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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: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape

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Director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “The Perfect Candidate” depicts the challenges a female doctor faces when she runs for local office in Saudi Arabia.

Why “Parasite” Is Bong Joon-ho’s Biggest Hit and Darkest Film Yet

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“Parasite” speaks to Korean audiences’ real-life woes in an intricately crafted and empathetic manner.

Review: “Battle of Jangsari” Gives A Little-Known Korean War Battle The Honor It Deserves

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A group of high schoolers put everything on the line to fight North Korea—but receive little recognition or support

Review: HBO’s “The World Between Us” Showcases Taiwan’s Democratic Norms

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Crime drama “The World Between Us” has won fans on both sides of the Taiwan Strait—and now streams for US audiences.

Review: “Promare” Challenges Animation’s Constraints Through A World On Fire

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Studio Trigger’s theatrical debut is equal parts a visual marvel and a boisterous shout for the West to catch up with Japanese animation.

Review: “The Climbers” Is a Birthday Present for the People’s Republic of China’s 70th Birthday

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Based on real-world Chinese ascents of Everest in the 1960s and 70s, "The Climbers" does little more than elevate Wu Jing's "action man" credentials and...

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: Takashi Miike’s “First Love” Is More Violent Than Romantic

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The Japanese auteur builds on his signature theme of cartoonishly bloody action movies but eschews sympathetic characters and drama.

Review: “Send Me To The Clouds” Is a Feminist Exploration of Expectations Versus Reality

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We chat with director Teng Congcong about contemporary expectations for women and generation gaps.

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