Viu seals the biggest content deal in Asia with JTBC

To mark its firm commitment to continuously provide Asian content through the Web and to strengthen its Asian content line-up, the pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video service provider Viu has already sealed a deal to gain access to over 80% of Korean cable TV firm, JTBC.
The deal is deemed to be the biggest regional content volume that JTBC has partnered and signed in Asia, allowing Viu to broadcast their content alongside other major broadcasters’ such as KBS, MBC, SBS, and CJ E&M.
This move certainly added more shows on the platform and targeted at Korean content fans in key markets like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“We are pleased to present JTBC’s exciting programme line-up to fans across Asia which reaffirms Viu’s commitment to bringing premium Asian content to our viewers and our position as the preeminent OTT video platform in Asia,” commented Janice Lee, Managing Director of Viu parent company PCCW Media Group.

Furthermore, to fully expand and enrich the depth of their current content lineup, Viu has also introduced its own Original series which are produced in Indian, Chinese, and Indonesian languages, by renowned and award-winning directors, artists, and top-of-the line production houses in the Asian region.
“The drama series and variety shows of JTBC have a track record of success with high ratings bearing testament to their excellent quality and high entertainment value. While we will continue to maintain our premium standards in all our productions, we are very pleased to collaborate with Viu, one of Asia’s foremost OTT video services, so that our programs could access a bigger audience across the region with Viu’s highly engaged user base.” said Jung Kyung-Moon, JTBC Content Hub Chief Executive Officer.
<Source: Rapid TV News>

Lee Sung-Kyung to star upcoming tvN romance-fantasy drama ‘About Time’ with Lee Sang-Yoon

Lee Sung-Kyung is back to make our hearts go flutter as the Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo actress and actor Lee Sang-Yoon are cast as leads in tvN romance-fantasy drama series “About Time.”

Lee Sang-Yoon will portray the character of Lee Do-Ha, the chairman of a cultural foundation who unwittingly stops Choi Michaela’s lifespan clock.

Lee Sung-Kyung will play the character of Choi Michaela, a musical actress with a special ability to see a person’s lifespan. One day, she meets a man Lee Do-Ha (Lee Sang-Yoon) who stops her lifespan clock.

The upcoming tvN drama “About Time” is slated to air in May, in South Korea.

Source: Asian Wiki

Marvel to Conquer Asia with 2 New Asian Superheroes

The comic book giant Marvel braves to conquer Asia as it introduces Chinese superheroes that will soon be joining the Marvel universe.

As Marvel’s bold move to increase its Asian fanbase, the now Disney-owned franchise finally opened Marvel Stores in South Korea, released mobile games in China, and now is looking for creative and artistic talent and creators in the Philippines, according to Marvel Editor-In-Chief, C.B. Cebulski.

Furthermore, Cebulski pointed out that Marvel has been making great strides in the recent years. “We try to hire more Asian creators, writers and artists to bring a piece of their culture to Marvel comics,” he said.

Marvel also plans to introduce China-based new Chinese superheroes, Sword Master and Aero; noting that these characters will be “heavily based on Chinese culture and mythology, but set in the modern world and they will interact with the other heroes” in the Marvel universe, Cebulski said. These new additions will be drawn in manga style which is very popular in Asia.

 

However, Asian superheroes are still raw and rare in the Marvel universe despite the franchise growing popularity in Asia.

Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski highlighted that in the Philippines with its deep and long history with the US, Marvel is already ingrained in the country’s rich and popular culture.

As a matter of fact, numerous Filipino illustrators have already provided art for Marvel comics since the 1970s. They are now the third largest nationality of artists employed by Marvel, just behind Americans and Italians, Mr Cebulski said.

 

Source: AFP, Straits Times

Tao Tsuchiya cast in new TBS drama

Tao Tsuchiya cast as lead in new TBS drama “Cheer Dance”

Tao Tsuchiya has apparently jump-started the new year with interesting projects, and this time she’s going to cheer us up in a new drama series!

Tao Tsuchiya is cast in the upcoming TBS drama series “Cheer Dance”–a drama series is inspired by the real-life story of cheer dance club “Jets” which was recently turned into movie entitled “Let’s Go, Jets” starring Suzu Hirose

“Cheer Dance” is about the story of  Saki, played by Tao Tsuchiya, a 2nd grade high school student in Fukui Prefecture who grew up admiring the cheer dance club JETS and dreamed of joining the team. 

The new TBS drama series “Cheer Dance” will air on July, 2018.

TRAILER: “Are You Human, Too?”

See first teaser trailer of KBS2 upcoming sci-fi drama, “Are You Human, Too?” here!

Seo Kang Joon will play as a son of a wealthy family who runs a large company. After an unexpected accident, he falls into a coma. His mother Oh Ro-Ra, who will be played by Kim Sung-Ryoung, is an authority on brain science and artificial intelligence creates an android named Nam Shin III– an android that looks like just like her son Nam Shin.

“Are You Human Too?” will first air sometime during the first half of 2018 in South Korea.

Returning Stars and Rising Rookies In These Korean Dramas to Spoil Us This 2018

I experienced some sort of Korean drama hiatus for a couple of months. I thought that the drama titles produced in the last quarter of 2017 were forced, poorly produced, and seemingly the writers haven’t had enough time to thoroughly conceptualize a solid story line.

