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What a view | The Lies Within on Netflix: an appealingly off-kilter South Korean mystery thriller

A detective becomes reluctantly embroiled in a tale of political skulduggery, kidnapping and murder.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:13AM

A detective becomes reluctantly embroiled in a tale of political skulduggery, kidnapping and murder.

The Lies Within on Netflix: an appealingly off-kilter South Korean mystery thriller
What a view | The Stranded, the first original Thai series from Netflix, has more than enough suspense to keep you engaged

After a tsunami leaves a group of school-leavers wrecked on an island, they must band together to try to escape.

1 Dec 2019 - 9:33AM

After a tsunami leaves a group of school-leavers wrecked on an island, they must band together to try to escape.

The Stranded, the first original Thai series from Netflix, has more than enough suspense to keep you engaged
What a view | Tuck into HBO Asia’s Food Lore for a glimpse into the life and struggles of the masses

A struggling single parent, a city worker and an Alzheimer’s patient make up three of the eight stories this anthology drama series serves up

25 Nov 2019 - 10:22AM

A struggling single parent, a city worker and an Alzheimer’s patient make up three of the eight stories this anthology drama series serves up

Tuck into HBO Asia’s Food Lore for a glimpse into the life and struggles of the masses
Opinion | Cinema etiquette: the scourge of munching at the movies

The movie theatre experience Martin Scorsese is trumpeting doesn’t exist in the real world as noisy film-goers are ruining the entire experience with their senseless snacking.

19 Nov 2019 - 4:20PM

The movie theatre experience Martin Scorsese is trumpeting doesn’t exist in the real world as noisy film-goers are ruining the entire experience with their senseless snacking.

Cinema etiquette: the scourge of munching at the movies
Nowhere Man on Netflix – not your average Taiwanese triad gangster series
What a view | Why Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! is as empathetic as it is enjoyable

The Fab Five visit the Land of the Rising Sun to bring joy to four deserving souls.

10 Nov 2019 - 10:27AM

The Fab Five visit the Land of the Rising Sun to bring joy to four deserving souls.

Why Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! is as empathetic as it is enjoyable
When the Camellia Blooms – not your average South Korean romantic-comedy drama
What a view | My Country: The New Age and Catherine the Great – two opulent period dramas bring history to life

The coup that kicked off the Joseon dynasty is the subject of the latest South Korean fare from Netflix, with inevitable love triangle included, while over on HBO, Helen Mirren assumes the role of the infamous Russian Empress and reigns supreme.

27 Oct 2019 - 9:53AM

The coup that kicked off the Joseon dynasty is the subject of the latest South Korean fare from Netflix, with inevitable love triangle included, while over on HBO, Helen Mirren assumes the role of the infamous Russian Empress and reigns supreme.

My Country: The New Age and Catherine the Great – two opulent period dramas bring history to life
What a view | Ultramarine Magmell on Netflix is the Japanese anime for our ecosystem-trashing times

An adaptation of a Chinese comic strip, the show is a fable about our inherent appetite for environmental exploitation

20 Oct 2019 - 10:21AM

An adaptation of a Chinese comic strip, the show is a fable about our inherent appetite for environmental exploitation

Ultramarine Magmell on Netflix is the Japanese anime for our ecosystem-trashing times
What a view | Taiwanese hit show The Teenage Psychic starring Yao Yao is back but can it recreate the magic?

It’s old versus the new as the show’s titular star, known as the Holy Maiden, faces competition from a rival temple

13 Oct 2019 - 9:45AM

It’s old versus the new as the show’s titular star, known as the Holy Maiden, faces competition from a rival temple

Taiwanese hit show The Teenage Psychic starring Yao Yao is back but can it recreate the magic?
What a view | Vagabond on Netflix: in South Korean take on Jason Bourne, a stunt man turns action hero

Starring Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy, the show features passion, punch-ups and political corruption.

6 Oct 2019 - 10:21AM

Starring Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy, the show features passion, punch-ups and political corruption.

