Five non-English shows to binge-watch on Netflix this March
Some will make you cry, some will disturb you to the core, but you can bet they will all leave you in awe
There is quite a lot going on in Netflix. As the streaming channel is gradually moving towards global dominance, Netflix is bringing on board over 100 non-English language shows. According to Netflix International Originals former VP Erik Barmack, these shows come from all over the globe including Asia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, India, and almost half of Europe.
While speaking to IndieWire at the Scripted conference in Los Angeles last year, Barmack had stated, "A hundred isn’t really a particularly magic number. It would give us pretty robust slate in Latin America, Europe and then starting a slate in India, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia."
Netflix is embracing foreign-language TV like never before with 100 international seres available for streaming. Executive Erik Barmack believes even American viewers will become comfortable with subtitles: https://t.co/vg4jBQSqxL pic.twitter.com/EdAbwECyyI— IndieWire (@IndieWire) November 16, 2018
He continued, "There’s something fundamentally off about the math. It can’t possibly be the case that the U.S. people in Hollywood and London are somehow 20, sometimes 30 times better at telling stories. When we look back at this time, five years from now, no one thinks that this should hold up."
For example, 'Most Beautiful Thing' (Portuguese: 'Coisa Mais Linda') is an upcoming Brazilian period drama web television series that is set to premiere on Netflix on March 22. Considering Barmack's words, here are five foreign language shows that you can totally binge watch in March on Netflix:
1. 'Crime Diaries: The Candidate' (Season 1)
Plot: In 1994, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio's assassination compels his dying wife to travel across borders to find out the truth about her husband's death.
Cast: Alejandro Cuétara, Jorge A. Jimenez, Alberto Guerra, and Gustavo Sánchez Parra.
Date of Release: March 22.
2. 'Shadow' (Season 1)
Plot: In Johannesburg, tough ex-cop Shadow pursues justice on his own terms and seeks to help those who are powerless to protect themselves. After being struck by lightning, a young man emerges from the shadows to become Jozi’s hero. Giving up his badge to pursue justice for those who can’t help themselves, Shadow is Mzansi’s new vigilante.
Language: BSAE Dialect
Cast: Pallance Dladla, Khathu Ramabulana, Amanda du-Pont
Date of Release: March 8
3. 'If I Hadn't Met You'
Plot: Eduard, a husband and a father who loses his family in a tragic accident, travels mysteriously to a parallel world to re-live a better fate with his beloved wife.
Cast: Pablo Derqui, Andrea Ros, Javier Beltrán, and Joel Bramona
Date of Release: March 15
4. 'The Mafia Dolls' ('Las muñecas de la mafia') (Season 2)
Plot: The story deals with the lives of five young friends, Brenda, Olivia, Violeta, Renata and Pamela, who live in the fictional Colombian town of "El Carmen". Throughout the series, they become further and further embroiled in inextricable situations because of their involvement with drug king-pin Braulio Bermudez, his family, and his lieutenants.
Cast: Amparo Grisales, Fernando Solórzano, Angélica Blandón, and Catherine Escobar.
Date of Release: March 15.
5. 'Green Door'
Plot: A troubled psychologist returns from the US and sets up a clinic in Taiwan, where mysterious patients and strange events recall his own murky past.
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Cast: Jam Hsaio, Bea Hayden Kuo, and Enno Cheng.
Date of Release: March 16