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Some things in life never change, and one of those things is the amount of time we spend scrolling the Netflix homepage, trying to decide on what to watch! How about this highly lauded black-and-white arthouse film? What about the latest blockbuster? Here’s another new alpine documentary! Why not rewatch Friends for the umpteenth time? Let us help you beat the constant struggle and make the pick a little easier with our round-up of the best among the new arrivals on Netflix Hong Kong this October 2023.
Wes Anderson has delved back into Roald Dahl’s extensive catalogue of work and brought us four striking short films, all available on Netflix. The Rat Catcher, The Swan, and The Poison are 17-minute-long adaptations of the author’s YA short stories, while The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a 37-minute tale. In this short film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the main character, Henry Sugar studies an old book and teaches himself to see without his eyes. Wes Anderson draws inspiration from the text and Roald Dahl’s writing style but the final result is still instantly recognisable as the auteur’s own eccentric production.
Emily Blunt and Chris Evans star in Netflix’s latest, which follows a struggling mother who joins the pharmaceutical industry and does a great job outperforming her previous colleagues—Wolf of Wall Street-style—but ends up in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. The plot and cast caught our eye, but what convinced us to add this to the list was finding out that it was directed by David Yates, whose name is attached to the last four Harry Potter movies and the Fantastic Beasts franchise! Available 27 October.
Ballerina is a South Korean action thriller which follows the story of an ex-bodyguard, Ok-Ju, who is on a mission to seek revenge after her best friend dies. Starring an angry-looking Jeon Jong-seo, this film is full of ballet and fight scenes, night shots, and neon lights, and we were charmed by the movie’s strong visual identity.
This new arrival is also adapted from a classic work of literature, loosely based on the tale by Edgar Allan Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher is originally a Gothic short story about madness published in 1839. In 2023, the eight-episode miniseries adaptation sees the main character, Rodrick Usher, as a corrupt CEO whose children are brutally murdered one by one. We had chills just from watching the trailer… Available 12 October.
George Foreman might be better known for his involvement in advertising the highly popular George Foreman grill rather than his professional boxing exploits, but his life is certainly an interesting one. The Big George Foreman biopic recounts the life of the Olympic Games gold medalist who eventually retired from the sport to become a preacher.
Assane Diop is back for more heists and Arsène Lupin-inspired tricks in the long-awaited third part of the French show. Starring Omar Sy as the gentleman thief, the new episodes will bring even more disguises and police chases as Diop comes out of hiding and returns to his family in Paris. If the first two parts are anything to go by, the third instalment of Lupin is a guaranteed good time.
It is David Beckham’s turn to star in a tell-all documentary. Beckham combines archival footage and new interviews to deliver a close-up look at the international football player’s career and family life. Even if the star himself is not shy on social media, this series delves deeper into the downfall that followed a certain World Cup red card, and reveals more about the iconic couple he forms with former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria.
In this eight-episode documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman and produced by Steven Spielberg, we travel back in time to the beginning of Earth’s story thanks to stunning visual effects. Dinosaurs, mammoths, and other extinct species are brought back to life through animation as we witness their fight for survival. Available 25 October.
Banchan is the designated name of side dishes in Korean cuisine. If you have already watched A Nation of Broth and A Nation of Kimchi, you will be delighted to know that a two-episode series centred around banchan is coming to Netflix! Three hosts travel around South Korea to try classic recipes and modern reinterpretations of dishes that make the Korean table so diverse.
The psychological horror film that many talked about in 2021 is arriving on Netflix just in time for Halloween. Last Night in Soho follows a young fashion student in London as she dreams about a murder that happened in the 1960s. Touched by the victim’s story, she sets out to find the murderer in the present day to bring him to justice. Breaking the boundaries between dreams and reality, this film has striking costumes and sets, and a great soundtrack. Available 13 October.