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What a view | In Twogether on Netflix, Jasper Liu and Lee Seung-gi take a tour of Asia

In the Netflix reality show, the Taiwanese and South Korean actor-singer-musicians visit various destinations, from Bangkok to Bali, meeting fans and, more hilariously, managing their money as they go.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:48AM

In the Netflix reality show, the Taiwanese and South Korean actor-singer-musicians visit various destinations, from Bangkok to Bali, meeting fans and, more hilariously, managing their money as they go.

In Twogether on Netflix, Jasper Liu and Lee Seung-gi take a tour of Asia
Opinion | We have the French to thank for a lot of things – but not the French press

The kitchen cupboard-lurking cafetière doesn’t make good coffee. It just makes us fumé.

26 Jul 2020 - 3:15PM

The kitchen cupboard-lurking cafetière doesn’t make good coffee. It just makes us fumé.

We have the French to thank for a lot of things – but not the French press
What a view | Japan Sinks: 2020, heart-wrenching disaster series from anime master Masaaki Yuasa

Animator and director Masaaki Yuasa and his Science Saru studio presents another thought-provoking winner in the show that follows a Tokyo family’s struggle for survival after a natural disaster.

26 Jul 2020 - 10:04AM

Animator and director Masaaki Yuasa and his Science Saru studio presents another thought-provoking winner in the show that follows a Tokyo family’s struggle for survival after a natural disaster.

Japan Sinks: 2020, heart-wrenching disaster series from anime master Masaaki Yuasa
What a view | Ju-On: Origins – Netflix show tells the horrifying backstory to Japanese fright fest franchise

The six-part series delves into the history of the Tokyo house at the centre of the Ju-On films, exploring human depravity in a way all horror fans will appreciate.

19 Jul 2020 - 9:17AM

The six-part series delves into the history of the Tokyo house at the centre of the Ju-On films, exploring human depravity in a way all horror fans will appreciate.

Ju-On: Origins – Netflix show tells the horrifying backstory to Japanese fright fest franchise
What a view | Why Netflix K-drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is not the drippy romantic comedy you expect

All is not what it seems in this sinister fairy tale-meets-love story that combines live action and animation.

12 Jul 2020 - 10:18AM

All is not what it seems in this sinister fairy tale-meets-love story that combines live action and animation.

Why Netflix K-drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is not the drippy romantic comedy you expect
What a view | The Bridge: Asian adaptation of grisly Nordic noir gets second season

Rebecca Lim stars as a reliably smile-free zone police detective in Malay-Singapore crime thriller.

5 Jul 2020 - 10:25AM

Rebecca Lim stars as a reliably smile-free zone police detective in Malay-Singapore crime thriller.

The Bridge: Asian adaptation of grisly Nordic noir gets second season
What a view | In Netflix’s new Korean drama Mystic Pop-Up Bar, a cursed woman is on a mission to save souls

Mystic Pop-Up Bar’s ghostly hosts bring wit, warmth and wonder to downtown Seoul while Matthew Rhys returns as Perry Mason in a whole new look.

28 Jun 2020 - 9:55AM

Mystic Pop-Up Bar’s ghostly hosts bring wit, warmth and wonder to downtown Seoul while Matthew Rhys returns as Perry Mason in a whole new look.

In Netflix’s new Korean drama Mystic Pop-Up Bar, a cursed woman is on a mission to save souls
What a view | Netflix documentary Arashi’s Diary: Voyage follows the final tour of beloved J-pop group

One of Japan’s biggest boy bands might have graduated to ‘idol group’ status some time ago, but candid, access-all-areas footage shows why they remain so popular 20 years after they started.

21 Jun 2020 - 9:47AM

One of Japan’s biggest boy bands might have graduated to ‘idol group’ status some time ago, but candid, access-all-areas footage shows why they remain so popular 20 years after they started.

Netflix documentary Arashi’s Diary: Voyage follows the final tour of beloved J-pop group
Actor and idol Tomohisa Yamashita on nerves, intimacy and the reality of recreating the Antarctic in intense summer heat

For his role in the HBO Asia thriller, the Japanese star joins a diverse cast whose quest is to discover who – or what – caused their colleagues to disappear.

20 Jun 2020 - 10:25PM

For his role in the HBO Asia thriller, the Japanese star joins a diverse cast whose quest is to discover who – or what – caused their colleagues to disappear.

Actor and idol Tomohisa Yamashita on nerves, intimacy and the reality of recreating the Antarctic in intense summer heat
What a view | Love of Thousand Years: Amazon Prime’s Chinese drama delivers, despite an awkward title

Over the course of 30 episodes, a vengeful princess sets out to settle a score that left much of her kingdom dead.

