Entertainment30 November 2022
Southeast Asia is home to a host of rich cultures and unique stories. This festive season, Netflix brings viewers authentically-told tales that best represent the vibrant storytelling from across this region. From laugh-out-loud comedies and deeply moving documentaries to fantastical sci-fi flicks, here are our top picks for your year-end holiday viewing pleasure.
Looking for a belly-aching laugh fest this holiday season? This is your winning ticket. Five unlucky strangers are brought together in their fight against a mafia boss, in order to steal back winning lottery tickets worth millions. Tapping on the national dream of winning lotteries in Thailand, appeals to both domestic and international audiences through its delicate balance of various comedic styles that cater to different sensibilities.
With its humble origins in Thailand, Muay Thai has seen its influence spread across the globe. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the world of this beloved sport in , a part-anthology, part-documentary mini series. Fans and even non-fans of the sport will be able to indulge themselves in tracing the sport’s history, as well as its entanglements with the underworld today.
Trapped in a flooded cave complex in the summer of 2018, 12 young Thai footballers had the world watching them over the span of 17 days. Helmed by award-winning director, Pailin Wedel, the compelling documentary, , reflects the perspectives of the survivors, delving into the intricacies of the dangerous rescue mission and how they survived this life-changing event.
If documentaries aren’t your thing, tune in to the drama series . Told with care, compassion, and a commitment to authenticity, this drama series sheds light on the real story behind the cave rescue, with real-life elements including scenes filmed at some of the boys’ homes.
Abimana Aryasatya, Putri Marino, Arie Kriting, Lutesha, and Kristo Immanuel star in the first action-comedy from Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto. sees four retired assassins joining forces to track down an elusive murderer. Faced with a straight-arrow cop, will this gang of experts be able to catch the killer?
What if fate comes a little too late? A fashion blogger finds herself going down an unexpected path during a life-changing trip to Bali, where she meets a gifted shoemaker. The only question in this whirlwind romance is: can she keep her commitment to her fiancé?
We all need a good cry sometimes, and is here to help with just that. Praised as a heartwarming tale poignantly portraying the complexities of father-daughter relationships, Doll House’s sentimental plot will have you holding your loved ones a little closer this year.
BONUS: CHINESE LANGUAGE PICKS!
When a meteor carrying a destructive plant strikes the world, a suicide squad is given mere hours to save their post-apocalyptic city from total collapse. As humanity faces the threat of extinction, can our heroes emerge victorious against powerful alien creatures? Featuring Hong Kong’s biggest names in the film industry, including Louis Koo, Sean Lau and Carina Lau, is an ambitious production that is well-placed to live up to the hype.
The line between what’s real and what’s not gets blurred in this Taiwanese mystery thriller starring Hsu Wei-Ning, Toby Lee and Wen Chen-Ling. After a coma leaves her with amnesia, an accomplished career woman finds herself navigating a warped reality where she is forced to revisit her painful past.
Everyone has that one aunty whose love life is constantly on the rocks. In this Taiwanese family dramedy, a widow sets out to find new love and comes head-to-head with her own daughter. Filled with hilarious moments while following the ups and downs of relationships, is a heartfelt lesson in sincerity and the value of family.