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[08/03/17 - 09:44 PM]
Netflix Announces First Chinese Language Original Series: "Bardo"
The eight-episode series is a jailbreak thriller with a karmic dimension, and it will be available to all Netflix members around the world at the same time.

[via press release from Netflix]

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES FIRST CHINESE LANGUAGE ORIGINAL SERIES: BARDO

Taipei Taiwan, Aug 4 2017 - Netflix Inc., the world's leading Internet television network, today announced the first Chinese language Netflix original series from Taiwan: Bardo. The eight-episode series is a jailbreak thriller with a karmic dimension, and it will be available to all Netflix members around the world at the same time.

Netflix is teaming up with award-winning production company IFA Media and writer/director Sam Quah on Bardo. IFA Media recently produced the highly-regarded Taiwanese series The Teenage Psychic and Quah is a rising Taiwan based writer-director whose short film The Free Man was short-listed for an Oscar in 2015.

"A supernatural premise, a production team that's created regional hits, and an up and coming director who's received international acclaim -- all of this has Netflix excited about Bardo." said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix.

Frank Smith, Executive Producer of Bardo said: "Taiwan's film and TV industry is full of amazing creativity and Sam's a new Asian talent who is open to pushing the boundaries and trying new things but with a strong insight into local and regional themes. The combination of this range of skills from across the region and the chance to work with a global platform like Netflix that is producing amazing content we'd all love to create, made this a great partnership for IFA. The story itself is steeped in local realities and dilemmas but the approach, the script and the dramatic feel is something completely new."

Director Sam Quah shared his excitement and said: "after a year of preparation, I am delighted the show is coming to fruition. It's been a pleasure working with IFA Media and global streaming platform Netflix, with all parties having shared the same visions for the concept throughout the process. The trust and respect given have allowed for me and the writers a great freedom to work and, in the process, also allowed for the vision of the show to expand and grow. This series which is being developed with Taiwanese lead writer, Lily Chen, originates from current issues in modern society regarding real-life prisoners on death row, and the series addresses the beliefs these prisoners have regarding their own freedom. Currently the series is preparing for shoot, and I look forward to working with the production crew to create an extraordinary series."

Bardo follows the journey of Ah Quan, a good man who has descended into crime and now waits in prison for execution. An encounter with a mysterious inmate causes him to experience events from alternative timelines. Learning that his son is in danger, Ah Quan escapes to protect his family only to discover he is a pawn in a much larger game. Blending Taiwanese aboriginal mysticism and karmic destiny, Bardo - which describes state of existence between life and death - is Ah Quan's search for redemption.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About IFA Media

IFA Media is a multi-award winning production company, we tell amazing stories with passion. Our love for finding the best ideas along with the best talent to create the content has made us who we are today: Founded in 2005, the company is one of Asia's leading drama and factual programme makers, IFA's team produce stories that break ratings records across Asia for drama and we've won over 40 global awards including a Peabody, Cine Golden Eagles and a Royal Television Society award. IFA's HQ is in Singapore with four offices across the region (Bangkok, Beijing and Taipei).

About Director Sam Quah

A Malaysian born director and long term resident in Taipei, Sam Quah graduated from The National Taiwan University of Arts with a degree majoring in Directing. In 2015 his debut short "The Free Man" made the shortlist for the Oscars Live Action Shorts Category. "The Free Man" continued to have numerous nominations worldwide, including a Silver Dragon for Best Director at the 2015 Krakow Film Festival and a Best Director and Best Telemovie award at the 2014 Taiwan Golden Bell Awards. "The Free Man" also received Best Foreign Short Film award from the 2014 Eugene International Film Festival and a certificate of merit for student produced programs at the 2015 Chicago Film Festival.





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[08/21/17 - 01:05 PM]
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[08/21/17 - 12:40 PM]
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[08/21/17 - 11:44 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 10:38 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 09:33 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 09:29 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 09:06 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 08:26 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 08:12 AM]
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[08/21/17 - 08:05 AM]
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[08/20/17 - 08:31 AM]
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[08/19/17 - 08:37 AM]
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[08/18/17 - 11:18 PM]
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[08/18/17 - 12:05 PM]
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