I am currently working on Netflix’s second Thai original series (The Stranded was the first) entitled Bangkok Breaking. Obviously, this is an exciting experience and a wonderful opportunity in itself, but for me it’s especially thrilling for the fact that I get to see so many incredible Thai professionals at work. In terms of talents, the team is made up of crème de la crème in the Thai film industry. I am probably the least experienced in the gang, and as showrunner/executive producer I feel humbled by it all. I’ve been learning a lot from my colleagues and I genuinely feel we have very strong work in our hands so far.
I can’t say much more, since we are still in production, but here’s the official press release from Netflix about Bangkok Breaking:
BANGKOK, 26 October, 2020 — Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, today announced its second Thai original series – Bangkok Breaking. The series will debut exclusively on Netflix with Prabda Yoon (Someone from Nowhere, Invisible Waves, Last Life in the Universe) as executive producer and Kongkiat Komesiri (Slice, Muay Thai Fighter, Khunpan) as director.
Bangkok Breaking is a fast-paced action-thriller drama centered around the wild world of Bangkok’s road rescue services and Wanchai who is newly arrived in Bangkok and must unravel a city-wide conspiracy alongside a young, upstart journalist.“I follow and enjoy many Netflix movies and series. That’s why I am excited to work with Netflix directly, but what I’m most excited about is taking part in showcasing Thai talent and creativity on a global platform. The opportunity to work with so many skilled and experienced Thai people from the industry is really impressive; and Netflix partnering with Thai producers can only benefit our work and inspire the creative community,” said showrunner and executive producer Prabda Yoon.
“Bangkok Breaking is a series that serves all tastes, with action, excitement, drama and romance, appealing to a wide audience across Asia and, I hope, internationally. With the full support of Netflix we can realise our vision for this series; I am excited, honored and incredibly proud to work with a global platform like Netflix. I’ve amassed over 20 years of experience in film making, collecting every technique for this moment, and today I have the opportunity to show that Thai content has what it takes to capture the interest of audiences around the world. I promise to give my absolute best to delight our audience,” said director Kongkiat Komesiri.
“Bangkok Breaking gripped us the instant we read the script. Our second Thai original is a special story that Thai audiences will truly enjoy, providing a unique point of view of life in one of the world’s best known and loved cities. We’re excited to support more great stories from this vibrant and very talented community,” said Myleeta Aga, Director of Content for Southeast Asia and Australia at Netflix.
This action-thriller drama will be produced by Production Playground. Create Asia 360’s Rehan Malik and Clayton Fitts co-created the series and will executive produce.
All 6 episodes of Bangkok Breaking will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2021 to its members in over 190 countries.
About Bangkok Breaking Bangkok Breaking is a gripping, character-driven drama centred on Wanchai, who moves to Bangkok to save his family from poverty. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Wanchai joins a local ambulance foundation and is quickly pulled into the mysterious high-stakes world of the rescue services. Desperate for justice and answers, Wanchai realises he must unravel a city-wide conspiracy with the help of a determined female journalist.
There have been and will be challenges in making this series, especially because of the ongoing pandemic we’re all facing, but I am hopeful and I very much look forward to sharing Bangkok Breaking with the world later this year.
See the Thai report and some more photos of the cast on the day of the official opening ceremony here.