At its first-ever content showcase in Asia entitled “See What’s Next: Asia,” Netflix reaffirms its commitment to the region with the announcement of a slew of new original productions. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, as well as cast and creators from Netflix series and films, unveiled 17 new Asian original productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India and South Korea.
These productions join 100 new and returning originals spanning eight countries in Asia through 2019. Netflix is increasingly becoming the platform for Asian storytellers to amplify their creative content to the global stage.
Some of the announcements pick up from Netflix’s first forays into Asian storytelling released last year. Some titles, notably Sacred Games (India), anime series DEVILMAN crybaby (Japan) and uniquely-formatted variety comedy BUSTED! (Korea) have captivated audiences in 190 countries around the world.
The titles announced today join a growing library of Asian, Hollywood and international content on Netflix that’s matched to members’ personal taste. One of the key pillars of the Netflix experience, as mentioned by COO Sarandos is personalisation.
At the content showcase, Netflix previewed some upcoming projects including Narcos: Mexico Mano a Mano; the Andy Serkis-directed, star-studded Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle; much-awaited Korean thriller Kingdom Season 1 and Korean variety show BUSTED! Season 2.
Narcos: Mexico | Mano a Mano | Exclusive Clip
Narcos premieres 16 November on Netflix.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle | Official Trailer
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will have exclusive limited theatrical engagements starting 29 November in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London. The film will be released globally on Netflix on 7 December. It will have expanded theatrical release in additional theatres in the US and UK.
Kingdom | Teaser
Kingdom will launch on Netflix globally on 25 January 2019.
In terms of anime titles, Netflix has an exciting line-up planned, headlined by Pacific Rim, Altered Carbon, Cagaster of an Insect Cage (Japan), Yasuke (Japan) and Trese (The Philippines).
Netflix is also releasing its first ever Mandarin title – Triad Princess, a Taiwanese original series.
In his closing remarks, CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the season renewal of Kingdom. It’s the first time the company has renewed a season of a title even before it is being aired.