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What to watch this week: From a sci-fi drama to a Japanese epic

Here’s a rundown of this week’s new releases

What to watch this week: From a sci-fi drama to a Japanese epic
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This week offers something for everyone with a diverse selection of shows and movies from around the globe. From a historical epic and a high-stakes thriller to a thought-provoking science fiction drama and a lighthearted courtroom comedy, there’s a world of entertainment waiting to be explored.

So, grab your remote, settle in, and prepare to be captivated by these must-watch shows.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s new releases:

Shōgun (Japanese, English)

James Clavell’s bestselling novel, ‘Shōgun’, has been adapted into a riveting new series that follows John Blackthorne, an adventurous English sailor who finds himself shipwrecked on the Japanese shore. 

Thrust into an unfamiliar land, his path collides with the powerful and cunning Lord Toranaga, a Japanese magnate embroiled in a fierce political battle for survival.

Prepare to be transported to 17th century Japan as Shōgun promises a captivating experience for fans of historical fiction.

Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Hiroyuki Sanada, Anna Sawai

Where to watch: Disney Plus Hotstar

Red Queen (Spanish)

Red Queen, a new Spanish thriller series that follows Antonia Scott, a brilliant woman with the highest recorded IQ. 

Despite being initially chosen to lead Europe’s secret police force, a string of unfortunate events set her back. However, her unwavering former supervisor believes in her and tries to get her back on track with the help of an aide.

Starring: Vicky Luengo, Hovik Keuchkerian, Andrea Trepat, Celia Freijeiro

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Poor Things (English)

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things brings a fresh perspective to life with its unique premise. 

Bella Baxter’s brain has been replaced with that of a fetus, during a brain transplant surgery. The film then follows her journey of self-discovery and exploration of womanhood, alongside the charming yet problematic lawyer, Duncan Wedderburn. 

Under the care of the eccentric Dr. Godwin Baxter, Bella embarks on a captivating adventure, seeking to understand her newfound existence and navigate the complexities of the world.

An awards-season favorite, this film is a must-watch for fans of Lanthimos and his unconventional storytelling. 

Starring: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Spaceman (English)

In this sci-fi adventure, helmed by Johan Renck, an astronaut called Jakub embarks on a lonely mission to the edge of the solar system. 

Haunted by past choices, he encounters Hanus, a peculiar extraterrestrial being. As their unlikely bond forms, Hanus offers Jakub a chance to mend his relationship with his wife back on Earth. Will Jakub find redemption amidst the vastness of space? This captivating story, inspired by Jaroslav Kalfar’s novel ‘Spaceman of Bohemia,’ explores themes of isolation, regret, and the possibility of second chances.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Carey Mulligan, Kunal Nayyar, Paul Dano

Where to watch: Netflix

Maamla Legal Hai (Hindi)

Helmed by Rahul Pandey, this delightful comedy legal drama series boasts an ensemble that functions inside the bustling Patparganj District Court in New Delhi. 

The show delves into the world of quirky lawyers and their equally unique colleagues, navigating the courtroom’s chaos with humor. Each episode presents a different case, prompting viewers to ponder while they chuckle as these courtroom antics take over the scene.

So, if you’re looking for a show that blends wit with legal hijinks, tune in to Maamla Legal Hai.

Starring: Ravi Kishan, Anant Joshi, Naila Grewal, Nidhi Bisht

Where to watch: Netflix

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