A ton of classic Singaporean TV series and movies are coming to Netflix

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Netflix partnered with Singaporean creators and companies to bring over 100 TV shows and movies to the streaming platform. These include Jack Neo's I Not Stupid and drama series Growing Up.
Netflix partnered with Singaporean creators and companies to bring over 100 TV shows and movies to the streaming platform. These include Jack Neo's I Not Stupid and drama series Growing Up.

UPDATE–29 July 2020: Netflix added release dates for shows from September onwards.

SINGAPORE — Netflix has partnered with a whole bunch of Singapore creators and companies to bring a motherload of Singapore-made content to the streaming platform.

A total of 106 classic and nostalgic TV shows and movies that will be coming to Netflix include Growing Up, Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, Under One Roof, The Unbeatables, The Golden Pillow, Return Of The Condor Heroes, Ilo Ilo, 881, 12 Storeys, and I Not Stupid.

Three seasons of '90s drama Growing Up is coming to Netflix beginning from 8 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)
Three seasons of '90s drama Growing Up is coming to Netflix beginning from 8 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)

Besides English and Chinese content, there will also be Malay titles such as Bunga Tanjong and Aduh Bibikku, and Tamil titles Vettai and Gurushetram – 24 Hours of Anger.

Beloved Singaporean sitcom Phua Chu Kang is coming to Netflix on 8 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)
Beloved Singaporean sitcom Phua Chu Kang is coming to Netflix on 8 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)

These shows, to be released in batches on Netflix beginning from 1 August, will be available across Southeast Asia.

From 1 August onwards, viewers on Netflix can see all upcoming and existing Singaporean films and series by entering “SG Now Streaming” into the search bar to access the list.

Bunga Tanjung is coming to Netflix on 8 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)
Bunga Tanjung is coming to Netflix on 8 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)

Only selected portions of certain series will be available instead of the full series, such as Phua Chu Kang, Under One Roof and Growing Up. For example, Growing Up will eventually be available only up till Season 3, and only Season 3 of the eight-season Phua Chu Kang will be made available.

Here are all the Singaporean titles coming to Netflix:

1 August 2020

Ah Boys to Men II, Bring Back The Dead, Singapore Dreaming, Old Cow Vs Tender Grass, King of Mahjong, Where Got Ghost, Meeting The Giant, Just Follow Law, Love Cuts, Love Matters, The Maid, It's A Great Great World, Perfect Rivals, The Best Bet, I Not Stupid Too, Dance Dance Dragon, The Wedding Diary, Ghost Child, The Ghost Must Be Crazy, Homerun, I Not Stupid, 12 Lotus, I Do I Do, Rubbers, The Leap Years, Forever, Ilo Ilo, Already Famous, Wanton Mee, Banting, 12 Storeys, Kallang Roar the Movie, 3 Peas in a Pod, Be With Me, Sayang Disayang, 881, Kidnapper, Gone Shopping, 18 Grams Of Love

8 August 2020

Sandcastle, My Magic, Mee Pok Man, Money No Enough, Money No Enough Too, Gurushetram - 24 Hours Of Anger, The Teenage Textbook Movie, The Tree, Liang Po Po The Movie, In The Room, Two Boys And A Mermaid, Taxi Taxi, Ah Long Pte Ltd, The Songs We Sang, Tatsumi, The Truth About Jane and Sam, Growing Up, The Price of Peace, Bunga Tanjong, Teochew family, The Wedding Game, Vijayanthi, The Matchmaker's Match, Best of Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd

15 August 2020

To Madam With Love, Santa The Happy Ghost, Best of Don't Worry Be Happy, Somewhere In Time, Spirit On Wheels

30 August 2020

The Unbeatables I, The Unbeatables II, Unbeatables III, Best of Under One Roof, The Best of The Noose, Growing Up Season 2, Growing Up Season 3

15 September 2020

Vettai S1, Best of Right Frequency, Immortal Love, Just In Singapore, Mystery I, Hainan Kopi Tales, Metamorphosis, Morning Express I, The Legend Of Ji Gong

30 September 2020

Aduh Bibikku Sr 1, Aduh Bibikku Sr 2, Return of the Condor Heroes, The Champion, Stepping Out, Vettai S2, Morning Express II, Mystery II

October 15, 2020:

Vettai S3, The Legendary Swordsman, Legends of The Eight Immortals, The New Adventures Of Wisely, The Return of Royal Monk, The Guest People, The Royal Monk, The Golden Pillow

30 October 2020

The Witty Advisor, Wild Orchids, Vive La Famile, Zero to Hero, Tofu Street, Beautiful Connection

Classic sitcom Under One Roof is coming to Netflix on 30 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)
Classic sitcom Under One Roof is coming to Netflix on 30 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)

Creators and content producers that Netflix worked with for this deal include local studios Clover Films, Mediacorp, MM2 Entertainment and Memento Films, as well as directors Eric Khoo, Anthony Chen and Jack Neo.

Raphael Phang, Netflix’s content acquisition manager for Southeast Asia, said, “By making these titles easily accessible through Netflix, we hope that it will reignite the joy they’ve brought to many Singaporeans over the decades, but more importantly introduce these great works of art by some of the best local filmmakers to the younger generations.”

Anthony Chen's Golden Horse-winning film Ilo Ilo is coming  to Netflix on 1 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)
Anthony Chen's Golden Horse-winning film Ilo Ilo is coming to Netflix on 1 August 2020. (Photo: Netflix)

Golden Horse Award-winning film director Anthony Chen, known for Ilo Ilo and Wet Season, said, “I’m always heartened by opportunities to introduce my work to new audiences. It’s been seven years after the first release of llo Ilo and I hope the film will continue to touch the hearts of audiences in Singapore and across the region, especially if they are seeing it for the first time.”

Eric Khoo, director of Singaporean classic films including 12 Storeys and Mee Pok Man, said, “It’s the 25th anniversary of Zhao Wei Films and we hope that the relaunch of our titles will find a place in the hearts of a whole new generation.”

Jesslyn Wong, Mediacorp’s Vice President of content distribution, said: “We are proud to showcase our local stories to a broader base of regional Netflix subscribers this National Day. This partnership points to the value we continue to place on content collaborations in powering audience engagement, both in and beyond Singapore.”

Netflix previously had already featured Singapore-made content such as The Little Nyonya and Ah Boys To Men.