New Asian Dramas and Movies On Netflix as of December 27, 2017
This will probably be the last Netflix update of this year. Look forward to next year and let’s see if I can keep on track, shall we? Check out the latest Asian dramas and movies added to Netflix since my last post back at the end of October of this year. I am happy to report that at least Netflix is adding more Japanese dramas. Yay!
I have probably missed some new dramas and movies, so drop me a note in the comments below to let me know. Always check out the full list, too, of course: /lists/asian-dramas-streaming-on-netflix/.
Hey, Kids! is a 2016 Chinese drama taking place in present-time focusing on China’s struggle with traditional values. These three siblings face difficult choices as they do their best to balance careers and their families. If you like historical pieces better, check out epic period action flick God of War which stars Vincent Zhao, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Regina Wan, Kurata Yasuaki, and Koide Keisuke. This movie follows a maverick leader and clever young general as they take on Japanese pirates amid bureaucratic intrigue in the Ming Dynasty.
Hu Ge stars as a man who is adverse to marriage as he grew up in a broken home. Wang Xiao Chen is a nurse who is happy in her career who also doesn’t believe relationships need to culminate in marriage. Can these two like-minded people overcome obstacles and create a happy ending for themselves in Good Time? This drama also stars Zhou Chu Chu, Elvis Han, and Xu Ya Jun. In Mark of Youth, four students face issues that cause them to abandon hope for college, but a devoted teacher refuses to give up on them and pushes them towards their dreams. This movie stars Alex Fong, Jiao Jiao, Wu Jun Yu, Change Lu, and Wu Ma.
What happens when a psychologist discovers his girlfriend’s father is a client who has divulged his most embarrassing secrets? Find out in 2012 comedy Meet the In-Laws. If Life Cheats You stars Lu Yi, Qin Hai Lu, Wu Yue, Geng Le, and Guo Jing Fei. This 2013 drama focuses on a family’s romantic troubles, i.e. some follow their hearts while others use marriage for career advancement.
I love Hawick Lau. He is a good actor. You can now find his 2016 drama First Love which also stars Gülnezer Bextiyar, Sun Yi Zhou, Zhang Yang Guo Er, Zhu Yong Teng. Hawick and Sun play best friends who fall for the same girl in college. When she leaves for the US to further her studies, these two men raise the daughter she left behind. Eight years later she returns and wants her daughter back. Can the men’s friendship survive intact?
Satoru is man with time-traveling abilities that take him back 18 years to try to prevent his mother’s death as well as those of three classmates in Japanese drama Erased. This drama stars Furukawa Yuki, Yuki Mio, Kakihara Rinka, Eguchi Noriko, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Shirasu Jin, Mashima Hidekazu, Hurotan Tomoka, and Uchikawa Reo and is based on manga series Boku Dake ga Inai Machi by Ken Sanbe.
If you have a craving for something sweeter, check out Onoe Matsuya in Saboriman Kantaro aka Kantaro the Sweet Tooth Salaryman. Kantaro is a salesperson for a publishing company who does his job well and has the trust of his coworkers. He harbors a secret, though, he skips out on work to eat sweets. This series is also based on a manga, by the way.
Kimura Fumino stars as a screenwriter with one hit to her name and that is all in The Many Faces of Ito (aka Ito-kun A to E). One day she gives a lecture and finds out via a questionnaire that four women are all dating the same Ito-kun. She decides to write a script based on the women’s stories. This drama also stars Sasaki Nozomi, Shida Mirai, Ikeda Elaiza, Yamada Yuki, Tanaka Kei, Nakamura Tomoya, and Amano Nazuki. I wonder if this will be like Fukada Kyoko’s Renai Gikyoku: Watashi to Koi ni Ochitekudasai about a scriptwriter who must be in love in order to write and thus we had the main plot of the movie and then the play of her script within the movie.
You can continue the love story between reluctant roommates Yoshikawa Nao and Uehara Hisashi in the second season of Japanese drama Good Morning Call. If you like cheesy dramas based on mangas, check out the silly Blazing Transfer Students (aka Blazing Transfer Stduent: Reborn/Hono no Tenkosei: REBORN) starring Shigeoka Daiki, Kiriyama Akito, Nakama Junta, Kamiyama Tomohiro, Fujii Ryusei, Hamada Takahiro, Kotaki Nozomu, Kawashima Umika, and Kaga Takeshi.
Now available is OCN’s Black. This dark drama stars the popular Song Seung Heon and Go Ara as well as former ZE:A member Kim Dong Joon and the pretty Lee El. Song Seung Heon takes on dual roles as an inept cop full of secrets and a grim reaper while Go Ara is a girl cursed with the gift of being able to tell when a person will die. These two join forces to try to stop the deaths from happening.
Check out Bae Doo Na’s comeback to the small screen in Stranger (aka Secret Forest/Forest of Secrets) which also stars Cho Seung Woon. Cho is a prosecutor who underwent a partial lobotomy leaving him lacking in emotion. He is cold, lonely, and an upholder of justice who is striving to work against the corruption around him. Bae is a detective who joins forces to help him solve a serial murder case.
If you are a fan of tvN dramas, check out Argon – an eight episode drama starring Kim Ju Hyeok and Chun Woo Hee. Kim plays a hard-nosed anchor who does not tolerate mistakes and relies on facts only while Chun is a rookie reporter under contract striving to be hired on permanently. Under Kim’s care and strict training she begins to grow as a reporter.
If you like dramas revolving around idols, then you might like Part-Time Idol about a music producer deciding to make a comeback with a co-ed kpop group. The drama stars Akmu’s Lee Soo Hyun and Produce 101 season 2’s Kwon Hyun Bin as well as Kim Hee Jeong, Hwang Seung Un, and Kwon Young Deuk. If you want a laugh, check out 2015 comedy Seoul Searching starring Cha In Pyo, Justin Chon, Jessika Van, Esteban Ahn, and Teo Yoo. In 1986, a group of teenagers from around the world travel to a summer camp in Seoul, South Korean to learn about their Korean heritage.
Aenie Wong, Janelle Chin, Karena Teo, Goh Wee Ping, and Sam Chong star in 2013 drama The Liar about a group of detectives who work at CARE Detective Agency. The detectives must keep the details of their cases secret even when it affects their personal lives.
Let’s go back almost a decade and watch The Truth starring Tay Ping Hui, Joanne Peh, Shaun Chen, Rebecca Lim, and Zhu Houren. A devious business man covets his partner’s treasure map while a related murder case brings into question family ties. I thought I had listed Together already, but don’t see it. This drama spans 30 years while following a group of dedicated and diverse friends as they navigate life in newly independent Singapore. This drama stars the awesome Jeanette aw, Dai Xiang Yu, Elvin Ng, Eelyn Kok, and Zheng Ge Ping.
In Family Court, five lawyers from different firms find their strong bonds tested by romance and court cases. This 2010 drama stars Tay Ping Hui, Qi Yu Wu, Chris Tong, Yao Wen Long, and Eelyn Kok. The Little Nynonya follows an extended Peranakan family in Malacca over 70 years and three generations. The drama starred Jeanette aw, Qi Yuwu, Pierre Png, Joanne Peh, and Xiang Yun. In The Golden Path, a single mother of five struggled for decades to build a successful business empire only to see it threatened by her own family as they descend into animosity and betrayal.