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News stories, reviews and round-ups across film, TV and books for Insider.

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9 of the best supernatural Korean TV shows to watch right now

   Insider • 27 October 2020

From dark rom-coms to gruesome period dramas, these shows combine paranormal intrigue with romance and action. For fans of "Parasite" and Netflix's "Stranger Things", read on for some of the best spooky Korean series to binge-watch right now ...

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9 Afrocentric fantasy books to read right now

      Insider • 21 July 2020

While classic fantasy series like "Lord of the Rings" draw on European legends, these books weave stories of myth and magic inspired by folktales and histories from across Africa. From a secret magic school in Nigeria to a teenage girl honour-bound to defend Atlanta from a shadow-world ...

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The 9 best Korean thrillers to watch on Netflix right now

      Insider • 25 May 2020

Slick action sequences and tangled mysteries served with a shot of dark humor – South Korea has been lauded as a leader in crime dramas and twisty thrillers long before "Parasite" hit the jackpot at the Academy Awards. Netflix has become an industry leader in commissioning ...

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Netflix's Korean high school drama 'Love Alarm' imagines the dystopian future of dating apps

       Insider • 6 May 2020

Swiping right and superlikes have become a standard part of modern dating. Life in lockdown has recently sparked an abundance of new digital strategies to find love, from video speed dating to sharing a movie via Netflix Party. But what if there was an app that could measure your feelings? ...

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Netflix's 'Followers' takes viewers inside the glittering world of Tokyo's Instagram influencers

      Insider • 14 April 2020

Set amongst the glittering parties and neon-lit bars frequented by Tokyo's fashion set, "Followers" charts the parallel stories of legendary but lonely photographer Limi Nara (Miki Nakatani), and the struggling actress she turns into a star. The night Limi is celebrated at an awards ceremony ...

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The 10 best South Korean movies you can stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime after watching 'Parasite'

    Insider • 18 March 2020

"Parasite" may be the first non-English language film to win best picture at the Oscars, but South Korean cinema has steadily been building a global audience, fuelled by the international scope of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Director Bong Joon-ho ...

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Netflix's Korean reality show 'Busted' is like watching a live-action escape room crossed with 'SNL'

     Insider • 15 January 2020

Crime thrillers are a serious business. But imagine a world where the team must disarm bomb threats and dodge water balloons, where secret agents panic when the lights go out and "M" does away with the cryptic script to just get on with the show. That's the premise behind "Busted!" ...

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An immersive 'Making of Harry Potter' theme park is coming to Tokyo

     Insider • 20 August 2020

Tokyo is getting its own "Making of Harry Potter" theme park in 2023. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo is set to give Japanese Potterheads the chance to explore legendary locations like Diagon Alley and Hogwarts castle. The new theme park promises to give fans ...

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11 books that star trans and non-binary characters in epic fantasy and sci-fi adventures

        Insider • 5 July 2020

J.K. Rowling sparked a Twitterstorm of criticism after suggesting that trans activism negates the experiences of cis women. But beyond Hogwarts, readers can find a vast variety of fantasy and sci-fi stories starring trans and non-binary characters in classic adventures about superheroes, alien invasions, and of course, witches and wizards ...

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You can now take a rare, virtual tour of the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan for free

     Insider • 14 May 2020

The Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka, Japan, is closed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since fans can't visit in person, the museum has opened a new YouTube channel to provide virtual tours of exhibits featuring characters from classic movies ...

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The 10 best Chinese and South Korean period dramas you can watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime

     Insider • 26 April 2020

Epic battles, beautiful costumes, and plots melding myth and magic – historical dramas made in China and South Korea have gained a huge online following in recent years as Netflix and Amazon Prime invest in distributing international content. From the political intrigue and forbidden romance ...

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The 10 best anime series to watch on Netflix right now

      Insider • 1 April 2020

There has never been a better time to get into anime. Netflix has invested in building a treasure trove of animated content, whether that means streaming quirky originals like "Aggretsuko" or securing distribution rights to cult classics such as "Neon Genesis Evangelion"...

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Netflix's K-drama 'Chocolate' highlights South Korea's rich-poor divide like 'Parasite,' but trades suspense for romance

     Insider • 27 February 2020

Beyond 10-step beauty regimes and perfectly packaged pop music, South Korea is known for its epic romantic dramas."Chocolate" is the latest edition to Netflix's growing library of TV shows made in Seoul, with a full season of 16 episodes currently available to stream ...

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This Japanese reality show on Netflix, where the cast avoid artificial drama and fall in love at their own pace, is the exact opposite of 'Love Island'

  Insider • 28 November 2019

The concept for "Terrace House" is simple. Six young, attractive men and women move into a beautiful house in Tokyo. They swim in the pool, cook dinner in the absurdly minimalist kitchen and drive the complimentary sports car. But this is where the similarities to shows like "Love Island" ...