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What we’re watching on Netflix Hong Kong this May

By Paul Hsiao 6 May 2021

Header images courtesy of Atsushi Nishijima and Netflix

Netflix continues to deliver on its winning “something for everyone” formula with a mix of documentaries, crime thrillers, dramas, fantasy adaptations, and empowering comedies. 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 Sons of Sam: A Descent into Madness

In the summer of 1976, a serial killer dubbed “The Son of Sam” terrorised the streets of New York City, committing up to eight known shooting attacks. Netflix’s new documentary follows journalist Maury Terry, whose attempts to identify the killer was overlooked by the authorities decades ago. In a stunning new re-telling of his experiences, Terry re-traces his steps through that terror-laden summer, digging up new insights about the appearance of a cult that is connected to the killings. Available now

Like this? Consider Mindhunter, a psychological crime thriller series that follows FBI agents as they attempt to unravel the minds of serial killers to understand their damaged psyches.

Money, Explained

Why do these coloured pieces of paper underpin society as we know it? Can technology like cryptocurrencies eventually replace physical dollars and cents? In partnership with media company Vox, this new Netflix docu-series takes a deeper dive into the origins of money and its usages—and how it can solve and cause many of the problems we see around the world. Available 11 May

Like this? Consider Dirty Money, an examination of some of the less savoury stories of modern-day high finance.

Halston (Season 1)

Not content with chewing the scenery in Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn, Ewan McGregor returns to play real-life fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick—more commonly known as just “Halston”—an iconic fashion designer synonymous with sex, excess, and luxury in 1970s New York. Bill Pullman, Rebecca Dayan, and Vera Farmiga round out a stellar cast in this Netflix limited dramatic series. Available 14 May

Like this? Consider The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

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Alma Matters: Inside the IIT Dream (Season 1)

Do you have what it takes to get into IIT, arguably one of the most selective schools in the world? Alumni of some of India’s most elite universities share the trials and tribulations they had to face to attend some of the best schools in the country and reflect on whether their college experiences were worth it. Available 14 May

Like this? Consider Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal.

The Woman in the Window

Amy Adams continues her trend of playing a tortured woman in the new Netflix film The Woman in the Window. She plays Anna Fox, a woman who has agoraphobia and is confined to her apartment. Her sanity and grip on reality come into question when she witnesses a horrible crime, unravelling some of her darkest secrets. Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman round out a great cast in what looks like a crackling summer thriller. Available 14 May

Like this? Consider Shutter Island, a mind-bending thriller featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Army of the Dead

Revolutionary director Zack Snyder, director of films such as 300 and Watchmen, returns to his roots with Army of the Dead, a film that looks like it takes place universe as 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, another Snyder joint. Not much is known about the plot except a group of survivors plan the ultimate heist in zombie-filled Las Vegas. The film stars Dave Bautista, Tig Notaro, Huma Quereshi, and Ella Purnell. Available 21 May

Like this? Consider Love & Monsters, a post-apocalyptic tale starring Dylan O’Brien and Jessica Henwick.

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Master of None (Season 3)

Netflix’s love letter to New York (and a stealth food show) returns after years of speculation about its fate. Season 3 is trying something new. Instead of following Dev Patel, an up-and-coming actor in New York that’s played by Aziz Ansari, this season is focused on the character Denise, played by fellow comedian Lena Waithe as she struggles with identity and shirting cultural norms facing LGBTQ African Americans. Expect the laughs to roll in with the astute cultural commentary. Available 23 May

Bo Burnham: Inside

America’s funniest and most awkward theatre kid returns with a new slate of hilarious songs that will surely skewer the current state of our contemporary post-Covid society. This is Bo Burnham’s first comedy special after acting in the Academy Award-winning film Promising Young Woman and writing and directing the critically acclaimed Eighth Grade. Release date to be announced

Like this? Consider Schitt’s Creek, another irreverent and hilarious comedy.

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Paul Hsiao


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 community director for Finimize. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Asia Investor, and the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He also spends a great deal of time playing squash.