Today, iQiyi has ran a virtual press conference to launch its first Southeast Asian Original, The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang. The event was attended by the cast of the series, including Lawrence Wong, Qi Yuwu, Kate Kinney, Tay Ping Hui, Jeanette Aw, Debbie Goh, Jojo Goh, and Koe Yeet. The event also saw the global debut of the trailers for two other highly anticipated series, Danger Zone and Rainless Love in a Godless Land.
“Appetite for Chinese language content is steadily growing worldwide and iQiyi is paving the path forward. We are truly encouraged by the number of global users who want and are willing to watch Chinese dramas,” said Kuek Yu-Chuang, iQiyi’s Vice President of International Business, referencing an online survey the streaming platform recently conducted via Pollfish. “As Chinese content represents a cutting-edge entertainment trend, I’m thrilled to share that our ‘SWEET ON’ collection, launched in May 2021 saw an encouraging viewership of over 59 million views globally. iQiyi is committed to offering our fans worldwide the best-in-class Chinese language entertainment.”
The company also show their survey with 5,200 respondents across 26 countries in August*, where it showed that a promising 76% of respondents had sampled Chinese dramas in the past two years, with 43% watching such content on streaming platforms. One in 2 of those surveyed said they enjoy watching C-dramas and will recommend C-dramas they like to others. More than 40% of respondents also consider it important that a streaming service offers Chinese language content. The highest number of respondents enjoying C-content come from Thailand (80%), Malaysia (71%) and Singapore (70%). Meanwhile, another study on the Malaysian market in particular revealed that 95% of Malaysians have watched at least one Chinese TV show or film in the past year alone.
Special Previews: Upcoming Chinese Language Dramas
Alongside a 12-minute long exclusive preview of The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang, the event also featured exclusive teaser trailers for the upcoming series Danger Zone, and Rainless Love in a Godless Land. This showcase highlighted iQiyi’s niche in catering to diverse tastes and genre preferences, while consistently committing to innovative storylines and premium production quality.
The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang
Take a peek at the underworld through the “Yin Yang eyes” of protagonist Xia Dong Qing (Lawrence Wong) and follow his supernatural adventures as he and his trusty partners, Zhao Li (Qi Yuwu) and Xiao Ya (Kate Kinney), communicate with and help distressed wandering souls in the mortal world with their unfinished business. Available in both Dolby Atmos and 4K, The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang is iQiyi’s first Southeast Asian Original, and is also iQiyi’s first international Original.
iQiyi’s first original Chinese language prison series, Danger Zone is a mystery story about a string of homicide cases happening in the coastal town of Donglin. With no concrete clues to work on, rookie criminal investigator Ren Fei (Berant Zhu) find his first lead via an anonymous caller — a convict named Liang Yandong (Vic Chou).
Rainless Love in a Godless Land
“This is a love story between the God of Rain and a mortal, before Armageddon.” Based on the mythology of the indigenous Amis tribe, Rainless Love in a Godless Land tells a story about an unlikely romantic relationship between a tour guide and the God of Rain — which blooms in parallel with the countdown to Armageddon. Produced and directed by industry veterans, the series features an award-winning cast including Chiao Chiao Tzeng, Paul Fu, Kenny Yen, and special appearances by Alice Ko and Joseph Cheng.
So, be sure sure to mark you calendar for The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang, Danger Zone and Rainless Love in a Godless Land and watch them only on iQiyi. Also, let us know what think of the C-drama lineup by iQiyi at the comments!
*Methodology: This online survey was conducted between August 4 and August 15, 2021 via Pollfish, collecting responses from 5,200 respondents across 26 territories globally including; Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.