Netflix Binges

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By June Ramli

It’s the weekend and if you are staying in, here are some Netflix recommendations for you to watch.
Ok, confession time, lately, I have been taking my Netflix subscription seriously. In the past, I find that I often find myself just confused as to what I should watch or often leaving a series or movie halfway through.
Instead of feeling guilty that I am burning my money every month with all these halfway binge-watches, I have decided to start this column as a way to get back my money’s worth.
So, that way, I’d be forced to watch the movie or any series right from the start till the end.
No breaks in between.
First up, let’s start with Aggretsuko. I found this Japanese animation by absolute chance and I thank my lucky stars that I did. It is like watching The Office except that this is an animated series and best watched in Japanese with English subtitles.

Aggretsuko on Netflix – Trailer!

So, this series revolves around the life of Retsuko a 25-year-old single anthropomorphic red panda, working in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm, trying her best to navigate through the typical problems encountered by young adults in the 21st century Japan.
Facing constant frustration every day from pushy superiors and co-workers, Retsuko often lets out her emotions by going to a karaoke bar every night and singing heavy metal. This is funny to watch. Although it is an animated series, I found myself laughing a lot while watching this series and watched all four seasons in two days.
If animation is not your thing, then might I tickle your fancy with a Korean movie? Try watching The Call, a 2020 South Korean thriller film directed by Lee Chung-Hyun, and starring Park Shin-Hye and Jeon Jong-Seo. Based on the 2011 British and Puerto Rican film The Caller, The Call revolves around the lives of two women from different times who connect through a phone call which interchanges their fates. This is a must-watch movie and would guarantee to blow your mind away.

The Call trailer!

Another movie that I watch without breaks is the Mirage, this is a Spanish movie and is much like The Call, except that it debuted in 2018. The story for Mirage is about the same except this story uses an old analogue TV to connect a person from the past and the future together before things take an unexpected turn. You’ll need to watch the entire movie to find out what I am talking about here.

Fractured trailer on Netflix.

The next movie that I’d like to recommend is the Fractured, a movie which was released in 2019. This movie messes up with your mind and you will need to watch it right till the end.
Finally, I’d like to recommend to you a movie from my home country, Malaysia and it is called Mukhsin. The movie was set in Malaysia and released in 2006.

Mirage trailer on Netflix.

The movie revolves around the life of a 12-year-old boy named Mukhsin (Mohd Syafie Naswip), who develops a friendship with Orked (Sharifah Aryana), a 10-year-old girl, and quickly develops a crush on her. The movie was famous when it was first released years ago in Malaysia because the late director was a very well-known figure.
I never got to watch the movie when it was first released in 2006 but I must say that I loved it to bits when I got the chance to watch it on Netflix recently. I hope you will like all my recommendations here. Happy binge-watching.

Muhsin trailer.

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