Netflix has announced its biggest slate of Indonesian projects to date, with seven new movies and TV series from prominent local talent, including Timo Tjahjanto (the night is coming for us), Joko Anwar (impetigo) and Kamila Andini (before, now and then).
Tjahjanto is directing his first action comedy movie for Netflix, the big 4, about a detective who joins a group of assassins to investigate the murder of her father. Internationally known for horror and action films, also including cult films. Head shot Y may the devil take youTjahjanto has signed a multi-project deal with Netflix.
Anwar, also known internationally for his stylish action and horror films, is working on a sci-fi thriller series, Nightmares and daydreams, for Netflix. The series has multiple stories about ordinary people encountering strange phenomena. “Indonesia is so full of unique and extraordinary stories. I am always excited to have the opportunity to bring these stories to a wider audience,” said Anwar.
As previously announced, producer and showrunner Shanty Harmayn is working with directors Kamila Andini and Ifa Isfansyah on Gadis KretekNetflix’s first Indonesian period drama, set against the backdrop of the country’s tobacco industry in the 1960s.
The board also includes Dear Davida coming-of-age story, created by Muhammad
Zaidy and directed by Lucky Kuswandi; quirky comedy ex addicts club (Club Kecanduan Mantan) by Salman Aristo; Today we will talk about that day (Hari Ini Akan Kita Ceritakan Nanti), the latest installment in a popular franchise from director Angga Dwimas Sasongko; Y Comedy Chaos (Komedi Kacau), a series by director and comedian Raditya Dika.
Indonesia is shaping up to be the latest battleground in Asia as streamers vie for local consumer attention and growth in the region. Amazon Prime recently announced its first list of Southeast Asian Originals, which included several Indonesian movies and series, including projects from Anwar and Andini. Disney+ Hotstar, Hong Kong-based Viu, China’s Tencent Video and iQiyi and local streamer Vidio are also investing in Indonesian originals.
Netflix has previously streamed Indonesian content, including the Lucky Kuswandi comedy-drama. Ali and Ratu Ratu Queens and Wregas Bhanuteja crime drama Photocopier and has content deals with various local talent.
The streamer launched in Indonesia in 2016, but hit a bumpy ride when it was blocked by local telecommunications company Telkom Indonesia for content deemed inappropriate. That ban was lifted in 2020, and last year Telkom signed a partnership agreement with Netflix to offer the service on its IndiHome and Telkomsel platforms.
“The Indonesian film industry has evolved rapidly in recent years. More and more
Indonesian creators and stories are now being seen and appreciated by
audiences and critics around the world,” said Rusli Eddy, Content Lead, Indonesia,
“Our next Indonesian slate offers you authentic and unique
stories, a representation of our country rich in stories and cultures, and
brings you high-caliber talent whose significant works have shaped the film