American streaming service giant Netflix launched its plans for 17 programs made in Asia next year, while people like Hollywood actress Robin Wright and Mexican actor Diego Luna gave star power at its content exhibition in Singapore.
See What Next: Asia – the first such event in the region – was held at Marina Bay Sands yesterday, and continues today, because the company aims to strengthen its position outside the United States and get international customers.
Several upcoming Asian titles were announced including Netflix's first foray into a Thai-language program with Shimmers and The Stranded.
Shimmer series horror is about five teenagers haunted by their past ghosts in Chiang Mai, Thailand, while the mystery of the island of The Stranded will be directed by Sophon Sakdaphisit, the famous horror writer Shutter (2004).
Other titles to watch out for include a series of anime productions from Japan, including the Pacific Rim, an anime series inspired by the 2003 Hollywood hit film of the same name, as well as Altered Carbon, an anime adaptation of Netflix's cyberpunk fi live action filter.
Taiwan will also offer a new Chinese language program with the romantic Triad Princess comedy series starring Eugenie Liu and Jasper Liu, while South Korea will release a zombie series titled Kingdom.
The composition of original content from India will be announced today.
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos told a room of 300 reporters from across the region: "The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never before seen stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere and easily connect they are with people throughout Asia and the world.
"More than half an hour of Asian content seen on Netflix this year is seen outside the region, so we believe that our upcoming Asian slate will find fans in their home countries and abroad."
Wright, 52, star of Netflix House Of Cards' first original series (2013 to 2018), shows how the opposite is true too – viewers from all over the world are interested in the show even though it is specifically about American politics.
The actress, who plays politician Claire Underwood in the series, said: "Every country I visit, I am always surprised and surprised by how many people know House Of Cards in abundance.
"I think that's because the show is really about the art of war, which is how politics works in every country.
"Yes, the show is Machiavellian and dramatic, but there is truth in it."
He did not mention former star Kevin Spacey, who was suddenly fired from the show late last year amid a series of allegations of sexual abuse against him.
His character, President Francis Underwood, was killed in the sixth and final season of House Of Cards, which was released on Netflix last week. Wright, who played his wife, succeeded him as president.
He said: "I feel proud that we achieved our goals … and concluded it as we wanted and closed it for fans."
Now after the show ended, Wright added: "I will miss his clothes and shoes."
Then, Luna and American actor Michael Pena talked about their upcoming event Narcos: Mexico, which saw drug war in Mexico. This was the first trip to Singapore for both of them and they were clearly excited.
Luna, 38, said: "It feels like a dream. I came from somewhere 14 hours behind, so this is the future for me.
"I called my children and said, & # 39; I am in the future, friend. & # 39;"
Pena, 42, said about Marina Bay Sands: "I have only been at a hotel so far and it's as big as several cities. I might not even need to go."