Netflix Acquires Malaysian Drama ‘Rise’


Yesterday, Netflix saw a number of Academy Awards get added to their mantle, even if the big one eluded them. They also debuted a Teaser for Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman” during the Oscars. Today, they’re back at work focusing on 2019 titles. The streaming service has always had an eye for interesting foreign fare, making their latest acquisition one more example of this.

Variety is reporting that Netflix has picked up the Malaysian election drama “Rise Ini Kalilah,” or “Rise,” as it will be called. Not only has it been acquired, subscribers will actually be able to watch it as of tomorrow. February 26th will mark its release via the platform, after having played in Malaysia and Singapore back in September of 2018.

The film is described as such:

Involving six intertwined fictional tales, “Rise” documents personal stories and struggles in the build up to last year’s historic general election in Malaysia. To the surprise of many, the election was a people’s revolt, deposing corrupt prime minister Najib Razak, and the ruling party after 61-years of rule.

“Rise” features a multi-racial cast of Remy Ishak, Mira Filzah, Sangeeta Krishnasamy, Jack Tan, Shashi Tharan and Mark O’Dea, and supporting actors including Sweet Qismina, Mustaqim Bahadon, Sharifah Sakinah, Yana Samsudin, Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan, Tony Eusoff, Pushpa Narayan, Moon Yoong and David Anthony.

Perhaps this could be a Best Foreign Language Feature contender? Either way, it’s an interesting acquisition by Netflix and something to keep an eye on. Plus, if you’re intrigued, you won’t have a long wait, either. The streaming service is making sure you’ll almost immediately be able to check it out, which is never a bad thing.

Are you going to watch “Rise” on Netflix this week? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!