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Review: “Default” is Korea’s Take on “The Big Short”

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“Default” explores the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis’ impact in Korea, focusing more on emotions than economic explanations.

Review: The Mayor (South Korea, 2017)

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Available for easy international viewing on Netflix, "The Mayor" is yet another film that dramatizes electoral corruption from a South Korean perspective.

Movie “Fathers” showcases both tolerance and challenges for Thai LGBT couples

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The Thai movie "Fathers" shows the challenges a gay couple encounters while raising their adopted son.

Review: If Cats Disappeared from the World (Japan, 2016)

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A heartfelt Japanese film with a somewhat misleading title (fortunately).

Review: Meet in Pyongyang (North Korea/China, 2012)

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This North Korean-Chinese co-production is a fascinating piece of political theater.

Review: Chinese Take-Away (Argentina, 2011)

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Across antipodes, life’s absurdities find a home in the 2011 Argentine comedy-drama Chinese Take-Away (trailer). Starring renowned Argentine actor Ricardo Darín and the Taiwanese-Argentine Ignacio...