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What we’re watching on Netflix Hong Kong this November

By Paul Hsiao 1 November 2021

Header images courtesy of Netflix

Netflix continues to deliver on its winning “something for everyone” formula with a mix of explosive action comedies, sci-fi animated series, pre-Christmas romps, Oscar-bait dramas, and more. Paul Hsiao, chart maker and film enthusiast at Movieconomist, lists his most-anticipated releases arriving on Netflix Hong Kong this November.

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The Harder They Fall

Director Regina King incorporates the adventure of the video games series Red Dead: Redemption with the attitude of 1980s blaxploitation films. King leads an all-star cast—including Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors (Kang the Conqueror of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Zazie Beetz, and LaKeith Stanfield—who make up a motley crew of outlaws seeking revenge against Elba’s villainous turn as a Western crime boss. Available 3 November

Arcane

From the folks behind the massive gaming phenomenon League of Legends comes a new animated series from Netflix: Arcane, an origin story of sorts that follows the story of two iconic champions amid a city on the brink of war. Its animation style seems to borrow the cutting-edge style from Love, Death, and Robots—another Netflix fare that will surely delight fans of the video game series genre. Available 6 November

Passing

As autumn turns into winter, Oscar-bait films start to become more and more prolific. Passing seems to tick off all the wishlist items on the Oscar checklist: Is it a period piece? Check. Filmed in black and white? Check. Social commentary? Also check. Tessa Thompson stars alongside acclaimed actress Ruth Negga in a period piece about two African American women who struggle with the idea of “passing”—having light enough skin to be seen as “white” despite being of African American heritage. It’s a heavy but worthwhile film that’s sure to spark a wealth of thought pieces coming into the Christmas season. Available 10 November

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Red Notice

If you are in the mood for something lighter, then this is for you. Netflix somehow managed to get the biggest action stars in the world—The Fast & the Furious alums The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot—in the same film where The Rock and Ryan Reynolds team up to catch Gal Gadot’s cat thief before she makes the biggest steal of her career. Red Notice promises plenty of action, laughs, and the Ryan Reynolds brand of “aw shucks” goofiness that can turn a good movie into a memorable one.  Available 12 November

Tiger King 2

Oh, the beginning of 2020—what seemed like the start of just another year quickly escalated into global madness, and that was also when a documentary about owning big cats in the United States took the world by storm, even spawning a Nicholas Cage-led adaption! But why stray from the source? From the creative talent behind the first season comes Tiger King 2: a continuation of the wild lives of Joe Exotic (who lobbied for a presidential pardon), Carol Baskins, and the many big cats still left in the United States. Available 17 November

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

Start the Christmas celebration early: the queen of silly holiday movies is back! Vanessa Hudgens plays not one, not two, but three different roles in the three-quel that is a half-heist, half-holiday romp. Hudgen’s Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy join forces with their black sheep cousin Margaret and devise a heist to reacquire a Christmas gift from the Vatican—the Star of Peace—before it gets lost to the black market forever. Expect plenty of bad British accents and silliness in Netflix’s standout Christmas franchise. Available 18 November

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Cowboy Bebop

Decades after the original ground-breaking anime was released comes Netflix’s live-action adaption of Cowboy Bebop, an irreverent sci-fi noir anime series that undoubtedly inspired the likes of Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy. John Cho (of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle fame) headlines the Netflix series as Spike Siegal, a galactic bounty hunter who sometimes gets over his head while chasing down criminals across the solar system on the eponymous Bebop spaceship with his associates Jet and Faye. Available 19 November

Tick, Tick... Boom!

Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame makes his directorial debut telling the story of Jonathan Larson, the underrated playwright who wrote the blockbuster Broadway musical Rent while bussing tables in early 1990s New York. Tick, Tick... Boom! showcases a manic and musical performance by Andrew Garfield in the lead, which undoubtedly will catch the attention of the Academy Awards early next year. Available 19 November

True Story

What’s the worst that can happen in one night? Blockbuster comedian Kevin Hart sharpens his dramatic chops while he plays a successful Hollywood actor (a bit of a stretch for Kevin Hart) who gets entangled in a night of crime and lies with his brother (Wesley Snipes) that threatens everything he has built up over his career. Somewhat ironically, the Netflix limited series of seven episodes is not based on a true story. Available 24 November

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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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