8 of the most underrated Asian Netflix originals you should be watching

You will forget about all the titles you don’t have when you start watching these

Yes, we’ve all heard of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but there are so many more undiscovered gems hidden within Netflix.

It’s not just the American originals that deserve the attention, Netflix has made plenty of deserving Asian titles too, especially since going global. Lucky for you, we’ve done all the excavating so you don’t have to tunnel through their growing catalogue yourself.

Remember to bookmark this page for when the weekend rolls along. 

Marco Polo

Watch if you like Game of Thrones

Told through the point of view of, who else but, Marco Polo. The Italian acts as an observer of the never-ending drama that goes on in the Kublai Khan-led Mongolian court and the intense power struggles. Expect the same amounts of Game of Thrones-esque violence, nudity, and political scheming.

You'll notice a startling number of familiar faces like Olivia Cheng, Tan Kheng Hua, and Chin Han in major roles. And that's a major win for Southeast Asian pride. 

Watch Marco Polo here

Ajin: Demi-human

Watch if you like Bleach

Netflix is not short on good anime series if you know where to look and Ajin: Demi-human is one of them. Adapted from Gamon Sakurai’s manga, it’s an action-packed supernatural series featuring a boy who discovers he’s an Ajin, a misunderstood immortal species.

With only the support of his best friend, he has to decide if he will stand and fight with the rest of the Ajin against the powers that be, or flee for his life... Guess which he chooses?

Watch Ajin: Demi-human here

Terrace House

Watch if you like The Hills, reality tv with a bit more ... self-restraint 

This Japanese reality series of a rotating lineup of six men and women meeting for the first time and living together is not new; it’s actually in its second season, but it’s its first time being backed by Netflix.

How it differs from your average young people melodramatic brain drivel is that it has a lot of heart, as well as a hilarious panel of commentators who will say what you’re feeling when the show breaks at the emotional cliffhangers. Trust us, you’ll be hooked on that Japanese magic when you start watching it.

Watch Terrace House here

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Watch if you like the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (of course), Hero

Remember the original movie back in 2000? Well, if you enjoyed that, you’ll be glad to know that this is its official sequel and not some other Asian martial arts film that’s hoping to bank on its success.

The sequel picks up from where the original left off when legendary lady warrior Shu Lien emerges from 18 years of solitude to recover the sword in question - Green Destiny. Although it doesn’t star Chow Yun-Fat this time around, Michelle Yeoh does make a return.

Watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny here

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