What to watch on Netflix Asia this month: top 10 picks for August 2020

From K-dramas to Singaporean classics, here’s what to stream this month on Netflix

Netflix Asia has finally lifted the lid on its huge lineup of new series and films for August 2020. This month, the streaming service celebrates Singapore’s National Day (on August 9) with a slew of productions from the city-state.

Starting from August 1, Netflix will release over a hundred classic Singaporean titles, ranging from beloved period drama Growing Up to Anthony Chen’s award-winning debut feature film, Ilo Ilo. The titles will be available across Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Netflix also has its own bill of exciting new originals, such as the premiere of animated sitcom Hoops and dance flick Work It. Popular series Lucifer and the K-drama Stranger will also return with brand-new episodes.

Here are NME’s picks of movies and shows coming to Netflix Asia in August 2020.

Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo, Netflix
‘Ilo Ilo’. Credit: Netflix

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, this heart-wrenching drama follows the unexpected friendship between a 10-year-old boy named Jiale and his family’s newly hired Filipina domestic helper, Teresa.

Ilo Ilo is the first feature film by Singaporean director Anthony Chen, and it won the Caméra d’Or award when it made its debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It stars Singaporean actor Chen Tianwen, Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann and Filipino actress Angeli Bayani.

Ilo Ilo arrives August 1. (Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei)

Work It

Work It, Netflix
‘Work It’. Credit: Netflix

Laura Terruso’s new feature film is a light-hearted, coming-of-age dance flick that combines the best of Step Up, Pitch Perfect and Bring It On.

Sabrina Carpenter from Girl Meets World stars as Quinn Ackerman, a high school student whose dreams of getting into an Ivy League college hinges on her ability to win a dance competition. She quickly gathers a group of dancers to help her achieve her goals – now, Ackermann just has to learn how to dance herself.

Work It arrives August 7.

Bunga Tanjong

Bunga Tanjong, Netflix
‘Bunga Tanjong’. Credit: Netflix

Set in a dance hall of the same name that was located in Singapore’s New World Amusement Park in the ’50s and ’60s, this series captures the life of Miriam (played by Farhana M. Noor), a young woman who was pulled out of school and forced to marry a man up to no good. She is soon saved by an employee at Bunga Tanjong and is offered a job as a cabaret dancer, but has to face off against a group of more senior performers.

Bunga Tanjong arrives August 8. (Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei)


Growing Up (Seasons 1, 2 & 3)

Growing Up, Netflix
‘Growing Up’. Credit: Netflix

This nostalgic period drama chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Tay family during the early days of Singapore’s independence in the ’60s, as seen through the eyes of second son David (played by Steven Lim). Veteran Singaporean actor Lim Kay Tong stars as the family’s stern patriarch, alongside Wee Soon Hui as the peacemaking mother figure and Andrew Seow as the hot-headed eldest child.

Season 1 of Growing Up arrives August 8, while Season 2 & 3 will arrive August 30. (Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei)

Project Power

Project Power, Netflix
‘Project Power’. Credit: Netflix

Crime levels surge in a near-future New Orleans after ‘Power’ – a mysterious pill that grants users a random superpower for five minutes – starts circulating in the city. In order to combat the rising tide of crime, an ex-soldier and a cop (played by Jaime Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, respectively) team up with a teenage dealer (The Deuce’s Dominique Fishback) to take down the sinister forces behind the pills.

In NME‘s review of Project Power, we wrote, “For most of our on-screen heroes, their powers are god-given. So it’s refreshing to watch a movie which democratises that process – in Project Power, even the least privileged can be Superman or Captain America for five minutes.

Project Power arrives August 14.

Stranger (Season 2)

Stranger Season 2, Netflix
‘Stranger’. Credit: Netflix

Cho Seung-Woo and Bae Doona return as prosecutor Hwang Si-Mok and police inspector Han Yeo-Jin in the new season of this thrilling crime drama. The upcoming episodes pick up two years after the original’s 2017 run as the duo reunite to investigate a string of seemingly intertwined cases. Bae and Cho will be joined by a host of new mysterious characters, including the head of the Intelligence Bureau (played by Jeon Hye-Jin) and the chief prosecutor (Choi Moo-Sung).

Stranger (Season 2) arrives August 15.

Lucifer (Season 5A)

Lucifer, Netflix
Lucifer. Credit: Netflix

At the end of Season 4, the Lord Of Hell (played by Tom Ellis) finally left Earth to reclaim his throne in the netherworld, never to return. But after barely a year, he’s back – or is he? Lucifer’s sudden reappearance sparks curiosity from his Earthly companions, especially from his long-time ally Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and love interest Chloe Decker (Lauren German).

Lucifer (Season 5A) arrives August 21.



Hoops, Netflix
Hoops. Credit: Netflix

Created by comedian and musician Ben Hoffman, Hoops is an animated sitcom about a vulgar high school basketball coach who is desperate to turn his life around. He desires to make it to the big leagues – and in the process change his sad life – by training his team of tragic players into actual stars. New Girl’s Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle of Modern Family fame, comedian Natasha Leggero and more voice characters on the show.

Hoops arrives August 21.

Trinkets (Season 2)

Trinkets, Netflix
Trinkets. Credit: Netflix

The hit teen drama returns with its second and final season to wrap up the story of the Shoplifters Anonymous trio. This new chapter will chronicle the journey of Elodie (played by Brianna Hildebrand), who ran away from home at the end of Season 1, as well as the conclusion to Tabitha’s (Quintessa Swindell) relationship with her abusive ex-boyfriend. On the other hand, Moe (Kiana Madeira) has to come to terms with life after being kicked off the STEM programme.

Trinkets (Season 2) arrives August 25.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, Netflix
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol. Credit: Netflix

A pianist (played by Go Ara) is drawn to a music academy called La La Land in a small countryside South Korean town after her family loses everything. She crosses paths with the mysterious Sun Woo-Joon (Lee Jae-Wook), who has secrets of his own, and soon falls head over heels for him. The series also stars Kim Joo-Hun (of It’s Okay To Not Be Okay fame), as well as Ye Ji-Won and Shin Eun-Soo in supporting roles.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol arrives August 26.