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What a view | Dear Ex on Netflix – award-winning Mandarin-language film explores family values in Taiwan

Plus, new sci-fi series Nightflyers hits Netflix, from the mind of George R.R. Martin

17 Feb 2019 - 9:41AM
Dear Ex on Netflix – award-winning Mandarin-language film explores family values in Taiwan

Plus, new sci-fi series Nightflyers hits Netflix, from the mind of George R.R. Martin

What a view | Korean film High Society on Netflix offers a stylish take on Gangnam’s rich, powerful and corrupt

Directed by Byun Hyuk, the slick flick explores the darker side of power in Seoul’s Gangnam district

10 Feb 2019 - 9:35AM
Korean film High Society on Netflix offers a stylish take on Gangnam’s rich, powerful and corrupt

Directed by Byun Hyuk, the slick flick explores the darker side of power in Seoul’s Gangnam district

What a view | Netflix’s Kingdom, in which zombie apocalypse meets Korean period drama, is horrifying for all the right reasons

Starring Ju Ji-hoon and Ryu Seung-ryong, all six episodes of season one are now available, with season two in the works, promising blood, gore and more

3 Feb 2019 - 9:47AM
Netflix’s Kingdom, in which zombie apocalypse meets Korean period drama, is horrifying for all the right reasons

Starring Ju Ji-hoon and Ryu Seung-ryong, all six episodes of season one are now available, with season two in the works, promising blood, gore and more

Crazy home designs and compact living ideas of the past that inspired today’s trends

A new exhibition at London’s Design Museum includes designs that may not have taken off, but paved the way for today’s interiors and furnishings.

31 Jan 2019 - 6:27AM
Crazy home designs and compact living ideas of the past that inspired today’s trends

A new exhibition at London’s Design Museum includes designs that may not have taken off, but paved the way for today’s interiors and furnishings.

What a view | HBO’s Strike Back brings counterterrorism unit Section 20 to Southeast Asia

Plus, BBC-Netflix co-production Black Earth Rising provides a timely riposte to rising populist sentiments

27 Jan 2019 - 9:46AM
HBO’s Strike Back brings counterterrorism unit Section 20 to Southeast Asia

Plus, BBC-Netflix co-production Black Earth Rising provides a timely riposte to rising populist sentiments

What a view | Memories of the Alhambra: why the Netflix show is an instant Korean drama classic
  • As the acclaimed genre-bending series reaches its finale, what is in store for its ‘real’ and ‘alternative’ worlds?
20 Jan 2019 - 9:48AM
Memories of the Alhambra: why the Netflix show is an instant Korean drama classic
  • As the acclaimed genre-bending series reaches its finale, what is in store for its ‘real’ and ‘alternative’ worlds?
What a view | Why Japan’s Terrace House: Opening New Doors is the acceptable, well-mannered face of reality TV
  • Sticking six strangers in a house and watching them interact is nothing new, but the Japanese cast of housemates and narrators elevate the viewing experience
13 Jan 2019 - 9:39AM
Why Japan’s Terrace House: Opening New Doors is the acceptable, well-mannered face of reality TV
  • Sticking six strangers in a house and watching them interact is nothing new, but the Japanese cast of housemates and narrators elevate the viewing experience
Opinion | Why we should all rage against ‘the system’, whatever the omnipresent ‘superpower’ might be

From ‘system generated’ emails to finding ‘a glitch in the system’, a nebulous set of principles and procedures has pervaded modern life – and this writer isn’t happy about it

7 Jan 2019 - 8:50AM
Why we should all rage against ‘the system’, whatever the omnipresent ‘superpower’ might be

From ‘system generated’ emails to finding ‘a glitch in the system’, a nebulous set of principles and procedures has pervaded modern life – and this writer isn’t happy about it

What a view | Queen of clean Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show might just change your life

The Japanese ‘world-renowned tidying expert’ has her own reality show in which she helps people to clean their homes, improving their outlook on life at the same time

6 Jan 2019 - 10:07AM
Queen of clean Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show might just change your life

The Japanese ‘world-renowned tidying expert’ has her own reality show in which she helps people to clean their homes, improving their outlook on life at the same time

What a view | Hymn of Death, the latest period K-drama on Netflix, tells the tragic true story of Korea’s first soprano singer

Adding to the streaming giant’s roster of Korean content, Hymn of Death depicts the ill-fated romance between singer Yun Sim-deok and playwright Kim Woo-jin, set against the backdrop of Korea under Japanese occupation

30 Dec 2018 - 9:33AM
Hymn of Death, the latest period K-drama on Netflix, tells the tragic true story of Korea’s first soprano singer

Adding to the streaming giant’s roster of Korean content, Hymn of Death depicts the ill-fated romance between singer Yun Sim-deok and playwright Kim Woo-jin, set against the backdrop of Korea under Japanese occupation

Kiruna, Sweden: the mining town that is moving east at a cost of more than US$1 billion

Located in Swedish Lapland, Kiruna, the country’s northernmost – and youngest – city, is shifting its centre 3km, as the iron ore industry undermines the ground it was originally built on.

