Viu acquires exclusive OTT rights to Takuya Kimura dramas | Deals | News | Rapid TV News
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Hot on the heels of striking carriage deals with leading Korean broadcasters, pan-Asian OTT service Viu has turned its attention to Japan and has gained over-the-top (OTT) rights to twelve Takuya Kimura titles from Fuji TV.

VIU logo 4Mar 19Also known as Kimutaku, singer and actor Kimura was a member of the best-selling boy band in Asia, SMAP, which hosted the widely acclaimed variety show SMAP x SMAP that was on air for 20 years. After the successful drama series Long Vacation, Kimura’s popularity was propelled to a new level and the record ratings of his subsequent drama series earned him the title of The King of Ratings. The star has legions of fans across Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Viu will now show dramas including Takuya Kimura's romantic roles in Long Vacation, Love Generation, and Moon Lover, as well as his mystery-comedy Hero series, one of the highest-rated television series in Japan. Viu subscribers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines will be able to watch the titles with subtitles of Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai on an as-available basis.

“Our commitment is to bring the best Asian content to our audiences, and without question, Takuya Kimura’s dramatic works fit that definition perfectly,” said Virginia Lim, chief content officer of Viu commenting on the deal. “We are very excited to be the first and only OTT platform offering these beloved titles to the viewers. The fans of Takuya Kimura will now get to watch his engaging and charming drama series on Viu at their leisure. There is no better way to enjoy time at home than watching Kimutaku classics."