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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
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

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

Queen of clean Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show might just change your life
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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

90s Singapore brought to life in Shirkers: Sundance prize winning Netflix documentary
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

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

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

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

The documentary Wall Street does not want you to watch, The China Hustle now 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

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

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

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

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

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

Thai ghost story gets HBO treatment in ‘Pob’, a gruesome tale of an entrails-eating spirit
What a view | Big Bang’s Seungri stars in new Netflix series YG Future Strategy Office, a mockumentary about Korean show business

Even those uneducated in K-pop and the Korean wave cannot help but be charmed by new Netflix show, which simultaneously lampoons and lauds the country’s entertainment industry

21 Oct 2018 - 9:34AM

Even those uneducated in K-pop and the Korean wave cannot help but be charmed by new Netflix show, which simultaneously lampoons and lauds the country’s entertainment industry

Big Bang’s Seungri stars in new Netflix series YG Future Strategy Office, a mockumentary about Korean show business