Netflix Asian Drama Updates – 12 March 2018
Did you know it can take hours to do this research and prepare everything? What I don’t like is Netflix’s new format which makes it harder than it used to be to discover the new arrivals. And I know there are other New to Netflix lists, but I don’t always find the newly added Asian dramas on them for whatever reasons.
It seriously took me six hours to prepare the list of Asian dramas with English subtitles on Amazon Prime Video. YouTube is an even harder egg hunt to find the new dramas on their legal channels. I created a playlist, though, and if you want to go there, you can see first episodes of dramas I find so that I can come back to them later and update the YouTube master list. Also, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I sometimes do short drama updates there, too.
Why am I saying all of this…just so you know it does take time. And up until the end of February, I was really slammed at work and had no time or ambition. My roundabout way of saying why there has been no updates in a while. I do want to know if you prefer having just Netflix updates, or do you like to try to keep up-to-date with Viki, DramaFever, KOCOWA, etc.
Jackie Chan…this man is in like a 100 movies a year! Not that many, but I swear more movies starring him keep popping up everywhere. His 2017 movie Kung Fu Yoga is streaming. This is Chan’s highest-grossing film in China. The movie also stars Aarif Rahman, Zhang Yixing, Sonu Sood, Miya Muqi, Disha Patani, and Amyra Dastur. Chan plans a renowned professor of archaeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an who teams up with a young Indian professor to locate India’s lost Maghada treasure in Tibet.
Oh, and those who love movies based on manga and/or anime need to definitely check out Full Metal Alchemist starring Yamada Ryosuke as Edward Elric, Honda Tsubasa as his best friend/love interest, and Fujioka Dean as a ice-faced military man with a flaming alchemy. I loved the anime. I have not read the original manga. One of the great things is that our main hero…is kind of an anti-hero of sorts and he is seriously flawed in his decisions, but deep down he is good at heart and will make the ultimate sacrifice for those he loves. I do hope that we can get more movies from this giant franchise. And, if you want to know more about the story, you can check out the anime on Netflix. They have both the original series and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Well, if you are a Jared Leto fan, you can catch him in the dark movie The Outsider which sees him starring as a soldier imprisoned in postwar Japan who is forced to adopt the way of life of the yakuza in order to repay his freedom. The movie also stars Shiina Kippei and Asano Tadanobu.
I know there are a lot of Gong Yoo fans out there. You can catch him in his 2016 movie The Age of Shadows which also stars Song Kang Ho and Han Ji Min. In this drama, a former resistance fighter is now a policeman working for the Japanese to take down resistance leaders before they acquire explosives. If you like the intense Jung Woo Sung action-packed flicks, you can catch him, Kwak Do Won, and Kim Gap Soo, in Steel Rain coming on March 14 (only 2 days away!). Amid a coup a North Korean agent escapes south with their leader to keep him alive and prevent war. Lee Byung Hun, Kang Dong Won, and Kim Woo Bin’s 2016 thriller Master is also now available. In it an investigator bargains with the tech expert of a company to dig up dirt and convict the chairman.
Kang Ha Neul’s suspenseful crime movie Forgotten is now available. Also starring, Kim Moo Yul and Na Young Hee, the movie revolves around two brothers, Kang Ha Neul as the youngest who suffers from hypersensitivity and Kim Moo Yul as the older brother, who move to a new house with their parents. One night Kim is abducted and when he comes back Kang can’t help but thing there is something wrong with the brother he once knew. In The Bros, Lee Dong Hwi and Ma Dong Seok star as two brothers both facing failure and debt. They are reunited for their father’s funeral and meet a peculiar young woman (Honey Lee) who shares a huge secret about their family.
If you are a fan of the awesome actor known ad Kim Nam Gil, you will be happy to know that you can watch him, Kim Young Ae, and Moon Jeong Hee in disaster flick Pandora. This Netflix original follows Kim as he risks his life to save the country from imminent disaster when an earthquake hits a village that houses a run-down nuclear power plant. If you have a yen for serial murder mysteries, Cho Jin Woong, Goo Shin, and Kim Dae Myung’s Bluebeard is available for your streaming pleasure. The movie follows a doctor as he is swept into an unsolved serial murder case after he overhears what seems to be a murder confession from a sedated elderly patient. And for some reason, this brings to mind teen kdrama White Christmas in which an adult stranger ends up being a serial killer and of course this fact is known after the kids struggle to keep the man alive. I have a random brain at times.
