Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Five Taiwanese TV drama series have made it to Netflix, an international Internet TV network, Taiwan’s Public Television Service (PTS) said Monday, expressing hope that the shows will allow the world to see Taiwan’s culture and abilities.
The offerings that have been put on the Netflix broadcast platform include the 2015 drama series “A Touch of Green (一把青),” directed and produced by Tsao Jui-yuan (曹瑞原), based on the 1971 short story of the same name by Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇).
The story has been published in Pai’s bilingual collection “Taipei People (台北人).”
“A Touch of Green” won six awards at the 2016 Golden Bell Awards — the Taiwanese version of the Emmy Awards in the United States. They include Best TV Series, Best Directing and Best Actor.
Other Taiwanese shows on Netflix are two seasons of the hospital drama “Wake Up (麻醉風暴)” and two seasons of the mini-series “Days We Stared at the Sun (他們在畢業的前一天爆炸),” according PTS.
Tsao said Taiwan’s movies and TV films have to made it to the world stage, giving them the chance to break the predicament of “smoldering on the island only.”
Being able to have Taiwanese work broadcast on an international over-the-top (OTT) platform is also positive news for cross-region investment, Tsao said.
OTT is a media distribution practice that allows streaming content providers to sell audio, video and other media services directly to consumers over the Internet via streaming media as standalone products.
“Taiwan needs to have its own powerful OTT platform,” Tsao said, emphasizing that this is the future of Taiwan’s movie and TV sector.
(By Chiang Pei-ling and Elizabeth Hsu)