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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
What a view | Unsettling anime Babylon uncovers a dark conspiracy on Amazon Prime Video

Adapted from the novels of Mado Nozaki, the show delves into deep territory, including questioning what constitutes good and evil.

9 Feb 2020 - 10:13AM

Adapted from the novels of Mado Nozaki, the show delves into deep territory, including questioning what constitutes good and evil.

Unsettling anime Babylon uncovers a dark conspiracy on Amazon Prime Video
What a view | Pandemic: Netflix docuseries about threat of global outbreak and its eerily prescient timing

The six-part series follows overworked, underfunded but somehow still positive experts trying to keep us safe.

2 Feb 2020 - 9:35AM

The six-part series follows overworked, underfunded but somehow still positive experts trying to keep us safe.

Pandemic: Netflix docuseries about threat of global outbreak and its eerily prescient timing
What a view | Giri / Haji: BBC-Netflix show transplants Tokyo’s yakuza into London’s underworld

Slow-paced and well-scripted, BBC-Netflix crime series Giri / Haji follows a rule-bending Japanese detective on a mission to bring his brother home.

26 Jan 2020 - 9:56AM

Slow-paced and well-scripted, BBC-Netflix crime series Giri / Haji follows a rule-bending Japanese detective on a mission to bring his brother home.

Giri / Haji: BBC-Netflix show transplants Tokyo’s yakuza into London’s underworld
What a view | With Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures, Netflix hopes to capitalise on the runaway success of Story of Yanxi Palace

The sequel to the 70-part Story of Yanxi Palace is as bright, bold and beautiful to behold as its predecessor.

19 Jan 2020 - 12:13PM

The sequel to the 70-part Story of Yanxi Palace is as bright, bold and beautiful to behold as its predecessor.

With Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures, Netflix hopes to capitalise on the runaway success of Story of Yanxi Palace
What a view | James May: Our Man in Japan – the former Top Gear presenter takes a tour

Amazon Prime Video’s six-part travelogue, starring the former Top Gear presenter, is informative but not hectoring, charming but never twee.

12 Jan 2020 - 10:21AM

Amazon Prime Video’s six-part travelogue, starring the former Top Gear presenter, is informative but not hectoring, charming but never twee.

James May: Our Man in Japan – the former Top Gear presenter takes a tour
What a view | HBO Asia’s Invisible Stories tells untold tales of Singapore’s lesser-seen characters

The six-part series follows residents of a fictional public housing estate, showing another side to the city state.

5 Jan 2020 - 10:15AM

The six-part series follows residents of a fictional public housing estate, showing another side to the city state.

HBO Asia’s Invisible Stories tells untold tales of Singapore’s lesser-seen characters
What a view | In Netflix K-drama Crash Landing on You, the DMZ proves no barrier to love

The show, starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, lays bare some profound contrasts between lives lived on either side of a line on a map.

29 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM

The show, starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, lays bare some profound contrasts between lives lived on either side of a line on a map.

In Netflix K-drama Crash Landing on You, the DMZ proves no barrier to love
What a view | In Triad Princess, the latest original Taiwanese series from Netflix, entertainment and the underworld unite

The daughter of a gangster kingpin becomes the bodyguard for a celebrity couple – what could possibly go wrong?

22 Dec 2019 - 9:56AM

The daughter of a gangster kingpin becomes the bodyguard for a celebrity couple – what could possibly go wrong?

In Triad Princess, the latest original Taiwanese series from Netflix, entertainment and the underworld unite
What a view | New Netflix Korean drama Chocolate is a love story with taste

Food plays a central role in the romantic drama, which triumphs thanks to no end of winning performances from the entire cast.

15 Dec 2019 - 12:59PM

Food plays a central role in the romantic drama, which triumphs thanks to no end of winning performances from the entire cast.

New Netflix Korean drama Chocolate is a love story with taste
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