South Korea

Lurking beneath the gore are moments of wit and sensitivity: Squid Game reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Should we be worried that Squid Game is the most popular show in Netflix’s history? If it’s a case of…

China's war on effeminate men

13 September 2021 3:26 am

A rectification notice from China’s state censor earlier this month included a peculiar admonition to ‘resolutely oppose’ effeminate men on…

The increasing cruelty of the North Korean regime

12 June 2021 4:15 pm

On a humid summer’s day in Singapore three years ago today, Donald Trump became the first incumbent US president to…

Biden must learn from Trump's mistakes on North Korea

4 March 2021 5:30 pm

Anniversaries are usually celebratory occasions, but not this one. It’s now been two years since the infamous Hanoi summit between Donald…

How South Korea became the poster child for virus control

13 June 2020 9:00 am

What’s behind South Korea’s Covid success?

We know everything – and nothing – about Covid

9 May 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as ‘the science’ – but facts are emerging from the Covid fog

Boris has found a path out of lockdown – but it won’t be smooth

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The route out of lockdown won’t be smooth – or fast

A woman’s lot is not a happy one in: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

‘Buy pink baby clothes,’Kim Jiyoung, the protagonist of this bestselling South Korean novel is told at the obstetrician’s surgery. Jiyoung’s…

Will Japan ban its 'offensive' Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo Olympics?

4 March 2020 8:54 pm

Ant and Dec have done most things in their long careers in light entertainment. But the versatile duo broke new…

Lee Bul’s ‘Monster: Pink’ (foreground) and ‘Crashing’ (background)

If you like monstrosities, head to the Hayward Gallery

21 July 2018 9:00 am

One area of life in which globalism certainly rules is that of contemporary art. Installation, performance, the doctrine of Marcel…

Portrait of the week

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Home The Metropolitan Police encouraged people to celebrate VJ Day despite reports in the Mail on Sunday (picked up from…

Poster for Pulgasari, Shin’s answer to Godzilla

The Dear Leader’s passion for films — and the real-life horror movie it led to

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Ahead of last year’s release of The Interview, the Seth Rogen film about two journalists instructed to assassinate Kim Jong-un,…