Film & TV Picks: Raya And The Last Dragon, S Korean variety show Youn Stay

The film is set in the mythical land of Kumandra, which was populated by humans and their friends, the dragons, centuries ago.
The film is set in the mythical land of Kumandra, which was populated by humans and their friends, the dragons, centuries ago.PHOTO: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
The South Korean variety series brings a cast of A-listers, led by veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung.
The South Korean variety series brings a cast of A-listers, led by veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung.PHOTO: TVN ASIA

Youn Stay

Available on Viu; airs Wednesdays, 10.30pm on tvN (StarHub TV Channel 824 and Singtel TV Channel 518)

4 stars

The South Korean variety series brings a cast of A-listers, led by veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung (Minari, 2021), to the countryside to run a traditional Korean homestay for foreigners.

Rounding out the team are charming young actors Park Seo-joon (Itaewon Class, 2020) and Choi Woo-shik (Parasite, 2019), actress Jung Yu-mi (The School Nurse Files, 2020) and seasoned actor Lee Seo-jin (Lovers, 2006).

It is comforting to see these leading men and women deeply committed to their new roles. They take time to learn recipes to whip up sumptuous meals for guests, think up ideas for new desserts and try their best to converse with guests in English.

The numerous light-hearted moments - the cast share a warm, easy dynamic - and autumnal countryside scenery make this series a breeze to watch.

Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan (NC16)

Netflix


The scenes are sometimes gory, reflecting the bloody times of ancient Japan. 
PHOTO: CREAM PRODUCTIONS/FACEBOOK

Viewers who like historical reenactment will find plenty of it in Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan.

The docu-series has done its research, getting quotes from historians and experts to paint an accurate picture of ancient Japan and how legendary samurais such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi came to power.

The scenes are sometimes gory, reflecting the bloody times of ancient Japan.

The reenactments are done by Japanese actors in their native language and make the series more exciting than a cut-and-dried historical documentary. Just don't expect world-class acting.

Raya And The Last Dragon (PG)


Raya is the first South-east Asian princess in the Disney universe. PHOTO: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

114 minutes/Opens in cinemas on Friday (March 5); available on Premier Access on Disney+

A new Disney princess is in town. Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017) is the first South-east Asian princess in the Disney universe.

The team behind the fantasy epic travelled to countries such as Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to find inspiration.

The film is set in the mythical land of Kumandra, which was populated by humans and their friends, the dragons, centuries ago. The dragons sacrificed themselves to stop the evil force, the Druun.

In the present day, human greed causes the Druun to resume their attacks. To stop them, Raya must find the last dragon Sisu (Awkwafina, Ocean's 8, 2018).

Awkwafina, who is also a rapper, is known for her comedy chops, so expect her to bring levity to her role.

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