Netflix Unveils New Asian Originals to Further Expand in the Region

Netflix is looking to gain more and more traction in the Asian market as it held its first-ever content showcase in the region, “See What’s Next: Asia”. The event was led by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, as well as performers and creators from various Netflix series and films. Netflix also unveiled new Asian original productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Philippines and South Korea. The titles announced will join a rich library of Asian, Hollywood and international content on Netflix that’s matched to members’ personal tastes - in whichever language they prefer. More info on the upcoming Asian originals below:

Anime Originals:
Pacific Rim. Returning to the epic battle of Kaiju and Jaegers, this original anime series will expand upon the story of the first two live action moviesand follow two siblings - an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister - who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents.

Altered Carbon. This anime feature, set in the same universe of the Netflix live-action sci-fi series will explore new elements of the story mythology. Written by Dai Sato and Tsukasa Kondo.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease “Cagaster” turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive. Directed By Koichi Chigira and by Animation Studio: Gonzo.

Yasuke. In a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic, a retired ronin must take up his sword when he is charged with the task of transporting a mysterious child who dark forces want to eliminate. Created & Directed by LeSean Thomas. Lakeith Stanfield will be the voice of the protagonist “Yasuke”. By Animation Studio: MAPPA.

Trese. Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings. This anime series is based on the Philippine graphic novel of the same name, created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo and produced By: Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.

Thai Language Originals:
The Stranded เคว้ง. 18 year old Kraam survives a devastating tsunami along with thirty-six of his fellow students at an elite private high school on a remote island in the Andaman Sea. As mysterious events start happening on the island, it quickly becomes clear that no one is coming to rescue them and Kraam must lead the students to rescue themselves. Directed by Sophon Sakdaphisit and produced by GMM Grammy & H2L Media Group. More info at

Shimmers. A drama series about five teenagers at an isolated school in Northern Thailand. Over a school break, they find themselves haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, only to discover they are threatened by a much more terrifying mystery. Directed by Wisit Sasanatieng and Sittisiri Mongkolsiri. More info at

Chinese Language Originals:
Triad Princess 極道千金. A Taiwanese original series. Growing up in the shadow of her Triad father, Angie craves an independent life of her own. Defying her father's wishes, she takes on a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a famous actress at an agency, where she must navigate the unfamiliar world of glitz, glamour and even love. Key Cast: Eugenie Liu and Jasper Liu. Directed by Neal Wu.< More info at

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