If you want to delve more into Thai martial arts films, you can watch Broken Sword Hero from 2017. The movie stars Buakaw Banchamek, Sornsin Maneewan, and Phutharit Prombandal. The story revolves around a defeated Muay Thai fighter who goes on a journey to train with the best. Of course he finds friends, foes, love, and lots of action.
I am a sucker for dramas portraying good bonds between sisters. Maybe because I have an older sister who is 2 days short of a year older than I am. We were quite close growing up and are probably each other’s ultimate best friends despite the fact we don’t get to see each other all that often any more. Do check out Dwelling Narrowness (蜗居; Wōjū)also known literary as the Snail House. This 2009 drama is based on a 2007 novel of the same name and follows the story of two sisters who struggle with life in fictional city Jiangzhou (modeled after modern-day Shanghai).
Lee Da Hae’s latest Chinese drama Best Lover (aka Best Couple, Couple of the Century) is available. Zhou Mi and Wang Qiuzi also star. We have to young stars who fake a marriage to advance their careers only to end up falling for each other. I did like Lee Da Hae’s other Chinese drama starring the awesome Joe Cheng, Love Actually which, in part, reminded me a bit of Japanese drama Lunch no Joou.
An underwater recovery captain, a businessman’s son, a sprit medium, and a news reporter join forces to peel away the mystery of a rash of drownings in Chinese web drama Tientsin Mystic. The drama stars Li Xian, Zhang Min En, and Wang Zixuan.
Hong Kong Dramas
Netflix brings web drama OCTB to its streaming library. The drama stars Jordan Chan, Kwok-Kwan Chan, and Michael Wai-Man Chan. The plot revolves around an undercover detective meeting familiar faces in the mafia underworld during the final year’s of Britain’s rule of Hong Kong.
Want a complicated plot revolving around the documentary of a Japanese actress? Check out 2017 drama Love and Hong Kong (Koisuru Hong Kong). Starring Yoshizawa Ryo, Baba Fumiko, Mogami Moga, Nagata Kaoru, and Koike Eiko, the drama revolves around a film producer, his assistant, an actress, a kidnapper, and a woman who came to Hong Kong looking for love. If you like psychological dramas, you can check out Re:Mind in which eleven classmates wake up and find themselves chained to a dinner table. Why are they there? Tension rises with the unknown and the girls inevitably turn against one another.
Bad Guys lovers rejoice! The second season is finally available streaming in the US! Of course, if you loved the original cast, you will be disappointed as they are NOT in this season. So sad. I liked our original Bad Guys. The second incarnation of the series is called Bad Guys: Vile City (aka Bad Guys: Evil City, Bad Guys 2, Bad Guys: Age of Evil) and stars Park Joong Hoon, Joo Jin Mo, Yang Ik Joon, Kim Moo Yuk, and Ji Soo. The premise remains the same, our crime-fighting good guys gather a team of bad guys (aka criminals) to catch even worse bad guys.
If you like unscripted shows, you can check out Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast which has Lee Hyori and her husband open up their home to guests. If you want to see a very open talk show, you can now watch Witch Hunt in which four Korean male celebrities host and talk with male and female stars about relationships, sex, and more. Sung Si Kyung, Yoo Se Yoon, and Shin Dong Yup host.
Kim Hee Sun, Kim Sun Ah, and Jung Sang Hun star in The Lady in Dignity where a woman’s life is thrown into a tailspin when the wealthy family she marries into falls onto hard times, her husband betrays her, and a mysterious female caregiver arrives. Netflix original Prison Playbook is also now available in the US (it was available in January, I know). It follows man whose major league baseball debut is thwarted when he lands in prison. He must learn to survive in this new world. You also learn the stories of his fellow inmates. The drama stars Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyung Ho, and Sung Dong Il.
On a completely different and sad note, it kind of sucks to see movies and docudramas crop up about Flint. Nothing like being known as the state that failed its city with this whole water crisis. Reminds me of when BAP talked about visiting Detroit and the run-down section riddled with decaying buildings and bullet holes. Anywho, enough digressing. I believe this is it. If I missed anything, please drop me a polite line in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out the full list here: /lists/asian-dramas-streaming-on-netflix/.