Netflix unveils 17 new Asian originals


Netflix marked its growing commitment to connect people around the world with Asian entertainment at its first-ever content showcase in the region, ‘See What’s Next: Asia.’ Netflix’s CEO -Reed Hastings, and CCO -Ted Sarandos, along with performers and creators from Netflix series and films, unveiled 17 new Asian original productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India and South Korea. These projects join 100 new and returning originals across eight countries in Asia through 2019 as Netflix increases its investment in Asian storytellers, amplifying their voices to the world. The announcements build on the momentum created by some of Netflix’s first forays into Asian storytelling released this year. Titles like crime thriller Sacred Games (India), anime series DEVILMAN crybaby (Japan) and variety comedy BUSTED! (Korea) have captivated Netflix members in 190 countries around the world.

“The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and connect them to people all over Asia and the world. More than half of Asian content hours viewed on Netflix this year are viewed outside the region, so we have confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will find fans in their home countries and abroad,” said Sarandos. The showcase hosted over 200 media and influencers from 11 countries across Asia. News from the day includes Narcos: Mexico Mano a Mano, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Kingdom Season 1, and BUSTED!

The snime titles that marry talent in the anime industry with rooted and beloved source material include Pacific Rim, Altered Carbon, Cagaster of an Insect Cage, Yasuke, and Trese.  Some Thai language originals include, The Stranded เคว้ง. and Shimmers. Chinese language originals include, Triad Princess 極道千金.  To close out the first day of the event, Hastings announced the season two renewal of Kingdom.

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