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Celebrate our little red dot with Netflix's Singapore, Now Streaming collection

By Kenneth Ang - on 27 Jul 2020, 3:27pm

Celebrate our little red dot with Netflix's Singapore, Now Streaming collection

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Update: Netflix has informed us of the following changes to the collection, as below:

  • 18 Grams of Love (available on 1 Aug; originally 8 Aug)
  • The Songs We Sang (previously titled as 'The Songs That We Sang')
  • The Legend Ji Gong (available 15 Aug)
  • Vettai S2 (available on 30 Sep; originally 15 Sep)
  • Vettai S3 (available 15 Oct; originally 30 Sep)
  • Morning Express II (available on 30 Sep; originally 15 Sep)
  • Mystery II (available on 30 Sep; originally 15 Sep)
  • Wok of Life (removed)

As our humble little island approaches its 55th birthday, it's a great time to kick back and see how our local TV and movie scene has blossomed in the past five decades (going on six), and we're happy to say that Netflix will be helping us do just that - they've announced that over 100 of our favourite local dramas and films will be added to their roster starting from August 1

Exclusively titled as the Singapore, Now Streaming collection, the selection features popular local classics such as Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd (my personal favourite), I Not Stupid and Under One Roof, to more recent programmes such as The Noose, Ilo Ilo and Ah Boys to Men, among various others. Of course, the initiative is part of a collaboration involving local studios like Clover Films, Mediacorp, MM2 Entertainment and Memento Films.

Image: Netflix

To spice it up even more, the platform is even adding some local "Singlish flavour" to its genre categorisation. For example, food shows will be reclassified as "Sedap till Shiok" while horror films and programmes will fall under the "Could Have Happened In Yishun" category. Personally, we find the latter an extremely amusing jab, given the district's notorious reputation for weird (and sometimes grisly) happenings. And because we're such nice people, we've listed all nine of these categories below for your reference - you're welcome.

1.     Set In Singapore -- Global shows and films that feature Singapore

2.     Could Have Happened In Yishun -- Horror films 

3.     Indoor Paktor -- Romance

4.     Sayang Hae Yo -- K-drama and K-romance

5.     Why You So Action --  Action shows

6.     Sedap till Shiok -- Food shows

7.     Haji Lane Hipness -- Fashion Shows

8.     That Atas Life -- Luxury homes, or Fashion shows

9.     No Need To Chope Leave -- Travel, or Exploration shows

The collection is easily accessible too - all you have to do is enter "SG Now Streaming" into the search bar and the platform will dig out all of these locally-made gems for you (and your family) to watch on movie night. You don't have to rush through it, either - the entire collection will be available through National Day (Aug 9) and beyond, so take as much time as you need. 

Image: Netflix

Speaking of National Day, Netflix is also teaming up with LASALLE College of the Arts to create commemorative posters featuring imaginative recreations of classic scenes from the various shows. Students will be interviewing members of the older generation to uncover these anecdotes and much more, and their works will be put up on Netflix Singapore's Instagram page for everyone to enjoy.