When will 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' air on Netflix? Here's what to expect from K-pop group's documentary
Blackpink fans can't stop talking about the documentary and are waiting to see what unfolds once it premieres on Netflix
"There's something so poetic about Blackpink topping charts globally and making history a day before dropping their Netflix documentary 'Light Up the Sky' and sharing with the world who they are behind their success," a fan wrote on Twitter. Since their debut in August 2016, Blackpink has become the highest-charting female K-pop group of all time with their innovative music, eye-popping music videos and trendsetting fashion concepts.
In a delight to K-Pop fans, 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' serves up never-before-seen moments that Blackpink's global fandom — known as "Blinks" — have been craving for years.
Directed by Caroline Suh, the documentary delves deeper into each of the band's four members: Jisoo, the whip-smart unnie ("big sister") of the group with a quirky sense of humor, Jennie, the rapper whose fierce onstage persona contrasts with her soft-spoken nature, Rosé, the dulcet-voiced Australian coming into her own as a singer-songwriter, and Lisa, the dancing queen whose spark plug personality never fails to make her bandmates laugh.
The official summary reads: "As Blackpink continues reaching new heights in their career — from headlining sold-out world tours to becoming the first female Korean group to perform at Coachella — each member reflects on the ups and downs of fame and the long, often challenging journey that brought them to worldwide success."
Now, fans can't stop talking about the documentary and are waiting to see what unfolds once it premieres on Netflix.
there’s something so poetic about blackpink topping charts globally and making history a day before dropping their netflix documentary ‘light up the sky’ and sharing with the world who they are behind their success.— diva (@divaxblink) October 13, 2020
What we'd like to see
A global press conference was held with Blackpink band members and the director of the film where Suh said, "I have a special affection for the film and I'm excited for everyone to see it, finally." According to a Twitter thread shared by Rappler reporter Bea Cupin, Suh revealed she wasn't that familiar with K-Pop prior to working on the film and she dived into the world of Blackpink – listening to their music and watching Blackpink House.
BLACKPINK's here – Jisoo, Jennie, Rose, and Lisa on stage for the Global Press Conference, take turns saying hello to journalists tuned into the live stream.— Bea Cupin (@beacupin) October 13, 2020
(Note: Answers are lifted from the live audio translations on the live stream)
Here's what the band members revealed about the movie:
"First, it's an honor to be in line with global female artistes such as Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga. The 4 of us have come a long way and we will continue to show more of us to fans," Jisoo said. She also revealed that the documentary will show behind-the-scenes footage from Blackpink's Coachella performance.
The 25-year-old added that their producer Teddy Park "also knows us individually very well and he listens to what we have to say to each other and he is able to reflect that to the direction of our music. He, I'd believe, he is definitely out 5th member."
"We always think about ways to go closer to the fans and to the public and when we worked with Suh, we thought that we found the right person so there was no reason to hesitate..." Jennie said, adding, "We were able to go back to times that we even forgot ourselves... we wanted to show all the hard work manifested in the glamorous stage of Blackpink while also sharing the authentic [things] that we haven't shown before."
Did the documentary help them get closer? The 24-year-old remarked, "We were together since we were teenagers. Now we're in our 20s. We were able to see each other grow and we were able to share all the emotions in the world throughout the journey."
Talking about how the band is feeling before the release, she said, "I think because all of us watch a lot of things on Netflix, it's such an honor to have our documentary air on Netflix, also the fact that so many people will see it globally, it's great. We're really nervous."
The 23-year-old added, "All of our members, when we were having the interview were able to open up and share some genuine thoughts. We were speaking in the language we were most comfortable in... so there are a lot of languages included in the documentary. When we get really honest and true to ourselves... it's embarrassing but I did shed some tears. I hope the fans also appreciate that as well."
When asked what was tough for her during the shoot, Lisa said, "I don't think anything was particularly difficult, we all just had a lot of fun. Tomorrow, we can't wait. We're really nervous but I hope people enjoy it. When we were all together and watching videos from our childhood. And I think Rosé's childhood was most impressive. Tomorrow needs to come very quickly."
What's more, she also gave a piece of advice to all Blackpink fans, saying, "Always have confidence in yourself. Take care of yourself and love yourself."
Catch the official trailer of the documentary here:
🖤💕🖤💕🖤💕🖤💕🖤💕🖤💕🖤💕— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) October 6, 2020
Watch the official trailer for BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY, on Netflix globally on October 14 pic.twitter.com/yC7dnAOSlO
What time will it air?
New shows and films are normally released on Netflix at midnight San Francisco time — which is 12.01 am PT or 3.01 am ET or 4.01 pm KST. Now, as 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' is all set for release, people from all across the globe are wondering what time will it be available for them on Netflix.
"What time will light up the sky be released here in the Philippines?" one excited fan posted. Netflix CS replied, "Hey There! Thanks for reaching out! 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' will become available 12 am Pacific time - 3 pm in the Philippines on October 14." Another asked, "By any chance do you guys know when it is for USA (EST?)" Netflix CS then replied: "Hey There! Thanks for reaching out! 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' will be available 3 am EST. ^SB."
Hey There! Thanks for reaching out! Blackpink: Light Up the Sky will become available 12:00 a.m. Pacific time - 3:00 p.m. in the Philippines on October 14. 🙂 ^SB— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 7, 2020
Hey There! Thanks for reaching out! Blackpink: Light Up the Sky will be available 3:00 a.m. EST. ^SB— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 12, 2020
"What time will it be released in Germany?" one asked to which Netflix CS replied, "That should be around 9 am in Germany on the 14th of October. ^HL." Another user asked, "What time will light up the sky be released in India," and Netflix CS helped him out saying, "Hey Kishore! Thanks for reaching out to us! 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' will be available at 12.30 pm in India. ^SB."
"How about in UAE what time it'll be releasing the light up the sky doc? I wish it's available," one wondered. Netflix CS responded, "It should be available around 11 am in the UAE. ^HL." Helping out people in Argentina and Turkey, Netflix CS posted, "That should be around 4 am in Argentina. ^HL" and "Hey There! 'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' will become available at 10 a.m. on October 14. ^SB."
That should be around 9:00 a.m. in Germany on the 14th of October. ^HL— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 12, 2020
Hey Kishore! Thanks for reaching out to us! Blackpink: Light Up the Sky will be available at 12:30 p.m. in India. ^SB— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 12, 2020
It should be available around 11:00 a.m. in the UAE. ^HL— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 12, 2020
That should be around 4:00 a.m. in Argentina. ^HL— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 12, 2020
Hey There! Blackpink: Light Up the Sky will become available at 10:00 a.m. on October 14. ^SB— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 12, 2020
One user then joked: "Okay now you have to tell us the time of other countries as well their fans are everywhere!"