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A Thai girl whose iconic laugh and smirk belies a deep desire for justice was recognized as Asia’s best TV series at a major film festival last night.

The second season of Dek Mai, or Girl From Nowhere, won best Asian TV series last night at the Busan Film Festival. 

The mystery thriller anthology revolves around an anti-heroine Thai schoolgirl named Nanno who mysteriously shows up at schools and exposes corruption, lies and the misdeeds of teachers and students. 

Its second season, released on Netflix in May, received critical acclaim globally for its unconventional take on high school society – it hit the streaming platform’s most-watched lists in several countries including Vietnam, the Philippines and Brazil.

The show was created by GMM Studios International, Bravo! Studios and Sour Bangkok. 

Bad Genius the Series, an adaptation of the blockbuster exam-cheating thriller, won the Creative Beyond Border prize alongside Japanese sci-fi suspense thriller Alice in Borderland

The full list of Asian Contents Award winners is below:

Best Asian TV series: Girl From Nowhere season 2

Best creative: Move to Heaven

Best OTT original: The Long Night

Best Asian animation: Heaven’s Design Team

Best short-form/web drama: Sheker

Technical achievement: Sweet Home

Best actress: Song Jia in A Love For Dilemma

Best actor: Lee Je-hoon in Move to Heaven

Best writer: Yoon Ji-ryun for Move to Heaven

Newcomer (actress) (joint winners): Ko Min-si in Sweet Home and Koe Yeet in Titoudao

Newcomer (actor): Morisaki Win in The Real Thing

ACA Excellence: Song Kang for Sweet Home and Navillera

ACA Jury special: Hanzawa Naoki

Creative Beyond Border (joint winners): Bad Genius The Series and Alice in Borderland

This article, Thailand’s ‘Girl from Nowhere’ wins best Asian TV series at Busan, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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