Małgorzata Stefanik 2020-09-18
The range of Chinese-language dramas available on Netflix is not yet as rich as in the case of k-dramas, but fans of both Chinese and Taiwanese productions will find many watchworthy titles on the platform, and one of the most iconic opens our ranking.
"Meteor Garden" tells a story that most fans of Asian pop culture are probably already familiar with, as this title is a remake of the Chinese drama "Let's Go Watch Meteor Shower" created based on the Japanese manga "Boys Over Flowers", which incidentally has also been adapted into anime and series created in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, as well as Indonesia and India. This story about a young student in conflict with four rich and handsome guys called F4 is definitely wildly popular, and its latest version can be seen on Netflix.
Another noteworthy tv series is "A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities," which follows the lives of Nien-Nien and Josephine. One of them lives in Taipei and the other in San Francisco, but their lives take a new direction when they swap homes. The drama was created by Netflix after receiving a government grant from Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, and it's hard to imagine money better spent promoting the city while allowing Taiwanese creators to make a name for themselves on the international stage. We did not have to wait long for the streaming platform to announce the arrival of another Taiwanese production. And so we got "Mafia Princess," which is a funny, often naive story about the daughter of a Triad boss who falls head over heels in love with an idol. Nevertheless, one must admit that this title is very light and pleasant to watch.
According to an old Chinese tradition, the soul of a dead bachelor won't find peace until he finds a bride, and this belief became the basis for Yangsze Choo's novel, the tv show adaptation of which, "The Ghost Bride", can be seen on Netflix. The story of Li Lan, who comes from a poor family and agrees to marry a ghost, is a combination of rather scary subject matter with humor and a bit of sweetness, which is a rather unusual mix. For those hungry for a dark Asian crime story, we recommend "The Victims' Game", but be warned that this production is quite gruesome at times. A criminologist with Asperger's, together with an inquisitive journalist, find themselves on the track of a mystery whose solution may surprise many viewers.
Coming back to Chinese dramas, we can't leave out "Well-Intended Love" and "The Prince of Tennis ~ Match! Tennis Juniors ~" based on the popular manga by Takeshi Konomi. Both productions are quite charming and enjoyable to watch, so there's nothing left to do but start watching!
In order to receive a bone marrow transplant quicker and be able to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.
An ordinary girl is admitted to the most prestigious school in the country where she encounters F4, an exclusive group comprised of the four wealthiest and handsomest boys in the school - Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men and Mei Zuo.