Ina and the Blue Tiger Sauna” is a Uniquely Macanese Neo-Noir

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Directors Faria and Rao tell "a story that could only happen in Macao."

Review: “I’m Livin’ It” Shines Light on Hong Kong’s Homeless

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Danny Wong Hing Fan's directorial debut focuses on emotional wealth over material.

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...

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.

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