Although I noticed the lack of presence of popular Kdrama Oppa[s] (most of them are currently rending their mandatory military service) this year, the hope I saw in a few rising stars, who took the limelight and continued to bring in good stuff for Kdrama fans to enjoy, brought satisfaction *still* in some way.

Since this hope made me so excited to what it seems to be a pocketful of sunshine (in this particular drama realm, if I may say) I decided to briefly list down a few new Korean drama titles, highlighted by returning celebrities and promising rookies in brief summation.
IU and Lee Sun-Kyun in “My Ajeossi”

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Just about to sprinkle more goodness this year, singer and actress IU is back as the lead in upcoming TvN drama “My Ajeossi” together with Lee Sun-kyun, who will be playing the (and for the second time, after playing one in The Coffee Prince) Ajeossi role. The story is about a May-December relationship that will help both characters to heal and surpass old wounds. The drama is slated to air in the first half of 2018. Nara of K-pop group Hello Venus will also join the cast.

When Jang Dong-gun “Suits” the remake

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This iconic Oppa is back with a remake of the popular US drama series, “Suits”! Actor Jang Dong-gun will be playing the role of Harvey Spector, a successful but quite an unorthodox lawyer. Park Hyung-sik will also join Jang Dong-gun in the remake. The Korean version of the series will show current courtroom drama trend and will air in the first half of 2018 on KBS2.

Seo Kang-Joon in “Are You Human, Too?”

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The drama realm is never falling short of common sci-fi/robot storylines but this drama stood out for me—and of course the eye-candy Seo Kang-Joon is in it.

Seo Kang-Joon will be a robot processed with artificial intelligence that will be a stand-in for the comatose son of a rich family and then falls in love (now that is uncanningly interesting!) with a human being. The actor will play both the role of the robot and the son. This pre-produced sci-fi drama will air on KBS2.

Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-ri Travel Back in Time in “Mister Sunshine”


The rising actress Kim Tae-ri will highlight the upcoming TvN drama “Mister Sunshine” with actor Lee Byung-hun, to be aired in summer. Byung-hun will portray a character that went to America in the 1870s and surprisingly travels back in time to Joseon Era as a US soldier. The drama is the brainchild of Writer Kim Eun-sook and will be directed by Director Lee Eung-bok, who both had redefined success by giving us moving melodramas such as “Descendants of the Sun” and “The Goblin”.
Red Velvet’s Joy and Woo Do-han in “Great Temptation”


MBC’s new drama “Great Temptation” cast Red Velvet’s Joy and Woo Do-han as leads and scheduled to air in the first half of the year. In this drama, Woo will do everything to make Joy believe in love. The drama is based on the French novel, “Dangerous Liaisons”.
Bae Doo-na in Netflix Original drama “Kingdom”

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International star Bae Doo-na will star in Netflix Original series “Kingdom” and will be released in the latter half of the year through the global streaming app. The first Netflix Original Korean drama is an eight-episode series about a unique story of Joseon Era zombies. Quite interesting, eh?

TBS 2016 drama ‘Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu’ will be re-broadcasted on New Year’s Eve

Drama fans, here’s something you might want to binge watch before welcoming 2018!

TBS 2016 drama “Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu” starring Aragaki Yui and Hoshino Gen will be highlighting our New Year as the TV network announced to have the drama re-broadcasted.

First three episodes will be aired starting at 8.55am to 11.45am on December 31 while episodes 4 to 8 will be airing at 11.55am to 4.30pm, same day.

The rest of the episodes will be shown the next day at 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

TBS decided to have the rerun due to high volume of requests from viewers.

 

Mackenyu Arata joins Kento Yamazaki in NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills”

Who would have thought that this bromance is extending from one casting/project to another? Mackenyu Arata has joined Kento Yamazaki yet again in the NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills” with Mugi Kadowaki.

Mackenyu will play the major supporting character, Takauji Namiki, the son of a CEO and he is a figure who holds a key to the story.

Mackenyu’s character is in conflict with Otaro Dojima (Kento Yamazaki) in the story.

See “Kiss that Kills” in January 2018 in Japan.

 

Live action film for “Code Blue” drama series will be released in 2018

Here’s a great news, Code Blue fans!

Actor Tomohisa Yamashita announced that “Code Blue” drama series will be having its live action movie and is set for release on July 27th, next year. The movie is currently filming, added the actor during the 2017 FNS Music Festival last December 6.

The main cast members still include Tomohisa Yamashita, Yui AragakiErika TodaManami Higa and Yosuke Asari from the original Fuji TV drama series “Code Blue” and are expected to bring more medical drama in the movie version.

TEASER: “Rainbow Days”

See the teaser trailer for upcoming live-action film “Rainbow Days” below!
“Rainbow Days” is based on manga “Nijiiro Deizu” by Minami Mizuno and centers on a group of four male high school students who are close friends: Natsuki, Tomoya, Keiichi, and Tsuyoshi. The four boys have no club activities, and they hurry through their studies so they can spend their days having fun. Their main topic of interest: love. Natsuki has an unrequited crush on Anna, a girl from another class, and his friends keep meddling in their relationship.
Actors Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Mahiro Takasugi and Ryusei Yokohama are leads in this new live action film and is directed by Ken Iizuka.

“Rainbow Days” will be released July, 2018 in Japan.