Brand new Netflix Hong Kong releases, upcoming Apple TV+ miniseries, plus the latest movies and shows to stream on Prime — here’s what our editors are watching this October 2023 and anticipating in November!
Netflix Hong Kong, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Disney+ are full of gems and binge-worthy releases! But what are our editors actually watching? This is your ultimate streaming in Hong Kong guide (and our to-watch list!), with brand-new shows, miniseries, films and more to catch this October and look forward to in November 2023. Highlights include a new Mike Flanagan horror Netflix series and a time travel slasher film on Prime.
Rather venture out? We’ve also got a list of the best cinemas to catch the latest theatrical releases with your friends!
New October 2023 Hong Kong Releases We’re Watching
Beckham — Netflix Hong Kong
You don’t have to like football (Victoria Beckham herself claims she doesn’t!) to tune into this four-part documentary series. Following David Beckham’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to global football stardom, this features never-before-seen personal archive footage, plenty of fashion celebrities (like Anna Wintour!) and sports icon interviews (plus family and friends) and a real behind-the-scenes, intimate feel. It’s very easy to fall in love with David — especially when you see the extent of fan and media abuse post the 1998 World Cup — his whirlwind yet steadfast marriage, and, of course, football. Directed by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens.
Everything Now — Netflix Hong Kong
This raw coming-of-age story features a cast headlined by Sophie Wilde, who you may recognise from the brilliant A24 horror film “Talk to Me”. Created by Ripley Parker (Thandiwe Newton’s daughter) the Netflix original series “Everything Now” focuses on 16-year-old Mia who has spent months in recovery for an eating disorder, as she attempts (read: fumbles, succeeds!) through quintessential teen experiences; making up for lost time. Reviews call this one sweet, witty and also brilliant. It’s my planned weekend watch.
Totally Killer — Amazon Prime Video
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”, “Fresh Off the Boat”, “Young Rock” and “Always Be My Maybe”), “Totally Killer” stars Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) as Jamie, the daughter of a final girl (Julie Bowen) whose friends were murdered by an infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer” in the 1980s. When tragedy strikes, she accidentally time-travels back to 1987 and teams up with her teen mom (Olivia Holt) to take down the killer once and for all.
I couldn’t help myself from watching this the moment it became available to stream on Prime in Hong Kong! It’s so fun, a quirky teen horror slasher film with a time-travelling twist; “Back to the Future” meets “Happy Death Day” meets “The Final Girls” with plenty of cheeky references to John Hughes and iconic slasher films like “Scream”.
The Fall Of The House Of Usher – Netflix Hong Kong
From Mike Flanagan, the horror creator behind “The Haunting of Hill House”, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” and “Midnight Mass”. Just in time for Halloween, settle into this wicked Netflix original series based on the works by Edgar Allan Poe. “The Fall of the House of Usher” follows two ruthless siblings whose family dynasty begins to crumble when their heirs mysteriously die, one by one. It’s spooky and gothic, and a terrifying treat.
Lessons In Chemistry — Apple TV+
Based on the best-selling novel, the Apple TV+ miniseries “Lessons In Chemistry” stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson as Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a patriarchal society. After being fired, she accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives — and the men who are suddenly listening — a lot more than recipes. The book’s been called absurd, funny and a total page-turner so it’ll be interesting to see how that all translates on screen!
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September 2023 Hong Kong Releases You Might Have Missed
A Million Miles Away — Amazon Prime Video
A sweet hidden gem on on Amazon Prime Video, “A Million Miles Away” tells the real-life story of Mexico-born American engineer and NASA astronaut Jose M Hernandez who co-developed the first digital mammography imaging system and had a dream to reach the stars. Brilliantly played by Michael Peña, watch Hernandez go from a child migrant worker working in the fields to getting rejected by NASA again and again before finally becoming a crew member on Space Shuttle mission STS-128. If you’re a sucker for inspirational true stories, this one’s for you!
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Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar — Netflix Hong Kong
Based on the beloved 1977 short story “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson directs this fantasy short film about a rich man who sets out to master an extraordinary skill to cheat at gambling. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular character alongside Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel (the second love of this editor’s life), Ben Kingsley, and Richard Ayoade. The short received a premier at the 80th Venice International Film Festival and a limited theatrical release. You can catch it now on Netflix, along with three other Anderson shorts that are part of a series adapting Dahl’s stories.
Gen V – Amazon Prime Video
Watching “The Boys”? Set in the same world is the superhero television series “Gen V”, a spin-off based on “The Boys” comic book story arc “We Gotta Go Now”. Follow gifted students at America’s only college for superheroes, as they compete for top ranking a chance to join The Seven, Vought International’s elite superhero team. It’s the third entry in “The Boys” franchise and is set concurrently with the original’s fourth season.
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Fingernails — Apple TV+
Romantic and retro, the upcoming film “Fingernails” promises to be a “playful meditation on love”, airing in select theatres and available to stream in Hong Kong on Apple TV+ soon. The premise is intriguing: an innovative test uses controversial new technology to prove whether you and your partner are in true love (a Soulmate AU?). Anna (Jessie Buckley) tested positive three years ago with her boyfriend Ryan (Jeremy Allen White,”Shameless”, “The Bear”) but she’s not quite sure, especially when she meets Amir (Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”, “Venom” and “Sound of Metal”).
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The Buccaneers — Apple TV+
Based on the unfinished 1938 Edith Wharton novel, “The Buccaneers” looks like a lot of fun! You might need a willing suspension of disbelief (we’re sensing a little Hollywood history artistic license here a la “The Great” and “Dickinson”), but then settle in to watch this drama series about a group of fun-loving young American girls who explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s with a total disregard for tradition. We’re talking new money – and old secrets.
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Rustin — Netflix Hong Kong
Emmy winner Colman Domingo leads this historical drama film about Bayard Rustin, the openly gay Black civil rights leader and activist who dedicated his life to justice and racial equality. Despite being a key part of history, orchestrating the monumental 1963 March on Washington, Rustin’s sexuality means he was often put behind the scenes and, to this day, skimmed over in your school history lessons. It co-stars Aml Ameen, Glynn Turman and Chris Rock.
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Where To Watch Hong Kong Film Legend Tony Leung’s Features
- In the Mood for Love (2000) — On Disney+
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) — On Disney+
- Infernal Affairs (2002) — On Netflix Hong Kong
- 2046 (2004) — On Disney+
- Days of Being Wild (1990) — On Apple TV
- The Grandmaster (2013) — On Disney+
- And in cinemas, A City of Sadness – 4K Digital Restored Version