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What a view | Netflix show Lovestruck in the City: a mockumentary in which the women are tough and in control

The show looks into the dating scene in South Korea’s capital, painting the menfolk as soppy fops and the women as confident cads.

17 Jan 2021 - 9:49AM

The show looks into the dating scene in South Korea’s capital, painting the menfolk as soppy fops and the women as confident cads.

Netflix show Lovestruck in the City: a mockumentary in which the women are tough and in control
What a view | Netflix K-drama Run On is contrived and convoluted – but which romcom isn’t?

While viewers might see the love story between Shin Se-kyung’s translator and Im Si-wan’s athlete coming, there are still elements of surprise to the show.

10 Jan 2021 - 9:50AM

While viewers might see the love story between Shin Se-kyung’s translator and Im Si-wan’s athlete coming, there are still elements of surprise to the show.

Netflix K-drama Run On is contrived and convoluted – but which romcom isn’t?
Opinion | Why people carriers, or MPVs, are the worst – all they’re good for is blocking the road

High, wide and certainly not handsome, they’re as responsive as a boulder and corner like a battleship.

5 Jan 2021 - 11:45AM

High, wide and certainly not handsome, they’re as responsive as a boulder and corner like a battleship.

Why people carriers, or MPVs, are the worst – all they’re good for is blocking the road
What a view | From Alice in Borderland to 100 Days My Prince, what to watch over the new year

On Netflix, Japanese thriller Alice in Borderland goes big on existential angst, while HBO Asia’s romcom Adventure of the Ring offers a more comforting outlook.

29 Dec 2020 - 11:54AM

On Netflix, Japanese thriller Alice in Borderland goes big on existential angst, while HBO Asia’s romcom Adventure of the Ring offers a more comforting outlook.

From Alice in Borderland to 100 Days My Prince, what to watch over the new year
What a view | From K-drama The Uncanny Counter to Love Actually – what to watch over the festive season

There is no shortage of seasonal showings, including Love Actually, A New York Christmas Wedding and Holidate. If you’re already low on Christmas spirit, try K-drama The Uncanny Counter on Netflix.

20 Dec 2020 - 9:50AM

There is no shortage of seasonal showings, including Love Actually, A New York Christmas Wedding and Holidate. If you’re already low on Christmas spirit, try K-drama The Uncanny Counter on Netflix.

From K-drama The Uncanny Counter to Love Actually – what to watch over the festive season
What a view | The best Christmas movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO, featuring Dolly Parton and plenty of cheer

Netflix provides seasonal musicals aplenty, from Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square to Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

13 Dec 2020 - 11:33AM

Netflix provides seasonal musicals aplenty, from Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square to Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

The best Christmas movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO, featuring Dolly Parton and plenty of cheer
What a view | Men on a Mission: the schoolboy antics of Korean celebrities are not to be missed

Korean celebrities go back to school in this wacky variety talk show that involves a series of improvised challenges, embarrassing revelations and plenty of banter.

6 Dec 2020 - 11:06AM

Korean celebrities go back to school in this wacky variety talk show that involves a series of improvised challenges, embarrassing revelations and plenty of banter.

Men on a Mission: the schoolboy antics of Korean celebrities are not to be missed
What a view | Voice 2: why this K-drama now streaming on Netflix is not your average police show

Now streaming on Netflix, the violent police procedural offers a fresh perspective on crime fighting, starring Lee Ha-na.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:06AM

Now streaming on Netflix, the violent police procedural offers a fresh perspective on crime fighting, starring Lee Ha-na.

Voice 2: why this K-drama now streaming on Netflix is not your average police show
What a view | Netflix K-drama Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: a riches-to-rags romantic comedy

In the Netflix show, Go A-ra plays a reluctant piano prodigy who loses everything only to find love, perhaps.

22 Nov 2020 - 9:46AM

In the Netflix show, Go A-ra plays a reluctant piano prodigy who loses everything only to find love, perhaps.

Netflix K-drama Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: a riches-to-rags romantic comedy
What a view | Taiwanese drama The Devil Punisher finds love and martial arts in the sprit world

Mike He, Amanda Chou and Ivy Shao star in the lighthearted romp on Netflix that flits between the human and supernatural worlds, sucking up evil spirits with smartphones.

