Netflix reveals 2019 programs, 17 shows from Asia

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Singapore (CNN Philippines, November 9) — An anime based on a Filipino graphic novel that deals with the supernatural and folk legends, a new chapter on the dark history of the Mexican drug war in the 1980s, and a Korean suspense series revolving around a mysterious plague that will literally eat your heart out are some of the newest offerings revealed by the world's leading streaming giant 'Netflix' in its first ever 'See What's Next: Asia' event in Singapore on Thursday.

"Internet is changing everything just like what television and movies did in the past." Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said. The US-firm executive adds that their company's vision focuses on three central themes: on demand, personalization and global sharing. "Netflix allows you to binge watch television series removing barriers of fixed TV programming. Entertainment streaming also allowed us to tell stories from different parts of the globe, wherever, whenever," Hastings explained.

Netflix unveils 17 new shows from Asia produced in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, and South Korea. The Asian shows will join 100 new and returning originals across eight countries in Asia. Titles like 'Sacred Games' from India, Japan's anime 'Devilman Crybaby' and variety comedy 'Busted' from South Korea captured the hearts of global audience in about 190 counties.

Truly Asia

In its commitment to provide opportunities for storytellers and filmmakers in Asia, Netflix reveals new Asian contents like the 'The Stranded' a mystery flick in Thailand that takes place after a devastating tsunami hit a remote island and the drama series 'Shimmers'.

The streaming giant also produces a Chinese original with Taiwan's 'The Triad Princess' that tells the story of Triad member's daughter defying her father's wishes and disguises as a bodyguard for a famous actress.

"Asia is home to the world's great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. "The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world."

Adding to the Asian flavor, Netflix is adding an anime based on a Filipino graphic novel 'Trese'. The story is set in Manila where the lead character struggles to fight supernatural beings living amongst humans.

Related: Netflix to release anime version of Pinoy graphic novel 'Trese'

The entertainment service company also reveals that the Sci-Fi hit 'Altered Carbon' and successful movie franchise 'Pacific Rim' is also getting their animation versions.

Korean wave

Originals from South Korea will definitely add color to the streaming company's line up for next year.

Variety comedy show 'Busted' gets another season promising more challenges and mystery-solving scenes. 'Busted' and 'What's Wrong with Secretary Kim' star Park Min Young says she is looking forward and excited to show the second season of Busted because the cast prepared a lot to survive the challnenges.

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An animated series that talks about love in the time of social media 'Love Alarm' is also making a debut and a drama series about first love topbilled by Korean actors JiSoo and JinYoung will surely mesmerize viewers with 'My First, First Love'

Rounding up the list of Korean originals is 'Kingdom'. A Korean period suspense series revolving around a mysterious plague that will tell the stories of the 'undead' to the next level.

New and returning originals

Netflix also reveals some of its new series anwd returning originals. Global series 'Narcos' is returning for a fourth season with 'Narcos: Mexico'. Leading the action packed series are Diego Luna and Michael Peña. The story now focuses on the birth of the drug problem and war in the 1980s in Mexico.

'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' is also set to premiere on the streaming giant on December 7th.

Emmy award-winning American political drama 'House of Cards' returns for its season finale. Robin Wright plays the lead role of Claire Underwood promises nothing but the best in the finale

Netflix also introduces a new superhero series 'The Umbrella Academy'.