K-content has emerged as a critical growth engine for strengthening Disney's competitiveness in the market for content.
On November 30, during the Disney Content Showcase at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, The Walt Disney Company unveiled original content for the Asia-Pacific region to be released through Disney+ and Disney+ Hot Star.
At the event, about 50 new original content for the Asia-Pacific region to be released through Disney's streaming service were revealed, including movies from major Disney studios. Amidst the new release announcement, Korean content attracted the most attention. In particular, the actors and production crew of the original Korean series ‘Connect,’ ‘Big Bet,’ and ‘Say It’s Love’ attended the event and had time to introduce the upcoming works.
‘Connect,’ which will be released on the 7th of next month, depicts the story following a new human race called 'Connect' with immortal bodies. Dong Su, who is a Connect, chases down a serial killer who received his eyes through a transplant. Jung Hae In, Go Kyung Pyo, Kim Hye Joon, and director Takashi Miike took to the stage and increased the expectations of more than 400 Asia Pacific media and partners who attended the event. Jung Hae In, Go Kyung Pyo, and Kim Hye Joon expressed their satisfaction in working with the famous Japanese director, saying, "The language barrier was not a problem at all." Director Takashi Miike explained, "This isn't just a simple action series, but it has drama elements as well. It is a series that the whole family can enjoy together."
'Big Bet,' which will be released on the 21st of next month, is the story of a casino king who lost everything and returns to the game to survive. Director Kang Yoon Seong, who attended the event along with Lee Dong Hwi and Heo Seong Tae, shared the news that season 2 production was confirmed.
Kim Young Kwang and Lee Sung Kyung, the main characters of 'Say It’s Love,' scheduled to be released next year, also took the stage. ‘Say It’s Love’ is the story of a woman who goes downhill in her life after learning of her father’s affair, and she falls in love with the mistress' son. Both Kim Young Kwang and Lee Sung Kyung garnered attention when they shared that they had known each other for a long time. The actors shared, “It was comfortable to act because we have known each other for a long time."
Also, 'Moving' based on webtoon artist Kang Full's popular webtoon, 'Worst Evil' depicts the undercover investigation process to knock out an international criminal organization, and 'Race' tells the story of the growth of an ordinary employee who got a job at a first-class PR company through special recruitment. All of these Korean series are scheduled to be released on Disney+. Additionally, a total of 12 documentaries featuring K-pop stars, such as 'BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star,' 'J-Hope Solo Documentary,' 'NCT127 Lost Boys, and 'Super Junior: The Last Man Standing,' and more were also revealed on this day.
Kim So Yeon, the CEO of Disney Korea, said, “Korean culture and content are attracting the attention of people around the world and are exerting greater power than ever before. ” She continued, “Disney plans to continue expanding its Korean content lineup, collaborating with domestic creators, to bring excellent storytelling and presenting it to the world.”