2 Jan 2019 - 12:37PM
Kiruna, Sweden: the mining town that is moving east at a cost of more than US$1 billion

Located in Swedish Lapland, Kiruna, the country’s northernmost – and youngest – city, is shifting its centre 3km, as the iron ore industry undermines the ground it was originally built on.

What a view | It’s Twixtmas! What to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Go to get you through the Christmas comedown

From Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, to The Princess Switch, fill the strange, in-between days between Noel and New Year with seasonal fare from your favourite streaming giants

27 Dec 2018 - 12:51PM
It’s Twixtmas! What to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Go to get you through the Christmas comedown

From Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, to The Princess Switch, fill the strange, in-between days between Noel and New Year with seasonal fare from your favourite streaming giants

Memories of the Alhambra, starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye is next binge-worthy Korean drama on Netflix

Less genre-defying than genre-embracing, the show unites augmented-reality sci-fi, action, comedy and, of course, romance, to surprising effect

16 Dec 2018 - 9:38AM
Memories of the Alhambra, starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye is next binge-worthy Korean drama on Netflix

Less genre-defying than genre-embracing, the show unites augmented-reality sci-fi, action, comedy and, of course, romance, to surprising effect

What a view | Asian remake of popular Scandinavian noir The Bridge: lack of chemistry leads to troubled waters for the seen-before show

Produced by HBO Asia and Viu, The Bridge unites a Malaysian and Singaporean crime-fighting duo as they attempt to solve the mystery of the body left on the Tuas Bridge, but the results don’t look promising

10 Dec 2018 - 10:56AM
Asian remake of popular Scandinavian noir The Bridge: lack of chemistry leads to troubled waters for the seen-before show

Produced by HBO Asia and Viu, The Bridge unites a Malaysian and Singaporean crime-fighting duo as they attempt to solve the mystery of the body left on the Tuas Bridge, but the results don’t look promising

What a view | 90s Singapore brought to life in Shirkers: Sundance prize winning Netflix documentary

When director Georges Cardona made off with the footage from Sandi Tan’s debut feature in 1992, he unwittingly created a time capsule of a now unrecognisable Lion City, which Tan has used to craft a critically acclaimed film

2 Dec 2018 - 9:34AM
90s Singapore brought to life in Shirkers: Sundance prize winning Netflix documentary

When director Georges Cardona made off with the footage from Sandi Tan’s debut feature in 1992, he unwittingly created a time capsule of a now unrecognisable Lion City, which Tan has used to craft a critically acclaimed film

What a view | With Mirzapur, starring Pankaj Tripathi and Ali Fazal, Amazon Prime eyes India’s millions of internet users

Pursuit of power consumes all who encounter it in this gritty Indian gangster series

26 Nov 2018 - 1:56PM
With Mirzapur, starring Pankaj Tripathi and Ali Fazal, Amazon Prime eyes India’s millions of internet users

Pursuit of power consumes all who encounter it in this gritty Indian gangster series

What a view | The documentary Wall Street does not want you to watch, The China Hustle now on Netflix

Plus, much-loved fantasy police drama Lucifer, cancelled by Fox, is resurrected on Netflix

18 Nov 2018 - 9:39AM
The documentary Wall Street does not want you to watch, The China Hustle now on Netflix

Plus, much-loved fantasy police drama Lucifer, cancelled by Fox, is resurrected on Netflix

What a view | Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Documental shows the Japanese will laugh at anything, except perhaps US$88,000

High-stakes televised game show might be silly, but it is hard not to chuckle as comedians try their best to remain po-faced in pursuit of grand prize

15 Nov 2018 - 4:44PM
Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Documental shows the Japanese will laugh at anything, except perhaps US$88,000

High-stakes televised game show might be silly, but it is hard not to chuckle as comedians try their best to remain po-faced in pursuit of grand prize

What a view | HBO Asia’s ‘nasi goreng western’ Grisse pits a band of rebels against evil colonial overlords

A tyrannous Dutch governor proves no match for an unlikely group of insurgents in the slick, stylised Southeast Asian take on a traditional US western

27 Nov 2018 - 12:29PM
HBO Asia’s ‘nasi goreng western’ Grisse pits a band of rebels against evil colonial overlords

A tyrannous Dutch governor proves no match for an unlikely group of insurgents in the slick, stylised Southeast Asian take on a traditional US western

What a view | Thai ghost story gets HBO treatment in ‘Pob’, a gruesome tale of an entrails-eating spirit

The latest instalment from HBO Asia’s Folklore anthology horror series serves its gore with a side of comedy, directed by acclaimed art-house auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang

31 Oct 2018 - 12:30PM
Thai ghost story gets HBO treatment in ‘Pob’, a gruesome tale of an entrails-eating spirit

The latest instalment from HBO Asia’s Folklore anthology horror series serves its gore with a side of comedy, directed by acclaimed art-house auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang

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