Netflix’s Bold Move as Southeast Asia & Chinese-Language Originals are Unveiled

While Prime Video scales back its Southeast Asian originals, Netflix is ramping up its commitment to the region, unveiling an exciting production slate for Southeast Asia and Chinese-language content in 2024.

In Indonesia, the streaming giant has exciting collaborations on the horizon. The sci-fi series Nightmares and Daydreams is set to be a highlight, marking Netflix’s first venture with renowned director Joko Anwar, known for his successful horror films. Timo Tjahjanto returns with The Shadow Strays, an action-packed film featuring a stellar cast, including Ario Bayu and Marissa Anita.

Deadline reports that the Indonesian lineup also includes Borderless Fog with Putri Marino and Titik Nol, directed by Herwin Novianto and starring former basketball pro-turned-actor Denny Sumargo. This follows Netflix’s significant investment in Indonesian titles last year, capitalizing on the country’s burgeoning streaming market.

In Thailand, Netflix’s slate includes the eagerly awaited Doctor Climax, set to premiere in May, written and directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee. Other notable titles like sci-fi series Tomorrow and I, rom-com Ready, Set, Love, and family drama Master of the House promise diverse and engaging content.

Netflix’s Chinese-language offerings showcase a commitment to diverse storytelling. The comedy series Let’s Talk About CHU explores the intricacies of sex and love, while Born for the Spotlight stars Hsieh Ying-hsuan and Cheryl Yang. The renewal of the detective series The Victims’ Game marks a significant milestone as Netflix’s first renewed Chinese-language title.

Notable additions include the spin-off series GG Precinct, based on the Taiwanese box office hit Marry My Dead Body, with Greg Hsu reprising his role as a police detective.

This bold move by Netflix, with a focus on original and diverse storytelling, stands in stark contrast to Prime Video’s recent pullback in the region. As the streaming wars unfold, Netflix continues to make strategic strides, solidifying its presence in Southeast Asia and the Chinese-language market.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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