The world of entertainment has never been as accessible as it is today. Whether it’s anime, telenovelas, or Chinese action dramas, the expansion of streaming services and their mad rush to build catalogues mean a truly global selection of film and television is easier to find than ever before.
With so much choice and diversity at our fingertips, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve curated a set of movies and TV shows that you need to see from around the world.
Think 24, but set in Tang Dynasty-era China. This beautifully produced show is basically 24 but set in Chang’an. Former soldier Zhang Xiaojing is given a 24-hour reprieve from his prison sentence for murder if he can successfully foil the plot of a terrorist cell known as the Wolf Squad. They’ve infiltrated Chang’an (today’s Xi’an) on the eve of the biggest holiday of the year: the Lantern Festival. It’s part palace intrigue, part action thriller, and all Zhang Xiaojing, set over 48 gripping episodes.
Telenovela is campy by definition. But La Casa de las Flores turns the camp up a couple of notches. A black comedy that both leans into and satirizes the genre, the titular “House of Flowers” is both a renowned florist studio and a drag cabaret owned by the wealthy Mexican family at the center of the show. The dysfunction of the family is on full display across the show’s three seasons — and if you’re craving more, a spin-off feature-length film premiered this year.