Netflix set to stream first Filipino series
Rebecca Hawkes
| 19 March 2018

Netflix is preparing to stream its first Filipino series, Amo, following a tie-up between the online video giant and local broadcaster TV5.

Directed by Brillante Mendoza, Amo is set amid the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug war in the Philippines.

"We're always seeking to work with passionate, talented storytellers like Mr Mendoza, to bring premium content to the more than 117 million Netflix members around the world," said Robert Roy, vice president of content acquisition, Netflix.

Amo - which means 'boss' - tells the story of Joseph (Vince Rillon), a high school student who starts out as a small-time shabu (crystal meth) dealer, who eventually gets entangled in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.

"Amo is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide," added Roy.

"The great thing about this new development is that we can now expand our audience for Filipino movies and TV series. Foreign viewers will get acquainted with our stories and culture on a different platform - beyond the film festival circuit," Amo's director, Brillante Mendoza told the Inquirer.

Vincent 'Chot' Reyes, president and chief executive officer, TV5 added: "Brillante has done a beautiful job in bringing paper to life, and the show's acquisition provides an additional platform to help share the first-ever Filipino series on Netflix to a worldwide audience".

The 12-episode action drama, which also stars Derek Ramsay, Allen Dizon and Felix Roco, will be available on the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service worldwide from 9 April.