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Netflix continues to deliver on its winning “something for everyone” formula with a mix of historical documentaries, pre-Halloween horrors, dystopian takes on reality television shows, and more. Paul Hsiao, chart maker and film enthusiast at Movieconomist, lists his most-anticipated releases arriving on Netflix Hong Kong this October.
What if Jake Gyllenhaal was an emergency operator? No doubt, we would be making more 999 calls... All jokes aside, from the director of Training Day and Safe House comes a taut new drama about the lengths that a dispatch operator will go to in order to find the truth and save a woman who seems to be in the process of being kidnapped. Drama, twists, and turns ensue, but the one constant is the signature bug-eyed intensity Gyllenhaal has brought to the likes of Prisoners and John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch. Available 1 October
Like this? Consider Phone Booth, the early 2000s drama that launched Colin Farrell into superstardom.
Margaret Qualley of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood unites with her mum—1990s sweetheart Andie McDowell—in this new Netflix series. Based on the novel Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Qualley stars as a millennial who yearns for a life outside poverty and bureaucracy. She takes on a role as a cleaner to make ends meet and support her young daughter. Heavy stuff, just in time for awards season. Available 1 October
Like this? Consider Room, the acclaimed drama for which Brie Larson won “Best Actress” at the Academy Awards.
Cue iconic bass riffs. America’s most lucrative sitcom about thirty-something New Yorkers in the pre-internet era—no, not Friends—hits the small screen (again) more than thirty years after its debut. Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star as part of a cast of friends in this famous show “about nothing” that has transformed into an international cultural icon. Finally, check out what your dad and his expat friends have been referring to all this time, with all nine (!) seasons available in October. Available 1 October
Like this? Consider The Good Place, a clever take on “workplace” comedies.
From the creative team behind Stranger Things and The Conjuring comes an energetic fright-fest starring high school students who are being stalked by a masked serial killer. Expect plenty of blood and a rad synth soundtrack. Based on the New York Times best-selling book written by Stephanie Perkins, the film promises to deliver serious thrills during the Halloween season. Available 6 October
Like this? Consider Happy Death Day, which merges the serial killer genre with the time-bending aspects of Groundhog Day.
Forever Rich is a nose-to-the-ground thriller that follows an up-and-coming rapper named Richie, who is on the verge of superstardom when a group of thugs steal his watch right before the most important show of his career. With his inner circle and social media persona on the verge of falling apart, Richie embarks on a journey of revenge that puts his career in the balance. A very intense look at the cut-throat world of fame. Available 6 October
Like this? Consider Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler’s most convincing role in years as a New York City jeweller who bites off more than he can chew with a series of increasingly desperate gambits.
How much do you really know about Google Earth? Giving the tech giant the same treatment David Fincher gave Facebook through The Social Network, Billion Dollar Code is a limited series that tells the true story of two German software engineers who sue Google for (allegedly) stealing their idea to map out the world. Available 7 October
Like this? Consider Halt and Catch Fire, a drama set in 1980s California that chronicles the birth of Silicon Valley.
Based on the manga written and illustrated by Kousuke Oono, this anime series is a tongue-in-cheek take that centres around a former yakuza boss who retires to become a stay-at-home husband. He deals with house cats and cooking pans to deliver the domestic bliss his wife deserves in contemporary Tokyo. Available 7 October
Like this? Consider The Naked Director, another look into the little-seen lives of non-conformists in Japan.
Imagine meeting someone who can match your sociopathic tendencies. After murdering his way through one season and finding his match in a lady aptly named Love in the second, serial killer Joe seemingly finds a new purpose as a father figure to a very real child and in the latest season. Domestic life is a killer. Available 15 October
Like this? Consider Mr Robot, a serialised show following a hacker played by Rami Malek in New York City.
Taking place in the same universe as Zack Snyder’s zombie blockbuster Army of the Dead, Army of Thieves is a prequel that follows German thief Dieter (played by Matthias Schweighöfer) in a cross between The Italian Job and ravenous zombies. A mysterious and well-connected woman contacts a mild-mannered bank teller who specialises in getting past bank vaults for a job that is a little more than what it seems—a perfectly timed release for the upcoming Halloween season. Available 29 October
Like this? Consider Overlord, a zombie film set in the Second World War that celebrates the zombie sub-genre.