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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
Grow your own food: concept for Ikea by Tom Dixon could popularise urban farming

Designer’s Gardening Will Save the World concept shows off space-maximising technology to bring food growing to people without gardens; intended for sale at Ikea, modular system of growing trays needs no soil or watering.

27 May 2019 - 6:17PM

Designer’s Gardening Will Save the World concept shows off space-maximising technology to bring food growing to people without gardens; intended for sale at Ikea, modular system of growing trays needs no soil or watering.

Grow your own food: concept for Ikea by Tom Dixon could popularise urban farming
What a view | Bruce Lee’s Warrior: martial arts master would have approved of Justin Lin’s stylish adaptation

Fast and Furious director Justin Lin makes Lee’s TV proposal for a series about a martial artist wandering frontier America a reality.

26 May 2019 - 9:45AM

Fast and Furious director Justin Lin makes Lee’s TV proposal for a series about a martial artist wandering frontier America a reality.

Bruce Lee’s Warrior: martial arts master would have approved of Justin Lin’s stylish adaptation
Mälardrottningen: the Stockholm yacht hotel once owned by American socialite Barbara Hutton

Built in 1924, the vessel also goes by the name Lady Hutton, after the Woolworth heiress who received it from her father as a gift on her 18th birthday.

21 May 2019 - 6:45PM

Built in 1924, the vessel also goes by the name Lady Hutton, after the Woolworth heiress who received it from her father as a gift on her 18th birthday.

Mälardrottningen: the Stockholm yacht hotel once owned by American socialite Barbara Hutton
What a view | K-pop star IU turns her talents to acting in Netflix anthology Persona, about love’s many manifestations

Lee Ji-eun stars in all four instalments of the miniseries, each of which is directed by a different acclaimed South Korean filmmaker.

19 May 2019 - 9:30AM

Lee Ji-eun stars in all four instalments of the miniseries, each of which is directed by a different acclaimed South Korean filmmaker.

K-pop star IU turns her talents to acting in Netflix anthology Persona, about love’s many manifestations
What a view | Street Food documentary on Netflix tells the human stories behind some of Asia’s tastiest dishes

The nine-part series looks at the culinary traditions of Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines.

12 May 2019 - 9:30AM

The nine-part series looks at the culinary traditions of Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines.

Street Food documentary on Netflix tells the human stories behind some of Asia’s tastiest dishes
What a view | Made in Heaven: Amazon Prime’s audacious look at ‘crazy rich’ Indian weddings

Tradition and modernity come to frequent blows in the bold drama, which lifts the veil on ostentatious nuptials.

5 May 2019 - 9:30AM

Tradition and modernity come to frequent blows in the bold drama, which lifts the veil on ostentatious nuptials.

Made in Heaven: Amazon Prime’s audacious look at ‘crazy rich’ Indian weddings
Opinion | Cash vs contactless: in coin-free world, one man struggles to stick to the good old way

With real money on its way out, do the risks of using credit cards – scams, debts and identity theft – outweigh the benefits?

3 May 2019 - 8:30AM

With real money on its way out, do the risks of using credit cards – scams, debts and identity theft – outweigh the benefits?

Cash vs contactless: in coin-free world, one man struggles to stick to the good old way
What a view | South Korean occult drama Possessed – another classy show from the Seoul production line

Pair a dishevelled detective and a sultry psychic, and what to you get? An unlikely crime-busting duo fighting to save mankind from one particularly wicked soul.

28 Apr 2019 - 9:30AM

Pair a dishevelled detective and a sultry psychic, and what to you get? An unlikely crime-busting duo fighting to save mankind from one particularly wicked soul.

South Korean occult drama Possessed – another classy show from the Seoul production line
What a view | In Delhi Crime, Netflix confronts 2012 gang rape that shocked India – and the world

The seven-part miniseries recreates the ensuing investigation, allying the audience perhaps too closely with the police officers

22 Apr 2019 - 10:54AM

The seven-part miniseries recreates the ensuing investigation, allying the audience perhaps too closely with the police officers

In Delhi Crime, Netflix confronts 2012 gang rape that shocked India – and the world
Archigram design archive of future cities and life bought by Hong Kong museum

The entire archive of influential British architecture collective Archigram has been acquired by Hong Kong’s M+ museum, containing futuristic, yet prophetic, designs that envisaged living in adaptable dwellings and walking cities.

24 Apr 2019 - 6:01PM

The entire archive of influential British architecture collective Archigram has been acquired by Hong Kong’s M+ museum, containing futuristic, yet prophetic, designs that envisaged living in adaptable dwellings and walking cities.

Archigram design archive of future cities and life bought by Hong Kong museum
What a view | In Netflix K-drama Romance is a Bonus Book, would-be lovers maintain a teasing tension

Plus, Game of Thrones is back for its eighth and final series, who will sit upon the Iron Throne?

