Expats, the Amazon Studios six-episode limited web series starring Nicole Kidman, will release on Prime Video on January 26, 2024. The show, which is set in 2014 Hong Kong, is directed by Lulu Wang, and co-stars Sarayu Blue and Ji-Young Yoo.
The web series is adapted from the novel The Expatriates by Janice YK Lee, and tells the story of three women living in Hong Kong whose lives cross paths after Kidman’s character’s son disappears. The show explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred.
The fifth episode of the show, titled Central, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and will get its European premiere on October 9 at the 2023 London International Film Festival. The feature-length episode revolves around Filipino nannies and their close-knit community in Hong Kong.
Expats stirred up controversy when Kidman was allowed to enter Hong Kong in August 2021 without undergoing the mandatory 21-day hotel quarantine period imposed by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Instead, the actress underwent a minimum of three Covid-19 tests during the first two weeks of her stay in the SAR and had to submit an itinerary of her work-related activities to authorities.
Filming at the time took place at Ladies Market in Mong Kok. Kidman then left the city after she reportedly fell out with Wang. There were reports that the actress returned to the territory in October 2021 for additional filming, but the HKSAR government denied the claims.
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