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Netflix to Produce 1st Chinese Language Original Series, Helmed by Sam Quah!

By Flora  /  04 Aug 2017 (Friday)

Sam Quah

Titled ‘Bardo’ (擺渡身), the eight-episode series from Taiwan is a jailbreak thriller with a karmic dimension, and it will be available to all Netflix members around the world at the same time.
Sam Quah (柯汶利) will be writing and directing the series whose short film The Free Man was short-listed for an Oscar in 2015.
Director Sam Quah shared his excitement and said: “After a year of preparation, I am delighted the show is coming to fruition. It’s been a pleasure working with IFA Media and global streaming platform Netflix, with all parties having shared the same visions for the concept throughout the process. The trust and respect given have allowed for me and the writers a great freedom to work and, in the process, also allowed for the vision of the show to expand and grow. This series which is being developed with Taiwanese lead writer, Lily Chen, originates from current issues in modern society regarding real-life prisoners on death row, and the series addresses the beliefs these prisoners have regarding their own freedom. Currently, the series is preparing for shoot, and I look forward to working with the production crew to create an extraordinary series.”

[About Bardo] 
Bardo (擺渡身) follows the journey of Ah Quan, a good man who has descended into crime and now waits in prison for execution. An encounter with a mysterious inmate causes him to experience events from alternative timelines. Learning that his son is in danger, Ah Quan escapes to protect his family only to discover he is a pawn in a much larger game. Blending Taiwanese aboriginal mysticism and karmic destiny, Bardo (擺渡身) - which describes the state of existence between life and death - is Ah Quan’s search for redemption.
Stay tuned to InCinemas for updates of 'Bardo'! 
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