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What we’re watching on Netflix Hong Kong this May

By Paul Hsiao 3 May 2022

Header images courtesy of Netflix

Netflix continues to deliver on its winning “something for everyone” formula with a mix of comedy, rom-coms, and dramas. Paul Hsiao, chart maker and film enthusiast at Movieconomist, lists his most-anticipated releases arriving on Netflix Hong Kong this May.

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The Pentaverate

Mike Myers, best known for his work in the Austin Powers series, returns with a slew of fellow comedians such as Ken Jeong and Keegan-Michael Key in an irreverent take on the conspiracy theories that’s a spin-off of his 1990s film So I Married an Axe Murderer. Since the 1300s, a group of five men have been working behind the scenes to control world events and it’s up to a plucky Canadian journalist to find out the truth. Available 5 May

Wild Babies

The very premise of this show seems primed for animal lovers. From the producers who worked with David Attenborough, this Netflix documentary follows animals in their infancy as they struggle to reach adulthood in a hostile world, following penguins, lions, elephants, and various apes. As a bonus, the series is narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, who has been a model for children through roles likes Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise and Princess Margaret in The Crown (just kidding). Available 5 May

Clark

Ever wonder how the phrase “Stockholm syndrome” became popularised? Staring Bill Skarsgård, this miniseries from Netflix is based on Swedish-gangster-slash-folk-hero Clark Olofsson who rose to prominence in the 1960s. Available 5 May

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The Sound of Magic

Under the stresses of school and increasing debt, a young girl tries to find help by visiting the abandoned theme park in town where she encounters a mysterious magician who seems to bring magic into her life—both figuratively and literally. The charming romantic series stars veteran K-drama actors Ji Chang-wook and Choi Sung-eun. Available 6 May

Operation Mincemeat

Every year, there seems to be a British drama that explores a new angle of the Allied powers during World War II. In 2022, an all-star cast featuring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, and Jason Isaacs tells the story of deception. Desperate to get an edge on Nazi Germany, British intelligence officers plant a dead body with false intel in order to change the tide of war, setting the stage for MI5 and James Bond. Available 11 May

Senior Year

What if you had a second chance at high school prom—but in your adult body? Starring Rebel Wilson and Angourie Rice, A popular teenager tragically falls into a coma before her high school prom and 20 years later wakes with one goal in mind: to finish senior year and become prom queen. This charming comedy will certainly make the millennials (including myself) feel nostalgic and super old since a majority of the jokes center around how the early 2000s is so different than today’s high school environment. Available 13 May

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The Lincoln Lawyer

Similar to the reboot of Reacher, The Lincoln Lawyer is a made-for-TV drama based on a successful book series aimed at heartland American viewers. A talented but discombobulated lawyer, who uses his eponymous car as his office, finds himself tangled up in a high-profile murder case after his former law partner ends up dead. Now he must use his wits to solve the case before he ends up in the grave as well. Available 13 May

Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror

As the Information Age becomes more and more ubiquitous, how far will some people go in order to blackmail others? This stylish Korean documentary is shot like a horror movie that delves into the dark world of cyber chat extortion, where victims can find their devices hacked and themselves blackmailed for their internet actives. Available 18 May

Love, Death & Robots (Volume 3)

There’s not much information available for season three of the animated anthology produced by David Fincher and Tim Miller, but maybe that’s the point. The boundary-pushing series has already explored themes of sexuality, mortality, and the very sense of what it means to be human, and has also landed Netflix in hot water IRL. Available 20 May

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Stranger Things (Season 4, Part 1)

Let the memes begin! In one of the most expensive seasons of televisions in history, the intrepid Hawkins gang returns to explore places outside of Hawkins, Indiana, in 1986. Eleven, Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Max are is in the middle of teenagehood. Even with a breath of normalcy, they find themselves back into the realm of the Upside Down as they face a new and more powerful threat. Available 27 May

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Paul Hsiao

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Paul, the founder of Movieconomist, likes to watch movies and make graphs. He also writes a monthly column on Localiiz about new Netflix releases and is a lead community director for Finimize. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, Asia Investor, and the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He also spends a great deal of time playing squash.

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