Disney+ Unveils First Major Slate of 18 Originals From Asia-Pacific Region
The Walt Disney Co. unveiled an impressive range of content firepower Thursday to aid Disney+'s subscriber growth as the streaming battles intensify in the region.
Disney announced 18 local-language Originals to be released over the coming year in countries like Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, greater China, and Australia, at a splashy online showcase event held out of its Asia offices. The films range in genre from scripted drama to anime, comedy, fantasy, romance, science-fiction, crime, horror, variety shows, and documentaries, as well as television and film.
Highlights from the Disney+ APAC slate include a large selection of Korean titles, such as revealing k-pop supergroup BLACKPINK; Moving, soaring Korean action series about teenagers with mysterious powers, and promoting upcoming K-drama romances Snowdrop and Rookies. Predictably, the regionally and globally popular content category of Japanese anime also plays a prominent role in Disneys plans, with shows on the way like Summer Time Rendering, based on nifty new manga of the same name. The food-themed period rom-com Delicacies Destiny, from Yu Zheng, the famed period drama producer behind Story of Yanxi Palace, has been greenlit by Disney from China. (The APAC original slate of Disneys APO is below.)
Disney's bold content expansion in APAC was long anticipated, and the bold showcase comes at a time when the race for streaming subscribers and market share in Asia home to half of the worlds top six largest economies is only growing. The slate shared Thursday is a first step toward the company's goal of greenlighting over 50 APAC originals by 2023, Disney said. Squid Game, a Korean thriller on its way to becoming Netflixs most-watched film, has underscored the region importance to U.S. streaming companies, both as 'a pillar source of subscribers and globally appealing content'.
Luke Kang, Disneys president in Asia Pacific, said, For many decades, The Walt Disney Company has been entertaining consumers and an integral part of the local creative ecosystem. Today, we are making another commitment by combining the firm's worldwide resources with the finest content creators from Asia Pacific to develop and produce original Disney+ stories. With over-the-top services now becoming mainstream, the rise of world-class content from Asia Pacific, and the rising sophistication of consumers, we believe that this is the right time for us to deepen our collaboration with the regions finest content creators to deliver unparalleled storytelling to global audiences.
Disney+ is just over halfway through its rollout in the region, with the service already available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, as well as South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korean, Thailand and Hongkong, in November. Disney reported that Disney+ had 13 million subscribers for a global total of 116 million, narrowly beating Wall Street's expectations of 11 million. In its most recent earnings statement in mid-August, Disney said that the company had added 115 million people to its worldwide total, beating the forecast of 85 million by mid-2018.
Disney also showcased its Star streaming bundle which includes a larger library of content from Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios 20TH Television, and Touchstone - as it prepares to expand the Disney+ content offering in key Asia markets, such as Japan, in the weeks ahead.
Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney's APAC Head of Content & Development, who spoke about the company'' upcoming A Pacific content slate in detail, said: "Our production strategy is centered on working with the finest local storytellers in the region, leveraging our brand power, scale, and commitment to creative excellence." We look forward to working with award-winning and emerging creative talent in Asia Pacific and sharing authentic stories that reflect the unique cultural and social dynamics of this region to global audiences.
See the Disney+ APAC originals list below for more information.
BLACKPINK: The Movie Documentary Documentaire Documentar Oh Yoon-dong, Jung Su-yee Jisoo, Jennie, Ros, Lisa, and Rose A film created to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the chart-topping Korean pop band BLACKPINK. BLACKPINK: The Movie includes never-before-seen interviews and over 10 sets of live performances, including BLACKPINNKs recent concerts The Show in 2021 and In Your Area during 2018.
Moving forward with the move, moving forward, and moving toward the future. Dramatic Drama Park In-je Writer: Kang Full Ryu Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo, and Zo In-sung are the stars of the film. Moving is the ultimate tent-pole show based on the webtoon that has garnered over 200 million views. Moving is an action hero thriller that follows three teenagers who hide their superpowers and their parents who have lived with painful secrets and who are now in a terrible position to protect them from future danger.
Rookies are rookies who have a chance to succeed in the NBA. Dramatic Drama Kim Byung-soo is Kim's assistant director. Lee Ha-na, Lee Kang Daniel and Chae Soo-bin are the stars of the movie. Rookies is a coming-of-age, romantic series set in Korea's elite police academy, packed with love and challenges that we all root for. Kang Daniel makes his drama debut in the video game industry. Watch as a team of first-year police recruits hone their skills to serve and protect the community while learning what it takes to be effective.
