WarnerMedia and CATCHPLAY announce new Taiwan anthology series ‘Twisted Strings’

Renowned Taiwan filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first series will premiere in 2022

PHILIPPINES, AUGUST 31, 2021 – WarnerMedia and CATCHPLAY today announced Twisted Strings《良辰吉時》, an original drama from Taiwan. The seven-episode hour-long anthology series, executive produced by renowned filmmaker, Hou Hsiao-hsien, will co-premiere as an HBO Asia Original in early 2022 on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO GO and HBO in Asia, and as a CATCHPLAY Original on the CATCHPLAY+ streaming service in Taiwan and Indonesia. It will be available later via Mediacorp’s digital platform meWATCH in Singapore.

The series stars an ensemble award-winning cast and crew including Golden Horse-winning actor, Lee Kang-sheng. This is Lee’s first lead role in a series after having starred in films for the past 30 years. Lee, who won Best Actor at the 1994 Golden Horse Awards, 2013 Asia Pacific Film Festival, and the 2014 and 2020 Taipei Film Awards, said he was intrigued by the script’s unique humour and that the role was like nothing he had ever portrayed before. 

Twisted Strings is written and directed by Golden Horse-nominated director, Huang Xi, who has worked with Hou on films including The Assassin (2015). Huang’s debut film Missing Johnny was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2017 Taipei Film Awards.

Currently in post-production, Twisted Strings is produced by CATCHPLAY’s newly established production arm, SCREENWORKS ASIA, in partnership with Taiwan’s Bossdom and Singapore’s Mediacorp.

WarnerMedia and CATCHPLAY previously co-presented the crime drama series Trinity of Shadows《第三佈局 塵沙惑》and the Golden Bell winning series The World Between Us《我們與惡的距離》. Stream or download these HBO Asia and CATCHPLAY Original Taiwan series on HBO GO and CATCHPLAY+.


For more information, please contact:

WarnerMedia: Karen Lai / +65 9111 2655 / Karen.Lai@warnermedia.com

CATCHPLAY: Charline Han / +886-2-8978-2500-601 / Cell: +886-921-051-394 / charlinehan@catchplay.com

About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. The organization also includes Xandr’s suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help to improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)


CATCHPLAY is an entertainment content and technology company whose businesses include content distribution, production and streaming service in the Asia Pacific. Its recent content endeavours include financing of Hollywood movies in addition to regional co-productions of films and drama series. CATCHPLAY+, the company’s streaming service offers premium user experience and leading content offering which includes blockbuster movies from Hollywood Studios, exclusive independent films and quality drama series from around the world. In 2020, the company established SCREENWORKS ASIA to produce premium original content targeting international markets. For further information, log on to www.catchplay.com.

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