Coming Soon to Netflix: September 2018
Oooh! Lots of goodies are going to hit Netflix soon, minna-san! Are you excited? I know I am. Thai dramas, Chinese dramas, Japanese movies! Yes, please.
If you enjoy boys love high school dramas, the first season of the immensely popular Love Sick is now available. This drama stars Kongyingyong Chonlathorn, Phumphothingham Nawat, and Luangsodsai Anupart. Phun’s father wants him to date a colleague’s daughter even though Phun already has a girlfriend. He enlists the help of Noh who is in need of funds for the music club to act has his boyfriend to convince his boy’s love obsessed sister to help him get his father off his back. What happens when these two boys fall in love during the course of their “fake” relationship?
Worrawech Danuwong (Dan), Ornjira Larmwilai (Pang), Chaiyapol Pupart (New), and Jintanutda Lummakanon star in Castle of Stars (aka Kay Hard Dao). The drama follows four couples and the ups and downs of their lives. A couple working at a bank challenge each other to see who can recover the most cash when a broken ATM dishes out a fortune. Whoever loses this game must find a new job. This Thai movie stars Chantavit Dhanasevi, Preechaya Pongthanaikorn, and Chaleumpol Tikumpornteerawong. In Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story, a 30-year-old woman struggles against all odds to pursue true love after an encounter with an engineer working the night shift for the city train. This movie stars Sirin Horwang who won an award for her performance and Theeradej Wongpuapan (Ken).
Peter Ho, Jeanine Yang, Ting Hu Zhang, Jason Tsou, and Tammy Chen star in Age of Rebellion. This Taiwanese drama follows campus bullying and whose responsibility it is to stop it when it reaches outside of the schools that are trying to route it out.
For Here or to Go? follows a software engineer who must come to a decision about returning to his home in India or deal with the US’s frustrating visa renewal process. Yim is desperate to win back his girlfriend who has traveled to the US. He hires an English tutor but things do not go as planned in I Fine… Thank You… Love You which stars Sora Aoi, Preechaya Pongthananikorn, and Sunny Suwanmethanont.
If Asian horror movies don’t scare the bejeezus out of you, check out Laddaland. This Thai movie, starring Saharat Sangkapreecha, Pok Piyatida Woramusik, and Sutatta Udomslip, follows a family as they move into an upscale housing development where they encounter paranormal events that drive them to the edge of their sanity. The popular Mario Maurer stars in horror film Pee Mak in which his wife won’t let her death stand in the way of their love. Phobia 2, a sequel to the 4bia anthology, features five supernatural tales of karma.
Want something a little more heartwarming (in a manner of speaking)? Check out Chantavit Dhanasevi and Nittha Jirayungyurn in One Day. An overlooked geek takes the chance to make an impression on a colleague he has been crushing on when she loses her memory (temporarily) due to an accident. How about a teen romance? When his crush returns, a boy forms a band with his friend to impress her. But tensions and rivalry bloom when his crush joins their group. Suckseed stars Jirayu La-ongmanee, Pachara Chirathivat, and Nattasha Nauljam.
Enjoy older Hong Kong movies? Check out the 1984 flick Prince Charming starring Kenny Bee, Cherie Chung, and Chan Pak-cheung. Two friends sought love in Hawaii only to be disappointed. Once they return home they find themselves caught up in a messy identity swap.
Want to check out a Malaysian television drama? Show Me the Money’s two seasons are now streaming. The drama stars Afdlin Shauki, Patrick Teoh, and Mano Maniam. A family finds themselves millionaires overnight thanks to an unlikely benefactor.
The thing I am excited about…cautiously…is Bleach. Bleach is coming! I wasn’t interested in Bleach until a good friend from high school got me hooked. This manga is suuuuuper long…I don’t know if this has even finished! So you know there isn’t a whole lot of the plot the movie can actually cover. Hopefully we’ll get to see more Bleach if this does well.
So we have a “normal” teenage boy who inadvertently because a stand-in reaper to fight evil hollows. Fukushi Sota stars as Ichigo, our main character, and this movie also stars Sugisaki Hana and Yoshizawa Ryo among others. The trailer looks cool.
Behind the Newsroom (watch here) follows confident and cool newscaster Punchalee as she butts heads with the conniving Dao who will stop at nothing to fulfill her own ambitions.
In love with Chinese historical dramas? Check out Chen Kun, Ni Ni, and Zhao Li Xin in The Rise of Phoenixes. This 2018 drama is based on the novel Huang Quan by Tianxia Guiyuan. Feng Zhi Wei is the unfavored illegitimate daughter of the Qiu family. When she is cast out for a crime she did not commit, she cross-dresses as a man to enter a prestigious academy where her talent and knowledge is soon recognized. Unfortunately a birth secret challenges her loyalty to the current emperor and her own lover.
Nor Chor (aka Bangkok Hell) is a Thai movie which follows an inmate as he is given a chance to become a snitch to benefit himself or remain loyal to his fellow prisoners. Still (aka Taai Hong) is a 2010 omnibus horror film pulling its horrifying tales directly from some of Thailand’s most gruesome headlines. Eeda (no link yet) is a 2018 Indian film which is a modern take on Shakespeare’s infamous romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet. Links are forthcoming.