The Beat Asia’s Guide to Netflix Exclusives in April 2023
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What's on Netflix? New TV Shows and Movies for April 2023

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Nothing is going to stop Netflix, isn’t it? After a slew of supposedly bad months, a lower subscription cost in some parts in Asia, and a typically packed release line-up for April, the streamer giant is giving everybody a reason to stay home, stay in or stay in the couch. When you get a chance to take a break from your summer frolicking, you’re going to want to tune in to what they have in mind.

Here’s what The Beat Asia thinks you should be eyeing for April.

Series

‘Beef’ | April 6

Ali Wong, comedian extraordinaire who filmed a Netflix special while pregnant, and Steven Yeun, in his first leading live-action role in a television series since “The Walking Dead,” will star in A24’s small-screen treat. “Beef” is a dark comedy about two people who end up unravelling each other’s lives after a heated exchange. Steven and Ali get so sucked in the fight that they end up rethinking their entire lives.

‘Queenmaker’ | April 14

Korean productions are on a roll when it comes to vengeance-filled shows, and this April, they’re back and have found a new twist to this burgeoning space. Kim Hee-ae, who had the starring role of her life as Ji Seon-u in “The World of the Married,” is a civil servant bent on giving it to her former boss by using her skills to turn a lawyer into a mayor. If it gets gritty, like “The Glory,” then Netflix has their next Asian hit.

‘Florida Man’ | April 13

A retelling of the tale of the Florida Man, a legend of the internet, this gritty miniseries stars Edgar Ramirez, one of Hollywood’s hidden gems, as an ex-cop hunting a mobster’s girlfriend. In the process of getting acquainted with his childhood home of Florida, he gets tested on how long he can stay on the right path and discovers things about family that should have stayed buried.

Movies

‘Hunger’ | April 8

Netflix’s biggest Thai release in years will be taking on the subject of food, or more specifically, the process of creating cuisine. “Hunger” is “Whiplash” in the kitchen, where chef Paul, played by Nopachai Jayanama, will mentor Aoy, played by Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying. But this is not your typical happy tale of apprentice-becomes-master. Chef Paul will push the talented Aoy to her limit, giving people a taste of the infamous tales of what happens in the highly pressurized territory of professional kitchens.

‘The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die’ | April 14

The last of “The Last Kingdom” will come by way of a big-screen production, with “Seven Kings Must Die.” Uhtred will take up arms once again, roam the seas once again, and probably, kill once again. What started with “Vikings,” the slew of Dark Age-tales on the small-screen about Viking incursions into Britannia, will end with this movie. Maybe.

‘One More Time’ | April 18

“One More Time” is a Swedish film that combines the time-travelling aspects of “Groundhog Day,” “17 Again,” and “Freaky Friday.” Let’s just say that with those movies as its inspiration, we hope that this Scandinavian project will just be as successful. Hedda Stiernstedt plays Amelia, the 40-year-old woman at the center of the story who gets hit by a bus on her birthday, transporting her back to her 18-year-old self.

Comedy/Documentary

‘Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now’ | April 5

Ever since making his mark on international pop with “Someone You Loved,” Lewis Capaldi has been on the forefront of Scottish pop. But, in this behind-the-scenes look at the crooner’s personal life, we see his struggles with fame and all that comes with it. It gives, undoes, and rewires your life, something Lewis must come to terms with as his popstar profile grows.

‘American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing’ | April 12

A day of darkness that burrowed into the American psyche, the bombing of the Boston Marathon is one in a long line of domestic terrorist attacks that have been plaguing the United States. This one, though, has a tale beyond the newspapers that will make your head spin. But, if there’s anyone that should be remembered in the incident, it should be the names of Krystie Marie Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin William Richard.

‘John Mulaney: Baby J’ | April 25

John Mulaney had an eventful last couple of years, to say the least. From turbulent to productive to turbulent again, the comedian has made such a mark on pop culture that he’s arguably one of Gen Z’s favorite comedians, or one of their favorite comedians that they love to hate on. Either way, he and Netflix agree it’s time to release his third comedy special for the streamer.

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