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2020

Review: Netflix’s “Extracurricular” Is a Dark High School Drama Exploring Teen Problems

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Netflix original K-drama "Extracurricular" subverts traditional high school teen drama cliches by exploring issues like compensated dating.

Review: Netflix’s “The Victims’ Game” Brings Thrills and Gore But Mostly Plays It Safe

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Crime drama “The Victims' Game” fares better than other recent Taiwanese Netflix originals, but doesn’t push storytelling boundaries.

Review: “The King: Eternal Monarch” Stars Lee Min-ho In A Ritzy Cross-Universe Fantasy

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Superstar actor Lee Min-ho and noted screenwriter Kim Eun-sook reunite for "The King: Eternal Monarch," a Netflix K-drama that spans parallel universes and is rife...

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: Tsai Ming-liang’s “Days” Puts Aging and Mortality on Display

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Tsai Ming-Liang’s "Days" blends his usual "slow-cinema" style with a dose of personal filmmaking consistent with his and long-time collaborator Lee Kang-Sheng’s advancing years.

Review: “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” Tries to Tackle Homophobia in Light-Hearted Rom-Com

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“Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” appeals to the classic Bollywood audience while addressing a traditionally sensitive subject. 

Review: “Lost In Russia” Blends Mother-Son and Sino-Russian Relations

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Xu Zheng’s latest movie in China’s famous “Lost In” series mixes mother-son bonding with superficial glances at Russian life.

Review: Ha Jung-woo’s “The Closet” Offers Surprisingly Heart-Warming Horror

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Starring Ha Jung-woo, Korean film “The Closet” blends horror with father-daughter bonding.

Review: K-Drama “My Holo Love” Highlights The Role Technology Plays in Loneliness 

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Mixing Korean drama tropes with sprinkles of social commentary, "My Holo Love" will delight both die-hard K-drama fans and those looking for light-hearted fare.

Review: “Enter The Fat Dragon” Succeeds With Charm As Donnie Yen’s Foray Into Action-Comedy

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Renowned Hong Kong kung-fu actor Donnie Yen’s acting career pivots to new frontiers.

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