14 Apr 2019 - 9:30AM

Plus, Game of Thrones is back for its eighth and final series, who will sit upon the Iron Throne?

In Netflix K-drama Romance is a Bonus Book, would-be lovers maintain a teasing tension
What a view | My Husband Won’t Fit: show follows a sexually mismatched married couple in search of satisfaction

The 10-part Netflix series, adapted from an autographical novel and then manga, is surprisingly sensitive

7 Apr 2019 - 9:45AM

The 10-part Netflix series, adapted from an autographical novel and then manga, is surprisingly sensitive

My Husband Won’t Fit: show follows a sexually mismatched married couple in search of satisfaction
What a view | Unlike British reality show Love Island, Japan’s Terrace House: Opening New Doors is a happy, wholesome experience

Plus, contract killer with a conscience comedy-drama Barry returns to HBO, and Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians offers an access-all-areas look at India’s favourite sport

31 Mar 2019 - 9:40AM

Plus, contract killer with a conscience comedy-drama Barry returns to HBO, and Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians offers an access-all-areas look at India’s favourite sport

Unlike British reality show Love Island, Japan’s Terrace House: Opening New Doors is a happy, wholesome experience
What a view | HBO Asia’s The World Between Us: an examination of the aftermath of a mass shooting

The inventive and emotional show follows the lives of the killer, the victims, their families, the media and the defence forces

24 Mar 2019 - 10:02AM

The inventive and emotional show follows the lives of the killer, the victims, their families, the media and the defence forces

HBO Asia’s The World Between Us: an examination of the aftermath of a mass shooting
What a view | South Korean movie The Drug King presents an entertaining take on illicit narcotics trade of 1970s

Plus, go behind the scenes of adrenaline-fuelled world of car racing in new Netflix documentary, Formula 1: Drive to Survive

17 Mar 2019 - 9:48AM

Plus, go behind the scenes of adrenaline-fuelled world of car racing in new Netflix documentary, Formula 1: Drive to Survive

South Korean movie The Drug King presents an entertaining take on illicit narcotics trade of 1970s
What a view | Japanese drama Tokyo Girl on Amazon Prime Video offers a female perspective on big city life

In the Amazon Prime Video show, a small-town girl is drawn to the bright lights of Japan’s capital, where she must navigate neighbourhoods and social cliques in search of her own values

10 Mar 2019 - 9:33AM

In the Amazon Prime Video show, a small-town girl is drawn to the bright lights of Japan’s capital, where she must navigate neighbourhoods and social cliques in search of her own values

Japanese drama Tokyo Girl on Amazon Prime Video offers a female perspective on big city life
What a view | French documentary Banksters takes HSBC, China’s financial sector to task
  • First released in 2017 but new to Amazon Prime, the film looks into the bank’s role in major monetary scandals and attacks the Chinese economy, which it calls ‘the black hole of black holes within the global financial system’
4 Mar 2019 - 10:59AM
  • First released in 2017 but new to Amazon Prime, the film looks into the bank’s role in major monetary scandals and attacks the Chinese economy, which it calls ‘the black hole of black holes within the global financial system’
French documentary Banksters takes HSBC, China’s financial sector to task
Star of HBO’s Strike Back, Jamie Bamber, on the challenges and rewards of filming in Southeast Asia
  • Shot in Malaysia, the London-based actor found the heat and the humidity, as well as the physical and mental demands of the action-packed show, ‘relentless’, but praised his ‘impressive’ cast members and the warm welcome they received from Malaysian people
4 Mar 2019 - 10:50AM
  • Shot in Malaysia, the London-based actor found the heat and the humidity, as well as the physical and mental demands of the action-packed show, ‘relentless’, but praised his ‘impressive’ cast members and the warm welcome they received from Malaysian people
Star of HBO’s Strike Back, Jamie Bamber, on the challenges and rewards of filming in Southeast Asia
What a view | In Netflix series Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine, Chiu Chow cooking is the star of the show

Documentary lovingly explores the unique tastes and techniques behind the culinary customs of eastern Guangdong, in China, and elevates television food shows to new heights

24 Feb 2019 - 9:32AM

Documentary lovingly explores the unique tastes and techniques behind the culinary customs of eastern Guangdong, in China, and elevates television food shows to new heights

In Netflix series Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine, Chiu Chow cooking is the star of the show
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

25 Feb 2019 - 10:58AM

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

HBO’s Strike Back brings counterterrorism unit Section 20 to Southeast Asia
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
  • As the acclaimed genre-bending series reaches its finale, what is in store for its ‘real’ and ‘alternative’ worlds?
Memories of the Alhambra: why the Netflix show is an instant Korean drama classic
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
  • 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
Why Japan’s Terrace House: Opening New Doors is the acceptable, well-mannered face of reality TV
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

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

Why we should all rage against ‘the system’, whatever the omnipresent ‘superpower’ might be