Disney unveils 20 series and films in local Asian language
The Walt Disney Company unveiled twenty-seven new titles in Asia on Thursday as it expands the footprint of its Disney Plus and Disney Plus Hotstar streaming services in the world’s most populous region.
The streaming service is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, with launches coming to South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan in November 2021.
“We aim to create fifty original series and shows by 2023,” said Luke Kang, Asia-Pacific president of Walt Disney. “OTT is going mainstream quickly and Disney Plus is well positioned to participate. “
Kang was speaking in a studio portion of a Pan-Asian content presentation that operated as a live event in Tokyo, a hybrid presentation in Indonesia and Korea, and was fully live in other regions.
“This is by far Disney’s most ambitious production effort in Asia,” said Jessica Kam-Engle, Disney content and development manager in Asia-Pacific.
From South Korea, the line-up includes:
- documentary “Blackpink: the Movie”, which will premiere in theaters and online.
- action hero thriller series “Moving”, a Korean tent show based on Kang Full’s webtoon about three teenagers discovering their unusual powers.
- “Snowdrop,” a romantic melodrama series starring best Korean actor Jung Hae-in and Blackpink’s Jisoo.
- “Rookies,” a romantic coming-of-age series set in Korea’s elite police academy, is the debut drama by K-pop idol Kang Daniel.
- Mysterious thriller “Grid”, about a government official and a detective, written by Lee Su-yeon (“Stranger”) and directed by Lee Khan.
- “Kiss Sixth Sense”, a fantasy romance adapted from a webtoon of the same title about a woman who has seen her own future and that of her boss despised.
- The variety show “Outrun by Running Man,” a spin-off of SBS’s long-running variety show, “Running Man.”
From Japan, slate includes:
- “Tokyo MER” (Mobile Emergency Room), a special collaboration of TBS, a medical drama starring award-winning actors Ryohei Suzuki and Kento Kaku.
- “Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall”, a Japanese reboot animation of “Black Rock Shooter”, a character popular with fans around the world who has spawned music, action figures, games and animation. Directed by Tensho and written by Makoto Fukami.
- “Summer Time Rendering”, a Japanese animation based on a leading manga title with a cumulative total of over 130 million pageviews on the Japanese web manga app Shonen Jump Plus.
- “Yojohan Time Machine Blues”, a new Japanese animated series and the sequel to “The Time Tatami Gallery”, by award-winning writer Tomihiko Morimi and production company Science Saru.
- “Twisted Wonderland”, a planned animated adaptation of “Twisted
- Wonderland ”, the hugely popular Disney mobile game from Aniplex.
- Drama series “Lost Man Found” adapted from a novel about an actor who struggles to find the glory and the love of his life.
- Horror series, “Gannibal”, about a village cop investigating rumors of cannibalism.
In Indonesia, where Disney Plus Hotstar launched just over a year ago, additions to the slate include:
- comedy-drama “Bad Signal” (aka “Susah Sinyal”) adapted from the blockbuster film of the same title.
- fantasy series “Tira”, the first series to emerge from the fantasy universe of Bumilangit, produced by Scenario Bumilangit, under the creative vision of award-winning director Joko Anwar. (Separately, SK Global has entered into an agreement to produce feature films from the Bumilangit repertoire.)
- Drama series “Virgin The Series”, a Starvision spin-off from the 2004 film of the same name, directed by Monty Tiwa.
- “Wedding Agreement The Series,” a Starvision drama series that was previously adapted as a movie from the book of the same title. Written by Archie Hekagary.
- Drama series, “Jurnal Risa”, an adventure drama from MD Pictures which is a prequel to “I Can See Ghost”, created by Risa Saraswati and directed by Awi Suryadi.
- Horror drama series, “Teluh Darah”, directed by Kimo Stamboel and produced by Rapi Films.
- Drama series, “Keluarga Cemara The Series”, produced by Visinema as a spin-off of a 1996 series.
- “Small & Mighty” light legal drama series starring Chen Bo-Lin and Puff Kuo, and directed by Xu Fu-xiang. Co-presented with Bilibili and produced by Jason’s Entertainment.
- Gwei Lun-mei starring the drama series “Women in Taipei”, as a spin-off of the series “Women in Tokyo”.
From mainland China:
- “Delicacies Destiny,” a period drama written by veteran producer Yu Zheng (“History of Yanxi Palace”), directed by Guo Hao and starring Wang Xingyue and He Ruexia.
- “Joy Of Life 2”, a romantic era series that is a prequel to the hit series “Joy Of Life” and is written by Wang Juan. Production is by New Classics Media.
- “Min’s Family”, a drama series about divorce at different stages of life, starring Zhou Xun and directed by Wang Jun.
- Animation series “Ejen Ali Season 3”, created by Usamah Zaid and produced by Primeworks Studios and Wau Animation.