For anyone who becomes a fan of BTS or an ARMY, the first thing that strikes them is, “There are so many things on BTS to watch! I don’t know where to start!” We have all been there when we started going down the rabbit hole. At the back of our minds, we made a promise to ourselves that we would catch up with as many videos as we could, irrespective of their duration, only to come back to the realities that govern our lives, leaving us in a state of confusion on where to catch up.
But there’s no denying that BTS has something for everyone, one of which is movies and series in the documentary genre. Each docuseries and movie’s title is not just a play on the group’s name but also highlights where the viewers will follow BTS. As we wait for the upcoming documentary “BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star”, which will be released on Disney+ in December, let’s jump right in to cover the docuseries and movies released in no particular order!
Burn The Stage
When BTS started receiving unprecedented attention internationally from May 2017 onwards, there was no turning back for the septet and ARMY. On March 28, 2018, the first episode titled “I’d Do It All” of the docuseries “Burn The Stage” dropped for free on the BANGTANTV YouTube channel. The next seven episodes were relegated to YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red at the time of its release), setting the stage for BTS to share the BTS of their artistic journey (pun intended). The movie with the same name was released theatrically in November 2018.
The title alludes to BTS’ “WINGS” tour that started on February 10 and ran through December 10, 2017. It metaphorically refers to the septet being phoenixes during this tour (and in their three-year-long journey in the K-pop industry when the tour began). As we follow BTS throughout the eight episodes, between the highest of highs and lowest of lows, one thing that no one can snatch from them remains: their commitment to their art.
j-hope In The Box
The documentary on how j-hope made his debut album Jack In The Box, from conceptualisation to its release, and finally performing its songs (and other hits) in the historic headlining act at Lollapalooza, was released on February 17 this year, a day before j-hope’s birthday. The highlight of this documentary is its introduction, which mirrors the album’s Intro, in which the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box is narrated. To go more in-depth about the concept, check out our blog about j-hope In The Box, and watch the documentary streaming on Disney+ (aka Disney+ Hotstar in some countries).
Bring The Soul
“Bring The Soul” took us on another journey with BTS as they embarked on their “Love Yourself” tour. It was released in theatres on August 11, 2019. While the film covered only the first half of this tour (which began in Paris on August 25) up to October 20, 2018, the docuseries covered the whole tour till the Bangkok shows in April 2019, before embarking on the stadium tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself”. Following BTS in this movie and docuseries is like attempting to understand what excites you and makes your heart beat, just like how this tour made the seven men reaffirm the value of loving themselves even more. With ARMY attending these shows, the message became more powerful for the fandom to practice self-love authentically.
SUGA: Road To D-Day
“SUGA: Road To D-Day” was released on April 21 of this year on Disney+, the same day as the release of his debut album D-Day as Agust D. This documentary is different from the other BTS documentaries in its presentation, as we follow SUGA travelling from Seoul to Tokyo to seek inspiration for D-Day, interspersed with him performing the album’s tracklist and BTS of him preparing the album that ARMY is listening to now. The highlights of “Road To D-Day” are when SUGA meets the late composer behind Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and his wholesome interactions with Halsey, Steve Aoki, and Anderson .Paak.
Break The Silence
In the “Break The Silence” docuseries and movie, we follow BTS on their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” stadium tour (an extended leg of the “Love Yourself” tour) which concluded on October 29, 2019, from their preparations to their musings about their professional lives and the larger picture of their artistic journey. Certain things that BTS talks about, for which you must head to Weverse to watch, will surprise you.
This was our roundup of the documentaries which focused on BTS as a group and individually. Don’t forget to check the content mentioned above, as well as the upcoming documentary “BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star” on Disney+ when it releases in December!
Written By: Anugya
Edited By: Lisa K.
Designed By: Achan
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