10 Asian Series to get through Quarantine

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CinemAsia has had the fortune to hold it’s 2020 edition of CinemAsia Film Festival this past March. A litte over a month later such an event has become unthinkable. Words such as social distancing and selfisolation have entered our daily lexicon and people who do not have a crucial profession are adviced to work from home and everyone is asked to stay home as much as possible.

Even though being couped up at home might be trying, it also offers opportunities. For instance it grants the possibility to fill your appetite for Asian Cinema. Last week we shared 10 filmtips, but great Asian storytelling is not limited to the cinemascreen. That’s why we follow up with a list of 10 series to lift your spirits and help you get through this period of self isolation.

1. Itaewon Class

 
1 Season – 16 Episodes
South Korea, 2020
Netflix 

Park Saeroyi’s life has been turned upside down after he gets expelled from school for punching a bully and his father is killed in an accident. Following his father’s steps, he opens a pub named “DanBam” in Itaewon and, along with his manager and staff, strive towards success and reaching greater heights.

2. Made in Heaven

 
1 Season – 9 Episodes
India, 2019
Amazon Prime

It is the story of two wedding planners in Delhi, where tradition jostles with modern aspirations against the backdrop of big fat Indian weddings revealing many secrets and lies.

3. Meteor Garden


1 Season – 50 Episodes
China, 2018
Netflix

A woman wants to reorganize her house and convert it into a home office. She will throw anything that has been lying around unused. However, she faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

4. She was Pretty

 
1 Season – 16 Episodes
South Korea, 2015
Netflix

When Ji Sung-Joon was young, he was ugly. As he grew up, he began to have an attractive appearance. When Kim Hye-Jin was young, she was pretty. As she grew up, she became ugly. Ji Sung-Joon tries to find his first love.

5. The Stranded


1 Season – 7 Episodes
Thailand, 2019
Netflix

When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves.

6. Tokyo Vampire Hotel

1 Season – 10 Episodes
Japan, 2018
Amazon Prime

Manami is captured by blood thirsty trigger happy vampires, and taken to their hotel, where they keep prisoners as future meals. They are all instructed to find a partner to survive, when a vampire clan from Transylvania interferes.

7. Kingdom


2 Seasons – 12 Episodes
South Korea, 2020
Netflix

While strange rumors about their ill King grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

8. Mirzapur

 
1 Season – 9 Episodes
India, 2018
Amazon Prime

A shocking incident at a wedding procession ignites a series of events entangling the lives of two families in the lawless city of Mirzapur.

9. Crash Landing on You

 
1 Season – 12 Episodes
South Korea, 2019
Netflix

The absolute top secret love story of a chaebol heiress who made an emergency landing in North Korea because of a paragliding accident and a North Korean special officer who falls in love with her and who is hiding and protecting her.

 

10. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

 
2 Seasons – 12 Episodes
Japan, 2019
Netflix

An anthology of human relationship stories connected by the only open in the wee hours diner the characters frequent. Resolutions are often facilitated by the owner/chef.

 

 

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