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Netflix continues to deliver on its winning “something for everyone” formula with a mix of explosive thrillers, surreal stop-motion animations, feel-good rom-coms, 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 January.
Starting off the year with thrills! Netflix presents a twisting tale of a team of Japanese journalists who uncover a massive secret behind the current political administration. Based on the 2019 film of the same name, this drama series stars veteran actors Ryoko Yonekura and Gō Ayano, showing a darker side of Japanese culture. Available 13 January
Like this? Consider Spotlight, the Academy Award-winning film that focuses on the gruelling mundanity of journalism and uncovering the truth behind Boston’s Catholic Church sex abuse scandals.
Using the latest developments in stop-motion animation, three sets of directors put their own spin on three different tales surrounding all set in a mysterious house and the families that made it their home. Think the comic horrors and impressive visuals from The Nightmare Before Christmas, but updated for 2022 sensibilities. Available 14 January
Like this? Consider Love, Death & Robots, another darkly cynical anime series from Netflix.
Mena Massoud (of Aladdin fame) once again plays a prince looking for love in a woke update of Coming to America. In the faraway lands of Queens, New York, Izzy is a struggling hairdresser who gets the gig of a lifetime as the hairdresser for the wedding between Prince Thomas and his bride-to-be. Hilarity ensues when the young prince actually falls for the girl-next-door instead of the princess-to-be. My question is if Prince Thomas will eventually meet the princesses of the Princess Switch franchise in the Netflix rom-com extended universe. Available 20 January
Like this? Consider Maid in Manhattan, a romantic comedy starring Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez.
Omicron and coronavirus making you miss night markets? Me too. In a new culture-centred docu-series, the creators explore the streets of Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila, and how the cities come alive as soon as the sun sets—following musicians, call girls, geriatric DJs, and oh-so-much food. Available 20 January
Like this? Consider Midnight Diner, a pensive quasi-fictional Japanese series centred around a bartender in a small izakaya and the colourful cast of characters that appear at night.
Taking a page from another acclaimed television show about an average guy turned bad, the final season of Jason Bateman’s crime epic is split into two parts, with the first one arriving this month. After all they have been through, the Byrde family makes a final desperate last stand in unfamiliar territory as they fight for their lives whilst other crime cartels start closing in. A must-watch for fans of Breaking Bad. Available 21 January
Like this? Consider Jason Bateman’s turn as in the dark comedy Bad Words.
Set in the days leading up to the Second World War, Jeremy Irons plays British prime minister Neville Chamberlain as Great Britain makes one last desperate gambit to avoid war. George MacKay of 1917 and Jessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey round out this star-studded cast. Available 21 January
Like this? Consider The Darkest Hour, featuring an Academy Award-winning turn by Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.
In a spin-off of the wildly popular Queer Eye series, hairdresser Jonathan Van Ness explores the unconventional— such as putting on costumed dances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to exploring skyscrapers in New York. Available 28 January
Like this? Consider… actually living in New York, where you get a bunch of weirdos on the morning subway commute.
Larger-than-life funnyman Kevin James stars in this small-scale story as a disgraced former football coach who returns to his hometown and reconnects with his son by coaching his Pop Warner football team. Expect laughs and an unexpected dose of heart. Available 28 January
Like this? Consider Friday Night Lights, an unexpectedly moving teen sports drama series that cemented Kyle Chandler as the dad you have always wanted to have.