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Review: “Better Days” Overcomes Censors to Explore Teen Bullying in China


Banned by Chinese censors for a year, "Better Days" gets its big reveal with dark undertones about high school bullying.

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Review: The Truth About Beauty (China, 2014)


Plastic surgery is often associated with South Korea and its cookie-cutter entertainment industry; however, Chinese have caught on to the trend too, with travel agencies...

Review: Bottle Shock (United States, 2008)


Professor Snape (a.k.a. Alan Rickman) stars alongside Captain Kirk (a.k.a. Chris Pine), Bill Pullman and Rachael Taylor in this tale about the great upset in...

Review: Forever Young (China, 2015)


Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Since my last review, I’ve been busy settling into the sunny Silicon Valley and #disrupt-ing very hard. That...

Review: Why Was China’s “Crazy Alien” So Successful?


In Ning Hao's "Crazy Alien", the Chinese everyman gets a laugh at America's expense.

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