I’ve learnt to get on with Netflix. Many times in the past, I’ve subscribed then aborted attempts to watch something for the sake of it.
Recently, it’s come up with some goodies – Like Water For Chocolate, Blue Velvet. I’ve even stuck with Grace and Frankie!
But two of the current bests have to be Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Japan) and Rookie Historian: Goo Hae-Ryung (South Korea). They are delightful in their story-telling with a blend of humour, a good splash of modernity, great timing and hooks. Lighting in the cinematography is natural and relaxing. Costumes, exquisite.
I admit I love a good story from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China – they are absolutely worth it. I am biased of course. I love Zhang Yimou and other 5th Generation Directors, Kurosawa, Ang Lee, Kim ki-duk. From the days of international film cinemas in the 80’s, through to HMV and their decent DVD selection and now Netflix, East and South East Asian directors of film and tv dramas have influenced me and kept strong my love of this artform.
Go explore beyond the usual!