Netflix orders Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities

netflixNetflix will be working with Taiwan’s Kbro Media and Good Image Production on a new original series A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities (WT).

The 20-episode series features cross-cultural differences, and similarities between Taipei and the close-knit Taiwanese-American community in San Francisco.

A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities will be directed by Nelson Yeh and will begin filming in late 2017.

The series has also received a government grant from the Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture supporting the show’s portrayal of a Taiwanese story with a global perspective.

It features two women, a traditional chinese medicine practitioner in Taipei and a Taiwanese-American programmer in San Francisco, who swap homes and then follow their respective cultural odysseys in each city.

John Derderian, director of international originals at Netflix, said: “We are excited about A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities bringing the multi-cultural worlds of Taiwan and America to our 104 million members across 190 countries. This is a testament to how great stories travel.”

Netflix has started to work with a range of Asian creators, including on original shows such as Midnight Diner from Japan and series Kingdom and Love Alarm from South Korea. It ordered its first original Taiwanese production in August, named Bardo.