Production has started on 擺渡身 (Bardo), the first Chinese language show for Netflix Original series, made in Taiwan
When we are not out hiking through Hong Kong, enjoying happy hour at one of our favourite bars or working out at the gym, chances are you will find us binge watching a series on Netflix. So, we here at Honeycombers were pretty excited to hear that the internet television network has announced the first Chinese language Netflix Original series, 擺渡身 (Bardo) from Taiwan.
First Netflix original series in Chinese: 擺渡身 (Bardo)
While you may have already binged Japanese language show Terrace House: Aloha State or Korean favourite The Sound of Your Heart on Netflix, as yet there hasn’t been a Chinese language Netflix Original series. But the international internet television network is set to change this with the recent announcement of the first ever Chinese language series 擺渡身 (Bardo) for Netflix Original series.
A jailbreak thriller
The show follows the journey of Ah Quan, a man waiting in prison for his execution. An encounter with a mysterious inmate throws the man’s life into disarray as he starts experiencing events from alternative timelines. Blending jailbreak with Taiwanese aboriginal mysticism and karmic destiny, the show follows Ah Quan’s search for redemption.
Netflix teams up with IFA Media
For the eight-episode jailbreak thriller series, Netflix is working with award-winning production company IFA Media and writer/director Sam Quah, a rising Taiwan-based writer whose short film The Free Man was short-listed for an Oscar in 2015.
擺渡身 (Bardo) is currently preparing to shoot, and there’s no news as to when it will be released, but Netflix can confirm that the show will be available to members around the world at the same time, so stay tuned.