Hong Kong Netflix Movies and TV Shows to Watch in Dec 2022
December 09, 2022
With the winter holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to settle in with a hamper of snacks and catch up on the latest Netflix releases that have not come to disappoint. This month’s curation of top picks is a no brainer, from documentary, animation, to top pedigree movies – The Beat Asia has hand selected your December must-watches.
‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’
Benoit Blanc returns to the big screen to peel back the layers of this classic Rian Johnson-esque whodunit. Reprising his role as the eccentric PI, Daniel Craig dons his “Kentucky Fried Foghorn Leghorn Drawl” alongside an all-star cast including Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
Much like the first installation, Benoit finds himself at another private estate surrounded by rich archetypes and pastiches, only to wonder why his presence was called on in the first place. The disparate group of friends meet Benoit at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron, each harbouring their secrets, lies, and intentions. With a dead body as his feet, Benoit must collect all of the missing pieces and uncover who is truly responsible for this many-layered onion of a case.
Available from: Dec. 23, 4 PM
‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’
From academy award winning director, Guillermo del Toro, comes a reimagined telling of the universally loved tale of a wooden boy with a penchant for lying. In this enchanted stop-motion animation, del Toro sets this story in 1930’s Italy during Benito Mussolini’s rise to power. Here, we see the idyllic innocence of a young boy as he tries to navigate a world that he does not quite understand, at least not yet.
As Pinocchio travels the world and befriends all sorts of peculiar characters along the way, he slowly comes to realize the life-giving power of love – reuniting with his father with a renewed understanding of the world.
Available from: Dec. 9, 4 PM
‘In Broad Daylight: The Narvate Case’
At two in the afternoon, Jul. 31, 2015, the usually quiet middle-class neighbourhood of Narvarte, Mexico, would stand to witness a crime that would shake the nation for years to come. Three men enter an apartment located on Luz Savinon street, and by the time the men leave, activist Ruben Espinosa, activist Nadia Vera, her roommates Mile Martin and Yessenia Quiroz and their domestic worker Alejandra Negrete, have all been brutally murdered.
In this meticulous documentary directed by Alberto Arnaut Estrada, the fallacies of the Mexican authorities, edited CCTV footage, and untrue characterizations of the victims slowly show the case for what it truly is; a sinister criminal affair turned politically fraught. Seven years later, the community steps up to criticize the deficiencies in the Mexican justice system and the rampant corruption tangled within it.
Available From: Dec. 8, 4 PM
‘Gudetama An Eggcellent Adventure’
Everyone’s favourite cartoon egg cracks his way into the live-action scene in “Gudetama An Eggcellent Adventure”. In this parent-searching road trip, the lackadaisical egg has long resigned himself to end up as someone’s dinner, and wants nothing more but to spend his last days waiting for the end. In a twist of fate, Gudetama meets his hatched-chick brother, Shakipiyo, whose temperament is the complete opposite of his.
With Shakipiyo’s go-getter attitude and Gudetama’s complete apathy, the two embark on an exhausting adventure around Japan to find their mother. Along the way, the unlikely duo meet all sorts of eggs and learn the many ways an egg can be prepared. Will the pair be able to find their mother before Gudetama’s expiry date?
Available form: Dec. 13, 4 PM
‘Alice in Borderland Season Two’
‘Alice in Borderland’ flew under the radar at the height of Squid Game’s online takeover in 2021, but as Squid Game amassed all the views – it also left audiences craving the uniquely Asian style of suspenseful storytelling. Whilst similar in concept, this dystopian survival thriller is based on a 2010 manga with deuteragonists Usagi and Arisu playing a high-stakes games to escape the deadly ‘Tokyo-esque’ map.
In Season Two, after the trials and tribulations of the playing card games one through ten, Arisu and the gang dance in the palm of the true master puppeteer. With only Jack, Queen, and King card’s remaining, Arisu and the gang stand at the border of life and death for what they pray will be the last time.
Available from: Dec. 22, 4 PM
‘BARDO False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’
From the directorial genius of Alejandro G. Iñárritu comes “BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”, a visually stunning epic that invites intimate questions about the self. Brought to the screen by an all-star crew of Academy Award nominees and winners, including Darius Khonji, Nicolas Giacobon, and Eugenio Caballero, this film is a must-watch for anyone affected by gravity.
In this experiential film, we follow Silverio’s journey as a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker; as he navigates being thrown into the world’s limelight after winning a prestigious award. He returns to Mexico to digest all that he has lived, and all that will continue to decorate his life – unknowingly crossing an existential limit that tests his memories and fears.
Available from: Dec. 16, 4 PM
When an explosion occurs in the thicket of the Norwegian mountains, it awakens a stirring of something that has been trapped in the mountain of Dovre for a thousand years. This ancient troll, fabled and only imagined in folklore, rises from its resting place, executing it’s birth right to destroy.
As it approaches the capital of Norway, wreaking havoc on everything in its path – the Norwegian authorities are shot into a panic as they fumble to appoint experts, deploy soldiers, and evacuate their citizens to save their comparably tiny civilization. This Norse Legend turned Kaiju epic is a must see for those who love delving into the fantasies of powerful beasts set in the modern world.
Available from: Dec. 1, 4 PM
‘Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery’
Senior Detective Terry Seattle (played by Will Arnett) is on the case, and it’s a hell of a doozy. With one of the world’s most beloved fat men stabbed through the chest with a giant candy-cane stake, Detective Seattle brings celebrity guest stars Jason Bateman and Maya Rudolph to solve the murder of Santa Claus.
There’s just one catch. Bateman and Rudolph are completely script-less, and there’s no telling which direction this hilarious whodunnit will go. They both have no idea what’s about to happen, but they’ll just have to play along whilst trying not to break character.
Available from: Dec. 15, 4 PM
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