Netflix Picks Up Chinese Detective Drama ‘Day & Night’


Netflix is to launch a Chinese detective drama in more than 190 markets after striking a deal with Alibaba-owned Youku. The SVOD service has picked up Day and Night, a 32-part series.

The series, which launched in August and has secured more than 4B views in China, follows a detective who attempts to clear his twin brother from a murder charge. After recusing himself from the case, he is hired as a secret consultant by the new investigator. It stars Pan Yueming, Wang Long Zheng, Liang Yuan, Lu Xiaolin and Yin Shuyi.

It is the latest Chinese original that Netflix has picked up: in 2015 it bought Empresses In The Palace for its U.S. service, cutting down the original series’ 76 x 45-minute series into six 90-minute episodes. The show, which first aired in China in 2011, follows the the emperor’s concubines in the imperial palace of the Qing Dynasty.

“The cultural industry is undergoing robust growth in China, and I believe the export of high-quality content will help people around the world gain a better understanding of the soft power of China,” said Yang Weidong, president of Youku, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group. “I’m delighted that Youku can become a pioneer in driving this initiative with this overseas distribution of our Day and Night series.”

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