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Netflix Continues to go Big on South Korean Content

Riding the worldwide popularity of K-content, the streamer's new offerings span genres such as crime, sci-fi, romance, drama and reality.

2020-03-23T05:44:00Z

Netflix on Monday unveiled a slate of eight upcoming Korean series spanning reality, crime, sci-fi, romance, drama and more.

This broad uptick in K-content follows the release on March 13 of season 2 of Kingdom, Netflix's breakthrough K-zombie series, which has become a fan favorite virtually everywhere in Asia. "Millions of people globally have already chosen to watch its second season," Netflix's Seoul office said in a statement.

“From K-pop and K-food to K-zombie and K-content, we’ve seen how much people in different parts of the world love Korean cultures and stories," said Minyoung Kim, VP of Korean content. “It’s amazing to see how these Korea films and TV resonate with audiences around the world — from Korea to South East Asia and the Americas."

Netflix's upcoming Korean slate builds on the company's existing K-stories slate across a broad range of genres.

He added that "every one of [Netflix's] productions around the world is shut down," but insisted that the company works far enough ahead to ensure that there won't be any disruptions to its programming rollout as long as the pandemic doesn't stretch into the second half of the year.

Kim, Netflix's VP in Seoul, put a positive spin on the company's new Korean slate Monday, adding: "By making it easy for people to watch films and shows from other countries, we can help them build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world.”

Here is the upcoming list of K-Shows:

Rugal

Summary: Kang Gi-Beom, once a promising police detective in the violent crimes unit, is suspected of murdering his own wife. His eyes are slashed with a razor after he witnesses her murder at the hands of the terrorist group ARGOS. Just when he thinks he has lost everything, he is approached by Choi Geun-cheol, the chief executive director of Rugal, a special organization dedicated to the sole purpose of eradicating ARGOS. Choi requests that Gi-beom receives an artificial eye transplant and joins Rugal. After miraculously surviving the risky transplant operation, Gi-beom is born again as a human weapon. He begins to take revenge on ARGOS for everything they have done to him.

Starring Cast: Choi Jin-hyuk, Park Sung-Woong

Premiere Date: March 28 - Korea/Asia Pacific/All English-speaking countries/Latin America; May 24 - Japan/Rest of the world

Time to Hunt

Summary: In a hopeless dystopian city, Jun-Seok is released from prison and plans his next step in life in order to start anew with his friends Jang-ho, Ki-hoon, and Sang-soo. But their excitement for the plan is short-lived as an unknown man chases after them. Can these best friends get away from the hunt?

Starring Cast: Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-Shik, Park Jeong-min, Park Hae-soo

Premiere Date: April 10

Extracurricular

Summary: The story of high school students who have chosen a life of crime - and extreme risk - to earn money. Oh Jisoo ends up committing a serious crime because of his desire to pay for his college tuition on his own, whatever the means. Seo Minhee gets caught up in Jisoo’s crime, while Jisoo’s schoolmate Bae Gyuri also becomes involved in the same crime. Their bad choices come with irreversible consequences. There is no turning back. A life of crime and violence awaits them.

Starring Cast: Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Joo-Hyun

Premiere Date: April 29

The King: Eternal Monarch

Summary: A romantic fantasy drama that takes the genre to a whole new level. The series revolves around the relationships of people from two parallel universes. King Lee Gon seeks to seal the gateway between dimensions, while Jung Tae-eul, a police inspector, simply wants to protect other’s lives and their loves. The King: Eternal Monarch is written by Kim Eun-suk (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Mr. Sunshine, Descendants of the Sun), and directed by Baek Sang-hoon (Secret, Who Are You: School 2015 and Descendants of the Sun) and Jeong Jee-Hyun (Search: WWW).

Starring Cast: Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-Eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-Nam, Jung Eun-Chae

Premiere Date: April 2020

It's Okay to Not Be Okay

Summary: An unusual romance between two people who end up healing each other’s emotional and psychological wounds. Moon Gang-tae, played by Kim Soo-Hyun (My Love from the Star, The Moon Embracing the Sun), is a caretaker working at a psychiatric ward who does not even bother to believe in love. He seems to be carrying all the weight and pain in life and devotes himself only to looking after his disabled older brother. Go Moon-young, played by Seo Ye-ji (Save Me, Lawless Lawyer), is a children’s book writer who is clueless about love. She is popular among all age groups, yet very antisocial and indifferent to others.

Starring Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji

Premiere Date: June 2020 

Twogether

Summary: Two top celebrities from Seoul and Taipei go on a trip to several cities in Asia to meet their fans and become friends.

Starring Cast: Lee Seung-gi, Jasper Liu

Premiere Date: TBC (In Production)

The School Nurse Files

Summary: A newly appointed high school nurse discovers secrets and mysteries with her supernatural abilities for chasing ghosts.

Starring Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Nam Joo-hyuk

Premiere Date: TBC (In Production)

Sweet Home

Summary: Hyun-soo, a reclusive high school student, moves into an old apartment complex called Green Home after the tragic death of his entire family. Feeling unable to make a living on his own, he realizes the residents at Green Home residents, including himself, are trapped and surrounded by monsters in various forms of distorted human desires, which are about to sweep away mankind.

Starring Cast: Song Kang, Lee Jin-Wook, Lee Si-young

Premiere Date: TBC (In Production) 

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