Vagabond on Netflix: in South Korean take on Jason Bourne, a stunt man turns action hero
What a view | The King’s Avatar: show on the Chinese e-sports scene is oddly addictive

The show explores the world of live gaming tournaments, which are big business in China and South Korea.

29 Sep 2019 - 10:15AM

The show explores the world of live gaming tournaments, which are big business in China and South Korea.

The King’s Avatar: show on the Chinese e-sports scene is oddly addictive
What a view | Samantha Tan’s short film Ally Chia shows the Malaysian actor and director is one to watch

Shot in a single day by an all-female crew, the film follows a young chef trying to juggle work, a relationship and the expectations of an overbearing mother.

22 Sep 2019 - 10:34AM

Shot in a single day by an all-female crew, the film follows a young chef trying to juggle work, a relationship and the expectations of an overbearing mother.

Samantha Tan’s short film Ally Chia shows the Malaysian actor and director is one to watch
What a view | Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler: Japanese anime about a very singular school

Now showing on Netflix, the series follows students at Hyakkaou Private Academy, an institution that offers an extraordinary education based on high-stakes gaming.

15 Sep 2019 - 9:54AM

Now showing on Netflix, the series follows students at Hyakkaou Private Academy, an institution that offers an extraordinary education based on high-stakes gaming.

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler: Japanese anime about a very singular school
What a view | Netflix’s Love Alarm – a sweet, starry-eyed romantic drama from South Korea

Yes, there’s a love triangle, but the show also raises serious questions of privacy and safety in a social media-driven society.

8 Sep 2019 - 9:45AM

Yes, there’s a love triangle, but the show also raises serious questions of privacy and safety in a social media-driven society.

Netflix’s Love Alarm – a sweet, starry-eyed romantic drama from South Korea
What a view | Cannon Busters: the latest original anime from Netflix is an enjoyable ride

The series, adapted from Tokyo-based American animator LeSean Thomas’ comics of the same name, proves cartoons are not just for children.

1 Sep 2019 - 9:34AM

The series, adapted from Tokyo-based American animator LeSean Thomas’ comics of the same name, proves cartoons are not just for children.

Cannon Busters: the latest original anime from Netflix is an enjoyable ride
What a view | The Naked Director: Japan’s porn industry gets the Netflix treatment

The unlikely but true story of a downtrodden encyclopaedia salesman turned adult film director could only be made in Japan, with its singular sexual taboos, traditions and perversions.

25 Aug 2019 - 9:48AM

The unlikely but true story of a downtrodden encyclopaedia salesman turned adult film director could only be made in Japan, with its singular sexual taboos, traditions and perversions.

The Naked Director: Japan’s porn industry gets the Netflix treatment
What a view | Wu Assassins on Netflix: edgy martial arts show highlights Asian-American talent

Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the series pulls no punches with explosive action scenes.

18 Aug 2019 - 10:17AM

Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the series pulls no punches with explosive action scenes.

Wu Assassins on Netflix: edgy martial arts show highlights Asian-American talent
Opinion | Why I am breaking up with Alexa. Amazon, are you listening?

She was supposed to make life easier but privacy concerns and frequent errors push one user to pull the plug on the voice assistant.

12 Aug 2019 - 8:15PM

She was supposed to make life easier but privacy concerns and frequent errors push one user to pull the plug on the voice assistant.

Why I am breaking up with Alexa. Amazon, are you listening?
What a view | Chief of Staff: The West Wing goes east on new Korean political drama on Netflix

The 10-part debut series starring Lee Jung-jae and Shin Min-a explores the daily politicking that goes on behind the scenes at South Korea’s National Assembly

11 Aug 2019 - 10:31AM

The 10-part debut series starring Lee Jung-jae and Shin Min-a explores the daily politicking that goes on behind the scenes at South Korea’s National Assembly

Chief of Staff: The West Wing goes east on new Korean political drama on Netflix
What a view | The Longest Day in Chang’an – hit Chinese web series makes it to Amazon Prime Video

The show, featuring pop star Jackson Yee in one of the lead roles, has been an audience favourite in China and the streaming service is hoping to replicate its success elsewhere

4 Aug 2019 - 10:16AM

The show, featuring pop star Jackson Yee in one of the lead roles, has been an audience favourite in China and the streaming service is hoping to replicate its success elsewhere

The Longest Day in Chang’an – hit Chinese web series makes it to Amazon Prime Video
What a view | Shin Se-kyung and Cha Eun-woo starrer Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung follows female rebel with a cause

Shin Se-kyung and Cha Eun-woo star in the historical drama set during the Joseon era.

