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With “Island Nation,” Taiwan Finally Has A Political Drama

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“Island Nation” recounts Taiwan’s transition to democracy, and breaks barriers around depicting politics in Taiwanese television.

Review: Season 2 of “Kingdom” Continues Themes of Politics and Class Struggle

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Season two is as fast-paced as the previous season, with more focus on themes of survival and protecting what’s precious.

Review: Netflix’s “The Ghost Bride” Brings Malaysian Chinese Superstition To Life

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Netflix's first Malaysian Mandarin-language original series offers a compelling premise and memorable production design amidst a rocky narrative.

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.

The 11 Best Korean Dramas of 2019

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Discover the top Korean dramas of 2019 across genres like historical, romance, action, and more—with streaming links included.

Review: K-Drama “Crash Landing On You” Appeals To Both Romantics and Political Junkies

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Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin headline the amusing and geopolitically relevant drama "Crash Landing On You,” showing on Netflix and tvN.

Review: Netflix’s “Triad Princess” Tells Familiar Yet Binge-able Tale of Gangsters, Celebrities, and Romance

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Netflix's second fully original Taiwanese series "Triad Princess" brings cheesiness galore, but retains a certain charm.

Review: Netflix’s “Nowhere Man” Goes Nowhere With Confusing Plot

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Netflix’s first standalone Taiwanese TV series aims high but falls short with muddled crime narrative.

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: Netflix’s “Better Than Us” Imagines a World Where Robots Do The Work

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Luddites and Utopians clash in a Russian sci-fi drama that asks us whether robots can be better than humans.

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