15 Nov 2020 - 9:55AM

Mike He, Amanda Chou and Ivy Shao star in the lighthearted romp on Netflix that flits between the human and supernatural worlds, sucking up evil spirits with smartphones.

Taiwanese drama The Devil Punisher finds love and martial arts in the sprit world
What a view | The Singapore Grip vilifies the British expats who partied while Asia went to war

After the television adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel was aired in Britain, it was decried as a ‘kick in the teeth’ for its Asian characters, which rather misses the point.

8 Nov 2020 - 10:15AM

After the television adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel was aired in Britain, it was decried as a ‘kick in the teeth’ for its Asian characters, which rather misses the point.

The Singapore Grip vilifies the British expats who partied while Asia went to war
What a view | In Netflix Korean drama Start-Up, K-pop star Bae Suzy convinces as an aspiring tech entrepreneur

The former member of K-pop band Miss A is joined by Kang Han-na and Nam Joo-hyuk as young people hoping to make it bit in the world of start-ups.

1 Nov 2020 - 9:48AM

The former member of K-pop band Miss A is joined by Kang Han-na and Nam Joo-hyuk as young people hoping to make it bit in the world of start-ups.

In Netflix Korean drama Start-Up, K-pop star Bae Suzy convinces as an aspiring tech entrepreneur
Diversity, enthusiasm … dentistry: Hong Kong literary festival lauded as one of the world’s best by authors

For Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz the Hong Kong International Literary Festival was one of the most memorable he’s participated in; for a first-time author, it marked a turning point. Will this year’s partly virtual event have the same resonance?

2 Nov 2020 - 1:24PM

For Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz the Hong Kong International Literary Festival was one of the most memorable he’s participated in; for a first-time author, it marked a turning point. Will this year’s partly virtual event have the same resonance?

Diversity, enthusiasm … dentistry: Hong Kong literary festival lauded as one of the world’s best by authors
What a view | In Netflix K-drama Private Lives, Girls Generation star Seohyun convinces as a grifter who gets conned

The overarching theme of this slick, ironically titled crime thriller is the theme of modern life’s war on privacy.

25 Oct 2020 - 11:16AM

The overarching theme of this slick, ironically titled crime thriller is the theme of modern life’s war on privacy.

In Netflix K-drama Private Lives, Girls Generation  star Seohyun convinces as a grifter who gets conned
What a view | Record of Youth tries to scratch the superficial surface of K-drama – does the Netflix show succeed?

Set against an attractive backdrop of actors, models and make-up artists, the show examines societal pressures placed on private relationships.

20 Oct 2020 - 11:10AM

Set against an attractive backdrop of actors, models and make-up artists, the show examines societal pressures placed on private relationships.

Record of Youth tries to scratch the superficial surface of K-drama – does the Netflix show succeed?
What a view | HBO Asia’s Chinese drama Miss S brings the glamour of old Shanghai to life

The HBO Asia series stars Ma Yili as a private detective and Vengo Gao Weiguang as an upright police inspector in old Shanghai.

11 Oct 2020 - 10:24AM

The HBO Asia series stars Ma Yili as a private detective and Vengo Gao Weiguang as an upright police inspector in old Shanghai.

HBO Asia’s Chinese drama Miss S brings the glamour of old Shanghai to life
Why Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon, is telling the story her father wanted to tell

Helping to produce Warrior, the HBO and Cinemax series based on Lee’s idea, has allowed daughter Shannon to emerge from her father’s long shadow.

9 Oct 2020 - 5:40AM

Helping to produce Warrior, the HBO and Cinemax series based on Lee’s idea, has allowed daughter Shannon to emerge from her father’s long shadow.

Why Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon, is telling the story her father wanted to tell
What a view | The School Nurse Files: Netflix K-drama takes on the supernatural and succeeds

Jung Yu-mi stars as a lightsaber-wielding superhero nurse in this whimsical fantasy-comedy now streaming on Netflix.

4 Oct 2020 - 9:51AM

Jung Yu-mi stars as a lightsaber-wielding superhero nurse in this whimsical fantasy-comedy now streaming on Netflix.