28 Jul 2019 - 9:33AM

Shin Se-kyung and Cha Eun-woo star in the historical drama set during the Joseon era.

Shin Se-kyung and Cha Eun-woo starrer Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung follows female rebel with a cause
What a view | Why Bangkok Love Stories: Hey You! is not the Netflix show you expect it to be

The 13-episode series explores relationships, romance and gender roles in the Thai capital.

21 Jul 2019 - 9:46AM

The 13-episode series explores relationships, romance and gender roles in the Thai capital.

Why Bangkok Love Stories: Hey You! is not the Netflix show you expect it to be
What a view | Designated Survivor: 60 Days – Korean remake of Kiefer Sutherland political thriller

South Korean actor Ji Jin-hee stars as the lead, a cabinet minister who is catapulted to an unexpected position of power.

14 Jul 2019 - 9:10AM

South Korean actor Ji Jin-hee stars as the lead, a cabinet minister who is catapulted to an unexpected position of power.

Designated Survivor: 60 Days – Korean remake of Kiefer Sutherland political thriller
What a view | Taiwanese Netflix series A Thousand Goodnights an enjoyable romantic family drama

Despite its Teen rating, the 10-episode debut series set in a small country town in Taiwan can also be enjoyed by those who have left their teenage years behind

7 Jul 2019 - 9:41AM

Despite its Teen rating, the 10-episode debut series set in a small country town in Taiwan can also be enjoyed by those who have left their teenage years behind

Taiwanese Netflix series A Thousand Goodnights an enjoyable romantic family drama
What a view | Actor Jon Favreau and Korean-American Roy Choi cook up a storm on The Chef Show

Guest stars on the Netflix series include Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jnr and David Chang among others

30 Jun 2019 - 9:34AM

Guest stars on the Netflix series include Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jnr and David Chang among others

Actor Jon Favreau and Korean-American Roy Choi cook up a storm on The Chef Show
Frank Soo, the forgotten British-Chinese footballing giant who was only player of Asian descent ever to play for England

He became an England international player in 1942, playing nine games for the team but the caps remain unrecognised.

2 Jul 2019 - 10:02AM

He became an England international player in 1942, playing nine games for the team but the caps remain unrecognised.

Frank Soo, the forgotten British-Chinese footballing giant who was only player of Asian descent ever to play for England
What a view | In anime series Dororo, a young thief and a ronin go demon hunting in medieval Japan

Based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka, the Japanese folk tales follow the adventures of an unlikely pair

16 Jun 2019 - 9:54AM

Based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka, the Japanese folk tales follow the adventures of an unlikely pair

In anime series Dororo, a young thief and a ronin go demon hunting in medieval Japan
What a view | In Well-Intended Love, Netflix delivers an enjoyably cheesy Chinese romantic comedy

Starring Xu Kaicheng and Simona Wang, the 20-part first season treads a familiar, tear-jerking path.

9 Jun 2019 - 10:20AM

Starring Xu Kaicheng and Simona Wang, the 20-part first season treads a familiar, tear-jerking path.

In Well-Intended Love, Netflix delivers an enjoyably cheesy Chinese romantic comedy
What a view | Hong Kong West Side Stories: Netflix show satirises superficial elements of society

The 12-part Netflix series explores obsessions often characteristic of Hong Kong life: status, wealth, love, lust and loneliness.

2 Jun 2019 - 9:45AM

The 12-part Netflix series explores obsessions often characteristic of Hong Kong life: status, wealth, love, lust and loneliness.

Hong Kong West Side Stories: Netflix show satirises superficial elements of society