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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: Netflix’s “Dead Kids” Mixes High School Drama With The Philippine Drug War

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"Dead Kids" is an otherwise unremarkable high school drama, save for its commentary on classism in the contemporary Philippines.

Review: “Perempuan Tanah Jahanam” Features Joko Anwar’s Trademark Use of Indonesian Symbols to Tell a Chilling Tale 

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Joko Anwar's latest movie is a ghost story—but it's less horror flick and more Javanese cultural exposition

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...

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