As we near the end of the first month of 2023, international titles are having a moment on Netflix. Two of the top 10 Netflix TV shows in the US are foreign titles that most American viewers have probably never heard of – including the Turkish fantasy series Shahmaran and the French drama of World War II women at war. On the movie side, the top two movies in the US right now are International Movies – a Korean sci-fi drama BOYand a Norwegian World War II drama titled Narvik.
The latter is, in fact, currently the No. 1 film on Netflix in the US based on the streaming giant’s domestic top 10 list. Furthermore, Narvik is about a protracted confrontation during the Second World War, which, among other things, brought Hitler his first defeat.
Narvik: #1 on Netflix
According to the official Netflix synopsis of this 1 hour and 49 minute film, “The Norwegian Army and its allies battle German forces over 62 brutal days in the battle of World War II that is famously known as Hitler’s first defeat.”
The film feels like a hidden gem as few people seem to be talking or writing about it online – but at the same time it’s also difficult to describe Narvik as such, if it’s currently the #1 move in the US on the world’s biggest streamer. All the more impressive that it currently also beats much bigger Netflix originals like glass onion and the new drama from Christian Bale The light blue eye.
“Just watched Narvik on Netflix”, wrote one Twitter user earlier this week. “Nice little Norwegian film about WWII. More of a tense and emotional family drama than an epic war film. It feels small, with a tightly written plot and a small but stellar cast. A story of moral dilemmas based on heroic true events. I liked it.” decision makerpraises meanwhile Narvik as a “completely usable war drama, no more and no less”.
BOY: #2 on Netflix
Like Narvikanother international title currently dominating the US Netflix top 10 movies list is the Korean sci-fi thriller BOY.
From the Director of Train to Busanthis is a genre film about using AI based soldiers to wage battles in the future and it should appeal to fans of titles similar to Elysium and Alita: Battle Angel.
The story takes place in the far future where people have fled an earth devastated by climate change. Mankind seeks refuge in space-based shelters where war breaks out. From the Netflix summary:
“As the civil war rages on there for decades, Yun Jung-yi (Kim Hyun-joo) becomes a legendary mercenary and military strategist with countless victories. But a failed mission puts her in a vegetative state. Kronoid, a military AI development company, is attempting to create the ultimate combat warrior by cloning her brain.”