Netflix’s first original Mandarin series, Nowhere Man, is now available for streaming. Over two years in the making and featuring a star-studded cast led by Joseph Chang and Alyssa Chia, the entire drama was shot and produced in Taiwan. Yet behind the scenes, Netflix’s heavy-handed involvement in the creative process nearly caused director DJ Chen to quit in anger. Nowhere Man’s journey from nothing to completion demonstrates Netflix’s intrepid formula for conquering the globe with original cross-cultural production content.
On the eve of its fourth anniversary in Taiwan, Netflix released Nowhere Man, its first original Chinese-language series, this week.
“Original” means that Netflix was closely following throughout the production, from scripting to casting, shooting, and post-production.