The best shows and films coming to Netflix HK this November
Ah, November. Halloween is done and dusted, our sweaters are coming out of their hiding place, we can finally start counting down till Christmas, and Netflix is kicking off the new season with an impressive line-up of movies and TV shows. Ready your watch list and lock yourself in for some well-deserved hibernation as we give you the top titles you’ll want to stream this month.
The best new films and shows to stream online right now
Autumn is on the way, and while for much of the world that means the falling of brown leaves, in Hong Kong it merely means you might not have to constantly pump the air conditioning if you fancy a day indoors. Regardless, a new season means more new shows and films hitting our Interwebs in the coming weeks. If you're feeling indoorsy and running out of films and shows to binge, here are the best movies to stream right now. RECOMMENDED: If you're more of a cinema fan, check out our interview with Joaquin Phoenix ahead of the new Joker movie release or our review of the film here.
The best Hong Kong action movies
Some of Hong Kong’s most famous movies – at least abroad – belong to the action genre. Traditionally, local audiences, weaned on a diet of wuxia novels, preferred to see their heroes dispatch villains with their fists or swords. But for a decade between the mid-80s and mid-90s, guns were king. So iconic were Hong Kong’s action flicks that they became a subgenre unto themselves, sometimes called ‘heroic bloodshed’ or ‘bullet ballet’. In case you don’t know what all the fuss is about, here are 11 of the best Hong Kong action movies you need to see.RECOMMENDED: Looking for more great local movies? Try Hong Kong’s best wuxia films or romcoms.
Hong Kong film interviews
Time Out meets Joaquin Phoenix ahead of Joker release
The most anticipated film of the autumn, ‘Joker’ examines how failed stand-up Arthur Fleck morphed into the Gotham psychopath we all know and dread. Its star Joaquin Phoenix is its beating heart in a jittery, terrifying turn that’s already gathering Oscar buzz. The man himself has a rep for being an occasionally scratchy interviewee – ‘Most of the time I just try to get to the end of interviews’, he tells me, unpromisingly – but the man I encounter is direct but laid-back, and eager to chat about his turn as the DC supervillain. By Olivier Joyard Do you have to like a character like the Joker to play him? ‘Frankly, it was a challenge. Sometimes, while reading the script, I felt sympathetic, other times I was repulsed. Made no fucking sense. He was pathetic, whiny. I saw traces of post-traumatic stress disorder in him. When he’s attacked by kids at the start of the movie, he freezes up like a statue, unable to respond. This guy was physically abused when he was a child. It’s difficult not to feel some empathy for someone who’s been through that. That sort of thing changes your brain, the way you think. And it made me change how I see his character. At the start, I wanted him to go fuck himself.’ How did you prepare for the role? Did you study mental health problems in any way? ‘I watched some videos and read two books in particular. I’m not going to tell you which, as I don’t want to give the criminals they’re about more attention than they deserve. The general idea was