What’s coming to Netflix Singapore in January 2023

Highlights include new post-apocalyptic survival film Jung_E and mystery murder film The Pale Blue Eye.

Maisy Phua

Published: 16 December 2022, 11:35 AM

Here’s another reason to look forward to the new year: Netflix has prepared a sensational lineup of shows to be released in 2023. 

From riveting new Netflix original movies, to the return of some of its most popular series, the films and shows will cover quite a number of genres. 

Here are 5 shows to look forward to on Netflix in the first month of 2023:

1. The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

If Japanese culture excites you, then this might be the drama series you wouldn’t want to miss.

The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House is a Netflix original series following Kiyo, the main character, who dreams of becoming a Maiko (apprentice geisha). 

However, she is deemed unfit due to her unsuitable personality, becoming a Makanai (person who cooks meals) at a house where Maiko live together, instead.


The series is based on a manga series, Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san by Aiko Koyama that was first published on Dec 28, 2016. PHOTO CREDIT: NETFLIX SINGAPORE


Viewers can expect to get a closer look into the life and hardships of Maikos, as the main character navigates her way around many obstacles to attain her true goal – to one day become a Maiko

The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House is set to premiere on Netflix on Jan 12, 2023.

2. Jung_E

If you love movies jammed-packed with action scenes and high stakes, this new sci-fi K-drama directed by Yeon Sang-Ho, the writer of Train to Busan, is just the film for you.

Jung_E is a South Korean Netflix original film, following a researcher at an AI lab in a post-apocalyptic 22nd century, leading the effort to end a civil war by cloning the brain of a heroic soldier — her mother.

The film will star famous actors and actresses like Kang Soo-yeon, Kim Hyun-joo and Ryu Kyung-soo.


Jung_E also features the final film appearance of Kang Soo-yeon who passed on ahead of its release. PHOTO CREDIT: NETFLIX SINGAPORE


The film premise involves climate change that has caused the planet to become uninhabitable, leaving humans to live within a man-made shelter. A war takes place within the shelter. Jung-E (Kim Hyun-Joo) is the elite leader of the allied forces. She becomes the subject of a brain cloning experiment. The cloning experiment is a potential key to win the war.

Viewers can expect action-packed adventure scenes and intense gunfights – everything one would look forward to in a riveting sci-fi action film.

The adventure will begin on Jan 20, 2023.

3. The Pale Blue Eye

If you love dark and sinister mystery movies, this film is a must-watch.

The Pale Blue Eye is an upcoming American thriller film starring Christian Bale as a detective in 1830 in West Point, New York who investigates a series of murders with the assistance of a young cadet who will eventually go on to become the world-famous author Edgar Allan Poe.


The film is written and directed by Scott Cooper, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Louis Bayard. PHOTO CREDIT: NETFLIX SINGAPORE


In addition to Bale, the film features a star-studded cast that includes Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, and Robert Duvall.

Viewers can expect to be drawn into the mysterious murders in the film as they follow two-time Golden Globe awardee, Christian Bale, as he investigates deeper and deeper into the riveting mystery in The Pale Blue Eye.

Join in on the investigations from Jan 6, 2023.

4. Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight: Season 2

First released in July 2022, Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight is the Netflix Original series from DreamWork Television based on the hit kids animated franchise of the same name. 

The popular animated series has since been renewed for a second season, with season 2 kicking off with Po and the gang arriving in India searching for Rukhiini’s old friend Diya.


The series notably brought back Jack Black to reprise the role of Po and featured the voice talents of Rita Ora, Nolan North, Della Saba, Chris Geere, Amy Hill, and James Hong. PHOTO CREDIT: NETFLIX SINGAPORE


Fans of Kung Fu Panda can expect to see more of their beloved fighting, furry icon, as he continues his mission, partnering up with an English knight named Wandering Blade to find a collection of four power weapons.

The adventure with the gang will continue on Jan 12, 2023.

5. Old Enough!: Season 2

Netflix has bought another run of the heart-warming and emotionally-charged Japanese reality documentary series Old Enough!, first streamed on Netflix in March, 2022.

The Japanese-language show follows toddlers aged two to four who are left alone to undertake their first ever errand. Followed by a camera crew and with their families looking on from behind the scenes, the child’s journey is captured as it happens.


Old Enough! gained international fame following its Netflix debut, with star celebrity Selena Gomez even delivering a spoof of the show back in May on Saturday Night Live, receiving forty-six million TikTok views. PHOTO CREDIT: NETFLIX SINGAPORE


Old Enough!: Season 2 will run for another 10 episodes after the 20-episode first season ran on the platform in March 2022.

Viewers can expect to see more adorable children attempting different tasks by themselves, including cooking family dinners and running errands in town, showing off their inspiring and entertaining reactions, fears and determination.

The new season is expected to premier on Jan 1, 2023.

You can check out the full listing of upcoming titles coming to Netflix in January 2023 here.

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