REVIEWS

YOUKU’S “SOUTH WIND KNOWS” WEAVES A MESMERIZING STORY OF INTRIGUE AND ROMANCE

Botanist Fu Yun Shen and Zhu Yang who works with Doctors Without Borders travel deep into underdeveloped regions to offer humanitarian relief while searching for a special medicinal plant that can save many lives. But when Yunshen realizes his brother is up to no good, he disagrees to let his brother use his work to benefit commercially. Then suddenly, he is injured in an accident.

“FRIDAY NIGHT PLAN” ON NETFLIX IS VERY SIMPLE AND LOVELY STORY TELLING

“Friday Night Plan” is a chapter extracted from Siddharth’s diary, specifically chronicling a particularly eventful day in his life when he was 18. The film steers away from the spotlight usually placed on glamorous Ivy League students and instead places the spotlight on the unassuming nerd who’s often relegated to comic relief or a mere plot device

“THE INCOMPARABLE BEAUTY” IS A RIVETING TAKE ON URBAN RELATIONSHIPS

Not wanting the love of his life Yu Jiaen to be saddled by the debts he had incurred,  Xu Yao breaks up with her after eight years of being together and just a week before their wedding.

Now in their 30’s they meet after several years apart.  Jiaen is working for an agency in Beijing and Yao has finally paid off his debts with the help of his business partner Su Yi, who also harbors feelings for him.

“MY LOVELY BOXER” MAKES A POWERFUL DEBUT ON VIKI

Adapted from the novel “Sunjeongbokseo Ikwonsuk” (순정복서 이권숙) by Choo Jong Nam, My Lovely Boxer is the story of a boxer, Lee Kwon Sook, who at age 17, was a prodigy in the sport. She suddenly went missing and left no trace of her whereabouts.

NETFLIX’S “DESTINED WITH YOU” BRINGS ROWOON BACK WITH JO BO-AH

“Destined With You” is a captivating fantasy romance that unravels the tale of civil servant Lee Hong Jo (portrayed by Jo Bo Ah) who discovers a mystical book sealed for three centuries. This book ensnares ace attorney Jang Shin Yu (played by SF9’s Rowoon), making him its unfortunate victim.

CHEN FEIYU’S “YESTERDAY ONCE MORE” TIME TRAVELS FOR ROMANCE

When Yuxuan (starring Chen Feiyu) meets his childhood friend Shuyan (starring Zhou Ye) after years, the friendship soon deepens into love. But not for long, a car accident takes the life of Shuyan. With deep sorrow, Yuxuan makes a wish to make himself travel through time back to the last day they meet each other. Reunion or separation, which one is their ultimate fate?

“YOU ARE DESIRE” IS THE COMING OF AGE SERIES WE WERE ALL WAITING FOR

After Lin Yujing’s parents’ divorce, she and her dad moved to a new city where she becomes seat mates with notoriously “ill-tempered” Shen Juan at their new school. They get reacquainted, separated and reunited again in university. Her arrival also brings changes to Shen Juan, her new seat mate who was held back a year. Just as her life was gradually getting back on track, Lin Yujing’s mother, Lin Zhi, forcibly takes her back to her hometown. A year later, she is reunited with Shen Juan in university.

“THE KILLER” ON PRIME VIDEO FAILS TO LAND A PUNCH

Drawing clear inspiration from the meticulously orchestrated action sequences of films like “John Wick” and “The Man From Nowhere,” “The Killer” delivers impressive action but falls short in the emotional department.

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