Netflix unveiled a small slate of Chinese-language content on Thursday, led by a Taiwanese fantasy series. Agent from above and a Hong Kong sci-fi blockbuster Warriors of the future.
“We are committed to investing in and creating high-quality Chinese-language shows that we know will appeal to large audiences in Taiwan and around the world,” said Jerry Zhang, Netflix’s manager of Chinese-language content.
Produced by Singapore’s MM2 Entertainment and Taiwan’s Good Films Production, Agent from above Rooted in a universe of “gods, demons, humans and ghosts” inspired by traditional Taiwanese beliefs. The series follows a former drug addict who is recruited by the legendary Chinese god San Tai Zi to do his bidding as absolution for his sins. Directed by Donnie Lai and produced by Good Films’ Rita Chuang, the show stars Taiwan’s Kai Ko, Wang Po-Chieh, Hsueh Shih-Ling, Buffy Chen and Johnny Yang.
Netflix is blocked by Beijing regulators from entering the huge mainland Chinese entertainment market, but the company produces a targeted amount of Chinese-language shows for local subscribers from Taiwan and Hong Kong and for large diaspora audiences across Southeast Asia and the world.
Warriors of the future It was Hong Kong’s highest-grossing film of the summer and was picked up by Netflix. An action sci-fi drama directed by Ng Yuen-fai and starring local veterans Louis Koo, Lou Ching Wan and Carina Lau, the film is set in 2055 and features humans pitted against alien invaders. It will stream worldwide on Netflix from December 2.
The streamer’s slate notably includes pioneering Taiwanese LGBTQ+ romance series Nipple talk, which follows three friends of different genders and different sexual orientations who try to balance love and lust in their quest for a relationship. Produced by Sequoia Entertainment, the series is directed by Lincoln Lai and stars Lin Szu-yu, Brian Chang, Lu Xia and Kaiser Chuang.
“We are thrilled to work with some of the best production companies in the region, which will not only allow us to showcase top Chinese creative talent to a global audience but also allow us to be the first in the world to stream Mega Box to our members. Success at the office Warriors of the futureAdded Netflix Content Manager Johnsley Ong.
The two remaining titles on Netflix’s upcoming Chinese-language content roster are previously announced thriller mysteries. Copycat Killer And The victim gameBoth are produced by Greiner Gross Productions.
Copycat Killer An adaptation of genre fiction writer Miyabe Miyuki’s crime novel, it will begin streaming in the first quarter of 2023. The victim game The first Chinese-language production to be renewed by Netflix. Filming will begin next year with the original cast returning.