14 Jun 2020 - 9:46AM

Over the course of 30 episodes, a vengeful princess sets out to settle a score that left much of her kingdom dead.

Love of Thousand Years: Amazon Prime’s Chinese drama delivers, despite an awkward title
Opinion | For a better post-Covid world, start with our treatment of animals

We can prove what ‘better people’ we have become by showing compassion towards all animals, beginning with those we incarcerate and torture in the name of ‘research’.

12 Jun 2020 - 4:55AM

We can prove what ‘better people’ we have become by showing compassion towards all animals, beginning with those we incarcerate and torture in the name of ‘research’.

For a better post-Covid world, start with our treatment of animals
What a view | Indian crime drama Paatal Lok dives into police brutality and offers a considered comment on world’s largest democracy

Jaideep Ahlawat plays officer Hathi Ram Chaudhary, who is headed for oblivion until a career-defining case lands on his desk.

7 Jun 2020 - 10:21AM

Jaideep Ahlawat plays officer Hathi Ram Chaudhary, who is headed for oblivion until a career-defining case lands on his desk.

Indian crime drama Paatal Lok dives into police brutality and offers a considered comment on world’s largest democracy
What a view | The showdown is coming in The King: Eternal Monarch, but is the series living up to its promise?

The K-drama, which arrived o Netflix in April to much fanfare, is fast approaching its inevitable good-versus-evil climax.

10 Jun 2020 - 4:05PM

The K-drama, which arrived o Netflix in April to much fanfare, is fast approaching its inevitable good-versus-evil climax.

The showdown is coming in The King: Eternal Monarch, but is the series living up to its promise?
What a view | Scissor Seven: the Chinese animated series that artfully takes down superheroes

Billed as a Netflix Original, despite being made by Aha Entertainment in Beijing, the show offers a relentlessly funny satire on the superhero genre.

24 May 2020 - 9:33AM

Billed as a Netflix Original, despite being made by Aha Entertainment in Beijing, the show offers a relentlessly funny satire on the superhero genre.

Scissor Seven: the Chinese animated series that artfully takes down superheroes
What a view | K-drama Extracurricular on Netflix shows the darker sides of teenage existence

In the lead role of the Netflix show, Kim Dong-hee plays an unpopular but excellent student who embraces the underworld when not at school.

17 May 2020 - 9:30AM

In the lead role of the Netflix show, Kim Dong-hee plays an unpopular but excellent student who embraces the underworld when not at school.

K-drama Extracurricular on Netflix shows the darker sides of teenage existence
What a view | Workers: HBO presents con men on a Taiwanese construction site – the world’s worst scammers?

Despite their get-rich-quick scheming, viewers of HBO Asia’s new comedy-drama inevitably end up rooting for the cast of swindlers trying to beat the system.

10 May 2020 - 9:30AM

Despite their get-rich-quick scheming, viewers of HBO Asia’s new comedy-drama inevitably end up rooting for the cast of swindlers trying to beat the system.

Workers: HBO presents con men on a Taiwanese construction site – the world’s worst scammers?
What a view | Netflix Korean drama Rugal, fast-moving and shot in the shadows, will appeal to psycho killers everywhere

Based on a webcomic of the same name, it follows a former detective’s quest for vengeance, with some bionic action thrown in for good measure.

4 May 2020 - 11:08AM

Based on a webcomic of the same name, it follows a former detective’s quest for vengeance, with some bionic action thrown in for good measure.

Netflix Korean drama Rugal, fast-moving and shot in the shadows, will appeal to psycho killers everywhere
Soccer, sex, Singapore, Saul – our top binge-watching picks for self-isolation will see you through coronavirus

Glued to the sofa? Here’s the best of what’s on television right now, from Sunderland ’til I Die to Hong Kong West Side Stories.

1 May 2020 - 6:24AM

Glued to the sofa? Here’s the best of what’s on television right now, from Sunderland ’til I Die to Hong Kong West Side Stories.

Soccer, sex, Singapore, Saul – our top binge-watching picks for self-isolation will see you through coronavirus
What a view | Taiwanese crime drama The Victims’ Game gets off to a grisly start on Netflix

An unlikely pair of investigators – a forensic scientist with Asperger’s and a manipulative journalist – team up against a killer.

26 Apr 2020 - 9:34AM

An unlikely pair of investigators – a forensic scientist with Asperger’s and a manipulative journalist – team up against a killer.

Taiwanese crime drama The Victims’ Game gets off to a grisly start on Netflix
Opinion | Why Covid-19 is a human overpopulation problem – perhaps humans are the virus?

Yes, we must obliterate the illegal wildlife trade and the wet markets, but we must also stop proliferating.