Snowdrop Snowball Snowfall Snow Drop Snow drop Snowdrift Snowdon Snowstorm Snowydrop snowdrop Dramatic Drama Jo Hyun-tak Writer: Yoo Hyung-mi Jung Hae In and Jisoo Ong (Jim Haeng In) Top Korean actor Jung Have-in and BLACKPINKs Jisoo team up on this Korean hit series, written by the creators behind the 2019 K-drama mega-hit Skycastle. Snowdrop is a romantic melodrama series and soaring tale of naughty couple set in Seoul in the late 1980s. The two fall in love and find themselves caught in a web of mystery and turmoil.
Grid Grid grid grid Grid Dramaturgic Dramatic Drama Lee Khan Writer: Lee Su-yeon Seo Kang-jun, Kim A-joong, Si-young, Seoul Kan-ju, Ao-hoon, and Kim a-jong. Following the success of Stranger, award-winning writer Lee Su-yeon has released a new tentpole series, Grid. A mysterious being, who saved mankind from a crisis, suddenly reappears and aids spies. This mystery thriller follows a government official and doppelgnger who tenaciously investigate many secrets and uncover the truth.
Kiss Sixth Sense Sixt. Six thSense Kiss Romance/Fantasy Nam Ki-hoon, Nam-Ki-Houn, Kim Kih-oo, Director: Nam Kim-ko-on Jun You-lee, Jun Yu-len, Kim Yoon-Kye-sang, Seo Ji-hya, Kim Jiseok, and Kim Jeong-Soo-ji-young are the stars of Kim Joon Kye sung, Kee Jih-gyo, Sio Jing-yu, Sao Jin-tae, Nam Ji, Ho Kyo Kim, Kue Kim-kye Jin, Moon Ji Seok-joon, Sun Ji Jinseng, Jo Kim Yuon Yoo Yo A woman who has the ability to see the future with a kiss, accidentally sees the past and that of her boss, who she disliked. This fun and entertaining romantic drama has been adapted from a popular original web novel of the same name.
Running Man is Outrun by Running Mann Variety Show is a popular television series aired on April 26th. Kim Jon-kook, HAHA, and Jee Seok-jin Brand-new missions, more fun and unending challenges! Kim Kim Jon-kook, HAHA, and Jee Seok-jin, the original members who have been together for 11 years, will compete in the first official spin-off of SBS Running Man, one of the regions most popular and long-loved variety shows.
Tokyo Mer Mobile Emergency Room Tokyo Dramatic Drama Aya Matsuki, Alya Tsutomu Kuroiwa (PhD) Ryohei Suzuki, Kento Kaku, and Ayami Nakajyo star in the film. Two doctors with opposing ideologies and beliefs are unwittingly playing a much larger political game while saving their patients' lives against the backdrop of MER units.
Lost Man Found, Lost in Lost Land Dramaturgy is a popular genre in which actors are often involved. Tsuyoshi Inoue, Tatsuyokoshi Shin Adachi, Shin Shin, Adashi, Taiga Nakano, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and Sairi Ito Based on a bestseller from Bungei Shunju, Lost Man Found is based on the real-life story of naive sidekick actor in humourous yet real life comedy, where we witness his struggles to achieve fame and meet the love of his life.
Gannibal Gault Gnibal Dramatic Drama Yuya Yagira is the lead role. A dark, modern-day horror set in the rural areas of Japan. After the previous Chuzai disappears, a policeman, who has sex and daughter, becomes Chuzai (residential police chief) at the Kyokamura village. He slowly unravels a scathing rumor about cannibalization in the village.
Black Rock Shooter Downfall Animation Animation Makoto Fukami, Makato's Author: Makoki Fuchami Black Rock Shooter is a media franchise based on huke, - he's renowned for his work -- that has spawned music, action figures, and 'a video game. Black Rock Shooter has been reborn as a completely new anime with Makoto Fukami, best known for his work with Psycho-Pass and Resident Evil: Vendetta.
Summer Time Rendering Animation Animation Based on a popular Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yasuki Tanaka. This suspense manga has a viewership of over 130 million on Jump+ and is one of the top performing titles. Shinpei, the secluded summer island in Hyogashima, is experiencing a mysterious event. Youve got to find out.
