A whole slew of Asian anime and dramas are lined up for 2019
We all know Netflix is a treasure trove of bingeworthy content. The brightest gems lately have been the originals, of which Asian shows, like Korean and Mandarin dramas, make up a good portion. Banking on their success, the streaming giant now casts its net wider across the region.
On 8 and 9 November, Netflix held its first-ever content showcase in Asia, in our very own Lion City. CEO Reed Hastings, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, and a big international group of creators and actors came together at Marina Bay Sands for "See What's Next: Asia." They unveiled a total of 17 new Asian original productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India and South Korea.
The originals shine a global light on Asian storytelling talents in diverse local languages and genres - from anime to historical drama to horror. We also got a sneak peek into a few of Netflix's upcoming Hollywood productions. Here are some highlights of the announcements and event:
Eight exciting original films and one original series filmed across India
More than half of the original productions announced at “See What’s Next: Asia” were filmed in India! Netflix announced a new original horror series, Typewriter, set in Goa, as well as eight original movies. They include Firebrand, produced by Priyanka Chopra; and Hotel Mumbai, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and featuring an all-star international cast of Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, and Jason Isaacs. The line-up of Indian-based productions “cuts across genres from horror to fantasy and in locations from Leh to Mumbai,” says Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. Hurrah for more global release of Indian content!