20 Apr 2020 - 10:12AM

Yes, we must obliterate the illegal wildlife trade and the wet markets, but we must also stop proliferating.

Why Covid-19 is a human overpopulation problem – perhaps humans are the virus?
What a view | Kim’s Convenience on Netflix shows how immigration is a two-way street

The cultural-assimilation comedy avoids sterotypes to reset mindsets about both the immigrant story and those of weird locals.

19 Apr 2020 - 9:31AM

The cultural-assimilation comedy avoids sterotypes to reset mindsets about both the immigrant story and those of weird locals.

Kim’s Convenience on Netflix shows how immigration is a two-way street
What a view | In Hyena, a new Korean legal drama on Netflix, all’s fair in love and law

Starring Ju Ji-hoon and Kim Hye-soo, the show makes for an engaging trip through some questionable business practices.

12 Apr 2020 - 9:32AM

Starring Ju Ji-hoon and Kim Hye-soo, the show makes for an engaging trip through some questionable business practices.

In Hyena, a new Korean legal drama on Netflix, all’s fair in love and law
What a view | Kingdom: return of Korean zombie series is a well-timed lesson in what to do in a pandemic

Set in the historical kingdom of Joseon, the second season is big in ambition and big-screen quality as its players battle a contagion of epic proportions.

24 Apr 2020 - 3:07PM

Set in the historical kingdom of Joseon, the second season is big in ambition and big-screen quality as its players battle a contagion of epic proportions.

Kingdom: return of Korean zombie series is a well-timed lesson in what to do in a pandemic
What a view | Followers on Netflix provides a warning of the fickle Instagram fame game

In the Tokyo-set series, social media makes a star of its protagonists but fails to fill the voids created by the superficiality of it all.

29 Mar 2020 - 10:28AM

In the Tokyo-set series, social media makes a star of its protagonists but fails to fill the voids created by the superficiality of it all.

Followers on Netflix provides a warning of the fickle Instagram fame game
What a view | American-Korean chef David Chang’s Ugly Delicious returns to Netflix, serving food and humility

The second series of the food show takes in the flavours of Tokyo, Mumbai, Sydney and Los Angeles.

22 Mar 2020 - 9:40AM

The second series of the food show takes in the flavours of Tokyo, Mumbai, Sydney and Los Angeles.

American-Korean chef David Chang’s Ugly Delicious returns to Netflix, serving food and humility
What a view | Westworld is back for season three, with Singapore among new locations but the same old scores to settle

HBO’s dark science-fiction show brings Aaron Paul and Vincent Cassel into the mix. Plus The Chef Show returns to Netflix, with Roy Choi and Jon Favreau ready to cook.

15 Mar 2020 - 9:51AM

HBO’s dark science-fiction show brings Aaron Paul and Vincent Cassel into the mix. Plus The Chef Show returns to Netflix, with Roy Choi and Jon Favreau ready to cook.

Westworld is back for season three, with Singapore among new locations but the same old scores to settle
What a view | Handsome Siblings, the sword-slinging reboot of a classic Chinese story, is a visual feast

The wuxia saga looks like Cirque du Soleil meets Journey to the West, with airborne, superhuman displays of martial arts.

8 Mar 2020 - 9:55AM

The wuxia saga looks like Cirque du Soleil meets Journey to the West, with airborne, superhuman displays of martial arts.

Handsome Siblings, the sword-slinging reboot of a classic Chinese story, is a visual feast
What a view | In new Netflix K-drama, My Holo Love, romance isn’t all that’s needed

South Korean caper infuses action, espionage and AI into its romantic core, and is the better for it.

5 Mar 2020 - 11:13AM

South Korean caper infuses action, espionage and AI into its romantic core, and is the better for it.

In new Netflix K-drama, My Holo Love, romance isn’t all that’s needed
What a view | In ‘Rise of Empires: Ottoman’ on Netflix, education meets entertainment

The six-part series unites bloody drama with documentary interludes to illuminating effect.

23 Feb 2020 - 10:31AM

The six-part series unites bloody drama with documentary interludes to illuminating effect.

In ‘Rise of Empires: Ottoman’ on Netflix, education meets entertainment
What a view | The Ghost Bride on Netflix: a Taiwanese-Malaysian thriller set in 1890s Malacca

The show follows Pan Li Lan, a young woman chosen to wed Lim Tian Ching, the only catch is that he is dead.

16 Feb 2020 - 9:41AM

The show follows Pan Li Lan, a young woman chosen to wed Lim Tian Ching, the only catch is that he is dead.

The Ghost Bride on Netflix: a Taiwanese-Malaysian thriller set in 1890s Malacca