Lights, Camera, Action: Netflix’s Star-Studded January Lineup
New year, new binge! As we bid adieu to the old and usher in the promise of a fresh start, Netflix is making sure we have plenty of reasons to stay glued to our screens. From gripping true crime documentaries to side-splitting comedies and pulse-pounding series, the streaming giant is unleashing a January lineup that’s as diverse as it is enticing.
Gangster Matriarch: Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh in ‘The Brothers Sun’
Kicking off this month is the black comedy series ‘The Brothers Sun,’ starring none other than the Oscar winner Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh. In a role that showcases her versatility, Yeoh plays the unassuming matriarch of a gangster family. Expect a rollercoaster of emotions, as she navigates the delicate balance between family dynamics and the criminal underworld. Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh’s presence alone is reason enough to mark your calendar for this one
Gyeongseong Creature: Part 2 – Fasten Your Seatbelts
Fans of Park Seo-joon and Han So-hee, rejoice! The second part of ‘Gyeongseong Creature’ is hitting screens just two weeks after the premiere of Part 1. Brace yourself for more adventures, drama, and the irresistible chemistry between the lead pair. With a storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this Korean series is proving to be an early contender for binge-worthy content in 2024.
Lift: Úrsula Corberó’s High-Stakes Heist
The sassy Tokyo from ‘La casa de papel,’ aka Úrsula Corberó, is back in action in ‘Lift.’ This time, she’s joining forces with a star-studded crew, including Kevin Hart and Vincent D’Onofrio, for a high-flying heist. The mission? Steal $500 million in gold from a vault on a plane cruising at 40,000 feet. Get ready for a thrilling joyride that promises to keep you guessing until the very end.
Man on the Run: Unraveling the 1MDB Scandal
For those who crave real-life drama, ‘Man on the Run’ is a must-watch. This true crime feature documentary delves into the notorious 1MDB scandal, unravelling how Jho Low orchestrated a scheme to exploit the sovereign wealth fund. With interviews featuring current PM Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle Brown, and 1MDB whistleblower Xavier André Justo, this documentary is a gripping exposé that’ll leave you questioning the thin line between power and corruption.
A Cinematic Feast: Netflix Original Films
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Netflix is serving up a selection of original films throughout January, each with its unique plot twist.
‘Good Grief’: Dan Levy’s Directorial Debut in the City of Love
Dan Levy makes his directorial debut in ‘Good Grief,’ a film that explores grief, messy secrets, and hard truths in the enchanting backdrop of Paris. The official trailer promises an emotional rollercoaster, and Levy’s touch ensures a blend of wit and heart. Pack your bags for an unforgettable journey through the city of love with this Netflix original film.
‘Maboroshi’: A Frozen Town’s Timeless Tale
‘Maboroshi’ takes us to a small town plunged into a timeless freeze after a factory explosion. The film follows 14-year-old Masamune and his friends as they grapple with a collapsing reality. With an intriguing premise and stunning visuals, this Netflix film is poised to be a surreal and captivating experience.
‘Primbon’: Unraveling Superstitions in the Midst of a Mystery
‘Primbon’ promises a gripping narrative as it unfolds a mountain climbing trip gone awry. When Rana goes missing, a conflict arises between belief and superstition within the family. With a ruwat ceremony as the ultimate truth-tester, this film takes viewers on a journey through mystery, suspense, and a clash of perspectives.
TV Series Galore: From Romance to Comedy
As January progresses, Netflix continues to roll out an array of TV series, offering something for everyone.
‘Love on the Spectrum U.S.: Season 2’ – A Heartwarming Search for Love
The heartwarming docuseries ‘Love on the Spectrum’ returns with its U.S. edition, featuring single people with autism in their quest for love. With familiar faces and new romantic hopefuls, this series beautifully explores the complexities and joys of romance within the autism spectrum.
‘Jack Whitehall: Settle Down’ – A Comedy Special Extravaganza
Get ready to laugh out loud with Jack Whitehall’s latest comedy special, ‘Settle Down.’ Known for his wit and irreverent humour, Whitehall is sure to deliver a night of hilarity that’s perfect for chasing away the winter blues.
‘Killer Soup’ – A Twisty Culinary Tale
Swathi dreams of owning a restaurant, but her plans take an unexpected turn in ‘Killer Soup.’ When murder derails her ambitions, she and her lover concoct a wild plan — replacing the victim with her husband. This series promises a unique blend of suspense, drama, and a touch of culinary madness.
Coming Soon: Teasers to Keep You Hooked
As January comes to a close, Netflix gives us a taste of what’s next. ‘Delicious in Dungeon’ invites adventurers into a cursed buried kingdom, while ‘The Kitchen’ explores community and camaraderie in the face of rising injustice and gentrification.
Text by Amein
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