Netflix buys Chinese blockbuster ‘Us & Them’
MUMBAI: Internet entertainment service Netflix has acquired the rights to Chinese hit ‘Us & Them’ from award-winning actress and first-time director, René Liu. Netflix said it is bringing the film to its members in over 190 countries around the world soon.
‘Us & Them’ started its theatrical run in China and is currently at the top of the Chinese box office chart with close to $200 million in 10 days making first-time director René Liu the highest-grossing female director for Chinese language films.
“At Netflix, we believe great stories transcend borders. We are always in search for great content that touches the audience’s hearts and we are thrilled to bring a beautiful film like Us & Them to the service,” said Netflix VP content for Asia Rob Royx.
‘Us & Them’ started as a short story written by first time director René Liu, who decided to bring the story to life on screen. “We sincerely present my first film as a director to the world,” she said.
Producer Zhang Yi Bai said, “We strive to create a great film for the audience and we are more than happy for the film will be available on Netflix, it is indeed the best way to reach every corner of the globe.”
Us & Them follows the love story of Lin Jianqing (Jing Boran) and Fang Xiaoxiao (Zhou Dongyu) spanning over ten years. The two first meet and fall in love on the train back home for Chinese New Year. The two struggle as a couple and eventually break-up. Ten years later, they reunite again on a flight home.