Disney+ has introduced a slate of Asia originals for the second half of 2023, together with Korean dramas Shifting and The Worst Of Evil and the most recent undertaking in its collaboration with Hybe, BTS Monuments: Past The Star.
The packed slate of originals additionally consists of Japanese anime Tokyo Revengers: Teknik Arc, a part of Disney’s collaboration with publishing home Kodansha, and hybrid live-action and anime sequence Dragons Of Wonderhatch.
Set to premiere on August 9, Korean drama Shifting is predicated on Kangfull’s webtoon a few group of superpowered people on the run from authorities forces and a mysterious murderer. Ryu Seungryong, Han Hyojoo and Zo Insung head the solid.
Ji Changwook, Squid Sport actor Wi Hajun and Lim Semi star in crime drama The Worst Of Evil, set in Nineties Seoul, the place a rural police officer is recruited to assist convey down a trafficking gang pushing a potent new drug.
Docu-series BTS Monuments: Past The Star charts the Ok-pop megastars’ journey over the previous 9 years, primarily based on “unprecedented access to a vast library of music and footage,” in line with a Disney assertion.
Disney beforehand labored with Hybe on a BTS live performance movie, BTS: Permission To Dance, and actuality journey present, In The Soop: Friendcation. The brand new sequence is described as that includes the “daily lives, thoughts and plans of BTS members, as they prepare for their second chapter”.
Different Korean reveals on the Disney+ slate embody crime drama Vigilante; comedy motion sequence Han River Police; and music-themed drama Soundtrack #2, a sequel to final 12 months’s Soundtrack #1, once more directed by Kim Heewon however with a brand new storyline starring Keum Saerok and Steve Sanghyun Noh.
Japanese drama Dragons Of Wonderhatch stars Sena Nakajima, Daiken Okudaira and Mackenyu in a fantasy story set in a land the place dragons and people co-exist. The streamer’s Japanese live-action slate additionally consists of A City With out Seasons, a few group of individuals bundled into non permanent housing following a nationwide catastrophe.
Anime titles along with Tokyo Revengers: Tenjiku Arc embody Phoenix: Eden17, produced by Studio4°C and primarily based on the legendary manga Phoenix by Osamu Tezuka.
In direction of the top of the 12 months, Disney+ will launch music docu-series NCT 127: The Misplaced Boys, Japanese anime Synduality Noir, and an ice present efficiency by Japanese ice-skater Yuzuru Hanyu. Titles in 2024 will embody Korea’s A Store For Killers and Crimson Swan, and Japan’s Home Of The Owl and Murai In Love.
Disney stated it has launched greater than 20 titles since its 2022 Asia Pacific content material showcase. Amongst these, the second season of Korean crime motion sequence Massive Wager, starring Choi Minsik, changed the primary season as essentially the most watched domestically produced authentic sequence on Disney+ in Korea.
In the meantime, Korean drama Dr. Romantic ranked primary within the majority of APAC markets in its first month primarily based on hours watched, and live-action Japanese thriller Gannibal and anime Tokyo Revengers secured spots within the high 5 most watched titles in Japan throughout their first week of launch.
“With the success of our initial wave of APAC originals, we will continue to build on this momentum by delivering exceptional storytelling through the second half of 2023 and beyond,” stated Carol Choi, Govt Vice President of Authentic Content material Technique, The Walt Disney Firm APAC.
“Thrillers, crime-action and fantasy, centred on strong storylines from Korea and Japan, are resonating with audiences and we look forward to continued collaboration with leading content creators and storytellers from this region.”