The School Nurse Files: Netflix K-drama takes on the supernatural and succeeds
What a view | HBO’s Warrior returns for another bout of blood-soaked martial arts

Set in 1870s San Francisco and based on an idea by Bruce Lee, the second season starts as it means to go on – with extreme violence.

27 Sep 2020 - 10:51AM

Set in 1870s San Francisco and based on an idea by Bruce Lee, the second season starts as it means to go on – with extreme violence.

HBO’s Warrior returns for another bout of blood-soaked martial arts
Review | Urban design explained: the signs, the symbols, the mysterious objects, and why LED panels have replaced the glow of neon

In The 99% Invisible City, radio producer Roman Mars invites readers to look at the built world through fresh, inquisitive eyes.

28 Sep 2020 - 4:55PM

In The 99% Invisible City, radio producer Roman Mars invites readers to look at the built world through fresh, inquisitive eyes.

Urban design explained: the signs, the symbols, the mysterious objects, and why LED panels have replaced the glow of neon
What a view | From Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren to catwalk competitions and industry exposés – the best of fashion on TV

There is no shortage of style on the small screen, from runway wannabes to designer profiles and investigations into the darker side of the darker side of the fashion industry.

20 Sep 2020 - 10:17AM

There is no shortage of style on the small screen, from runway wannabes to designer profiles and investigations into the darker side of the darker side of the fashion industry.

From Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren to catwalk competitions and industry exposés – the best of fashion on TV
What a view | Great Pretender: a witty, stylish crime caper anime on Netflix worthy of the big league

Created by Tokyo’s Wit Studio, the 14-part series follows the misadventures of a merry band of charlatans.

13 Sep 2020 - 12:26PM

Created by Tokyo’s Wit Studio, the 14-part series follows the misadventures of a merry band of charlatans.

Great Pretender: a witty, stylish crime caper anime on Netflix worthy of the big league
What a view | Stranger: Netflix K-drama rewards patience in second season of slow police procedural

The show’s second season moves at a glacial pace towards justice for corrupt cops and the powerful chaebol of Seoul.

6 Sep 2020 - 10:07AM

The show’s second season moves at a glacial pace towards justice for corrupt cops and the powerful chaebol of Seoul.

Stranger: Netflix K-drama rewards patience in second season of slow police procedural
What a view | HBO Asia’s Dream Raider: The Matrix meets Inception in Taiwan

HBO Asia’s sci-fi series follows an unlikely group of scientists, police officers and criminals trying to save the dream-lives of innocent victims.

30 Aug 2020 - 1:40PM

HBO Asia’s sci-fi series follows an unlikely group of scientists, police officers and criminals trying to save the dream-lives of innocent victims.

HBO Asia’s Dream Raider: The Matrix meets Inception in Taiwan
What a view | Amazon Prime’s Breathe: Into the Shadows asks how far would you go to save the ones you love?

Kidnapping, mind games and murder feature in this grimly fascinating Indian crime thriller on Amazon Prime starring Abhishek Bachchan as a tormented father.

23 Aug 2020 - 11:15AM

Kidnapping, mind games and murder feature in this grimly fascinating Indian crime thriller on Amazon Prime starring Abhishek Bachchan as a tormented father.

Amazon Prime’s Breathe: Into the Shadows asks how far would you go to save the ones you love?
What a view | Was it Love? Netflix K-drama is a rewarding romantic excursion into the Korean film industry

The Netflix K-drama features Song Ji-hyo in the lead role as a single mother who has never given up on her dream of becoming a movie producer.

16 Aug 2020 - 9:45AM

The Netflix K-drama features Song Ji-hyo in the lead role as a single mother who has never given up on her dream of becoming a movie producer.

Was it Love? Netflix K-drama  is a rewarding romantic excursion into the Korean film industry
What a view | Indian Matchmaking: what’s love got to do with it on the new Netflix show?

Young professionals, and their sometimes forceful families, turn to Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia in the eight-part first season of the much discussed Netflix show.

9 Aug 2020 - 9:47AM

Young professionals, and their sometimes forceful families, turn to Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia in the eight-part first season of the much discussed Netflix show.

Indian Matchmaking: what’s love got to do with it on the new Netflix show?
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