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Watch Out, Netflix — Disney+ Announces Lineup of Asia-Pacific Original Titles

From a documentary about a very popular K-pop group to romance films to scripted dramas, here’s everything you need to know about Disney's new push for programming from Asia and the Pacific.
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Following the incredible success of Squid Game on Netflix over the past couple of weeks, Disney+ has announced nearly 20 projects from the Asia-Pacific region set to be released on the platform very soon. 

From a documentary about a very popular K-pop group to romance films to even scripted dramas, here’s everything you need to know:

18 Local-Langauge Products to Be Produced

During a Disney event held in its Asia offices on Thursday, October 14, the company announced its plans to produce 18 local-language projects over the next year.

These projects will be created in Japan, South Korea, China, Indonesia, and Australia, with a focus on creating content aimed towards a wider audience.

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Likewise, the content itself will be extremely diverse. Of the content that was announced, the genres include comedy, romance, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, and even documentaries.

“For many decades, The Walt Disney Company has been entertaining consumers and has been an integral part of the local creative ecosystem,” Luke Kang, Disney’s president in Asia Pacific, said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Today, we are making another commitment by combining the global resources of the company with the best content creators from Asia Pacific to develop and produce original stories on Disney+.”

He continued, “With over-the-top services going mainstream, emergence of world-class content from Asia Pacific and rising consumer sophistication, we believe that this is the right time for us to deepen our collaboration with the region’s best content creators to deliver unparalleled storytelling to global audiences.”

Titles to Look Out For

While it’s too early to tell if any of these projects will have the same global appeal as Squid Game, the variety of titles will certainly bring more subscribers to the platform.

Here are some of the big titles to look out for:

Blackpink: The Movie

The documentary will celebrate the hugely successful Kpop group BLACKPINK’s fifth anniversary. Following in the footsteps of other band documentaries, the film will include concert footage, as well as interviews and never-before-seen footage.

Snowdrop

Speaking of Blackpink, this Korean drama series will star one of its members, Jisoo, as well as Korean actor Jung Hae-in. 

Shipwreck Hunters

If you are interested in shipwrecks and mysteries, this may be the documentary for you! It will focus on various shipwrecks that have happened off Australia’s western coastline, some under mysterious circumstances. 

Rookies

Rookies will be a Korean coming-of-age series set inside an elite police academy. And, like Snowdrop, it will feature a K-pop star named Kang Daniel.

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This dramedy series is based on the 2017 movie of the same name as it follows a group of hotel employees who are managing a very nice resort in West Java, Indonesia. Sounds a little bit like HBO’s White Lotus, huh?!