Yojohan Time Machine Blues - YojuhanTime Machine Time machine Blue. Yojonahan time machine blues YoJohantime Machine blue. Animation Animation A new animated series based on Tomohiko Morimi's sequel to The Tatami Galaxy. Its a mystery and romp, set on sweltering midsummer day, and youll get to travel back in time.
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Susan Sinyal The Series - Susan Sineyal Dramatic Drama Bene Dion Rajagukguk is the director of Ben Dione Rajukgu Asri Welas, Abdur Arsyad, Arie Kriting, Kevin Julio, and Kiky Saputri A comedic drama series about a group of hotel workers suddenly having to manage prestigious resort hotel in West Java, based on the hit film with the same title produced by Starvision.
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Wedding Agreement The Series is now available on Netflix. Dramatic Drama Author: Archie Hekagery This series is based on the best-selling novel that was made into a movie by Starvision in 2019. The series revolves around Bian and Tara, who are engaged after an arranged marriage.
Jurnal Risa is a jurnel Rias. Dramatic Drama Risa Saraswati is the creator of Ria. Ahi Suryadi is the director of Ahu Suriyod. Risa and her cousins take something from an abandoned house, which leads them to be haunted by something terrifying. They must now fight the clock to save themselves before its too late.
Teluh Darah Telus Darih Dramatic Drama Kimo Stamboel is the director of Kim O. Stammbooell This incredible black magic tale is the product of Rapi Films' collaboration with Kimo Stamboel to create this horror film. What would you do to protect your family against black magic, even when you discover deep dark secrets that will test your very soul?
Keluarga Camera The Series Dramatic Drama Ismail Basbeth is the director of Irsmus Basbth. A spinoff from the same television series everyone knows from 1996 and the hit movie adaptation of 2019. A heartwarming documentary about a Jakarta family who are now living in secluded locations in Indonesia. There will be lots of disagreements and lessons, but the show will in the end demonstrate how much love from our friends and family helps us reach our full potential.
Tira Tirana is a fictional character created by Titrara Tirala. Creator: Joko Anwar Creator of the Series: The frist series was developed as a result of enticing Disney collaborations with Bumilangit, based on BUMILUMIT, an Indonesian character-based entertainment company with dozens of superheroes. Tira is a story about teen girl who develops superpowers after accidentally locating an ancient force.
Small & Mighty - 'Brother i9 Dramatic Drama Director: Xu Fu-Xiang Wang Hui Zhu, Xu Chen, Wang Chen Zhou, Writer: Chen Bo-Lin and Puff Kuo star as Chen B-lin, Chen Ku-Xin is a guest appearance by Pup Kuu. This is a lighthearted legal drama, co-produced with Bilibili and produced by Jasons entertainment, the production company behind Someday or One Day.
Delicacies Destiny Dramatic Drama Gun Hao, Gun hao. Yu Zheng, Yu Liu, Zhong Zhou, Yi Zhen, Wang Xing-Yue and He Rui-Xia A delicious Chinese period drama that blends food and romance. Following the success of Story of Yanxi Palace by veteran producer You Zheng, this is your newest food rom-com.
Taipei: Taiping: Women in Taipa Dramatic Drama Robin Lee, Robin Leung,Robin Lee Wang Qing-qing Jacob Wang and Gwei Lun-mei Gwei Lun-mei's first appearance in a series after 12 years as Golden Horse winner GWEI LuN-MEI is based on Women in Tokyo.
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Mins Family is a Min's family business. Dramatic Drama Drama Wang Jun is a professional director. Huang Lei and Zhou Xun, respectively, are stars. Produced by the same crew that created the hit drama Nothing But Thirty, this is a moving account of the difficulties and triumphs of getting divorced and remarried at different stages of life.
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Season 3 of Ejen Ali by Eddie Ali is now available for streaming. Animation A continuation of the popular Southeast Asian animation series. Secret agents are sent into the futuristic city of Cyberaya in the latest season, completing seemingly impossible tasks. A co-production between Primeworks and Wau Animation.
Shipwreck Hunters Australia is a specialist shipwrack hunters agency based in Melbourne. Documentary Documentaire Documentar Brendan Hutchens is the managing director of Brendam Huthchen's Production Company The first Disney+ documentary from Australia and New Zealand. Filming is taking place off Western Australias vast coastline, which is the resting place for around 1,600 shipwrecks, while filming takes place.