Netflix begins production on Mandarin drama The Ghost Bride
James R | On 05, Feb 2019
Netflix has begun production on its new Mandarin drama, The Ghost Bride.
The six-episode drama, which is directed by award-winning Malaysian directors Quek Shio-Chuan and Ho Yu-Hang, is an adaptation of a New York Times bestseller of the same name created by Yangsze Choo. It is written by an international team of screenwriters, led by American-Taiwanese TV writer Kai Yu Wu, who is known for her work in smash hits such as Hannibal and The Flash.
Along with its joint creative force from Hollywood, Malaysia and Taiwan, The Ghost Bride also features a diverse cast. Wu Kang Jen, named Best Actor at the Golden Bell Awards and Taipei Film Festival for his outstanding performances in Wake Up and White Ant, will be joined by Malaysian actor and Mandarin musical and theatre artist Kuang Tian, and Canadian-Chinese Hollywood star Ludi Lin, who is known for playing the Black Ranger in Power Ranger 2017 and recently seen in his role as Murk in Aquamans. Rounding out the cast is Huang Peijia, an emerging actress who won the Best Actress from 2018 Golden Bell Awards with her performance in Roseki and from the Taipei Film Festival for her role in Cha Cha for Twins.
The Ghost Bride is set in 1890s Colonial Malacca. Li Lan has been offered a marriage proposal from the wealthy Lim Family to become the “ghost bride” to their recently deceased son. Her family will be saved from a lifetime of debt, but she’ll spend the rest of her life being haunted by the Lim family’s son. Desperate to get out of this ghastly arrangement, she soon finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery and embroiled in other-worldly affairs much bigger than she could have ever imagined.
The series has started production in collaboration with Ideate Media. It is Netflix’s first Mandarin original series that is shot in Malaysia including locations at Johor Bahru, Penang and Ipoh.