Southeast Asia is home to a host of rich cultures and unique stories. This festive season, Netflix brings viewers authentically-told tales that best represent the vibrant storytelling from across this region. From laugh-out-loud comedies and deeply moving documentaries to fantastical sci-fi flicks, here are our top picks for your year-end holiday viewing pleasure.


Snuggle up for an emotional story on second chances in “Doll House.” Now streaming on Netflix.

Doll House
In “Doll House,” the troubled lead singer of a rock band sets out to rekindle his relationship with his long-lost daughter. Netflix

We all need a good cry sometimes, and “Doll House” is here to help with just that. Praised as a heartwarming tale poignantly portraying the complexities of father-daughter relationships, Doll House’s sentimental plot will have you holding your loved ones a little closer this year.


Celebrate a national dream in Thailand with “The Lost Lotteries.” Now streaming on Netflix.

The Lost Lotteries
In The Lost Lotteries, five down-on-their-luck strangers must band together to steal back winning lottery tickets worth millions from a wicked mafia boss. Netflix

Looking for a belly-aching laugh fest this holiday season? This is your winning ticket. Five unlucky strangers are brought together in their fight against a mafia boss, in order to steal back winning lottery tickets worth millions. Tapping on the national dream of winning lotteries in Thailand, “The Lost Lotteries” appeals to both domestic and international audiences through its delicate balance of various comedic styles that cater to different sensibilities.

Peek into the complex world of Thai boxing in “Hurts Like Hell.” Now streaming on Netflix.

Hurts Like Hell
From illegal gambling to match-fixing, discover the seedy underworld behind Muay Thai in “Hurts Like Hell.” Netflix

With its humble origins in Thailand, Muay Thai has seen its influence spread across the globe. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the world of this beloved sport in “Hurts Like Hell,” a part-anthology, part-documentary mini series. Fans and even non-fans of the sport will be able to indulge themselves in tracing the sport’s history, as well as its entanglements with the underworld today.

Dive into the poignant portrayals of the 2018 Thailand cave rescue in “The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave” and “Thai Cave Rescue.” Now streaming on Netflix.

The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave
In “The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave,” members of the Thai youth soccer team tell their stories of getting trapped in Tham Luang Cave in 2018 — and surviving. Netflix

Trapped in a flooded cave complex in the summer of 2018, 12 young Thai footballers had the world watching them over the span of 17 days. Helmed by award-winning director, Pailin Wedel, the compelling documentary, “The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave,” reflects the perspectives of the survivors, delving into the intricacies of the dangerous rescue mission and how they survived this life-changing event.

Thai Cave Rescue
Inspired by true events, “Thai Cave Rescue” sees a Thai youth soccer team and their assistant coach trapped within Tham Luang Cave, prompting a global rescue effort.

If documentaries aren’t your thing, tune in to the drama series “Thai Cave Rescue.” Told with care, compassion, and a commitment to authenticity, this drama series sheds light on the real story behind the cave rescue, with real-life elements including scenes filmed at some of the boys’ homes.


High-octane action and comedy in Timo Tjahjanto’s “The Big 4.” Premiering December 15 on Netflix.

The Big 4
In “The Big 4,” four retired assassins spring back into action when they cross paths with a straight-arrow cop who’s determined to track down an elusive murderer. Netflix

Abimana Aryasatya, Putri Marino, Arie Kriting, Lutesha, and Kristo Immanuel star in the first action-comedy from Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto. “The Big 4” sees four retired assassins joining forces to track down an elusive murderer. Faced with a straight-arrow cop, will this gang of experts be able to catch the killer?

Chase wanderlust in Bali in “A Perfect Fit.” Now streaming on Netflix.

A Perfect Fit
In “A Perfect Fit,” sparks fly when a fashion blogger in Bali meets a gifted shoemaker, leading her to question her commitment to her fiancé. Netflix

What if fate comes a little too late? A fashion blogger finds herself going down an unexpected path during a life-changing trip to Bali, where she meets a gifted shoemaker. The only question in this whirlwind romance is: can she keep her commitment to her fiancé?

Bonus: Chinese language picks

Get ready for heart-pumping action with Louis Koo, Sean Lau and Carina Lau in “Warriors of Future.” Premiering December 2 on Netflix.

Warriors of Future
In “Warriors of Future, “a meteor carrying a destructive plant strikes the world, and a suicide squad is given hours to save their post-apocalyptic city from total collapse.

When a meteor carrying a destructive plant strikes the world, a suicide squad is given mere hours to save their post-apocalyptic city from total collapse. As humanity faces the threat of extinction, can our heroes emerge victorious against powerful alien creatures? Featuring Hong Kong’s biggest names in the film industry, including Louis Koo, Sean Lau, and Carina Lau, “Warriors of Future” is an ambitious production that is well-placed to live up to the hype.

Go on an emotional roller coaster in “Shards of Her.” Now streaming on Netflix.

Shards of Her
In “Shards of Her,” an accomplished headhunter wakes up from a coma and finds herself in an alternate reality where she has to revisit an excruciating childhood trauma. Netflix

The line between what’s real and what’s not gets blurred in this Taiwanese mystery thriller starring Hsu Wei-Ning, Toby Lee and Wen Chen-Ling. After a coma leaves her with amnesia, an accomplished career woman finds herself navigating a warped reality where she is forced to revisit her painful past.

Laugh along with your favorite aunty as she explores the dating life in “Mom, Don’t Do That!” Now streaming on Netflix.

Mom, Don't Do That
A 60-year-old widow decides to find love again — to the joy and annoyance of her two daughters — in “Mom, Don’t Do That!” Netflix

Everyone has that one aunty whose love life is constantly on the rocks. In this Taiwanese family dramedy, a widow sets out to find new love and comes head-to-head with her own daughter. Filled with hilarious moments while following the ups and downs of relationships, “Mom, Don’t Do That!” is a heartfelt lesson in sincerity and the value of family.

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